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Nursing

Location

  • Ingram School of Nursing
  • Wilson Hall
  • 3506 University Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 2A7
  • Canada

About Nursing

The Ingram School of Nursing is a professional School within the Faculty of Medicine that has been educating nurses since 1920. On September 10, 2012 the School was formally renamed the Ingram School of Nursing in recognition of Richard and Satoko Ingram and their exceptional support for Nursing at McGill. The School is internationally recognized for its distinctive vision, leadership in nursing, and the quality of its programs. McGill nursing graduates have earned a reputation as outstanding clinicians, educators, researchers, and leaders in the discipline.

Over the years, the faculty of the School at McGill has worked to formulate a philosophy about the responsibilities and practice of nursing. This philosophy, known as the McGill Model of Nursing, directs the curricula at the School and emphasizes health, the family, learning and development, collaboration with clients, and working with the resources of individuals, families, and communities. Its intent is to actively promote health and well-being in people of all ages and across all situations. The McGill Model of Nursing is also central to the McGill University Health Centre's Department of Nursing.

At the graduate level, the Ingram School of Nursing offers tailored programs in advanced nursing practice that prepare our students to be leaders in their field. The learning experience at the School is geared to foster individual judgment, creativity, and initiative. Led by nationally recognized researchers, students will participate in cutting-edge programs of research related to nursing practice, education, and administration. McGill's Ingram School of Nursing is for you if you want to contribute to the knowledge base of advanced nursing practice and want to be involved actively in changing how healthcare is delivered locally, nationally, and internationally.

The School is located in Wilson Hall, which houses classrooms, computer facilities, faculty offices, and lounges. A recently renovated Nursing Learning Laboratory, located at University Hall Residence, has seven clinical beds, an ICU bed, two examination tables, and AV capacity for distance education. Students registered in the School also take courses in other faculties within the University. Selected experience in nursing is provided in the McGill University Health Centre, other McGill-affiliated hospitals, and in a wide variety of health agencies in Montreal.

For information on undergraduate Nursing programs, please consult the Health Sciences Calendar available at www.mcgill.ca/study.

M.Sc.A. Program and Concentrations

Historically, students entering the master's program selected "areas of study." The clinical stream prepared students for clinical nurse specialist or nurse practitioner roles in selected areas. The adjunct area was available for students who wished to plan an individual program of study in such areas as nursing administration, education, or global health. These have since been replaced by formal concentrations, which are listed in the table below.

Graduate Certificates and Diplomas

Nurse applicants with a Master's degree in Nursing and with the required clinical experience are prepared for nurse practitioner roles through our Certificate and/or Diploma programs. These programs offer our students the necessary biomedical skills and knowledge in either Neonatology or Primary Care to prepare them for the last step to their career, which is the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec) nurse practitioner licensing exam.

Doctoral Program

The Ph.D. program is designed to prepare nurses to contribute to the development of knowledge in the discipline through research and academia. Faculty members are active researchers in many areas, including telehealth, pediatric ethics, family health, psychosocial oncology, palliative care, pain, and chronic illness.

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Clinical Nurse Specialist (49 credits)
This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students for full-time (two-year program of study) or part-time studies (three to five years of study). The core content of the CNS concentration prepares students for advanced practice nursing roles in diverse settings and with diverse populations. Content is organized based on the McGill Model of Nursing and focuses on such areas as family intervention, collaborative practice, and working with family strengths and resources. Through clinical courses, students engage in advanced clinical assessments and interventions, and develop greater capacities to reflect purposefully and in-depth on their nursing practice. Research methods, systematic study of clinically-based nursing problems, and dissemination of knowledge relevant to clinical practice are all developed within this program of study.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Direct Entry Nursing (55 credits)
The Direct Entry Nursing concentration remains the only one of its kind in Canada. Students will complete 96 credits over three years, which include 41 credits in the Qualifying Year. This program is tailored to the university graduate with a general Arts or Science degree and no previous preparation in nursing. Candidates complete entry-to-practice preparation in nursing while also completing graduate level studies. Upon completion of the M.Sc.A. Year 2, graduates are eligible to write the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers) licensing exam. This program is accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Global Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (51 credits)
This Global Health Clinical Nurse Specialist concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students who wish to include global health content throughout their program of study. It sets out to prepare students for the challenges of working with diverse populations in limited-resource environments with a philosophy stressing the importance of understanding the inherent power dynamics, equity issues, and ethical dilemmas that arise through this work. Students spend one semester in their final year taking clinical- and project-based courses in a global health placement setting.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Global Health Direct Entry (58 credits)
The Global Health Direct Entry concentration is thus labelled for bachelor-prepared non-nurse students who wish to include global health content throughout their program of study. It sets out to prepare students for the challenges of working with diverse populations in limited-resource environments, based on the belief that we have much to learn from one another. Students spend one semester taking clinical- and project-based courses in their final year in a global health placement site. This concentration is managed by the Global Health Committee of the Ingram School of Nursing.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (45 credits)
This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. It prepares students for the multifaceted role of nurse practitioner in intermediate, acute, and critical care in neonatology. The nurse practitioner will acquire the necessary knowledge and understanding required to practice in a collaborative way in providing services designed to deal with the healthcare needs and problems of neonates and their families in a variety of settings. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program, which is the last step before the relevant licensing exam of the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec).
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Nursing Education (49 credits)
This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. It was developed to expose graduate-level nurses to instructional and learning theory, to better equip them to lead the movement towards more innovative and effective pedagogical approaches in training nurses working in healthcare establishments or nursing students in academic settings.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Nursing Services Administration (49 credits)
This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. Students in this concentration develop their capacity to assess the factors that affect and determine the nursing workforce. This will enable them to make strategic and effective decisions, and influence policy with regard to the planning and management of the nursing workforce.
Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Nursing (Non-Thesis) — Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (45 credits)
This concentration is open to bachelor-prepared nurse students. It was developed to train graduate-level nurses to take on this advanced practice role. Primary Care Nurse Practitioners assume responsibility for tasks related to physical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment within legally sanctioned, pre-determined conditions that have traditionally been exclusive to medical practice. This concentration focuses on a wide range of acute and chronic health concerns across the life span. Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to apply to the Graduate Diploma, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, which is the last step before the relevant licensing exam of the OIIQ (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec).
Graduate Certificate; Theory in Neonatology (15 credits)
This graduate certificate prepares students with completed graduate studies, comparable to the McGill Master of Science (Applied) Nursing program, and experience in neonatology to continue their studies in the Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. The program of study focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences in the context of the nurse practitioner role. The Graduate Certificate Theory in Neonatology and the Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner cannot be taken concurrently.
Graduate Certificate; Theory in Primary Care (15 credits)
This graduate certificate prepares students with completed graduate studies, comparable to the McGill Master of Science (Applied) Nursing program, and experience in primary care to continue their studies in the Graduate Diploma Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. The program of study focuses on the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences in the context of the nurse practitioner role. The Graduate Certificate Theory in Primary Care and the Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nurse Practitioner cannot be taken concurrently.
Graduate Diploma in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)
This diploma is the final step in the student's preparation to assume the new role as nurse practitioner. Students with completed graduate studies in the discipline and experience in neonatology now combine the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences to the application of this knowledge in context. Upon successful completion of the diploma program, candidates are eligible to write the nurse practitioner licensing exam.
Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (30 credits)
This diploma is the final step in the student's preparation to assume the new role as nurse practitioner. Students with completed graduate studies in the discipline and experience in primary care now combine the acquisition of advanced-level knowledge from the biomedical sciences to the application of this knowledge in context. Upon successful completion of the diploma program, candidates are eligible to write the nurse practitioner licensing exam.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing
The Ingram School of Nursing of McGill University and the Faculté des sciences infirmières of the Université de Montréal offer a joint doctorate program leading to a Ph.D. in Nursing. This program is offered in English at McGill. The program is designed to train nurse scientists who will make a contribution to the advancement of knowledge in the discipline of nursing and assume a leadership role both in the profession and in the health care system.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing — Psychosocial Oncology
A cross-disciplinary option in Psychosocial Oncology (PSOO) is offered in collaboration with the Departments of Oncology and Psychology and the Schools of Nursing and Social Work. This option is open to doctoral students in the Ingram School of Nursing and in the Department of Psychology who are interested in broadening their knowledge of psychosocial issues in oncology.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Nursing Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Proficiency in English

