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Masters in Psychology in Canada

 

A master's degree in psychology can be earned in Canada by either full-time, part-time, or online study for one to two years. There are about one hundred and fifty universities in Canada that offer master's degrees in psychology. According to THE Rankings 2022, the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University are the best universities in Canada to earn a master's degree in psychology.

 

The majority of universities in Canada will begin accepting applications for their Master in Psychology programs in November or December 2022. The application period will begin in January 2022. Admissions will commence in September 2022 and continue through September 2023.

 

A GRE score, a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, an IELTS score between 6.5 and 7, and a TOEFL iBT score between 70 and 90 are all required for admission to a master's program in psychology in Canada (admission criteria vary depending on the University requirements). In Canada, entrance to master's programs in psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University, Trent University, Vanguard University, and Lynn University does not require a score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

 

The cost of obtaining a Master's degree in Psychology in Canada ranges from roughly 4,000 to 30,000 Canadian Dollars (four to seventeen lakhs Indian Rupees) each year. The University of Northern British Columbia is one of the more reasonably priced universities in Canada to pursue a master's degree in psychology; the cost of attendance at other universities with comparable programs ranges from 1,400 to 3,800 Canadian Dollars a year (INR 81,000 - 2.21 lakhs per year). At universities in Canada that offer master's degrees in psychology, you may also qualify for scholarships that range anywhere from 760 to 13,250 US dollars in value.

 

According to estimates from payscale, Psychology is one of the disciplines that is experiencing rapid growth in Canada. The starting salary for a new graduate with a master's degree in psychology from a university in Canada is equivalent to INR 36.69 lakhs per year.

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#Top Universities

The following table provides a ranking of the top 10 Canadian universities that provide a master's degree in psychology, as well as the relevant Times Higher Education (THE) and QS World Rankings 2022 positions:

 

University Name

THE Ranking 2022

Tuition Fee (CAD/year)

University of Toronto

18

27,520 CAD/year

University of British Columbia

37

8,952 CAD/year

McGill University

44

9,330 CAD/year

McMaster University

80

11,396 CAD/year

University of Alberta

125

7,680 CAD/year

University of Waterloo

201

14,508 CAD/year

Western University

201

12,656 CAD/year

Queen’s University

251

12,927 CAD/year

Dalhousie University

251

13,077 CAD/year

York University

401

12,550 CAD/year

#Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Psychology degree in Canada, international applicants are required to meet not only the general standards but also the requirements that are unique to the program.

 

Prospective international students who are interested in pursuing a Master of Science degree in Psychology in Canada are required to satisfy the following eligibility requirements to be considered for admission to one of the country's universities:

  • Master's programs in psychology in Canada require applicants to have a minimum of 16 years of study, broken down as follows: 10+2+4 years of education, as well as a bachelor's degree in Psychology or a related discipline.
  • To be eligible for admission to the Master in Psychology program in Canada, you need to have earned a grade point average of between 75% and 80% in your undergraduate degree.
  • Before applying for a Master of Science in Psychology in Canada, prospective students are strongly encouraged to finish both their research thesis and advanced statistics coursework.
  • A grade of A- or B+, or higher, in the topic that the student is majoring in is required to demonstrate a good academic performance.
  • To get accepted into a Master of Science in Psychology program in Canada, you will need to take the GRE. However, not all educational institutions demand the same thing from their students.
  • To be eligible for admission to a Master of Psychology program in Canada, applicants are also required to provide evidence that they do not have any sort of criminal history.

Note that just meeting all of the basic requirements for admission, does not give the assurance that you will be accepted into the master's program in psychology in Canada.

