Qualifying for admission

I don't have an Honours degree in psychology. Can I still be considered for admission to your Master's program in Clinical Psychology?

No. To be considered for admission to our M.A. program in Clinical psychology, you must have completed (or be nearing completion of) an Honours degree in psychology that includes a faculty-supervised thesis.

I don't have an Honours degree in psychology. Can I still be considered for admission to your Master's program in Experimental and Applied Psychology?

To be considered for admission to our M.A. program in Experimental and Applied Psychology, you normally need to have completed (or be nearing completion of) an Honours degree in psychology that includes a faculty-supervised thesis. Your situation might be different, as described below.

What if my undergraduate degree isn't in psychology?

Sometimes students wishing to apply to the EAP Master's program have a degree in a closely related field (e.g., Neuroscience; Computer Science; Criminology) and relevant research experience, even though their degree was not in psychology. In this case, applicants are encouraged to consider how the courses they have taken in their undergraduate programs relate to the research they wish to do in the EAP program. For example, a student who wishes to complete a Master's thesis on a topic in behavioural neuroscience is expected to have good performance in relevant upper year undergraduate courses such as statistics, research methods, and neuropsychology, as well as research experience that serves as good preparation for completing a Master's thesis in that area. This may necessitate taking additional undergraduate courses before applying, or seeking additional, relevant research experiences to strengthen the skills needed to be successful in the EAP Master's program.

What if my undergraduate degree is in psychology, but didn't include an Honours thesis?

You may be considered for admission if your degree included a combination of coursework and research experience that is similar to that of the Honours B.A. or B.Sc. degrees in psychology offered at the University of Regina. Please see here to view the requirements of our Honours psychology program.

What options do I have if I do not meet the academic requirements for admission to the M.A. program?

If you completed a B.A. degree in psychology but your degree did not include an Honours thesis, it may be possible to complete this requirement through a post-diploma or certificate program at your university. If your B.A. in psychology was completed at the University of Regina, please contact Arts Student Services to inquire about the Honours certificate program. Please note that admission to the Clinical psychology M.A. program requires completion of an Honours degree in psychology.

I am an international student. Can I be considered for admission?

Applicants who have completed degrees in psychology outside of Canada that include a thesis are welcome to apply for admission to our programs. Please note that all applicants to the M.A. program, and all applicants to the Ph.D. program who completed their degrees outside of Canada must submit scores from the General GRE. You may also be required to demonstrate English language proficiency; please see the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research international students portal eligibility to learn more about applying as an international student.   

I don't have a Master's degree in psychology. Can I still be considered for admission to your Ph.D. programs?

A Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, or in Experimental and Applied Psychology, completed at the University of Regina is normally required for admission to the Clinical and EAP Ph.D. programs, respectively. Those with Master's degrees in psychology from programs similar to ours at other universities will also be considered for admission. Please review the requirements of our Clinical and EAP M.A. programs.

I have a Master's degree in psychology, but I want to do my Ph.D. in a different area.

If you hold a Master's degree in experimental psychology or another area of psychology but would like to now apply for admission to the Clinical program, you may be considered for admission into the Clinical Master's program. Depending on the courses you have already completed and the nature of your Master's thesis, you may be able to receive advanced standing (credit) for some of the requirements of the M.A. program which will reduce the time needed for you to be eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program.

If you hold a Master's degree in clinical psychology or another area of psychology but are interested in joining the EAP program for your doctoral work, you may be considered for admission into the EAP Ph.D. program. Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and admission will be considered with regard to the nature of your coursework and Master's thesis.

What are the typical grades and GRE scores of students admitted to your programs?

Over the past several years, most students admitted into our Clinical M.A. program had combined GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical) on average above the 68th percentile and a grade point average of about 85%; averages were somewhat lower for those accepted to the EAP program. It is unusual for students to be accepted into either program with GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, analytical, and psychology) below the 40th percentile or with an academic average lower than 80%.

I meet all of the admission requirements. What can I do to improve my chances of being accepted into one of your graduate programs?

Grades, research experience, research fit, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation are weighted heavily in our admissions decisions; volunteer and work experience are given less weight. A strong application includes a statement that describes how you can contribute to the existing research programs of our faculty members. It is strongly recommended that you review the research interests of our faculty before writing your applicant's statement to ensure a good fit between your interests and ours. Although optional, including scores from the Psychology subject test of the GRE can be an asset to an application.

Do I have to arrange for supervision before I apply?

No, if you are accepted into one of our programs a supervisor will be chosen for you. However, it is highly recommended that you name potential supervisors in the applicant’s statement portion of your application whose research interests match your own. You may also wish to contact prospective supervisors to find out if they are interested in accepting new students in the year you wish to begin your graduate studies, or to discuss research interests.