The language of instruction at McGill University is English. Students must write term papers, examinations, and theses in English or in French. Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in oral and written English. Before acceptance, appropriate exam results must be submitted directly from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Office. An institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. Applications will not be considered if a TOEFL or IELTS test result is not available. TOEFL exam requirements: a minimum score of 600 (paper-based) or 100 with each component score no less than 20 (Internet-based). IELTS exam requirements: a minimum overall score of 7.5 is required.

For information about the Language Policy at McGill University, please refer to Language Policy in the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies University Regulations and Resources available at www.mcgill.ca/study.

GRE (Graduate Record Examination) general test results may be required in individual circumstances.

Students who have not completed their studies in North America may be asked to arrange for an interview as part of the application process.

Master's, Graduate Certificate, and Graduate Diploma Programs

Nurse applicants to the master’s program may complete their studies on a part-time basis (with the exception of those in the Nurse Practitioner areas of study where only the first year may be taken part-time), i.e., minimum of 3 credits per term to a maximum of five years. Applicants to the Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas should consult with their advisor concerning course load.

All nurse applicants are expected to hold current registration in the province or country from which they come. Nurses who are not licensed in Quebec must be registered (immatriculé(e)) with the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec upon the start of their graduate studies. Nurse applicants to the Nurse Practitioner areas of study must hold current and full licensure with the OIIQ.

International nurse applicants are required to have had experience as nurses in their country of origin and in North America.

B.A./B.Sc. Applicants to the Master's Program (Direct Entry – DE)

Applicants holding a general B.A. or B.Sc., including a number of prerequisite courses, may be admitted to a Qualifying year. A minimum CGPA (cumulative grade point average) of 3.0 (3.2 is strongly preferred) on a scale of 4.0 is required in order to be considered for entry. Upon successful completion of the Qualifying year, candidates apply to the master’s program.

Direct-Entry applicants must complete their Qualifying year and the master’s program of study on a full-time basis, i.e., a total of three years. The School considers admissions to this program for the Fall term only.

Note: For further information about the required courses in the Qualifying year of the Direct-Entry program, please see the Nursing website at www.mcgill.ca/nursing/programs/msca-direct-entry.

Nurse Applicants (Nurse Bachelor's Entry – NBE) to the Master's Program

Applicants for the master's degree must have completed a bachelor's degree in nursing with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0. This preparation must be comparable to that offered in the bachelor's in nursing programs at McGill, which is a minimum of 66 university credits including 12 credits in the biological sciences. Applicants must also have completed an Introductory Statistics course (3 credits) prior to entry. Prospective applicants whose undergraduate degree differs from the McGill degree are encouraged to contact the Ingram School of Nursing to have the eligibility of their degree assessed. Experience in nursing is strongly recommended.

Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas in Nurse Practitioner

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing comparable to McGill (the bachelor program must have a minimum of 66 credits including 12 credits in the biological sciences) with a minimum CGPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale required. Prior to entry, applicants are required to have a minimum of two years of experience in Canada in the specialty area over the previous five years.

Students in the Nurse Practitioner program are required to hold a “carte de stage” allowing them to participate in the required clinical practicum at the end of the second year of the program. The “carte de stage” is granted by the Quebec Order of Nurses (Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec – OIIQ) to Nurse Practitioner candidates that are licensed in Quebec.

International students must therefore obtain current and full licensure from the OIIQ before submitting their application to the Neonatology or Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program. Please note that in order to obtain a nursing licence in Quebec, one must be proficient in the French language. For more information regarding the OIIQ licensure eligibility criteria, please contact the OIIQ at 514-935-2505.

The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program delivers some courses in French, making proficiency in French a requirement for this program as well.

