Admissions

The online application must be completed, including all supporting documents, by December 15th if you are applying to enter the program in September. Prospective students are encouraged to view our research labs and contact faculty members, who may be available to supervise, prior to applying to the program.
*New* The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended but not required for applicants with a background in Psychology or Neuroscience. Please see the list of faculty members who recommend submitting a GRE score with your application. The GRE General Test and the GRE Psychology Subject Test will still be required from applicants with backgrounds outside of Psychology and Neuroscience

M.A. Admission requirements

Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in Psychology or Neuroscience with a minimum B average. Note that while the University minimum average is B, our program typically does not accept students with less than an overall B+ average. An empirical Honours thesis, or evidence of similar research, is required. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended but not required for applicants with a background in Psychology or Neuroscience. Please see the list of faculty members who recommend submitting a GRE score with your application.

M.A. APPLICANTS WITH BACKGROUNDS OTHER THAN PSYCHOLOGY OR NEUROSCIENCE

The Department will consider applications from applicants with backgrounds other than psychology or neuroscience. The applicant must have completed a Bachelor’s Thesis in another discipline that involved empirical research at a level comparable to a Psychology (or Neuroscience) Honours Thesis. Candidates must submit the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test and the GRE Psychology Subject Test sections. Official scores must be scanned and uploaded to your application. Test results can be photocopies and can have been written within the last ten years. When applicants are unable to provide evidence of sufficient background preparation, they may be advised to take upper level Psychology undergraduate courses and reapply. Advising an applicant to upgrade does not obligate the Department to accept the candidate upon resubmission. If you have further questions please email psycgradinfo@brocku.ca.

ph.D admission requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. program requires completion of an M.A., M.Sc., or M.A.Sc in Psychology or Neuroscience or its equivalent. Students must have achieved an A average for the previous two years of graduate study and evidence of research competence, normally demonstrated by an Empirical Master’s Thesis. Students are selected by the Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee in consultation with a core faculty member who is willing to act as the student’s supervisor.The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended but not required for applicants with a background in Psychology or Neuroscience. Please see the list of faculty members who recommend submitting a GRE score with your application.

Ph.D APPLICANTS WITH BACKGROUNDS OTHER THAN PSYCHOLOGY OR NEUROSCIENCE

In recognition of the interdisciplinary nature of Psychology, the Admissions Committee will consider applications from students holding degrees in allied fields. To ensure that such applicants have a background in psychology adequate for successful completion of their graduate program, the following conditions for eligibility to the Ph.D. program have been established for candidates holding a non-psychology (or neuroscience) Master’s degree. In addition to the requirements above (i.e. for those with backgrounds in psychology or neuroscience):

  • Applicants must have completed a Master’s thesis in another discipline that involved empirical research of scope and complexity comparable to that of a Master’s Psychology thesis.
  • Candidates must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores, both the GRE General Test and the GRE Psychology Subject Test sections. Official scores must be scanned and uploaded to your application. Test results can be photocopies and can have been written within the last ten years.

To be included with your application (M.A. and Ph.D):

  1. All official transcripts of academic work completed to date.
  2. Two confidential letters of recommendation, preferably academic, from instructors most familiar with your academic work. You will be entering the contact details of the referee, and they will be sent a link electronically for the purposes of completing their evaluation of the applicant. Hard copy (i.e., paper) reference letters will not be accepted.
  3. Include a Personal Statement of Interest in pursuing graduate studies. It should be no more than one page and provide some indication of your research experience (i.e. thesis research, RA work) as well as your intermediate and long term goals. Although not a requirement for your application package, an updated CV, listing any publications, presentations, research assistant work, etc. would be considered an asset. Statement (and optional CV) must be uploaded.
  4. Complete the Applicant Interest Form and upload. On this you will indicate, in order of preference, potential faculty members as supervisors in addition to indicating your interest in various research topics.
  5. If English is not your native language, please see the information on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for providing evidence of competency in English.

*Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are recommended but not required for applicants in Psychology or Neuroscience. Please see the list of faculty members who recommend a GRE score with your application.

If you have additional questions that were not answered above, please see our frequently asked questions or email psycgradinfo@brocku.ca or lgrifa@brocku.ca.