MA in Educational Psychology, Health Professions Education

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The aim of the MA in Educational Psychology, Health Professions Education concentration (thesis) is to produce graduates who:

  • Are broadly trained in educational psychology and are familiar with concepts that foster effective teaching and learning in the health professions,
  • Can design courses and programs in educational settings as well as work places (e.g., hospitals),
  • Have sufficient research competence to critically evaluate, design, conduct, and report empirical research in medical education and other health professions,
  • Have experience in applying research methods and findings to the solution of practical problems in varied educational settings,
  • Can plan and implement projects that advance the scholarship of teaching and learning.

The MA in Educational Psychology (thesis) program is available in two other concentrations: Human Development; Learning Sciences.


Click each heading to view admissions requirements:

Academic background & CGPA

  1. An undergraduate degree in education, psychology, or another field relevant to the proposed studies in Educational Psychology. It is recommended that some prior study of a relevant branch of psychology form part of the undergraduate training.
  2. Minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of a 4.0 or higher in undergraduate studies.

International applicants

CGPA Equivalency

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.

Please note that the Department no longer accepts deferrals, except under extraordinary circumstances.



We will be accepting applications for our Graduate Programs starting in September 2023. Applications for Fall 2024 admission will be submitted on Slate, McGill's online application portal.

The deadline for online applications is December 1st annually (Fall admission only). Click below for the application process and required supporting information.

Please read the program’s admission requirements fully. Please note that the Department no longer accepts deferrals, except under extraordinary circumstances.

Online Application

STEP 1. Complete online Application for Admission

    • Complete an online McGill Slate 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 Slate application, a non-refundable application fee is required.
    • Built into the Slate 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 Health Professions Education 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 Health Professions Education faculty members website to review the list of faculty members and their program areas of expertise. For more info on selecting preferred supervisors, see our Admission FAQs.

 STEP 2. Provide references & upload supporting documents

  • Within Slate, applicants must upload (in PDF format) the following supporting documentation by the December 1 application deadline(More details on the uploading process can be viewed on the Slate Help Site)
    1. Transcripts: An unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date must be uploaded through Slate- 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.
    2. CV: A completed curriculum vitae using the ECP Curriculum Vitae Form [.doc] must be uploaded through Slate.
    3. Personal Statement: A statement no longer than two (2) pages in length must be uploaded through Slate. 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 statement must include the following information: a) Your reason(s) for applying to the program; b) Your career aspirations; and c) Any additional relevant information about yourself that you wish to bring to the attention of the admissions committee.
    4. For International applicants: Submission of documented proof of English language proficiency if applicable, as described in Admissions above

Notification & confirmation of acceptance

    1. 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 Slate. 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.
    2. After review by GPS, successful candidates will be contacted by GPS with an official "Offer of Admission".
    3. Candidates are then required to respond to their offer of admission on-line using your Slate account.


Tuition & fees

See Graduate Tuition & Fees for fee information.

Information about application fees can be found on the Students Accounts website.



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