Ph.D. Program

Applicants admitted to the doctoral program through McGill University must have completed master’s-level studies with either their undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing comparable to McGill. Applicants must have a CGPA of 3.3 on a scale of 4.0 or a B+ standing. Highly qualified nurse bachelor's entry students enrolled in the M.Sc.(A.) in the nursing program may be accepted into the Ph.D. program provided they meet its standards.

The School considers admissions to the doctoral program for the Fall term only. The nursing courses in the doctoral program are offered every two years and incoming students may begin with Schedule A or Schedule B (see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Nursing for details) depending upon their admission year.

Registration and Regulations

Official registration through Minerva must be completed by August 14. Students registering late for reasons unrelated to the admission procedure are subject to the late payment fee.

Orientation for new students will be held in class during the first week of lectures. Students should contact their academic adviser for approval of complementary courses before the add/drop deadline.

Returning students are responsible for ensuring that registration is completed according to the University timetable deadlines.

Course Requirements

Students are provided with the course objectives, requirements, and methods of evaluation at the beginning of each course. Students will not be permitted to write an examination in any course unless they have fulfilled the requirements, including attendance.

OIIQ Registration or Proof of Licensure

Please visit www.mcgill.ca/nursing/students/clinical for further details.

Vaccination/Immunization and Mask-Fitting Requirements

New students in the Ingram School of Nursing must refer to the Vaccination/Immunization Requirements for Health Sciences Programs outlined in the General University Information and Regulations of the Health Sciences Calendar (available at www.mcgill.ca/study under Faculties & Schools). A copy of the immunization form outlining requirements can be found at www.mcgill.ca/studenthealth/immunize/forms. Annual flu vaccination is strongly recommended to all health science students. Entry into the McGill University Teaching Hospital Network is dependent on having met the immunization requirements. All students must have immunizations completed (or in process for Hepatitis B) and mask fitting done by the start of clinical placement in September.

CPR and First Aid Requirements

Valid First Aid and CPR Certification Health Care Provider (HCP) and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) is required no later than September 15th for all graduate nursing students except for those in the Ph.D. program. Students are responsible for maintaining this certification up-to-date throughout their program of study.

Achievement Builders – Student Services

Any student who is experiencing difficulty in meeting course requirements must take advantage of the Achievement Builders program offered through Student Services. Information is available at: www.mcgill.ca/firstyear/studentlife/workshops1.

Regulations Concerning Clinical Placement Courses

  • Students must be registered with the OIIQ before they can have access to clinical placements. Students who have not completed the registration procedure cannot commence clinical studies.
  • Students must have met the vaccination/immunization requirements prior to commencing clinical studies in September.
  • Students are required to purchase equipment such as a stethoscope and physical-assessment equipment. Information is provided at registration or within specific courses.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate professional behaviour at all times. The Code of Ethics for Nurses and the McGill University Code of Student Conduct (as outlined in the Handbook on Student Rights and Responsibilities) provide guidelines. Professional behaviour is expected in relation to classmates, teachers, patients, and the institutions within which studies take place.
  • In any formal documentation, students must identify themselves as a McGill Nursing Student with the respective year of study noted.
  • Name badges must be worn at all times in clinical studies. These are ordered in the Fall semester of the first year of studies and the cost is charged directly to the student's fee account. Name badges are ordered through the Ingram School of Nursing and students will be required to purchase two sets of name badges in early Fall prior to starting clinical placement. Students must comply with the uniform policy during clinical placements.
  • Students must have a photo I.D. taken at the MUHC for their clinical placements there.
  • Attendance in clinical courses is mandatory and absences must be discussed with the instructor. Students with repeat absences may be asked to defer clinical studies if progress in the clinical course is compromised.
  • Students whose performance in clinical studies does not meet the course objectives will be informed in writing and a learning plan will be developed. Students whose performance is below expectations or who are unsafe in clinical studies may be required to withdraw from the course at any time.
  • Students whose academic performance is below expectation or considered to be incompetent or unsafe in clinical studies can be required to withdraw from the course at any time—in such cases the student will receive a grade of WF or F.
  • While an effort is made to place students within reasonable travelling distance for clinical studies, each student must budget a sum of money to travel to and from a patient home and clinical institutions.
  • Clinical courses that are offered during the Summer session may require that students study during the day or evening.
  • Clinical agencies may require students entering their facility to undergo a Criminal Reference Check prior to being granted permission to enter their facility.

Requirements for Licensure

Following completion of a first-level program in nursing, graduates must obtain licensure from the professional organization in the province or state in which they complete their studies. Visit www.mcgill.ca/nursing/students/graduation for further information.

Application Procedures

McGill's online application for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

For information on the application process as well as the supporting documents required in addition to the uApply online application, please visit our Nursing website at www.mcgill.ca/nursing/programs/applying-graduate-programs, then search for your program of study.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Students who have not completed their studies in North America may be asked to arrange for an interview as part of the application process.
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) general test results may be required in individual circumstances.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Ingram School of Nursing and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Term of Entry Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall:
  • Qualifying for the M.Sc.A. Nursing
  • M.Sc.A. Nursing – all concentrations (Special Students, visit website: www.mcgill.ca/nursing/programs)
  • Ph.D. Nursing
Feb. 15 Jan. 15 Feb. 15 (Canadian)/Jan. 15 (International)
Winter:
  • M.Sc.A. Nurse Bachelor Entry, part-time studies in all concentrations (except for Global Health and Nurse Practitioner) must contact the Graduate Admissions Coordinator prior to applying
  • Graduate Certificate; Theory in Neonatology
  • Graduate Certificate; Theory in Nurse Practitioner Primary Care
  • Graduate Diploma; Neonatology Nurse Practitioner
Sept. 30 N/A Sept. 30
Summer:
  • Graduate Diploma; Nurse Practitioner Primary Care
Dec. 15 N/A N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Location

  • Department of Psychiatry
  • 1033 Pine Avenue West
  • Montreal QC H3A 1A1
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-4176
  • Fax: 514-398-4370
  • Email: graduate [dot] psychiatry [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/psychiatry

About Psychiatry

McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry is one the most prestigious in the world. In the 1950s and 60s, Heinz Lehmann conducted the first North American clinical trials for antipsychotic and antidepressant medications. Theodore Sourkes identified the core neurobiological features of Parkinson’s disease, and Eric Wittkower and Jack Fried brought together scholars from Anthropology and Psychiatry to create Transcultural Psychiatric Studies. Since then, faculty members and graduate students continue outstanding research in addictions; Alzheimer’s and childhood disorders; eating, personality, and mood disorders; stress; trauma; and psychosis. The work is conducted in people and animal models, and also benefits from expertise ranging from neuroimaging and epigenetics to mental health services and public policy. Our work remains at the cutting edge of research on health, disease, and recovery.

