MA in Educational Psychology, School/Applied Child Psychology
Application deadline: January 15 annually (Fall admission).
The aim of the MA in Educational Psychology, School/Applied Psychology concentration (thesis) is to produce graduates who:
- Are broadly trained in educational psychology
- Have sufficient research competence to critically evaluate research in educational psychology, and to design, conduct and report empirical research
- Have experience in applying research methods and findings to the solution of practical problems in varied educational settings
Typically, students entering the MA program choose to apply to the PhD in School/Applied Psychology program which builds upon the foundation gained in the MA degree. Upon completion of the MA and PhD program, students are eligible for licensing as Psychologists with the OPQ (see Accreditation information on the PhD program page).
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Academic background & CGPA
- An undergraduate degree in education, psychology, or another field relevant to the proposed studies in Educational Psychology. It is recommended that some prior study of a relevant branch of psychology form part of the undergraduate training. Review the Pre-Admission Academic Checklist [.doc] for a detailed overview of academic requirements. Prospective applicants should ensure that they have taken the appropriate courses before beginning their application. Consult the School/Applied Child Psychology Pre-Admission Academic Domains Guide [.pdf] for information and assistance in determining how to categorize courses when completing the Pre-Admission Academic Checklist.
- Minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or higher in undergraduate studies
- Note: The School/Applied Child Psychology Concentration does not have a qualifying year program.
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 School/Applied Child Psychology 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 online Application for Admission.
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.
Proficiency in English
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). Applicants will be informed of the admission committee's decision by April 1st of each year. 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 a McGill online Application for Admission. Applicants must include the name(s) of their prospective supervisor on their web application (see note in Admissions, above). Please Note: Admission into the non-thesis option in Educational Psychology, School/Applied Child Psychology Concentration ONLY, has been suspended. Admission to the standard MA (thesis) program remains open. Students interested in applying should make sure to select the Thesis program on their web applications.
- 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
As of October 2012, McGill’s formerly paper-based graduate application process has been replaced with a more convenient electronic version. For detailed instructions on how to apply and how to upload required supporting documents, please see Preparing to Apply and Submitting your Documents
All applicants must submit electronically in PDF format:
- 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 using the provided CV form [.doc].
- References: Three (3) references submitted online using the supplied 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 to Minerva 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 of interest. Use the provided Personal Statement Form [.doc]. The statement should not exceed 3 pages in length and 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 provided Program Application Form [.doc]. Please note: the Program Application From is different from the McGill online application, which is also required by all applicants.
- Pre-admission academic checklist: use the provided Pre-Admission Academic Checklist [.doc]. This form is used by applicants to indicate the names of the courses they have completed that fulfill the requirement for this program. Consult the School/Applied Child Psychology Pre-Admission Academic Domains Guide [.pdf] for information and assistance in determining how to categorize courses when completing the Pre-Admission Academic Checklist.
- GRE: Scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) - both general and the psychology subject tests, sent directly from the testing agency. When arranging submission of GRE results, indicate the McGill University institution code: 0935.
- *International students*: Submission of documented proof of English language proficiency, if applicable, as described in the Admissions notes 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
Visit the McGill Student Accounts' Graduate Tuition & Fees page.
Additional fees apply to certain cohorts of School/Applied Psychology students due to the use of the ECP Assessment Materials Resource Centre (AMRC). Visit the AMRC page to view user fees.
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