Psychology

Psychology: Introduction

Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Psychology

MA and PhD

Note: admissions to the MA program have been administratively suspended.

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

Overview

Graduate training in Psychology stresses training in general experimental psychology. Areas of specialization include the following:

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Perception, Cognition, and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developmental
  • Social and Personality.

Contact and Address

Web: www.psych.utoronto.ca/graduate
Email: psy.graduate@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-3404

Graduate Program, Department of Psychology
University of Toronto
Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Room 4034
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3G3
Canada

Psychology: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Alain, Claude - BA, MA, PhD
Andersen, Judith - BSc, MA, PhD
Armstrong, Blair - BASc, MA, PhD
Arruda Carvalho, Maithe - BSc, MSc, PhD
Bagby, Michael - BA, MA, PhD, PhD
Barense, Morgan - BA, PhD
Bernhardt-Walther, Dirk - BSc, MPH, PhD
Buchsbaum, Bradley - BSc, PhD
Buchsbaum, Daphna - AB, MA, MSc, PhD
Cant, Jonathan - BA, MS, MedScD
Carlson, Erika Nicole - BS, MA, MA, PhD
Chambers, Craig - BA, MA, MA, PhD
Chasteen, Alison - BA, PhD
Cheung, Felix - AB, AM, PhD
Chung, Joanne Mee Hae - BA, BA, MA, PhD
Cirelli, Laura - BA, PhD
Corbit, Laura - PhD
Cree, George Scott - BA, MA, PhD
Cunningham, William - BA, MPH, MS, MA, PhD
Cupchik, Gerald Chaim - BA, MA, PhD
Dion, Karen - BA, PhD
Duncan, Katherine - BS, PhD
Einstein, Gillian - AB, PhD
Erb, Suzanne - BSc, MA, PhD
Farb, Norman - BA, MA, PhD
Ferber, Susanne - MPsy, PhD
Fletcher, Paul - BSc, DPhil
Ford, Brett Quaid - MA, PhD
Fournier, Marc - BA, PhD
Frankland, Paul - MA, PhD
Gerlai, Robert - MSc, PhD
Goghari, Vina - BA, MA, PhD
Goldstein, Abby - BA, MA, PhD
Haley, David - BA, MA, PhD
Helwig, Charles - BA, PhD
Herrmann, Bjorn - PhD
Holmes, Melissa - BA, MA, PhD
Hutcherson, Cendri Anne Claire - BA, PhD
Impett, Emily - BS, MS, PhD
Inbar, Yoel - PhD
Inzlicht, Michael - BSc, MSc, PhD
Ito Lee, Rutsuko - BA, PhD
Johnson, Elizabeth - BA, MA, PhD (Graduate Director)
Joordens, Steve - BA, MA, PhD
Josselyn, Sheena - MA, PhD
Kim, Junchul - BSc, MSc, PhD
Lai, Meng-Chuan - MD, PhD
Latham, Gary - BA, MS, PhD
Lee, Andy CH - BA, PhD
Lee, Spike - MS, PhD
Leonardelli, Geoffrey - BA, MA, PhD
Levine, Brian - BA, MA, PhD
Lockwood, Penelope - BA, MA, PhD
MacDonald, Geoffrey - BA, PhD (Acting Chair)
MacDonald, Suzanne - PhD
Mack, Meg Schlichting - BA, PhD
Malti, Tina - MA, MA, PhD, PhD
Martin, Loren - BSc, MSc, PhD
McAndrews, Mary Pat - BSc, MA, PhD
McGowan, Patrick - BSc, MA, PhD
McIntosh, Anthony Randal - BSc, MSc, PhD
Monks, Ashley - BSc, MA, PhD
Moscovitch, Morris - BSc, MA, PhD, Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Chair in Neuropsychology
Murphy, Kelly - BSc, MA, PhD
Nestor, Adrian - BPhil, MSc, ScD
Niemeier, Matthias - MA, PhD
Page-Gould, Elizabeth - BS, PhD, CRC (Graduate Chair)
Park, Jun Young - PhD
Paus, Tomas - MD, PhD
Peterson, Jordan - BA, BA, PhD
Plaks, Jason - BA, MA, MPH, PhD
Pratt, Jay - BA, MS, PhD
Ralph, Martin - BSc, PhD
Ronfard, Samuel - BA, MEd, MSc(T), EdD
Rule, Nicholas - AB, MS, PhD, CRC (Chair)
Ruocco, Anthony Charles - BS, MSc, PhD
Ryan, Jennifer - BS, PhD
Schimmack, Ulrich - BA, MA, DPhil
Schmuckler, Mark - BA, PhD
Schneider, Bruce - BA, PhD
Sekuler, Allison - BA, PhD
Shu, L.H. - PhD
Sommerville, Jessica - PhD
Starmans, Christina - BA, MPH, MSc, PhD
Stellar, Jennifer - BA, PhD
Tafarodi, Romin - BA, PhD
Takehara, Kaori - BSc, MSc, PhD
Taylor, Margot - BA, MA, PhD
Uliaszek, Amanda Ann - BA, MA, PhD
Zakzanis, Konstantine - BA, MA, PhD