Ph.D. (Ad Hoc)

The Department of Psychiatry also offers the possibility of directly entering a Ph.D. program on an ad hoc basis.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Psychiatry (Thesis) (45 credits)
The graduate program in Psychiatry is designed to provide advanced research training in the basic, applied, and social sciences relevant to issues in psychiatry. Applicants are admitted from a wide range of backgrounds, including undergraduate degrees in relevant areas (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, sociology, medical anthropology, nursing, and medicine), and those who are pursuing their psychiatry residency at McGill. Most, though not all students, continue to a Ph.D. program. The graduate program does not provide clinical training.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Psychiatry Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

  • A B.Sc., B.A., B.N., or M.D. degree.
  • A strong background in science and/or social science, as demonstrated by academic achievement equivalent to a GPA of 3.3 (on a 4-point scale) or 3.5 in the last two years.
  • A written agreement from the proposed research supervisor, and student's statement of purpose for seeking an M.Sc.
  • An outline of the proposed thesis research, to be written by the prospective student in collaboration with an appropriate research supervisor.
  • Two letters of reference.
  • TOEFL or IELTS certificate of proficiency in English for non-Canadian applicants whose mother tongue and language of education is not English, with a minimum score of 550 on the written TOEFL test, or 86 on the Internet-based test, with each component score not less than 20, or 6.5 on the IELTS test.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Personal Statement – describing the specific reasons for seeking a Master of Science degree in Psychiatry
  • Letters of Reference – with Applicant Evaluation checklist forms (see Department website)
  • Written Confirmation of Supervision form (see Department website) from the proposed research supervisor

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Department of Psychiatry and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: March 15 Fall: March 15 Fall: March 15
Winter: Sept. 15 Winter: Sept. 15 Winter: Sept. 15
Summer: Feb. 15 Summer: Jan. 15 Summer: Same as Canadian/International

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Programs | Application Procedures and Deadlines

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Location

  • School of Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • 2001 McGill College Avenue, Suite 800
  • Montreal QC H3A 1G1
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-4137
  • Fax: 514-398-8123
  • Email: scsd [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/scsd

About Communication Sciences and Disorders

The School provides both professional and research training in communication sciences and disorders at the graduate level through its M.Sc. (Applied), M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees. We were the first department in Canada to provide both clinical and research degrees. Our M.Sc.A. program aims to educate the next generation of well-prepared and innovative speech-language pathology professionals by providing enriched classroom training, clinical laboratory activities that enhance the transition from theory to practice, and outstanding clinical practicum experiences. Our research degrees are designed to develop leading researchers and scholars, who will go on to train future investigators in the field of communication sciences and disorders and who, through their research, will advance our understanding of the processes of human communication and its breakdown. Interdisciplinary interactions are at the core of our research training approach, which includes preparation to conduct both fundamental and clinically applied investigations. Our professors have collaborative ties with many departments and institutes of McGill (psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, otolaryngology, biomedical engineering, Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital) as well as other Montreal universities, and they maintain national and international collaborations. Students can access this rich collaborative network via the McGill Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music, a world-class interdisciplinary research centre established and directed by the School. The multilingual context in which we reside provides a unique environment for language research.

The School offers a professional degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the M.Sc. (Applied) level with specialization in Speech Language Pathology and two research degrees: an M.Sc. (Research) and a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Requirements for Licensure

The majority of provinces in Canada and certain states in the U.S. require that those intending to practise as speech-language pathologists within their borders comply with special provincial or state licensing regulations. Graduates wishing to practise in the province of Quebec must be members of the Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec (OOAQ) in order to call themselves speech-language pathologists. Further information is available from the OOAQ at:
  • 235 boulevard René-Lévesque est, bureau 601
  • Montreal QC H2X 1N8
  • Telephone: 514-282-9123
  • Website: www.ooaq.qc.ca

Quebec law requires that candidates seeking licensure in provincially recognized professions demonstrate a verbal and written working knowledge of the French language. See the Language Requirements for Professions in the General University Information and Regulations section of the Health Sciences Calendar, available at http://coursecalendar.mcgill.ca/hs201415 or through the eCalendar website.

Funding

The IODE Provincial Chapter of Quebec funds two $1,000 “Silence to Sound” awards for studies in hearing impairment. These in-course awards are based on academic merit, Canadian citizenship, financial need, and potential for excellence, and are awarded by the School.

Montreal League for the Hard of Hearing Award – Candidates must be enrolled at the graduate level in the School and working in the area of hearing impairment. Awarded by the School. Value: up to $1,000.

Master of Science, Applied (M.Sc.A.); Communication Sciences & Disorders (Non-Thesis) — Speech-Language Pathology (81 credits)

The professional degree leads to a Master of Science (Applied) with a specialization in Speech Language Pathology. The program involves two academic years of full-time study and related practical work followed by a Summer internship. To prepare students as creative professionals, the program emphasizes the understanding of principles and theories, and their present or potential clinical applications, in addition to the teaching of specific techniques for assessment and intervention. Active participation in the learning process is encouraged.

The profession of speech-language pathology concerns assessment and intervention in speech and language disorders. In particular, the speech-language pathologist is concerned with two major parameters of communication sciences and disorders: language and speech. At present, most speech-language pathologists in Canada work in hospitals, public school systems, rehabilitation centres, and in special education facilities.

