How to Apply

Deadline to Apply

The deadline for online applications is Sunday, December 15, 2019. This date is the last date upon which you may create your application.

It will take 4 business days once you apply for York University to email your application information. Applicants must upload all non-academic documents (e.g. CV, Statement of Interest, Supplementary Information Form, and References) no later than December 31, 2019. This does NOT include academic documents such as official transcripts and GRE scores which will come directly from the institutions.

The online admission process for Fall 2020 will close as of December 15, 2019.  We invite you to apply for Fall 2021 starting in October of 2020.


If you have already applied to Graduate Psychology or are concerned about uploaded documents, read this  FAQ page which may be of interest to you, including information on document processing times.


Interested in Graduate School in Psychology?  We have the answers.

Remember, applying to graduate school is like planning a trip around the world – it requires careful planning and preparation well in advance before the journey can begin.

It may take up to a year ahead to plan your application, especially when scheduling your GRE test(s).

Here’s a quick list of what you need to know:

Degree Requirement

  • Degree Requirement:  In order to apply, you will need an Honours BA (or BSc) in Psychology (which includes a thesis),  or the equivalent of eight full courses in Psychology.  The eight full courses can be any combination of half or full courses which add up to a total of eight full courses.

GRE Score

  • GRE Score:  No matter to which area of Psychology you apply at the MA level, you will need to provide a General GRE score, and also a Subject GRE score if you are applying to Clinical (C ) or Clinical-Developmental (CD) Psychology.  N.B. It is strongly recommended you schedule the test the summer before applying, as Subject tests are held less frequently.   Once you have completed the testing, the scores are forwarded to York University, if it is one of your selected universities.  The course code for York University is 0894, and the code for Psychology is 2016.  Please list the dates the test(s) were written.   Again, it is mandatory to have a GRE score to apply to graduate school at the MA level, without exception.  You do not need a GRE score if you are applying at the PhD level.


  • GPA:  Applicants will need a minimum B+ average from your last two years of study (or last 60 credits) in order to be eligible.  For Clinical and Clinical-Developmental applicants, it is recommended that you have at least an A average.


  • References: When filling out the online application, two (2) references are required (academic references preferred); however, you may submit up to three (3) in total.  Only the Clinical-Developmental Area specifically expects three references.  When you complete the referee information, a link is emailed to the referees and the referees will complete it online.

Statement of Interest

  • Statement of Interest:  You will need to complete a Statement of Interest, which should be no more than 2 pages double-spaced (standard margins, 12-point font).  Please note: If you are applying to one of our Clinical Programs and wish to enter the Neuropsychology stream for C or CD, please indicate this in your Statement of Interest.
  • C.V.:  You will need to submit a C.V. (regardless of the area to which you are applying).


  • Transcripts:  You will need to upload transcripts of all courses taken at university (or universities, if you have studied at more than one university).   We accept unofficial transcripts for your online application; however, if you are made an Offer of Admission, you will be required to supply official copies.

Supplementary Information Form

  • Supplementary Information Form:  You will need to complete this page with the names of any awards for which you have applied (e.g., OGS, SSHRC, CIHR, NSERC), your language skills, chosen Areas of Specialization, and finally, the names of supervisor(s) with whom you would like to work.  N.B.: It is very important that you do not leave blanks in Questions 1 – 4.

What else should I know?

  • What else should I know?Admissions usually opens in mid-October and closes in mid-December.  However, we strongly advise that you apply several weeks well before the deadline as we have approximately 500 applicants.  Due to volume, last minute requests about issues the day before the deadline may leave you without an answer or time to remedy any errors.Please note when filling out your student Information Form, that edits cannot be made after submission.  As well, we cannot add referees once you have submitted your two referee names and emails (or three referees if you are applying to CD).  Please have this information completed before you press “Submit”. York University is a highly selective university; therefore, meeting the minimum admission requirements and deadline dates is not a guarantee of admission. Only the most qualified candidates will be considered.  In Question 3, the nine choices of specialization are:
  • Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Developmental Psychology
  • Developmental Science
  • Historical, Theoretical, and Critical Studies of Psychology
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Social and Personality Psychology
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Developmental Neuropsychology

**Please note: Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Developmental Neuropsychology are part of the Clinical and Clinical Developmental programs, respectively.

When is the deadline to apply?

  • “When is the deadline to apply?”  A:  The deadline for the Fall 2020 application cycle is Sunday, December 15, 2019.    We usually open the online system in mid-October which remains open for two months, until mid-December each year.   Please note that December 15, 2019, is the last day to create an application for Fall 2020 admission.   After your application has been opened, you will have until December 31, 2019 to upload everything before the Admissions system is closed.   It is recommended to submit a complete application in October, thus allowing adequate time to attend to your application in case of unexpected delays.   We have one Admissions cycle per year which is for the Fall term of the following school year.  The only time to apply is October to December for the following September.

