Psychological Clinical Science: Counselling and Clinical Psychology MA; Field: Clinical Psychology

Master of Arts


The field in Clinical Psychology is offered primarily by the Department of Psychological Clinical Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Clinical Psychology at UTSC adheres to a Clinical Science model of training and is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). The primary and overriding objective of graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to foster exceptional clinical scientists according to the highest standards of research and professional practice.

Graduate training in Clinical Psychology at UTSC has primary research strengths in the areas of: clinical and cognitive neuroscience, psychological assessment and clinical neuropsychology, psychopathology, personality, and mindfulness- and acceptance-based psychotherapies.

The field in Clinical Psychology adheres to a generalist model of training, with a primary focus on adults. A unifying theme of faculty research in Clinical Psychology at UTSC is to advance knowledge of the etiology and assessment and treatment of mental disorders. Instruction is provided in psychopathology, assessment, and intervention, and students are trained to practise with a variety of adult populations. The field also boasts strength in neuropsychology.

Contact and Address

Telephone: (416) 287-7131

Graduate Department of Psychological Clinical Science
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Science Wing, Room SW427G
1265 Military Trail
Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4

Program Description

The full-time, two-year MA program is designed for applicants interested in working as researchers or practitioners in a variety of psychological and academic settings. This program enables students to apply for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) as a Psychological Associate. It also meets the needs of students who plan to apply to the PhD program in Counselling and Clinical Psychology.

Minimum Admission Requirements

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

  • A four-year bachelor's degree from a recognized university with at least an A– (or first-class standing) in the final two years of undergraduate study, and at least 4.0 to 6.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) in psychology including statistics and some laboratory research experience. Students who are admitted to the program without 4.0 to 6.0 FCEs in required undergraduate coursework may be required to complete additional courses in the master's program. Applicants with a strong background in mathematics, computer science, statistics, biological science, or neuroscience are encouraged to apply.

  • Competitive scores on General and Subject (Psychology) tests of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Note: the GRE requirement has been waived for the 2022-23 admissions cycle.

  • Two academic letters of reference.

  • A personal statement.

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • Completion of the Department's Program Faculty Selection Form.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. Applicants must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or its equivalent according to SGS regulations, prior to submitting the application. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. The Clinical Psychology field for the MA in Counselling and Clinical Psychology requires 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including an ethics course, practicum-based courses, a clinical practicum, and a thesis.

    • 4.5 FCEs as follows:

      • Year 1:

      • Year 2:

        • CPS1101H Clinical Research Design (0.5 FCE);

        • CPS1102H Statistical Techniques I (0.5 FCE);

        • CPS1802H Applied Interventions in Clinical Psychology (0.5 FCE);

        • CPS1803H Practicum in Psychological Interventions (0.5 FCE).

    • 0.5 FCE: Students must complete a clinical practicum at a pre-approved placement site in the final Summer of the program (CPS2999H Summer Practicum)

  • Research thesis to be completed and orally defended in Year 2 of the program.

Program Length

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

Time Limit

3 years full-time