Students pursuing the M.Sc.A. complete the basic academic content and clinical practica required in preparation for clinical practice as outlined by Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC). Our M.Sc.A. program is completed in two years whereas some other programs require three years to complete. The emphasis on bridging theory and clinical practice is very strong in our program. Our admission requirements emphasize basic sciences and do not require completion of a specific undergraduate degree. This flexible entry accommodates students with undergraduate degrees in different fields and promotes diversity within our student body. Our goal is to recruit and train skillful therapists and problem-solvers who can rely on strong foundation in theory to address challenging clinical issues. Our M.Sc.A. graduates typically pursue a professional career working in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, or in private practices. A subset of our graduates will enter a doctoral program (immediately or after a period of clinical employment) to pursue a research career.

Research Degrees – M.Sc. and Ph.D.

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Communication Sciences and Disorders (Thesis) (45 credits)

Selected candidates may be accepted for the M.Sc. research degree. Each student's thesis supervisor and Thesis Committee design an individualized program of study in collaboration with the student. The program can include graduate courses offered by the School and by other departments at McGill.

This program is designed for students who wish to combine research training with their clinical (M.Sc.A.) program or students from related fields who wish to gain research experience in communication sciences to prepare for doctoral studies. Students are required to take two semesters (6 credits) of statistics and complete a thesis. Admission to the M.Sc. research program requires identification of an SCSD professor(s) with relevant expertise to mentor the student through the thesis process. Graduates of our M.Sc. research program follow diverse career paths working in clinical settings (if they also have a clinical degree) or settings that combine clinical and research activities or continuing their research training at the doctoral level.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Communication Sciences and Disorders

Selected candidates may be accepted for the Ph.D. research degree. Each student's thesis supervisor and Thesis Committee design an individualized program of study in collaboration with the student. The program can include graduate courses offered by the School and by other departments at McGill.

Students pursuing a Ph.D. in SCSD have varied educational backgrounds, including both clinical and related non-clinical fields. Students who enter the program from a related field (e.g., Psychology, Linguistics) or without a master’s thesis complete a Qualifying year, which includes coursework and a research project. This flexible entry attracts independent scholars with diverse backgrounds and interests, which creates a stimulating and enriched training environment. The main component of the Ph.D. program (beyond the Qualifying year) has minimal required coursework and is structured to support students as they develop and pursue an innovative, individualized program of doctoral studies. Admission to the doctoral program requires identification of a SCSD professor(s) with relevant expertise to mentor the student in this process. Ph.D. students have the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary specialization in language acquisition through the McGill Language Acquisition Program, which intersects with McGill departments of Linguistics, Psychology, and Education. Our Ph.D. graduates typically pursue academic careers in universities or research institutes, but some work in settings that combine research and professional activities.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Communication Sciences and Disorders — Language Acquisition
Information about this option is available from the School and at www.psych.mcgill.ca/lap.html. This unique interdisciplinary Ph.D. program is available for doctoral students across four departments at McGill including SCSD, Linguistics, Psychology, and Integrated Studies in Education. The program is designed to provide enriched training focused on the scientific exploration of language acquisition by different kinds of learners in diverse contexts. Students in the Language Acquisition Program are introduced to theoretical and methodological issues on language acquisition from the perspectives of cognitive neuroscience, theoretical linguistics, psycholinguistics, education, communication sciences and disorders, and neuropsychology. In addition to the SCSD Ph.D. requirements, students in this program must complete 6 credits of coursework in language acquisition (including at least one course that is not in their home department), and four interdisciplinary seminars (2 credits each) and must include a faculty member in the Language Acquisition Program on their thesis committee.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Educational and Counselling Psychology

Programs | Application Procedures and Deadlines

Educational and Counselling Psychology

Location

  • Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology
  • Education Building, Room 614
  • 3700 McTavish Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 1Y2
  • Canada
  • Telephone – Program Information: 514-398-4242
  • Fax: 514-398-6968
  • Email: ecpinfo [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp

About Educational and Counselling Psychology

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP) programs and research examine the interplay between complex human systems (cognitive, social, emotional, behavioural, and biological) to maximize: (a) learning, (b) wellness (mental and physical), and (c) human development in multiple settings and throughout the lifespan. More specifically, they examine issues pertaining to cognitive processes and developmental neuroscience, assessment and intervention, and the design and evaluation of learning environments and instructional practices, with both typical and atypical populations in mind. While ECP’s primary disciplinary bases are psychology and education, it contributes to and is enriched by extended interdisciplinary collaborations with, among others, medicine and other health professions, neurosciences, computer science, science, social work and policy, and law.

Students in our programs benefit from having access to the McGill Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic (www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/about/clinic) and the Departmental Assessment Materials Resource Centre (www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/students/amrc). To develop their professional skills in assessment, therapy, and supervision, students are equipped with the latest standardized materials and a state-of-the-art venue within which to conduct psychological and cognitive assessments. Our professional programs also have established connections with world-class public and private organizations, which include health care facilities and school boards where students receive supervised training for internships and practica. Our faculty members are involved in intra- and interdisciplinary collaborative research locally, nationally, and internationally. These networks offer students valuable exposure to, and connection with, different research laboratories, research leaders, and professional organizations. Students benefit from international mobility programs and specialized training offered in specific locations. Working closely with faculty members in their research teams, our students enrolled in research-based M.A. and Ph.D. programs have proven very successful in obtaining major external fellowships from bodies such as SSHRC, FQRSC, FRSQ, and CIHR.

Our graduates secure careers in a varied and rewarding range of settings. These include, but are not limited to: academic and research settings, professional psychology (counselling and school psychology), specialized and innovative teaching, educational research, development and leadership at all levels (e.g., schools, colleges and universities, school boards, ministries of education), staff development, and education in the professions.