I don’t have my GRE scores. Will this be a problem?

  • “I don’t have my GRE scores.  Will this be a problem?”  A:  General GRE scores are required to apply to graduate school in Psychology for all areas, and Subject GRE scores are required for applicants interested in Clinical and Clinical-Developmental (including the Neuro streams in C and CD).   Subject testing is done less frequently than the General testing, so it is strongly suggested that you plan your Subject testing well in advance of your application.
  • “I’m writing my GRE test past the deadline to apply.  Will this be a problem?”  A:  If you are writing your test in December, past the deadline, we will still receive your scores in time.  However, if we do not receive your results by mid-January, your application will be considered incomplete.

Is there a minimum GRE score?

  • “Is there a minimum GRE score?”  A:  No.   We look at the scores as part of a holistic overview of your application.

What if I don’t have a degree in Psychology?

  • What if I don’t have a degree in Psychology?”  A:  You will need the equivalent of eight full courses in Psychology in order to apply, as well as a four-year Honours degree with a thesis.    If you do not have the eight courses in Psychology, or the Honours degree, we recommend you upgrade your degree and take the required number of Psychology courses in order to qualify for graduate school.   For further undergraduate study at York University, you may contact York Admissions at

What should I include in my Statement of Interest?

  • “What should I include in my Statement of Interest?”  A:  Please include the area of research you are interested in pursuing, why you are interested in working within a specific faculty member’s lab, and why you would like to come to York University, as well as any other relevant information.  A brief history of your academic and professional experience is also helpful.

How can I find out if a professor is accepting students for next Fall?

  • “How can I find out if a professor is accepting students for next Fall?”  A:  Please search for faculty by area specialization at this link:   A blank response to “Taking graduate students?” means the professor has not decided yet, so please contact them directly; otherwise, there should be a Yes or No by the question.  Their email is on the left side of the page beneath their name.

Do I need to have a supervisor lined up when I apply?

  • “Do I need to have a supervisor lined up when I apply?”  A:  No.   However, in your Supplementary Form, if you are interested in working with a specific professor, please add the names of up to three professors with whom you would hope to work.  (Supervisor information belongs in Question 4 of the Supplementary Information Form).  In addition, in your Statement of Interest, you may also go into further details about your possible research with specific professors.


What is the process for international students

  •  “What is the process for international students?”  A:  International students are welcome to apply, if they are able to self-fund their tuition and living expenses.  At this time, unfortunately, we are unable to offer funding for international students.    International students who are able to self-fund will require IELTS/TOEFL scores as well as meeting the above requirements for applicants.   As well, please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies' International Admissions page for information regarding admission requirements, English language proficiency, degree equivalency, immigration, and support services..

I am interested in one of your Clinical programs but I already have a Master's in a related field (e.g., Neuroscience, Educational Psych, Social Psych, etc. ) so can I apply directly to the PhD program?

  • I am interested in one of your Clinical programs but I already have a Master's in a related field (e.g., Neuroscience, Educational Psych, Social Psych, etc. ) so can I apply directly to the PhD program?”  A:  No, our CPA-accredited clinical programs are designed and accredited as a unit (MA + PhD together) so a different kind of master's degree is not a substitute for the first two years of our program.  It is not uncommon for students in our highly competitive Clinical programs to have other master's degrees prior to entry.  The only exception would be if you have an MA from another CPA-accredited Clinical program.  And yes, you would have to submit GRE scores, including the Psychology Subject test, to apply at the MA level even if you have another Master's.  However, if you wrote the GREs to get into that other Master's, they are valid for five years so you would not need to retake the exams.

Can I just do a PhD in Psychology after my BA Hons in Psych? Do I need to do a Master’s?

  • “Can I just do a PhD in Psychology after my BA Hons in Psych?  Do I need to do a Master’s?”  A:  York University requires a Master’s in Psychology as a prerequisite to entering the PhD program.

Please note that, for further inquiries, if your query is not answered above, you may write to   In the Subject line, please put your full name, student number (if applicable), and whether you are a domestic or international student.  We will reply to you as soon as possible.  Good luck on your journey.

Next Steps

Now that you have applied, please be sure to check your MyFile for any changes in status, or reminders for outstanding requirements.  Area faculty begin rating applications in January, and if a supervisor is interested, you should be contacted by the end of February for our first round of offers.  Some Areas have an open house, other areas have individual interviews.  After the initial offers, timing is variable but additional offers may be made.  Therefore, if you have not been contacted and there is no change on your My File application status, it means you are still under consideration.  Your patience is appreciated.

If you are contacted with an Offer of Admission, you will have until April 15, 2020 to accept or decline, although we hope you will accept as soon as you can.