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Psychology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #72 (WUR) Hamilton, Canada
Graduate training in Psychology at McMaster University leads to the Ph.D. degree and is strongly research oriented. The basic approach is that of a research apprenticeship, with the student selecting one faculty member as the research supervisor at the time of application. 


Normally, the student-supervisor relationship first develops at the time when the student is preparing to submit an application to the Psychology Graduate Program. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a potential faculty advisor and discuss research opportunities with them prior to submitting an application.

This Department at the McMaster University provides excellent opportunities for human and non-human animal research in a variety of experimental areas including: Animal Behaviour, Cognition & Perception, Behavioural & Systems Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Social & Evolutionary Psychology. The Department also offers a Research and Clinical Training (RCT) specialty Ph.D. stream with the Psychology Graduate Program.

No special training is offered in the applied areas such as Human Factors, Personality Psychology, or Industrial Psychology, and applications in these fields are discouraged. Students are not usually required to complete a M.Sc. en route to the Ph.D., but they may do so if they wish. The general requirements for the Degree Doctor of Philosophy are described earlier in the calendar.

Areas of Research

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Cognition and Perception
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Evolution and Social Behaviour
  • Systems and Behavioural Neuroscience

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Special Topics in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour 
  • Contemporary Problems in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Evolutionary Psychology

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: B+
Recommended score: B+

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Applicants for graduate study in Psychology normally must have received, from a recognized university, either a Master’s degree in Psychology, or an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with at least a B+ standing
  • Occasional exceptions are made to the above requirements for students with a background in a related or relevant scientific discipline. For example, students with strong backgrounds in biology, neuroscience, computer science, chemistry or physics are encouraged to apply

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11396 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5698 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4204 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2102 CAD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Hamilton

  • 1163 - 1630 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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