 

#Admission requirements

After submitting an application for a Master of Science in Psychology at a university in Canada, applicants are asked to send in a list of supporting documents as well as test scores. The list of the same can be found below, along with other standards that must be met by overseas students:

  • How to Apply for a Master's Degree in Psychology in Canada: Prospective students must submit their applications to the specific Canadian universities where they wish to enroll.
  • Documentation to Back It Up: The following items constitute the necessary paperwork that must be turned in:
  • Letter of Intent or Research or Statement of Purpose (SOP): This should be no more than one page and should state the reasons for conducting research as well as the long-term goals following completion of an MS in Psychology in Canada.
  • CV or Resume: Additionally, a current CV or resume that details the applicant's level of research experience in psychology or professional experience must be submitted (if any).
  • Transcripts of academic work completed at an accredited high school, university, or college, provided in PDF format and stamped with the official seal of the educational institution.
  • Option Preference Form: This form is required by several universities in Canada so that they can learn from the applicant the type of research that the applicant hopes to engage in while pursuing a master's degree in psychology.
  • If a candidate has previously earned a degree in Psychology, some colleges in Canada will waive the requirement for them to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These universities ask applicants to submit a Psychology Background Form.
  • The Required Test Scores Are: The following examinations, together with their respective minimum scores, must be passed by international students who wish to earn a Master of Science degree in Psychology from a Canadian university:
  • Standardized Test Scores: The GRE is the standardized test that is required by the majority of the universities in Canada that provide admission to Master's programs in Psychology.

#Scores for the English Language Proficiency Exam:

Here is a list of the minimal scores that are mentioned; however, only one of these scores is accepted for admission to the Master of Science in Psychology program in Canada:

Test Name

Minimum Score Required

TOEFL (iBT)

86 - 120

TOEFL (CBT)

213 - 250

TOEFL (PBT)

580 - 600

IELTS

6.5 - 7

CAEL

70% - 80%

CANTest

4.5

Test of Writing in English (TWE)

4.0 - 5.0

MELAB

85 - 90

CPE

Level C

CAE

Level B

PTE

63

 

Note that because each university has its unique test acceptance policy, the universities may not necessarily accept any or all of the tests listed above. Therefore, prospective students should investigate the prerequisites and examinations needed for admission to a master's program in psychology at a Canadian university before applying.

#Application deadlines

Depending on the institution, the deadline for submitting an application to be considered for admission to a master's program in psychology in Canada falls anywhere from December to February.

 

University Name

Application Deadline

Admission Dates

University of Toronto

November 2022

September 2023

McGill University

December 2022

August 2023

University of British Columbia

December 2022

September 2023

University of Waterloo

December 2022

September 2023

Western University

December 2022

September 2023

Queen’s University

December 2022

September 2023

McMaster University

December 2022

September 2023

York University

December 2022

September 2023

Dalhousie University

December 2022

September 2023

University of Alberta

January 2022

September 2022

#Student visa

Students from other countries need to have a valid study visa to enroll in a master's program in psychology in Canada. Check and recheck sure you have all of the necessary paperwork and files before you submit your application.

  • The length of your program plus an additional three months is typically included in the validity period of a study permit. You have the option to ask for an extension of your stay.
  • Your study permit will be valid for the period of the courses that your school wants you to take before, in addition to an additional year, if your institution has this requirement. After you have been accepted into the main program, you will have the opportunity to submit a request to lengthen the period that you are enrolled as a student.
  • If you do not complete your course by the expiration date, you must request to extend your student visa.

#Masters in Psychology without GRE

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is one of the regular admissions tests in Canadian colleges; however, certain Canadian universities that offer master's degrees in psychology do not require a GRE score from their students.

 

The following table provides a listing of Canadian universities that offer master's degrees in Psychology but do not need applicants to submit GRE scores. Note that some of the universities listed below are located in the United States, but they only offer their Master's degrees in Psychology through an online format.

