PhD in Educational Psychology, Human Development
The PhD in Educational Psychology, Human Development specialization emphasizes the development of research skills and supports basic and applied research pertaining to all domains of educational psychology.
The program aims to develop graduates who demonstrate:
- Broad scholarship in planning and implementing basic and applied research on problems of cognition, teaching, learning, and human development.
- Mastery of current theoretical issues in educational psychology and their historical development.
- A detailed knowledge of their selected concentration.
The Human Development concentration builds upon the MA program and is intended to prepare students to work in school, institutional, and university settings. The degree prepares candidates to support the educational and psychological well-being of individuals, to use research to critically inform practice, and to be able to conceptualize and conduct applied and theoretical research related to different trajectories of human development and varied educational settings. The program follows a mentorship model that encourages students’ active participation in research and prepares them for academia and leadership roles in the field.
The Human Development program is unique in exploring development including cognitive, language, social, personality, and gender development issues in children and adolescents from the diverse perspectives of our multidisciplinary faculty. These perspectives are then employed to better understand issues related to disabilities and individuals’ diverse needs in educational and community settings.
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Academic background & CGPA
1) An undergraduate degree in psychology, education, or another field relevant to the proposed studies in Educational Psychology, with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or higher in undergraduate studies.
2) A Master's degree in Educational Psychology from McGill or a recognized equivalent degree. This degree should reflect high overall standing, study within the area of the proposed doctoral specialization and evidence of research competence. Applicants can also hold an MEd in Educational Psychology or a Master's degree in a related discipline (e.g., sociology, social work, counselling psychology) lacking only the content in educational psychology that can be acquired within one year of full-time study. The applicant's academic record must reflect high overall standing and evidence of research competence.
Identification of prospective supervisor(s)
Applicants are required to identify one or two prospective supervisors with research interests in common with their own prior to submitting their application to the Human Development program. Applicants should make email contact with individual Human Development faculty members prior to applying in order to explore the fit between their own research interests and those of the faculty member. We suggest that in an exploratory email, you make an initial statement about the area of your research interests and enclose a current CV. After doing so, applicants will need to indicate their prospective supervisor(s) on their McGill Application for Admission form.
If you are an international applicant and wish to find out whether you qualify under McGill University's CGPA Guidelines for Graduate Admissions, visit International CGPA Equivalency.
Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English and who have not obtained (or are about to obtain) an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized institution in Canada or the US (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of proficiency in oral and written English.
Appropriate exam results must be submitted prior to the application deadline and submitted directly from the language testing proficiency office to McGill. For more information on test requirements, submission of scores, and possible exemptions, visit the McGill Future Graduate Students English Language Proficiency page.
In each case, you must ensure that the official test results are sent to directly to McGill (McGill Institution Code: 0935) by the testing service. Applications will not be considered if test results are not available. Note: TOEFL results are only valid for two years from the date the test was written.
Applicants whose mother tongue is not English may be asked to demonstrate an English-language proficiency beyond the submission of the language proficiency test scores.
Deadline for online Application for Admission form and uploaded supporting documents: January 15 annually (Fall admission). Click below for the application process and required supporting information.
Please note that there are known issues with the referrer notification and uploading procedure. We are working hard to correct this as soon as possible. In the meantime, due to the high volume of such requests, if your referee has not received a notification email within 2 business days, please email us at ecpinfo [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca with your name, ID number, and programs applied to.
STEP 1. Complete online Application for Admission
- Complete an online McGill Application for Admission. Include 1-2 prospective supervisors. See note in Admissions, above.
- Submit the non-refundable application fee. There are no exceptions even if you have applied to another McGill department in the same year. The fee is submitted by credit card when you submit your electronic application.
After your application has been received, you will be given access to your Minerva account. Here, you will be able to upload your unofficial transcripts and supporting documentation detailed below to complete your application. Uploading of these supporting documents is mandatory.
STEP 2. Upload supporting documents
All supplemental application materials and supporting documents must be uploaded directly to the McGill admissions processing system. See Submitting your Documents for information and instructions.
All applicants must submit electronically the following information:
- Transcripts: Uploaded copies of all post-secondary transcripts - including any McGill transcripts if you have previously attended McGill. These transcripts will be considered unofficial by McGill. Quebec residents: CEGEP transcripts are not required. Please note: after admission, you will be required to supply final, official transcripts before enrolling for courses.
- CV: A current Curriculum Vitae listing research experience on the provided form: CV Form [.doc].
- References: Three (3) letters of reference uploaded using the provided Letter of Reference Form [.doc]. Applicants are responsible for advising their referees that references must be completed on the provided form. IMPORTANT: All reference letters must be uploaded as PDF documents. If the form provided by the department is a Word document, please Save As PDF or Print to PDF and then upload the file through the Graduate Admissions system.
- Personal statement: A personal statement of interest, 1-2 pages in length using the provided Personal Statement Form [.doc]. The form must include the following information: a) Your reasons for applying to the program; b) Your career aspirations; c) Any information relevant to your application to which you would like to direct the attention of the admissions committee.
- Program application: Use the Program Application Form [.doc]. Please note: the Program Application From is different from the McGill online Application for Admission, which is also required by all applicants.
- Research proposal using the provided form: Research Proposal [.doc]. The form should be two pages long and demonstrate your ability to develop an academic research proposal. Note that this document will be used for evaluation purposes only. Please type directly into this template and adjust the format accordingly.
- International students: Submission of documented proof of English language proficiency, if applicable, as described in the Admissions section above.
Notification & confirmation of acceptance
- By April 1st of each year, candidates offered potential positions in the program will receive by email a "Recommendation of Acceptance" sent to the e-mail address indicated on the web application. This letter serves to inform the candidate that the Admissions Review Committee has agreed to accept them into the program and that their application is being transmitted to McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) for final review. In most cases, this review takes approximately 7-10 days.
- After review by GPS, successful candidates will be contacted by GPS with an official "Offer of Admission".
- Candidates are then required to respond to the Offer of Admission by logging into Minerva and selecting the relevant accept/decline option.
Tuition & fees
For current tuition and fees, visit McGill Student Accounts' Graduate Tuition & Fees.
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