Detailed graduate degree descriptions are available in the following sections:

Master of Arts (M.A.) Degrees

Students can obtain an M.A. degree in:

  1. Counselling Psychology (Non-Thesis) with major concentrations in:
    • Professional/Internship (coursework and internship based)
    • Project (coursework and research based)
  2. Educational Psychology with a Major in:
    • School/Applied Child Psychology
  3. Educational Psychology with concentrations in:
    • Health Professions Education
    • Human Development
    • Learning Sciences

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degrees

Students can obtain an M.Ed. degree in Educational Psychology. Please note these are all non-thesis options. The M.Ed. program in Educational Psychology offers concentrations in:

  • Family Life Education (admissions to this concentration are currently suspended)
  • General Educational Psychology
  • General Educational Psychology (Project)
  • Inclusive Education
  • Inclusive Education (Project)
  • Learning Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degrees

Students can obtain a Ph.D. degree in:

  1. Counselling Psychology
  2. Educational Psychology with concentrations in:
    • Human Development
    • Learning Sciences
  3. School/Applied Child Psychology

Postdoctoral Degrees

The Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology offers one postdoctoral diploma:

  • Post-Ph.D. Graduate Diploma in School/Applied Child Psychology

For information about these graduate programs please view our website at www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/prospective or contact the appropriate Program Coordinator/Adviser:

For Educational Psychology programs (excluding School/Applied Child Psychology) contact:

  • Graduate Program Coordinator
  • Mrs. Geri Norton
  • Telephone: 514-398-4244
  • Email: edpsych [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca

For Counselling Psychology and School/Applied Child Psychology contact:

  • Graduate Program Adviser
  • Mr. Alexander Nowak
  • Telephone: 514-398-4245
  • Email: counsellingpsych [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca or schoolpsych [dot] education [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Professional Accreditation

The Ph.D. in School/Applied Child Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is currently under review for accreditation by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). The Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology is jointly accredited by the CPA and the APA. The Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ) accredits both the Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology and the Ph.D. in School/Applied Child Psychology.
Note: The APA will no longer accredit programs outside of the United States of America effective September 1, 2015. The implication of this decision for students is that those who graduate from our programs after this date cannot attest to having graduated from an APA-accredited program. For further information regarding APA accreditation, see: www.apa.org/support/education/accreditation/international.aspx#answer.

Important addresses:

APA – Committee on Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242, U.S.A.; Telephone: 1-800-374-2721

CPA – 151 Slater Street, Suite 205, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5H3, Canada; Telephone: 1-888-472-0657

OCCOQ – 1600 Henri Bourassa Blvd. West, Suite 520, Montreal, QC, H3M 3E2, Canada; Telephone: 514-737-6431

OPQ – 1100 Beaumont, Suite 510, Mount-Royal, QC, H3P 3H5, Canada; Telephone: 514-738-1881

Graduate degrees in Counselling Psychology or School/Applied Child Psychology, and elsewhere in Educational Psychology, do not lead to teaching certification—see the Undergraduate eCalendar for B.Ed. programs. Holders of other undergraduate degrees may apply to enter the B.Ed. with Advanced Standing.

Research/Training Facilities

The Department houses a number of training and research units and maintains working relationships with specialized centres and research groups that offer opportunities for training and research to selected students. For a comprehensive list of such groups, consult our website at www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/research.

Graduate Degrees in Counselling Psychology

Master of Arts (M.A.); Counselling Psychology (Non-Thesis) — Professional/Internship (60 credits)

The aim of the M.A. (Non-Thesis) in Counselling Psychology (Professional/Internship) is to produce graduates who:

  1. are trained in the major applied areas of counselling;
  2. will be qualified to work in a variety of settings where educational, vocational, personal, and developmental counselling is offered; and
  3. have had an extensive supervised internship in either a clinical or educational setting.

To do so, the training program emphasizes career and vocational theory and development, individual and group counselling skills, the integration of multicultural, gender, and other diversity theories into practice, and diagnosis and assessment procedures.

Students take a combination of theoretical and practical courses throughout the completion of their degree. Most coursework is taken during their first year (including the Summer term) while also completing a practicum in the Department’s Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic. In their second year, students are on-site at internship placements for three full days per week while attending classes on their remaining two days.

Accredited upon graduation by the Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec (OCCOQ), this program prepares students to work in the field as Counsellors in settings such as CLSCs, schools, community, rehabilitation, and vocational guidance centres, governmental, non-governmental, or private settings. All students must also attend weekly case conferences.

For further information, consult the website at www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/counsellingpsych.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Counselling Psychology (Non-Thesis) — Project (60 credits)

The M.A. (Non-Thesis) in Counselling Psychology (Project) is designed to produce graduates with introductory academic preparation for research or clinical careers in counselling psychology. Training is provided in the research domain through coursework in data analysis and a research project. Clinical preparation is initiated in the program through coursework in ethics, intervention, assessment, psychological testing, and multicultural issues and through a practicum. Most coursework is taken during the student's first year of studies while beginning work on their research projects. In their second year, students gain practical experience via a practicum in the Department’s Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic while also completing the majority of their work on the research project. The degree alone does not fulfil the requirements for membership in the orders that certify either guidance counsellors (OCCOQ) or psychologists (OPQ) in Quebec.

For further information, consult the website at www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/counsellingpsych.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Counselling Psychology

Student pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology take a combination of theoretical, practical, and research-based courses throughout the duration of their degree. It draws upon a number of different sciences (including developmental, social, career and neuropsychology and personality theory) to develop critically astute researchers and exceptionally skilled clinicians. Building on the M.A. in Counselling Psychology (Project concentration), or equivalent, the program offers opportunities in Practicum, Supervision, and full-year Internships to develop clinical skills while also working toward the completion of a doctoral dissertation (thesis). The Ph.D. program, has the following aims:

  1. To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of counselling psychology.
  2. To practise from a strong evidence base.
  3. To take a leadership role in community, professional, and university organizations in counselling psychology.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume careers in education and community settings, including faculty positions, counselling and psychological positions on the staff of university and college mental health centres, and professional positions in psychological agencies offering preventative mental health services. The program is currently accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ), and American Psychological Association (APA). (Please note that APA accreditation will cease for all Canadian institutions in 2015.) Graduates are eligible for licensure in Quebec.

For further information, consult the website at www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/counsellingpsych.

Graduate Degrees in School/Applied Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); School/Applied Child Psychology

The Ph.D. in School/Applied Child Psychology is the second degree in a combined M.A. and Ph.D. program with the M.A. (Thesis) in Educational Psychology's School/Applied Child Psychology concentration. Most students in the doctoral program completed their M.A. in the Educational Psychology program although students can apply for direct entry into the Ph.D. program with a master’s degree obtained at another institution. At both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels, students take a combination of theoretical, practical, and research-based courses throughout the course of their degree. Students will produce a thesis at both levels of study.

