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Queen's University


Graduate Programs

Admissions Criteria

  • Acceptance to the Master's Program: 4-year Honours degree
  • Acceptance to the Doctoral Program: Master's degree in psychology from another recognized university

Candidates with a 4-year Honours degree in psychology may be accepted into the M.Sc. program by The School of Graduate Studies; however, the Department typically requires applicants to have obtained an 80% average in their course work. An honours thesis in psychology is preferred, but not required for admission. We also encourage applications from candidates who have equivalent degrees in adjacent areas, such as cognitive science or social behaviour. Candidates applying for the Clinical Program are expected to have completed course work in history and systems, the biological, cognitive-affective, social bases of behaviour and in abnormal psychology or its equivalent. The Graduate Committee reserves the right to request successful applicants to demonstrate proficiency in these areas. Suitable candidates who have already secured a Master's in psychology from another recognized university may be accepted for entrance directly into the Ph.D. program. The Department discourages applicants for the M.Sc. program who do not plan to proceed into the Doctoral program at Queen's. Queen's University encourages applications from all qualified candidates. Women, aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, and visible minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Although all applicants are judged on the basis of their overall promise for graduate work in psychology, minimal criteria for successful application include an Honours degree with a B+ average (75-79%). For the past few years, the total number of new students in the Master's and Doctoral programs combined has been about 12 to 16 a year; the male-female ratio has been approximately 35% male, 65% female. The number of highly qualified applicants for these positions each year has been large. Over the past five years, we have had an average of 180 applications per year with an acceptance rate of 14%. Thus, in addition to having an excellent academic record, successful applicants typically have GRE scores above the 60th percentile and very positive academic letters of reference. Furthermore, we do not accept students until there is a regular faculty member available to supervise their thesis research. The success of our screening procedure is attested to by our very low attrition rate - 3% on average over the past 5 years.

Application Procedures

*The admissions application deadline, and ALL supporting documents (including GRE scores, references, etc.), are due December 1st of each year for the next academic year*

One wishing to apply to the Graduate Program should gather all the information about the particular program area (BBCS, CLIN, DEV, SOC-PER), should research faculty and their areas of interest, and should determine which faculty are taking on students during the current application year When you have decided that you wish to make a complete application, the following link will direct you through the online application process: School of Graduate Studies, Application and Admissions

FOR ALL APPLICANTS TO THE CLINICAL PROGRAM: To review your application, we require two (2) Sponsor Assessment forms, to be completed. Preferably these forms would be from referees who know the applicant well in terms of their RESEARCH and, to some extent, their CLINICAL skills. The forms would be returned to us by the application deadline of December 1. The forms and all instructions are available from the Department of Psychology’s website, here ”. Please note that the only Sponsor Assessment Forms we require are the ones available at this link; we do NOT require the online letter of recommendation to be filled in as well.

The Department's application deadline is December 1. The General GRE scores are mandatory for all applications. As of October 21, 2010 the Psychology Subject GRE score is mandatory for ONLY the applicants who do NOT have an honours undergraduate degree in Psychology. If you are required to complete the Subject GRE the official scores must be submitted by January 1. Applications completed after December 1 will normally not be considered. 

A complete application (regardless of program area) consists of the following:

  1. On-line application ($105 fee).
  2. Two academic references (forms are part of the on-line process, for CLINICAL students only two Sponsor Assessment Forms required, regular academic references are not required for Clinical Students).
  3. Transcripts (2 copies from each institution attended).
  4. Graduate Record Examination Scores. (Our School Code is 0949. Department Code is 2016)
  5. Statement of Interests - there are 2 ways you can submit your Statement, a) online, b) hard copy. The hard copy may be found at the following link

Transcripts can be sent directly from your undergraduate institution or you can collect your transcripts (as long as they are in a sealed, signed envelope) and send them yourself. Letters of reference can be sent electronically or hard copy can be sent by the referee to Queen's or you can pick them up (again, they must be in a sealed, signed envelope) and send them yourself. Confidential Clinical References (for clinical applicants only) can be sent directly by the referee to Queen's or you can collect them (sealed, signed envelope) and send them yourself. These parts of your application can be sent to:

Director of Admissions and Student Services, The School of Graduate Studies, 4th floor - Gordon Hall, Queen's University, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 (telephone number: 613-533-6100) OR to the Graduate Studies Assistant here in the department (see address below). Both offices will ensure the other receives copies of all documents.

If you have general questions regarding our program, contact Kelly Sparks:

Kelly Sparks
Graduate Studies Assistant
Department of Psychology, 62 Arch Street
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel:613-533-2872  Fax: 613-533-2499


If you have specific questions regarding our program, contact Dr. Hans Dringenberg:

Hans C. Dringenberg, Ph.D.
Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Department of Psychology, 62 Arch Street
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6
Tel:613-533-6215                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Email:

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000