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  • Montreal, QC H3A 1B1
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-6124 / 514-398-6100
  • Fax: 514-398-4896
  • Email: gradsec [at] ego [dot] psych [dot] mcgill [dot] ca
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About Psychology

About Psychology

The aim of the Experimental program is to provide students with an environment in which they are free to develop skills and expertise that will serve during a professional career of teaching and research as a psychologist. Coursework and other requirements are at a minimum. Success in the program depends on the student's ability to organize unscheduled time for self education. Continuous involvement in research planning and execution is considered a very important component of the student's activities. Students are normally expected to do both master’s and doctoral study.

M.A. and M.Sc. degrees may be awarded in Experimental Psychology, but only as a stage - students undergo formal evaluation in the Ph.D. program.

The Clinical program adheres to the scientist practitioner model and as such is designed to train students for careers in university teaching or clinical research, and for service careers – working with children or adults in a hospital, clinical, or educational setting. Most of our clinical graduates combine service and research roles. While there are necessarily many more course requirements than in the Experimental program, the emphasis is again on research training. There is no master’s program in Clinical Psychology; students are expected to complete the full program leading to a doctoral degree.

Research interests of members of the Psychology Department include animal learning, behavioural neuroscience, clinical, child development, cognitive science, health psychology, psychology of language, perception, quantitative psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology.

Facilities for advanced research in a variety of fields are available within the Department itself. In addition, arrangements exist with the Departments of Psychology at the Montreal Neurological Institute, Allan Memorial Institute, Douglas Hospital, Jewish General Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, and the Montreal General Hospital, to permit graduate students to undertake research in a hospital setting.

For full information about all programs and financial aid, and for application forms, contact the Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Psychology.

Ph.D. Option in Language Acquisition (LAP)

Information about this option is available from the Department and at:

Ph.D. Option in Psychosocial Oncology (PSO)

A cross-disciplinary option in Psychosocial Oncology is offered within the existing Ph.D. program in Psychology. Information about this option is available from the Department and at:

Faculty of Arts > Academic Programs > Psychology > Master of Arts (M.A.); Psychology (Thesis) (45 credits)
Candidates must demonstrate a sound knowledge of modern psychological theory, of its historical development, and of the logic of statistical methods as used in psychological research. Candidates will be expected to have an understanding of the main lines of current work in areas other than their own field of specialization.
Faculty of Science > Academic Programs > Psychology > Master of Science (M.Sc.); Psychology (Thesis) (45 credits)
Candidates must demonstrate a sound knowledge of modern psychological theory, of its historical development, and of the logic of statistical methods as used in psychological research. Candidates will be expected to have an understanding of the main lines of current work in areas other than their own field of specialization.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology
Please contact the Department for more information about this program.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Language Acquisition
This unique interdisciplinary program focuses 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.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Psychosocial Oncology
The Department of Oncology, in conjunction with the School of Nursing, the Department of Psychology and the School of Social Work, has developed the cross-disciplinary Psychosocial Oncology Option (PSOO). This option is open to doctoral students in the School of Nursing and in the Department of Psychology who are interested in broadening their knowledge of psychosocial issues in oncology.

Psychology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Psychology Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

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.

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.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures

Dates for Guaranteed Consideration

For dates for guaranteed consideration, please consult the following website: Then select the appropriate program.

Please take note that we no longer distribute paper applications. The following items must be submitted to apply to our program:

  1. web application, available at;
  2. application fee of CAD$100, by credit card only;
  3. a completed Psychology summary sheet;
  4. transcripts – two official copies (sent directly from your university);
  5. letters of recommendation – three letters of recommendation on institution letterhead with original signatures must be provided. There are no forms for these letters. Please remind your recommenders to include your FULL NAME on all letters;
  6. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – official reports and a photocopy of scores on the General and Subject GRE. Applicants with little or no background in psychology are not required to submit scores on the subject component of the 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 GRE. 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 a TOEFL score (;
  7. a personal statement (sent separately or completed on the online application form, “applicant statement”). Describe in as much detail as possible your interests in psychology and your career goals. Also indicate the area of psychology that you want to study (e.g., developmental, social, etc.) and the name of one or more staff members with whom you would like to work.

Supporting documents are submitted directly to the Department of Psychology:

  • Graduate Admissions
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Applicants should note that the deadline for many scholarships and fellowships is about four months earlier than the application dates for guaranteed consideration and that applications for scholarships and fellowships should be submitted through their home university.

