Graduate Programs Overview

The Department of Psychology offers MA and PhD degree programs. Our graduate programs provide unique opportunities to engage in intensive research training, and develop a critical and scholarly approach in each of our three focus areas: Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience, Lifespan Development and Social & Personality . Full and part-time study is available.

Our Department

  • among the Top 10 Psychology departments in Canada in research productivity and impact (Carleton et al., 2010; Farrell et al., 2016)
  • houses research labs spanning a diverse range of research topics and maintains a large participant pool for conducting research
  • located at Brock University, a midsized comprehensive university, on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment near Niagara Falls, and within one hour of Toronto, Hamilton and Buffalo

Our Faculty

  • 24 full-time faculty members
  • over two thirds have externally-funded research programs (including grants from CFI, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) and include current and former Canada Research Chairs
  • excel in teaching and mentorship, as recognized through university, provincial and federal awards, including 3M National Teaching Awards
  • Learn more about our Faculty research labs 
  • Learn who may be available to supervise MA and PhD students starting September 2019

Our Students

  • 40 graduate students, including 14 MA students and 26 PhD students (as of Sept., 2018) from across Canada and countries around the world (including America, Brazil, China)
  • highly successful in winning external scholarships and awards through provincial and national award agencies (OGS, SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR) – 60% of grad students for 2018-19
  • Actively involved in research and dissemination, including presentations at academic conferences and peer-reviewed publication – our PhD students typically graduate with between 7 and 10 peer-reviewed publications by degree completion

Our Graduates

  • over 150 MA graduates since 1992 and over 50 PhD graduates since 2001
  • develop market- ready transferrable skills in several areas, including research design and implementation, data analysis, teaching, communication, critical thinking, and teamwork
  • highly successful in securing research and teaching positions (80% of PhD graduates), including post-doctoral fellowships (50% of PhD graduates) and tenure-track professorships (50% of PhD graduates) in countries around the world

Important Features of our graduate program

  • Guaranteed funding : $17,500 for MA students (for each of 2 years) and $21,500 for PhD students (for each of 4 years)  – note that many of our grad students receive external awards and scholarships which can double the funding beyond the guaranteed minimums
  • Small student-to-faculty ratio (typically 2:1) resulting in close mentorship
  • Multiple opportunities  for students to collaborate with faculty and fellow students, both within and outside their primary research labs
  • Students regularly attend national and international conferences each year and publish their work in high-quality peer-reviewed outlets
  • Guaranteed Teaching Assistantships (2 years MA, 4 years PhD) provide opportunities to develop practical teaching-related skills, including seminar preparation, group facilitation, grading, and course management
  • High-quality training in a collaborative, collegial, and supportive environment
  • Timely completion: MA students typically complete their degrees within 26 months and more than 90% of our MA graduates transfer to our PhD program; PhD students typically compete their degrees within 50 months