 

University

Fees (CAD/year)

Admission Requirements

Mount Saint Vincent University

13,304 CAD/module

GPA 3.3, IELTS 7, TOEFL iBT 93

Trent University

20,996

GPA 3.3 - 3.7, IELTS 6.5, TOEFL iBT 93

Vanguard University

30,429

TOEFL iBT 86, IELTS 6.5

Lynn University

17,466

IELTS 6.5, PTE 55, TOEFL iBT 80

Grand Canyon University (Online)

25,583

GPA 2.8, GMAT 500, IELTS 6

Walden University (Online)

32,764

IELTS 6.5, PTE 53, TOEFL iBT 79

#Courses

Masters of Clinical Psychology in Canada, Masters of Science in Psychology in Canada, and Masters of Arts in Psychology in Canada are the three most common types of advanced degrees in the field of psychology that may be obtained in Canada. The most prestigious schools in Canada that offer master's degree programs in psychology, along with the associated costs and application due dates, are detailed below.

 

Masters in Clinical Psychology

 

University

Fees (CAD/year)

Admission Dates

Lakehead University (MA Clinical Psychology)

15,332

Application Date: February 2022 Admission Date: September 2022

Lakehead University (MA Clinical Psychology: Gender and Women's Studies)

15,332

Application Date: February 2022 Admission Date: September 2022

University of Alberta (Masters in School and Clinical Child Psychology)

7,680

Application Date: December 2022 Admission Date: September 2023

University of Victoria (MSc Clinical Psychology)

5,074

Admission Date: September 2022

University of Toronto (MA in Counseling and Clinical Psychology)

27,520

Application Date: November 2022 Admission Date: September 2023

Queen's University (MSc Clinical Psychology)

12,927

Application Date: December 2022 Admission Date: September 2023

University of Regina (MA Clinical Psychology)

45,840

Application Date: January 2022 Admission Date: September 2022

 

#MSc Psychology

 

University

Fees (CAD/year)

Admission Dates

Trent University

20,996

Application Date: February 2022 Admission Date: September 2022

University of Northern British Columbia

3,498

Application Date: December 2022 Admission Date: September 2023

Lakehead University

15,332

Application Date: February 2022 Admission Date: September 2022

Western University

12,656

Application Date: December 2022 Admission Date: September 2023

Dalhousie University

13,077

Application Date: December 2022 Admission Date: September 2023

McMaster University

11,396

Application Date: December 2022 Admission Date: September 2023

Queen's University

12,927

Application Date: December 2022 Admission Date: September 2023

 

MA Psychology

 

University

Fees (CAD/year)

Admission Dates

Mount Saint Vincent University

13,304 CAD/Module

Application Date: January 2022 Admission Date: September 2022

Lakehead University

15,332

Application Date: February 2022 Admission Date: September 2022

University of British Columbia

13,604

Application Date: December 2022 Admission Date: September 2023

University of Guelph

13,674

Application Date: November 2022 Admission Date: September 2023

#Cost of studying

The whole cost of obtaining a master's degree in psychology in Canada, including tuition and fees, will come to approximately 32,000 dollars per year after the degree is finished in its entirety. The following section of this article will throw light on the various costs that are incurred while studying for a master's degree in psychology in Canada. 

 

Pre-arrival expenses

In order to be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Psychology program in Canada, prospective students are required to make several charges, some of which are non-refundable, such as the application fee and health insurance premiums. The following is a list of one-time payments that are included in this category and fall under the aforementioned heading

 

Expenses

Cost (in USD)

GRE Test Fee

205

University Application Fee

75

Visa Application Fee

235*

Health Insurance

410 - 607

Official Financial Statement

10,000

 

A study permit costs USD 150, and getting your biometrics done costs USD 85.

#Cost of living

The total of the costs associated with housing, public transportation, grocery shopping, and medical care is what is meant by the phrase "Cost of Living in Canada." There is a possibility that overseas students attending schools and institutions located in various towns and regions across Canada would experience a moderately varying cost of living standard in Canada.

