PhD in Psychology

Admission Information

We admit around 40 new students to our graduate program each year (the majority being admitted to the Master of Arts Program). New students are generally distributed among the seven areas. Applicants are expected to specify the areas that are of primary and secondary interest to them. Once admitted, changing from one area to another is not permitted. We give preference to applicants with strong academic backgrounds who appear promising as researchers; for the Clinical and Clinical-Developmental areas, we admit those who appear promising as scientist-practitioners.

We appreciate the benefits that a diverse student body brings to our programme. Our goal is for all students to feel welcome at York University, Department of Psychology. We invite students to disclose any extenuating circumstances related to diversity that may have affected their preparation for graduate school, e.g., a need to work, a need for paid employment, or part-time undergraduate experiences at University. Please add this to your Statement of Interest when applying.

Our M.A. students normally proceed and successfully complete the requirements for a Ph.D. degree in Psychology.

Doctor of Philosophy Program Requirements

The usual prerequisite for admission to the PhD Program in Psychology is a Master's degree in Psychology. Normally, students may not enter the PhD program until they have completed all the Master’s requirements—including the thesis. Students completing their MA at York University are not automatically accepted into the PhD program since they must make a formal, but internal, application for advancement into the PhD program. GRE scores are not required for those applying to the PhD program in Psychology.

We are NOT able to offer funded positions to international applicants at this time. If you are externally funded or self-funded, please visit Faculty of Graduate Studies—International Students for more information.

Please visit How to Apply for application deadlines and frequently asked questions.