Psychology Faculty

Psychology Faculty

David Zuroff
Emeritus Professors
A.S. Bregman; M.A.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Yale)
D. Donderi; B.A., B.Sc.(Chic.), Ph.D.(C'nell)
V. Douglas; B.A.(Qu.), M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.(Mich.)
A.A.J. Marley; B.Sc.(Birm.), Ph.D.(Penn.)
R. Melzack; B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.) (E.P. Taylor Emeritus Professor of Psychology)
P. Milner; B.Sc.(Leeds), M.Sc., Ph.D.(McG.)
J.O. Ramsay; B.Ed.(Alta.), Ph.D.(Princ.)
F.E. Aboud; B.A.(Tor.), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
M. Baldwin; B.A.(Tor.), M.A., Ph.D.(Wat.)
I.M. Binik; B.A.(NYU), M.A., Ph.D.(Penn.)
B. Ditto; B.S.(Iowa), Ph.D.(Ind.)
K.B.J. Franklin; B.A., M.A.(Auck.), Ph.D.(Lond.)
F.H. Genesee; B.A.(W. Ont.), M.A., Ph.D.(McG.)
R. Koestner; B.A., Ph.D.(Roch.)
J. Lydon; B.A.(Notre Dame), M.A., Ph.D.(Wat.)
J. Mogil; B.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Calif.-LA) (E.P. Taylor Professor of Psychology)
D.S. Moskowitz; B.S.(Kirkland), M.A., Ph.D.(Conn.)
Y. Oshima-Takane; B.A.(Tokyo Women’s Christian U.), M.A.(Tokyo), Ph.D.(McG.)
D.J. Ostry; B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
C. Palmer; B.Sc.(Mich.), M.Sc.(Rutg.), Ph.D.(C’nell)
M. Petrides; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Lond.), Ph.D.(Cant.)
R.O. Pihl; B.A.(Lawrence), Ph.D.(Ariz.)
B. Sherwin; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(C'dia) (James McGill Professor)
T.R. Shultz; B.A.(Minn.), Ph.D.(Yale)
M. Sullivan; B.A.(McG), M.A., Ph.D.(C'dia)
Y. Takane; B.L., M.A.(Tokyo), Ph.D.(N. Carolina)
D.M. Taylor; M.A., Ph.D.(W. Ont.)
N. White; B.A.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(Pitt.)
D.C. Zuroff; B.A.(Harv.), M.A., Ph.D.(Conn.)
Associate Professors
A.G. Baker; B.A.(Br. Col.), M.A., Ph.D.(Dal.)
E.S. Balaban; B.A.(Mich. St.), Ph.D.(Rockefeller)
H. Hwang; B.A.(Chung-Ang), Ph.D.(McG.)
B. Knauper; Dr. phil.(Germany, Mannheim)
D.J. Levitin; A.B.(Stan.), M.S., Ph.D.(Ore.) (Bell Professor of Psychology and E-Commerce)
M.J. Mendelson; B.Sc.(McG.), A.M., Ph.D.(Harv.)
K. Nader; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Tor.)
G. O'Driscoll; B.A.(Welles.), Ph.D.(Harv.) (William Dawson Scholar)
K. Onishi; B.A.(Brown), M.A., Ph.D.(Ill.)
M. Pompeiana; M.D., Ph.D.(Pisa)
Z. Rosberger; B.Sc.(McG.), M.A., Ph.D.(C'dia) (Part-time)
D. Titone; B.A.(NYU), M.A., Ph.D.(SUNY, Binghamton)
Assistant Professors
I. Bradley; B.Sc., M.Sc.(Tor.), Ph.D.(Wat.) (Part-time)
Y. Chudasama; B.Sc., Ph.D.(Cardiff)
M. Dirks; B.A.(McM.), M.S., M.Phil., Ph.D.(Yale)
J. Ristic; B.A., M.A., Ph.D.(Br. Col.)
H.-T. Yu; B.S.(Taiwan), M.S., M.A., Ph.D.(Ill.-Urbana-Champaign)
R. Amsel, P. Carvajal
Associate Members
Anesthesia: T. Coderre
Douglas Hospital Research Centre: S. King, J. Pruessner, H. Steiger
Jewish General Hospital: P. Zelkowitz
McGill Vision Research Centre: C. Baker, R. Hess, F.A.A. Kingdom, K. Mullen
Montreal Neurological Institute: J. Armony, L.K. Fellows, D. Guitton, M. Jones-Gotman, M. Lepage, B. Milner, E. Ruthazer, W. Sossin, V. Sziklas, R. Zatorre
Music: S. MacAdams
Psychiatry: D. Dunkley, M. Leyton, A. Raz
School of Nursing, Psychiatry: F. Abbott
Adjunct Professors
M. Bruck, S. Burstein, P. Delisle, P. Gregoire, D. Sookman, P. Zelazo
Affiliate Member
L. Kowski (Medicine)
Part-Time Appointments
J. Bernstein, E. Foley, O. Hardt, J. LeGallais, J. MacDougall, V. Migues, Z. Pleszewski

Master of Arts (M.A.); Psychology (Thesis) (45 credits)

M.A. and M.Sc. degrees may be awarded in Experimental Psychology, but only as a stage in the Ph.D. program. There is no M.A. or M.Sc. program in Clinical Psychology.

For more information, see Master of Arts (M.A.); Psychology (Thesis) (45 credits).

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology

All candidates for the Ph.D. degree must demonstrate broad scholarship, mastery of current theoretical issues in psychology and their historical development, and a detailed knowledge of their special field. Great emphasis is placed on the development of research skills, and the dissertation forms the major part of the evaluation at the Ph.D. level. Ph.D. ...

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Language Acquisition

Students must satisfy all program requirements for the Ph.D. in Psychology. The Ph.D. thesis must be on a topic relating to language acquisition, approved by the LAP committee.

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Language Acquisition.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Psychosocial Oncology

The Ph.D. thesis topic must be germane to psychosocial oncology and approved by the PSO coordinating committee.

For more information, see Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.); Psychology — Psychosocial Oncology.

Faculty of Arts—2011-2012 (last updated Aug. 11, 2011) (disclaimer)