Members Emeriti

Craik, Fergus - BSc, PhD
Daneman, Meredyth - BA, MA, PhD
Fleming, Alison - BS, PhD
Freedman, Jonathan - AB, PhD
Grusec, Joan - BA, PhD
Hasher, Lynn - AB, PhD
Herman, C. Peter - BA, PhD
Lockhart, Robert - BA, MA, PhD
Pichora-Fuller, Margaret Kathleen - AB, MS, DPhil
Polivy, Janet - BS, MA, PhD
Reingold, Eyal - BA, MA, PhD
Schellenberg, Glenn - BSc, PhD
Shettleworth, Sara - BA, MA, PhD
Smith, Marylou - BSc, MSc, PhD
Spence, Ian - MA, MA, PhD
Trehub, Sandra - BComm, MA, PhD
Tulving, Endel - BA, MA, PhD
Walters, Gary - BA, PhD
Yeomans, John - BA, PhD

Associate Members

Dunkley, Benjamin - BSc, PhD
Widjaja, Elysa - MSc, MPH, MBBS

Psychology: Psychology MA

Note: admissions to the Master of Arts program have been administratively suspended.

Master of Arts

Program Description

The MA program is designed to provide students with rigorous scientific training in experimental psychology. The program is one year in duration, during which time students obtain instruction in statistics and research design, and carry out a research project that culminates in a written thesis and oral examination. Students admitted to the MA program are expected to continue to the PhD program.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Psychology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minimum A– average (or first-class standing) in the last two undergraduate years, and the equivalent of 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in psychology including statistics and adequate research performance.

  • It is assumed that all students entering the MA program intend to continue in the PhD program.

Program Requirements

  • Courses and individual research training leading to a thesis.

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 2.0 FCEs as follows:

    • PSY1000H Directed Studies to prepare for the MA thesis research (0.5 FCE)

    • PSY2001H Statistics I, experimental design and statistics (0.5 FCE)

    • two half-course Psychology electives (1.0 FCE total).

  • MA thesis.

It is expected that following the MA year, students will proceed to the PhD program. To be eligible for admission, adequate research performance and at least an A– average are required.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Psychology: Psychology PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The principal aim of the PhD program is to equip students with the skills to carry out advanced research within experimental psychology, and to become independent research scientists. Students work closely with a faculty adviser to develop and conduct a specialized (often multidisciplinary) program of research that ultimately culminates in a written dissertation and final oral examination. Through additional coursework and research opportunities, students gain breadth in their knowledge base and skill set in experimental psychology. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in academia, or a variety of non-academic careers where rigorous and in-depth research training is required.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Psychology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate University of Toronto master's degree, or its equivalent from a recognized university, with a minimum A– average and adequate research performance.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 0.5 FCE: an advanced statistics course chosen from a list provided by the department (typically PSY2002H Statistics II, taken in Year 1).

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY3000H0 External Research Project, a research project course supervised by a faculty member other than the student's PhD supervisor, completed during Years 1 and 2.

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY3001H0 Professional Psychology (Credit/No Credit), taken in two modules in Years 1 and 3.

    • 1.0 FCE in Psychology course electives. Of this requirement, 0.5 FCE can be achieved through two 0.25 FCE Psychology module electives (PSY3100H Psychological Science Skills).

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY4000H0 Doctoral Research Project, thesis proposal, and oral exam (examination in the student's area of research).

  • PhD thesis.

  • Students may take other courses, but it is expected that the requirements will be completed in the first two years of the PhD program. Students admitted with a master's degree from another university will normally be required to fulfil the PhD course requirements; however, exemptions may be granted by the Graduate Director of the Department of Psychology.

