MA in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences

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The aim of the MA Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences 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.

Admission Requirements

Academic background & CGPA

Applicants to the MA in Educational Psychology program in Learning Sciences 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.


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 Slate application, a non-refundable application fee is required.

Slate Online Application

STEP 1: Complete the Graduate Studies Slate online application form.
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) 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 list their proposed area(s) of research interest should they be admitted to this program. Applicants will also be required to list the name(s) of one (1) or more ECP Learning Sciences 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 Learning Sciences 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 via Slate and start uploading documents.


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

  • 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). 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.
  • 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 Slate. IMPORTANT: Personal CVs will be rejected.
  • Personal Statement
    A statement NO LONGER than 500 words must be uploaded through Slate. 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 briefly describe your reason(s) for applying to the program; your career goals and any special circumstances that should be taken into consideration for your application. Please note that admissions committee members will read only the first 500 words of any uploaded personal statement.


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 Slate 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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