Extending upon the M.A. degree, the program's focus remains on the improvement of the educational and psychological well-being of children and to educate school psychologists in a manner consistent with the highest international standards in the field. Students explore a variety of topics including mental health, child development, school organization, learning processes, behaviour, motivation, and effective teaching. They are prepared to become inquiring professionals committed to the development of children and youth and receive intensive training of clinical practice with children and families, as well as basic and applied research.

The program develops clinical skills through intensive assessment courses, a Clinic Practicum, Field Placement, and a full-year Internship. Typically, our graduates go on to practise school psychology across a range of environments including private practice, academia, hospitals, and school boards. The Ph.D. program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ). (Please note that APA accreditation will cease for all Canadian institutions in 2015.) Graduates are eligible for licensure in Quebec.

For further information, consult the website at www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/schoolpsych.

Post-Ph.D. Graduate Diploma in School/Applied Child Psychology

This post-Ph.D. graduate diploma 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).

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.

Professional Accreditation

All elements of this postdoctoral graduate diploma are selected from the professional components of the Ph.D. 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.

The Ph.D. is approved by the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ), which has recommended the final stage of professional recognition to the Office des professions of the Government of Quebec. Once this accreditation is confirmed, however, graduates of the postdoctoral graduate diploma will not be automatically eligible for membership in the OPQ and the right to practise professional psychology in Quebec. Candidates wishing to practise in Quebec will be required to apply to the OPQ for the recognition of equivalent qualifications.

For further information, consult the website at www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/schoolpsych.

Graduate Degrees in Educational Psychology

Master of Education (M.Ed.); Educational Psychology (Non-Thesis) (48 credits)

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree offers educators and practising professionals advanced professional training in areas where educational psychology can make a practical contribution to the design, delivery, and assessment of educational programs and the impact of these programs on student learning. Courses aim to promote:

  1. a greater understanding of human development, individual differences, and the learning process;
  2. a greater understanding on classroom processes and strategies for teaching diverse learners in a variety of contexts;
  3. the evaluation of student learning, teaching, programs, and educational experimentation and innovation; and
  4. the application of results of educational research.

The program offers the following concentrations of study:

  1. Family Life Education: Admission to this concentration is currently suspended.

    See Master of Education (M.Ed.); Educational Psychology (Non-Thesis) — Family Life Education (48 credits).

  2. General Educational Psychology: Permits students with very specific experiences and career paths to tailor the program to their particular situations. Students may draw courses from other concentrations within the M.Ed. programs including Inclusive Education, Learning Sciences, or any other general Departmental courses. This program suits students with very unique program needs in Educational Psychology.

    See Master of Education (M.Ed.); Educational Psychology (Non-Thesis) — General Educational Psychology (48 credits).

  3. General Educational Psychology (Project) Provides students with an interest in the General Educational Psychology concentration the opportunity to focus on an issue in the field and complete a research project in place of course work (12 credits worth).

    See Master of Education (M.Ed.); Educational Psychology (Non-Thesis) — General Educational Psychology: Project (48 credits).

  4. Inclusive Education: Prepares students to work with diverse individuals in a variety of settings that emphasize inclusive practice. As most professional and educational contexts are becoming more diverse, this program has wide appeal and is relevant to current teachers, consultants, other professionals working in the education system, and to those wishing to understand human development and potential in all inclusive contexts.

    See Master of Education (M.Ed.); Educational Psychology (Non-Thesis) — Inclusive Education (48 credits).

  5. Inclusive Education (Project): Provides students with an interest in the Inclusive Education concentration the opportunity to focus on an issue in the field and complete a research project in place of course work (12 credits worth).

    See Master of Education (M.Ed.); Educational Psychology (Non-Thesis) — Inclusive Education: Project (48 credits).

  6. Learning Sciences: Focuses on the study of learning as it occurs in real-world situations and ways in which learning may be facilitated in designed environments.

    See Master of Education (M.Ed.); Educational Psychology (Non-Thesis) — Learning Sciences (48 credits).

The M.Ed. program has been developed for students who have a background in education (B.Ed.), psychology, or another related degree. Students have the option of conducting academic or applied research (via a 12-credit Research Project or Special Activity) to enhance the applied experience of learning. The academic staff who teach and supervise within the program understand both research and applied contexts such as the school system. Courses are offered in the evening to accommodate full-time professionals and can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis.

Many of our graduates work in the school system as resource teachers, special education, or educational consultants. Others work in or create special tutorial programs or family/child programs for students with difficulties, or in specialized settings (e.g., hospital programs), and others have moved on into our doctoral program in Human Development.

For further information, consult the website at www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/mededpsych.

Master of Arts (M.A.); Educational Psychology (Thesis) (48 credits) (Note that the School/Applied Child Psychology Major is 78 credits.)

The aim of the M.A. (Thesis) in Educational Psychology is to produce graduates who:

  1. are broadly trained in educational psychology;
  2. have sufficient research competence to critically evaluate research in educational psychology, and to design, conduct, and report empirical research; and
  3. have experience in applying research methods and findings to the solution of practical problems in varied educational settings.

Candidates are required to select and follow the set of courses in one of three concentrations of study or the Major in School/Applied Child Psychology, select a topic for research, and present the results of such research in a thesis.

The program offers three concentrations and one major:

  1. The Health Professions Education concentration (www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/healthprofessions) is dedicated to the preparation of qualified researchers, developers, and practitioners who can advance the scientific understanding and practice of teaching and learning as they happen in the health professions and throughout the lifespan. The program is for health professionals who are interested in conducting educational research and working on development projects (e.g., program, curriculum, faculty) as well as for educational psychology graduate students who are interested in issues related to medical education and education in other health professions.

    The program will produce a graduate who can recognize the role of education in a health professions context, who has sufficient research competence to conduct empirical research in health education settings, and who can apply research results to solve practical problems in this field. Student admission and supervision is done jointly with the Centre for Medical Education; see website: www.mcgill.ca/centreformeded.