 

Type of Expenses

Cost (USD)

Accommodation

4,500-10,000/yr

Food

3000-5000/yr

Books & Study Material

1500/yr

Clothing

40/month

Utilities

400/month

Entertainment

80-160/month

Other Related Expenses

78-163/month

#Affordable masters in Psychology in Canada

College

Course

Fees (CAD/year)

University of Northern British Columbia

MSc Psychology

3,498

Memorial University of Newfoundland

MSc Psychology

2,148

Simon Fraser University

MA Psychology

3,892

University of New Brunswick

MA Psychology

1,435 CAD/module

#Scholarships

The amount of money awarded by International Student Scholarships in Canada for master's degree programs in psychology might range anywhere from 760 to 13,250 USD. The following grants, scholarships, and awards are available from a variety of educational institutions:

  • Graduate Assistantships are available every year through the Arts Faculty at the University of Northern British Columbia to graduate Psychology students who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and are enrolled in the master's degree. The sum that is being offered is 11,400 US Dollars.
  • Terms of Reference for the Jillings Award presented by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research In the University of Regina, Clinical Psychology students who are accepted into the master's program are eligible to receive a sum equal to USD 2,200.
  • Students participating in the Master of Science in Psychology program at the University of Alberta are eligible for the following scholarships:
    • Dr. Brendan Gail Rule A graduate scholarship in the sum of 1,400 US Dollars is made available to a student in the Psychology department who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in academics.
    • Dr. Jane Silvius After the class, the Psychology department will choose one student at random to receive a graduate scholarship in child development for a total of 12,200 US dollars. This student will be chosen at random.
    • Graduate students who are conducting research in the field of developmental science are eligible to apply for the ISSBD 2012 Graduate Scholarship. The prize is guaranteed to be a minimum of 760 USD.
  • Students at Concordia University who are pursuing a Master of Science in Psychology are eligible to receive an annual scholarship from the university worth 13,250 USD.
  • Graduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement are eligible to receive an annual stipend from the Psychology Department at Queen's University averaging 20,100 USD.
  • Graduate students who are enrolled in the Master of Science in Psychology program at McMaster University are eligible for a departmental award worth $1,900 USD from the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behavior (PNB).

#Career prospects

 

After completing their Master of Science in Psychology, just 27 percent of students who are eligible apply to the Ph.D. program in Psychology offered in Canada. On the other hand, those who are left actively look for work. Institutions such as universities or colleges, hospitals, pharmaceutical businesses, psychotherapy clinics, research organizations, and so on all play a role in the recruitment process for these individuals.

 

The following table provides information regarding work opportunities for those with a Master's degree in Psychology in Canada, as well as recruiting companies and potential salaries:

 

Job Role

Recruiting Organization

Salary

Psychologist

Pain Rehabilitation Clinic, Toronto, Ontario

$50 - $200 hourly

Moncton Psychologist

Réseau de santé Horizon, Moncton, New Brunswick

$37.2991 - $44.9147

Clinical Psychologist

Ottawa Center for Cognitive Therapy, Ottawa, Ontario

$120,000.00 to $180,000.00 annually

Psychologist

Center for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario

$66.41 hourly

Educational Psychologist

Government of Saskatchewan

$35.164-$44.064 hourly

 

The following is a list of popular government departments in Canada that are always looking to hire psychologists:

 

CLINWest Research Inc.

NeuroRx Research

Marianopolis College

McGill University

Montreal Therapy Center

Novotech

Research Institute of McGill University Health Center

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

University of Ottawa

University of Toronto

 

  • Masters of Psychology degree holders in Canada have the potential to earn $62,943 a year (roughly equivalent to INR 36.69 lakhs) even without any work experience.
  • Following graduation, a psychologist who has between one and four years of professional experience can anticipate earning a base salary of $71,921 (INR 41.93 lakhs per annum).
  • The salaries of psychologists in Halifax, Alberta, and Ottawa are all between 4 and 13 percent more than the average income across the country.
  • Students who specialize in Masters in Cognitive Behavior, Clinical Psychology, Diagnosis, and Treatment Planning earn salaries that are significantly higher than the national average pay of a Psychologist. These salaries range from $77,000 to $92,886 (INR 41 to INR 54 lakhs per annum).

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