Psychology, M.A. | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
24 months
18463 CAD/year
6657 CAD/year
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The Psychology MA program at Carleton University is dedicated to the scientific study of thoughts, feelings and actions from multiple perspectives (e.g. social, developmental, biological, etc.).


Carleton’s Master of Arts (MA) program allows students to gain essential tools to conduct empirical research to study mind and behaviour. The Psychology MA program at Carleton University is strongly research-oriented and provides students with an exciting blend of coursework, hands-on research experience, and community practica.

Faculty members supervise students in a range of psychological disciplines including applied, cognitive, developmental, health, forensic, and personality/social. We also offer a specialization in Data Science.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • The development of shyness, social withdrawal and social anxiety in childhood
  • Individual difference factors associated with health, coping with medical problems, and seeking treatment for them
  • The development of new models of female criminal behaviour
  • The relationships among personality, social behaviour, happiness, and environmental sustainability
  • Situational awareness and technology in complex situations such as critical healthcare and firefighting

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the MA program are well prepared to pursue doctoral studies. Graduates from both our MA and PhD programs have found employment as social science researchers in a variety of venues including academia (postdoctoral research positions and tenure-track faculty positions), federal government agencies (Department of National Defence, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, National Research Council, Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Transport Canada), educational settings (school boards, early childhood agencies), health-related agencies, hospital settings (the Eye Institute at the Ottawa General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and private companies such as Telus Health Solutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qualitative Research Methods in Psychology
  • Ethics in Psychology
  • Open Science and Methodological Improvements
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Social Psychology
  • Organizational Psychology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours BA or BSc in psychology, or equivalent, with at least an A- in psychology, completion of an honours research thesis, advanced statistics and credit in a breadth of courses in line with the psychology major.  

Tuition Fee

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    18463 CAD/year
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    6657 CAD/year
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Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
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