MA in Educational Psychology, Human Development

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The aim of the MA Educational Psychology, Human Development concentration (thesis) is to produce graduates who:

  • Are broadly trained in educational psychology
  • Have sufficient research competence to critically evaluate research in educational psychology, and to design, conduct and report empirical research
  • Have experience in applying research methods and findings to the solution of practical problems in varied educational settings

The MA in Educational Psychology (thesis) program is also available in two other concentrations: Health Professions Education and Human Development.

Read a message from the Human Development Program Director and additional information about the program on the Human Development Program overview page.

McGill University strongly encourages applications from Black and Indigenous applicants that are invited to self-identify. This identification allows our committee to inform Black and Indigenous students of specific services and funding opportunities and assess our progress in recruiting and retaining said applicants.

Admission Requirements

Academic background & CGPA

Applicants to the MA in Educational Psychology program in Human Development must have 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.

CGPA: A minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 in undergraduate studies is expected. Please be aware that a CGPA of 3.0 is a minimum requirement only and does not guarantee acceptance.

International students

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


We will be accepting applications for our Graduate Programs starting on September 15th for the following Fall Admission term. Applications are submitted using Slate, McGill's online application system.

The deadline for applications is December 1 (annually) for Fall admission.

Please read the program’s admission requirements fully.

The Department no longer accepts deferrals except under extraordinary circumstances.

Prior to starting an online application:

- Familiarize yourself with McGill's admission requirements, program requirements, and required supporting documentation.
- Review McGill's Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures
- Review the step-by-step Applying and Admissions Help Site
- Submit your application before the deadline

*In order to finalize and submit your online application, a non-refundable application fee is required.

Online Application

STEP 1: Complete the Graduate Studies Slate online application form.
Built into the 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) references. 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 (1-page single-spaced maximum). Applicants will also be required to list the name(s) of one (1) or more ECP Human Development program faculty member(s), in order of preference, whom they would like to supervise their area of research interest(s). Applicants should consider their choice(s) of suggested faculty members focusing on matching research interests. Please consult the Human Development 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: Submit your application
Once you have submitted your application an acknowledgement will be sent to the email address you have included in your application. You will be able to track your application online and start uploading documents.


STEP 3: Upload supporting documents
Upload (in PDF format) the following supporting documents by the December 1 application deadline:

  1. Transcripts
    An unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date must be uploaded through the online application - 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). Offers of admission are contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents. Please do not send these official records until we request them from you.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    All applicants must use the provided template - Curriculum Vitae Form [.doc]. Please be sure to convert to PDF prior to uploading to the online application. IMPORTANT: Personal CVs will be rejected.
  3. Personal Statement
    A statement NO LONGER than two (2) pages in length must be uploaded to your online application. Please write PERSONAL STATEMENT and provide your FIRST and LAST NAME at the top of the page of your PDF document. The personal statement should include the following information:
    • Your reason(s) for applying to the program;
    • Your career aspirations; and
    •  Any additional relevant information about yourself that you wish to bring to the attention of the admissions committee, such as:
      • Your personal trajectory (optional): If any, please describe personal and/or professional challenges encountered during the course of your studies.
      • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) (optional): McGill would like to give you this opportunity to disclose any information about your identities and/or experiences. This information will facilitate access to any available financial aid and/or awards available to you during the application process. Rest assured that all personal data submitted will be kept confidential and used only for operational decision-making; your personal information will never be shared with any internal or external bodies, nor with any instructors, supervisors, or fellow students. For more information regarding EDI at McGill University, pls visit this Equity at McGill website.
      • Self Identification (optional): McGill University strongly encourages applications from Black and Indigenous applicants to self-identify. This identification allows our committee to inform Black and Indigenous students of specific services and funding opportunities and assess our progress in recruiting and retaining said applicants.

STEP 4: Submit your English Language Proficiency Test Scores
Where applicable, arrange for test scores (TOEFL, IELTS) to be sent to McGill directly from the testing agency. You must indicate the McGill University institution code: 0935

Notification and 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 online application account.

Tuition and fees

For information on tuition and fees please visit McGill Student Accounts' Fee Calculator for Graduate Tuition & Fees.

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

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