Grad Studies in Psychology

Our School of Graduate Studies offers an MA or MSc in Psychology as well as a research oriented PhD in Behaviour and Evolution. Graduate studies in clinical or counselling psychology are not available in the Department of Psychology at this time.

The central experience of our Master's program is the creation of a thesis. At the Master's level, a thesis project involves close collaboration between supervisor and student. When applying for admission to our graduate program, students must also closely collaborate with potential supervisors. Consequently, it is necessary for potential students to establish contact with potential supervisors prior to application for admission to the program.

The central experience the PhD program is the pursuit of scholarship culminating in the creation of a thesis. Students also complete a limited number of courses (from 2 to 4 graduate level courses in most cases), the number and details of which are determined at the time of admission and vary from student to student.

Find out more about our faculty members' research interests here.

Detailed information about our graduate program can be found in our most recent calendar, which can be viewed on the Student Enrolment and Registrar Services website.

Summarized very briefly:

  • A 40 course Baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, in Psychology or a related discipline from a recognized university is required for admission to our program.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (based on a 4.00 scale) on the last 20 graded university level semester courses is required for admission to our program.
  • Other applicants will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Students who are not Canadian citizens or landed immigrants and who are graduates of universities where English is not the medium of instruction must also submit scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum requirement is a score of 600.
  • Because the capacity of our program is limited, not all students meeting the general admission requirements can be admitted. Selection criteria include reference letters, the proposed project -- its timeliness and ability of proposed supervisor(s) to supervise it, availability of funding, availability of resources, etc.
  • Our graduate program is only available on a full-time basis, and the maximum residence period for it is 24 months.
  • Deadlines for receipt of application forms and all supporting documentation (reference letters, official transcripts, project proposal form filled out in consultation with prospective supervisor, etc.) are March 1st for admission to the Summer session or Fall semester, and October 1st for admission to the Spring semester.

Application forms can be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies.

Project proposal forms, reference letter forms, etc, can be obtained through the School of Graduate Studies.

Please note that in case of discrepancies between the information presented here and the information presented in the most recent University of Lethbridge calendar or on the formal application forms, the calendar and application forms will take precedence.

We hope that you will consider joining the Department of Psychology. We are confident that our students receive instruction and training of the highest quality, and we are committed to providing first-rate courses, individual attention to students, and hands-on research training. If you are interested in learning more about the Psychology Program at the University of Lethbridge, please contact Erin to arrange a visit to the department, or feel free to contact any individual professor with whom you may wish to speak.