Admission to the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program is on a selective basis. Minimum admission requirements include:
- a bachelor’s or first professional degree from a recognized university, not necessarily with a major in psychology. Preference will be given to students who have successfully completed undergraduate courses amounting to either a major or minor in psychology, related social sciences, or allied health professions such as social work.
- a grade point average (GPA) in their undergraduate study sufficiently strong to support the ability to participate in a rigorous, graduate level program of academic study; this is normally shown by an applicant’s cumulative GPA (average on all undergraduate courses) or the GPA on the final 60 undergraduate credits taken. Generally, graduate programs require an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 or 4.3 scale. Applicants may be admitted with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 if there is clear evidence in their application leading the admissions committee to believe that the applicant is prepared for graduate study. Students admitted with GPA below 3.0 will be subject to conditions established by the admissions committee and will not be allowed to continue in the program if such conditions are not met. Applicants whose cumulative GPA in their undergraduate study is below 2.5 on a 4 or 4.3 scale are not considered for conditional admission under this general policy and will not be admitted.
- although standardized test results, such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test, are not required as a precondition for admission to the program, applicants are encouraged to submit these scores if they believe such test results would strengthen their application for admission.
- two letters of reference from professional or academic sources, preferably from persons able to comment meaningfully on the motivation and ability of the applicant to undertake graduate study. A template for reference letters may be downloaded here.
- a current resume or CV.
- a 700-1000 word letter of application substantiating interest, qualifications and experience relevant to the field of counselling psychology. In this letter, we ask our applicants to comment on how their combination of life experience, work and volunteer experience and/or education makes them a suitable candidate for the program. Applicants may also wish to comment on how this program would assist them in meeting their career goals.
- we ask that a $75 application fee be submitted before an application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Applicants whose native language is not English or who have obtained a bachelor’s or first professional degree in a language other than English are required to submit confirmation of an official test of ability to work and study in English. Such tests include:
• Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of at least 580 (written version) or 92 (Internet based version);
• Test of Written English (TWE) with a score of 5.0 or higher; or
• International English-Language Test System (IELTS) with an overall bandwidth of 7.0 or higher and no band below 6.5;
• Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTest) with a minimum overall bandwidth of 4.5;
• Or a score equivalent to these scores on another test of English language proficiency recognized by and acceptable to the University.
The University reserves the right to refuse admission to any student whose proficiency in English is questionable and to ask any student whose written work is below acceptable standards to withdraw from the program.
Applications received past these dates will be subject to a late application fee of $75. Students who are applying late or who anticipate the late arrival of their documents should contact the admissions office immediately by phone or fill out a request information form.