    See Master of Arts (M.A.); Educational Psychology (Thesis) — Health Professions Education (48 credits).

  2. The Human Development concentration (www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/humandev) is intended to prepare students from education and psychology backgrounds 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 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. For example, students are exposed to clinical and non-clinical perspectives on developmental issues; these perspectives are then employed to better understand issues related to disabilities and individuals’ diverse needs in educational and community settings. Most students in this program go on to pursue studies at the Ph.D. level.

    See Master of Arts (M.A.); Educational Psychology (Thesis) — Human Development (45 credits).

  3. The Learning Sciences concentration (www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/learningsci) aims to develop competent and inquiring professionals who have the skills to understand and improve learning and teaching by way of conceptualizing and conducting applied and theoretical research in different formal and informal educational settings. It is dedicated to the preparation of qualified researchers, developers, and practitioners who can advance the scientific understanding and practice of teaching and learning in schools, colleges and universities, the workplace and professional practice, as well as virtual learning communities. Students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge through coursework, team-based research assistantships, and apprenticeships where appropriate.

    The profiles of our graduates speak to the flexibility and application of acquired skills and competencies in a range of professions. These include academic positions around the world, positions in school boards and hospital education programs, researchers involved in educational and institutional research and policy development, training and education specialists in business and industry, medical education researchers, and faculty developers.

    See Master of Arts (M.A.); Educational Psychology (Thesis) — Learning Sciences (45 credits).

The School/Applied Child Psychology Major (www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/schoolpsych) is a combined M.A. and Ph.D. program with the doctoral degree in School/Applied Child Psychology. Most students who enrol in the master’s program continue to pursue studies at the doctoral level, although students can apply for direct entry into the Ph.D. program with a master’s degree obtained at another institution.

The program's focus is on the improvement of the educational and psychological well-being of children and educates school psychologists in a manner consistent with the highest international standards in the field. Students explore a variety of topics including mental health, child development, school organization, learning processes, behaviour, motivation, and effective teaching, and are prepared to become inquiring professionals committed to the development of children and youth. Therefore, students receive intensive training of clinical practice with children and families, as well as basic and applied research.

To do so at both the M.A. and Ph.D. level, students take a combination of theoretical, practical, and research-based courses throughout the course of their degree. Students will produce a thesis at both levels of study. Our students go on to practise school psychology across a range of environments including private practice, academia, hospitals, and school boards.

See Master of Arts (M.A.); Educational Psychology (Thesis) — School/Applied Child Psychology (78 credits).

Master of Arts (M.A.); Educational Psychology (Non-Thesis) (48 credits)

The M.A. (Non-Thesis) in Educational Psychology is available only to M.A. students admitted to the study sequence leading to the Ph.D. School/Applied Child Psychology, and who wish to transfer after the first semester.

Please note that this program is currently not offered.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Educational Psychology
The aim of the Ph.D. in Educational Psychology emphasizes the development of research skills and supports both basic and applied research pertaining to all domains of educational psychology. It aims to develop graduates who can demonstrate:
  1. broad scholarship in planning and implementing basic and applied research on problems of cognition, teaching, learning, and human development;
  2. mastery of current theoretical issues in educational psychology and their historical development; and
  3. a detailed knowledge of their selected concentration.
The program offers two concentrations:
  1. Human Development concentration: (www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/humandev) The Human Development concentration builds upon the M.A. 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.

    See Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Educational Psychology — Human Development.

  2. Learning Sciences concentration: (www.mcgill.ca/edu-ecp/programs/learningsci) The Learning Sciences concentration builds upon the M.A. program and continues its aim of developing competent and inquiring professionals who have the skills to understand and improve learning and teaching by way of conceptualizing and conducting applied and theoretical research in different formal and informal educational settings. It is dedicated to the preparation of qualified researchers, developers, and practitioners who can advance the scientific understanding and practice of teaching and learning. The settings could be schools, colleges and universities, the workplace and professional practice, as well as virtual learning communities. Students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge through coursework, team-based research assistantships, and apprenticeships where appropriate.

    See Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Educational Psychology — Learning Sciences.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Psychology

Programs | Application Procedures and Deadlines

Please note: there have been changes in the required documents for the admission and application procedures. Please consult the link http://www.psych.mcgill.ca/grad/program/application_admission.htm for additional requirements.

Psychology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate program depends on an evaluation of students' research interests and their aptitude for original contributions to knowledge and, if applicable, for professional contributions in the applied field.

The usual requirement for admission is an Honours or majors degree (B.A. or B.Sc.) in Psychology. This usually includes an introductory course plus twelve courses in psychology (each equivalent to three term hours). Courses in experimental psychology, the theoretical development of modern ideas in psychology, and statistical methods as applied to psychological problems (equivalent to an introductory course) are essential. Applicants' knowledge of relevant biological, physical, and social sciences is considered. Students applying to the clinical program are advised to complete 42 specific undergraduate credits in psychology as specified by the Order of Psychologists of Quebec.

Applicants who hold a bachelor's degree but who have not met these usual requirements should consult the Graduate Program Director to determine which (if any) courses must be completed before an application can be considered. Students with insufficient preparation for graduate work may register as Special Students (undergraduate level) in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science, and follow an appropriate course of study. Such registration requires the permission of the Department but carries no advantage with respect to a student's eventual admission to graduate studies.

Applicants should note that the deadline for many scholarships and fellowships is about four months earlier than the application deadlines and that applications for scholarships and fellowships should be submitted through their home university.

Applicants with little or no background in psychology are not required to submit scores on the subject component of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We highly recommend to all other students to submit scores on the subject component of the GRE. If you did not take the GRE subject test and are accepted into the program, you may be asked to take it in April. All applicants must take the GRE if they have studied in an English-speaking university. Canadians who have not studied in an English institution are not required to submit the GRE.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – All applicants must take the GRE if they have studied in an English-speaking university. Canadians who have not studied in an English institution are not required to submit the GRE.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Department of Psychology and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Dec. 15 Fall: Dec. 15 Fall: Dec. 15
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

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