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Clinical Psychology (MSc, PhD)

The clinical psychology graduate degree program at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan trains students in the scientist-practitioner tradition.

Designed to work in tandem, the master’s and PhD programs allow you to make steady, seamless progress toward your educational and career goals:

  • The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology establishes an academic and practical foundation for personal and professional growth.
  • The PhD in Clinical Psychology builds upon that foundation with opportunities to acquire clinical skills and to pursue advanced study and research.

To have the best chance of achieving their career goals, students typically complete both degrees. (More on why this is important in the FAQ below.)

Please consider how the integration of the two graduate degrees matters to your future.

  • One of the major reasons students choose U of R is because our doctoral program in clinical psychology is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).
  • Graduating from an accredited PhD program gives you a competitive advantage for top clinical psychology jobs, and helps you smoothly transition into the registration process necessary to practice psychology.

What Do Clinical Psychologists Do?

Clinical psychologists work in research, education or clinical settings in communities throughout Canada and around the world.

Quick Facts

Program: Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Psychology Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Clinical Psychology
Length: Master’s Degree: 2 years, thesis required Doctorate: 4 years, thesis and comprehensive exams required
Accreditation: Doctoral program in clinical psychology is accredited by Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
Offered Through: University of Regina
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
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Clinical Psychology Meet Your Faculty

Why Earn Your Master’s and PhD in Clinical Psychology From the University of Regina?

The University of Regina welcomes students from all over Canada and the world into the master’s degree in clinical psychology, who typically continue into the accredited clinical psychology doctoral program. Using the scientist-practitioner model and mindset of service to others, we train and empower students to use their influence and creativity in their chosen fields.

Clinical Psychology Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer scholarships and funding to clinical psychology graduate students?

Yes! Once you have been accepted as a fully-qualified graduate student with no conditions or holds on your admission, then you are eligible to apply for our scholarships, awards, or graduate teaching assistant positions.

Clinical Psychology Scholarships and Awards

Some funding for clinical psychology graduate students comes from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. Eligible students also can apply for available scholarships, including:

  • Faculty of Arts Graduate Entrance Scholarship
  • University of Regina Graduate Scholarship
  • Women in STEM Entrance Scholarship
  • Faculty of Arts Thesis Only Scholarship
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research Indigenous Entrance Scholarship
  • Dean of Arts Building Dreams and Futures Scholarship

Apply for these scholarships, and more, by visiting our Graduate Awards Portal (GAP), the U of R online graduate scholarship application system.

Please note that U of R expects students to pursue external funding for their Master of Science and PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Our average levels of graduate funding are extremely competitive. For example, 66 per cent of the 2020 cohort of master’s in clinical psychology students obtained Tri-Council funding for their studies.

All Graduate Funding Opportunities

Visit our Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website to learn about all graduate funding opportunities including:
  • National Scholarships (including Tri Council funding)
  • Awards to Study Abroad
  • FGSR Funding/Special Awards
  • Funding for Indigenous Students
  • Funding for International Students
  • Other Awards and Scholarships
  • External Scholarship Opportunities
  • External Student and Faculty Awards
How does Canadian Psychological Association accreditation of the doctoral program help me?

Accreditation is an assurance of high quality training that is recognized by the profession. For example, the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists requires PhD psychologists from non-accredited programs to do an extra year of supervised training before being registered.

Some employers of PhD psychologists may also require graduation from an accredited doctoral program, and it can benefit you in other ways:

Regulatory agencies often fast-track applicants with degrees from accredited programs.
Accredited degree programs themselves primarily hire graduates from accredited programs.

Note: The Canadian Psychological Association does not accredit master’s degree programs, only doctoral programs.

Why should I earn both the master’s degree and the PhD?

Professional consensus throughout North America strongly encourages the completion of advanced training at the doctoral level.

Therefore, U of R expects graduates of the master’s in clinical psychology to apply to the PhD program and to maintain full-time student status to meet required progress and timelines.

Note: University of Regina typically requires students with a master’s degree from elsewhere who want to apply to the clinical psychology PhD program to complete coursework in our master’s degree program first. That’s how important the integration between the two degree programs is

What kinds of clinical psychology courses are required?

University of Regina designed the clinical psychology master’s degree and PhD programs to provide you with a seamless academic experience. That means each required course builds toward your educational and career goals.

In the master’s program, you’ll complete course work in year one:

  • Research Design and Methodology in Psychology
  • Applied Multivariate Statistics
  • Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Psychological Assessment I
  • Psychological Interventions I

Then, you’ll use year two to complete your thesis research and the required four-month internship (600 hours).

For the doctoral program, you’ll complete advanced course work such as:

  • History, Theory and System in Psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Psychological Assessment II
  • Psychological Intervention II
  • An elective of your choice

You’ll spend at least three years of the PhD program on campus, with another year completing your pre-doctoral residency.

Which theoretical orientations can I study?

During the doctoral program and with guidance from faculty and community supervisors, you’ll have opportunities to learn the theoretical orientations that most interest you, including:

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
What student groups can I join?

Ask about our active Psychology Graduate Students Association (PGSA), which includes all psychology graduate program students at the University of Regina. Together, members seek additional and effective ways to engage and aid the University’s community.

Clinical Psychology Graduate Program Concepts and Goals

From University of Regina’s main campus in Saskatchewan, the master’s and PhD degree programs in clinical psychology cultivate the scientist-practitioner tradition. You’ll graduate with the competencies needed for both research and clinical practice.


Earning your master’s and doctorate of clinical psychology gives you career flexibility. Whether you’re drawn to clinical practice, educational or academic settings or primarily research, you can choose to fill all or some of these roles as your interests grow and change.


Through at least 2,700 hours of clinical psychology experience completed through the master’s and PhD degree programs, you build skills and perspectives that increase your effectiveness. Make the most of your time working inside U of R’s training clinic on campus as well as your internship, PhD clinical placements and pre-doctoral clinical psychology residency.


In addition to gaining both clinical and scientific competencies, the curriculum integrates core professional ethics into academic and experiential clinical psychology graduate degree requirements. These ethical standards include respect for colleagues and clients, integrity in all work and communication and a value for true service to your community. Note as well that the University of Regina specifically focuses its mission on the values of inclusion, equity and diversity for all.

What Can You Do With a Clinical Psychology Degree?

Graduates from top clinical psychology doctoral degree programs compete for prestigious clinical psychology jobs with not-for-profit and governmental organizations, in private practice and at top universities.

U of R doctoral program graduates wishing to pursue clinical practice have found careers in top mental health facilities in Canada including:

  • Acute Care, Waterford Hospital, St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Adult Mental Health, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Edmonton North Primary Care Network, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Oshawa Psychological and Counselling Services, Oshawa, Ontario
  • St. John Psychology Centre, St. John, New Brunswick
  • Child and Youth Services, Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Ottawa Institute for CBT, Ottawa, Ontario

U of R doctoral program graduates who sought academic positions have been hired as professors in top universities across the country including:

  • Concordia University, Montréal, Québec
  • University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
  • St. Thomas More College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan
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