Program Length

4 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Psychology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate University of Toronto bachelor's degree, or its equivalent from a recognized university, with a minimum A– average and adequate research performance.

  • Applicants with a master’s degree in Psychology or a cognate discipline will likely be admitted to the four-year PhD program, whereas students with a master’s degree in an unrelated discipline will be admitted to the direct-entry PhD option. Such admission decisions will be made by the Graduate Director.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY1100H Foundational Research Project, a research project course supervised by the student's supervisor plus two other faculty members, completed during Years 1 and 2.

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY2001H Statistics I, an introductory statistics course taken in Year 1.

    • 0.5 FCE: an advanced statistics course chosen from a list provided by the department (typically PSY2002H Statistics II, taken in Year 1).

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY3000H0 External Research Project, a research project course supervised by a faculty member other than the student's PhD supervisor, completed during Years 2 and 3.

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY3001H0 Professional Psychology (Credit/No Credit), taken in two modules in Years 1 and 3.

    • 2.0 FCEs in Psychology course electives. Of this requirement, 0.5 FCE can be achieved through two 0.25 FCE Psychology module electives (PSY3100H Psychological Science Skills).

    • 0.5 FCE: PSY4000H0 Doctoral Research Project, thesis proposal, and oral exam (examination in the student's area of research).

  • PhD thesis.

  • Students may take other courses, but it is expected that the requirements will be completed in the first three years of the PhD program. Students admitted with a master's degree from another university will normally be required to fulfil the PhD course requirements; however, exemptions may be granted by the Graduate Director of the Department of Psychology.

Program Length

5 years full-time

Time Limit

7 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

Psychology: Psychology MA, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered each year. See the current offerings.

MA and PhD Core Courses

Course Code Course Title
PSY1000H
Directed Studies
PSY1100H0 Foundational Research Project
PSY1200H
Selected Topics in Psychology
PSY1210H
Selected Topics in Psychology
PSY1500H
Conceptual Bases of Psychology
PSY2001H
Statistics I
PSY2002H
Statistics II
PSY3000H0
External Research Project
PSY3001H0
Professional Psychology (Credit/No Credit)
PSY3100H Psychological Science Skills
PSY4000H0
Doctoral Research Project (Credit/No Credit)

Behavioural Neuroscience Core Courses

Course Code Course Title
PSY5101H
Mechanisms of Behaviour
PSY5110H
Advanced Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience I
PSY5111H
Advanced Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience II
PSY5112H
Advanced Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience III
PSY5121H
Advanced Topics in Animal Behaviour and Motivation II
PSY5130H
Advanced Topics in Neuropsychology I

Developmental Core Courses

Course Code Course Title
PSY5303H Cognitive Development
PSY5304H Language Development
PSY5305H Social Development
PSY5310H Advanced Topics in Development I
PSY5311H Advanced Topics in Development II

Perception/Cognition/Cognitive Neuroscience Core Courses

Course Code Course Title
PSY5201H
Audition
PSY5203H
Higher Cognition
PSY5204H
Attention
PSY5205H
Memory
PSY5210H
Advanced Topics in Perception I
PSY5211H
Advanced Topics in Perception II
PSY5212H
Advanced Topics in Perception III
PSY5220H
Advanced Topics in Cognition I
PSY5221H
Advanced Topics in Cognition II
PSY5222H
Advanced Topics in Cognition III

Social and Personality Core Courses

Course Code Course Title
PSY5402H
Personality
PSY5403H
Social Cognition
PSY5410H
Advanced Topics in Abnormal I
PSY5411H
Advanced Topics in Abnormal II
PSY5420H
Advanced Topics in Personality I
PSY5421H
Advanced Topics in Personality II
PSY5430H
Advanced Topics in Social Psychology I
PSY5431H
Advanced Topics in Social Psychology II
PSY5432H
Advanced Topics in Social Psychology III
PSY5433H
Advanced Topics in Social Psychology IV

Cross-Listed Courses

Course Code Course Title
JLP2450H Psycholinguistics
JLP2451H Language Acquisition
JLP2452H Language Acquisition and Linguistic Theory
JNS1000Y
Fundamentals of Neuroscience: Systems and Behaviour
JPM1005Y
Behavioural Pharmacology
JPX1001Y
Parenting: Multidisciplinary Perspectives