The Post-PhD Graduate Diploma in School/Applied Psychology enables holders of a doctorate in Psychology to pursue further studies in School/Applied Child Psychology. The course of study is adapted to the background of each student. The program includes exceptionally one, or typically two, years of courses and practica, plus a year of Internship. Students register on a per-credit basis (including Internship). IMPORTANT NOTE: Regarding the required internship place, this must be full-time placement and students cannot fulfill this requirement at the place of employment.
All elements of this postdoctoral graduate diploma are selected from the professional components of the PhD in School/Applied Child Psychology, which is accredited in the School Psychology category by the American Psychological Association (APA). Graduates of a re-specialization program are normally accorded the same recognition as graduates of the accredited program. Please visit the PhD program page for accreditation information (please note that APA accreditation will cease for all Canadian institutions in 2015).
Students are not required to demonstrate knowledge of a second language within this program; however, any student wishing to be licensed as a professional psychologist in Quebec must have a working knowledge of French. Accreditation status may be confirmed by contacting the accrediting bodies.
Academic background & requirements
- An earned doctorate in Educational Psychology, another area of Psychology, or a closely related discipline (to be recognized at the Program Director's discretion).
- TOEFL minimum score of 577 on the paper-based test (233 on the computer-based test, or 90 on the Internet-based test with each component score not less than 20) for non-Canadian students from countries where English is not the first language and who have not completed a recognized university degree taught in English.
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 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.
The deadline for online submission of your completed uApply application and uploaded supporting documents is January 15 annually (Fall admission only). Click below for application process and required supporting information.
uApply Online Application
STEP 1. Complete uApply Online Application
- Complete an online McGill uApply application for admission. Applicants should review the abovementioned program eligibility requirements prior to starting their online application. Applicants should review the GPS step-by-step Applying and Admissions Help Site before starting their application. Note: in order to finalize and submit your uApply application, a non-refundable application fee is required.
- Built into the uApply online application are numerous questions requiring personal information specific to every applicant. Program specific requirements within the application are as follows:
- Letters of Reference: Within the online application, applicants must provide valid institutional e-mail addresses for three (3) referees. McGill University will send an email to each referee applicants identify on the application form, asking for a reference in support of their application to be admitted. Referees will be invited to login to a secure portion of the McGill website where they will be required to answer questions about the applicant and will be given the ability to 1) input (via text box) a reference letter either by typing it in directly or by cut-and-paste from an existing document or 2) to upload a letter of reference in PDF format.
- Statement of Research Interest and Preferred Supervisor(s): Within the online application, applicants are required to concisely outline their proposed area(s) of research interest should they be admitted to this program (1100 character or approximately 250 word maximum). Applicants will also be required to list the name(s) of one (1) or more ECP School/Applied Child Psychology program faculty member(s), in order of preference, who they would like to supervise their area of research interest(s). Applicants should ensure their preferred supervisor has listed expertise in their chosen area of research interest. Consult the following website to review the list of ECP Faculty members and their program areas of expertise: School/Applied Child Psychology faculty members.
STEP 2. Uploading supporting documents via uApply
- Within uApply, applicants must upload (in PDF format) the following supporting documentation by the January 15 application deadline. (More details on the uploading process can be viewed on the uApply Help Site).
- Transcripts: An unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date must be uploaded through uApply - including any McGill transcripts. (Quebec residents: CEGEP transcripts are not required). All transcripts received via the upload process are considered unofficial. If you are offered admission, you will also need to provide official transcripts (sent to us by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution). Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents. Please do not send these official records until we request them from you.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV): A completed curriculum vitae using the ECP Curriculum Vitae Form [.doc] must be uploaded through uApply.
- Personal Statement: A statement no longer than 3 pages in length must be uploaded through uApply. Please write the words 'PERSONAL STATEMENT' as well as your first and last name at the top of the page of your pdf document. The personal statement should speak to your experience, career plans, and program appropriateness for your future endeavours and anyting else which might be relevant to your application.
- 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 applicants only: 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 email address they provided in uApply. This letter serves to inform the candidate that the Admissions Review Committee has agreed to recommend them into the program and that their application is being transmitted to McGill's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) for final review and acceptance. 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 their offer of admission on-line using your uApply account.
Tuition & fees
Visit the McGill Student Accounts' Graduate Tuition & Fees page.
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