The master’s program leads to the degree(s) of Master of Arts (M.A.) or
Master of Science (M.Sc.) depending on the sub-discipline. The program is 2 years in
length: students will typically complete their course work in the first year and their research
thesis in the second year.
The master’s program has three distinct fields of study: Health, Developmental, and
Health Psychology is a field of study concerned with the psychological, social,
cultural and behavioural factors that influence overall health and well-being, as well as the
impact of stress and illness on the individual. Specific foci within our program include
affect regulation, analysis of health care, social and attachment relationships, cross-cultural
relations, communication, family dynamics, dreams, emotional intelligence, human
sexuality, personality and psychopathology, psychosocial oncology, and stress and
Developmental Psychology is a field of study that examines maturational
processes and experiences on behaviour. Age-related behavioural change is examined
across a broad range of topics including: acquisition of language, attachment
relationships, conceptual understanding, development of motor skills, identity formation,
problem solving abilities, and psychosocial functioning, Specific foci within our program
include life-span development, attachment, language, culture, and cognitive development.
Areas of Psychology examine how neural and mental processes guide our behaviour and how these processes are constrained by the body and the environment.
These areas of research examine questions about the workings of attention, behavioural
neuroscience, creativity, knowledge representation, language, memory, reasoning,
problem solving, and perception. Specific foci within our department include attention and
reading, memory and cognition, sleep, vision, neural development, and stressor reactivity.
This field of study is among the fastest growing areas in psychology.
Applicants to the M.A./M.Sc. program will normally have completed a B.A. or B.Sc. honours degree in Psychology from a recognized university, with an overall average of at least B+ (77%, GPA 3.3) and an average of A- (80%, GPA 3.7) in Psychology courses.
Admissions to the M.A./M.Sc. program are based on the availability of appropriate faculty as instructors,
supervisors and committee members, feasibility of the applicant’s proposed course of study and research project, and appropriateness of the applicant’s previous education and training. Graduate Record Examinations (General and Subject sections) are not required, but are highly recommended.
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(Courtesy Prof. G. Navara)