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PhD in Educational Psychology, Human Development

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The PhD in Educational Psychology, Human Development concentration emphasizes the development of research skills and supports basic and applied research pertaining to all domains of educational psychology.

The program aims to develop graduates who demonstrate:

  • Broad scholarship in planning and implementing basic and applied research on problems of cognition, teaching, learning, and human development.
  • Mastery of current theoretical issues in educational psychology and their historical development.
  • A detailed knowledge of their selected concentration.

The Human Development concentration builds upon the MA 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.



Click to view admissions requirements:

Academic background & CGPA

  • All applicants must have a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or higher.
  • There are two entry levels and patterns in the PhD program. The specific requirements to be admitted at each level are as follows:
    • PhD 2 Level
      Applicants should hold an MA in Educational Psychology from McGill or a recognized equivalent degree. This degree should reflect high overall standing, study within the area of the proposed doctoral specialization and evidence of research competence.
    • PhD 1 Level
      Applicants should hold an MEd in Educational Psychology or a Master's degree in a related discipline (e.g., sociology, social work, counselling psychology) lacking only the content in educational psychology that can be acquired within one year of full-time study. The applicant's academic record must reflect high overall standing and evidence of research competence.

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.



The deadline for online submission of your completed uApply application and uploaded supporting documents is December 1 annually (Fall admission only). Click below for 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.

uApply Online Application

 STEP 1. Complete uApply Online Application

  • Complete an online McGill uApply application for admission. Applicants should review the abovementioned program eligibility requirements prior to starting their online application. Applicants should review the GPS step-by-step Applying and Admissions Help Site before starting their application. Note: in order to finalize and submit your uApply application, a non-refundable application fee is required.
  • Built into the uApply online application are numerous questions requiring personal information specific to every applicant. Program specific requirements within the application are as follows:
  • Letters of Reference: Within the online application, applicants must provide valid institutional e-mail addresses for three (3) referees. McGill University will send an email to each referee applicants identify on the application form, asking for a reference in support of their application to be admitted. Referees will be invited to login to a secure portion of the McGill website where they will be required to answer questions about the applicant and will be given the ability to 1) input (via text box) a reference letter either by typing it in directly or by cut-and-paste from an existing document or 2) to upload a letter of reference in PDF format.
  • Statement of Research Interest and Preferred Supervisor(s): Within the online application, applicants are required to concisely outline their proposed area(s) of research interest should they be admitted to this program  (1100 character or approximately 250 word maximum). Applicants will also be required to list the name(s) of one (1) or more ECP Human Development program faculty member(s), in order of preference, who they would like to supervise their area of research interest(s). Applicants should ensure their preferred supervisor has listed expertise in their chosen area of research interest. Consult the following website to review the list of ECP Faculty members and their program areas of expertise: Human Development faculty members.

STEP 2. Uploading supporting documents via uApply

  • Within uApply, 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 uApply Help Site). 
    1.  Transcripts: An unofficial copy of your complete university-level academic record to date must be uploaded through uApply - including any McGill transcripts. (Quebec residents: CEGEP transcripts are not required). All transcripts received via the upload process are considered unofficial.  If you are offered admission, you will also need to provide official transcripts (sent to us by mail in a sealed envelope directly from the institution). Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official documents. Please do not send these official records until we request them from you.
    2. Curriculum Vitae (CV): A completed curriculum vitae using the ECP Curriculum Vitae Form [.doc] must be uploaded through uApply.
    3. Personal Statement: A statement no longer than two (2) pages in length must be uploaded through uApply. Please write the words 'PERSONAL STATEMENT' as well as your first and last name at the top of the page of your pdf document. The 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. International Applicants only: Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

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 uApply. This letter serves to inform the candidate that the Admissions Review Committee has agreed to recommend them into the program and that their application is being transmitted to McGill's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) for final review and acceptance. In most cases, this review takes approximately 7-10 days.
    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 uApply account.


Tuition & fees

For current tuition and fees, visit McGill Student Accounts' Graduate Tuition & Fees.

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



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