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Queen's University

Psychology 501 Information for 2015-16

It's time to apply for PSYC 501! Please note the following deadlines:

  • Deadline for students to submit applications -- Friday, March 13th, 2015
  • Deadline for students to submit rankings -- Friday, March 27th, 2015
  • Matching decisions announced -- Late-April, 2015
  • Thesis eligibility confirmed-- Late-May, 2015


  • The completion of PSYC 302/3.0 (or PSYC 300/6.0) by April 2015 with a minimum grade of C+[unless you participated in exchange during the 2014-15 academic year];
  • A minimum GPA of 2.60 between PSYC 202/3.0, PSYC 203/3.0, PSYC 301/3.0, and PSYC 302/3.0 (or PSYC 300/6.0);
  • A minimum PSYC GPA (not including Supporting Science or PSYC_Subs credits) of 3.30 (equivalent to a B+), following submission of winter term grades.

NOTE: Students must have a minimum PSYC GPA of 3.00 ("B" average) at the time of application. Students with a GPA below this threshold will be advised of their ineligibility.

Please make use of the ASC "GPA Calculator" to see if it is likely that you will meet the GPA requirements by the end of the winter term.

Please note that not all students who meet the minimum criteria will be accepted into the thesis option.  Because PSYC 501/9.0 is an intensive course of study, involving a significant amount of one-on-one interaction with a Faculty supervisor and access to departmental resources, we can only accept a limited number of students (approximately 50). Acceptance is based primarily on academic performance in Psychology courses. 

Application steps:

1)  If you are interested in completing a thesis, please complete the PSYC 501 application form

Identify Faculty members with whom you would like to work. The list of Faculty available to supervise in 2015-16 is listed HERE. Look at their websites. Download and skim their papers to find out more about their research area. We ask you to identify at least six potential supervisors whose research you are interested in. That might seem like a lot, but see point 6. Send the six you have selected your application.

3)  By Friday March 13th you should have submitted the application form to each and every Faculty member with whom you are interested in working with. Send it also to Allison Horwood, Academic Advisor, at, for her records.

4)  Over the next few weeks, Faculty members to whom you applied, may contact you for an interview.  By March 30th, Faculty members will advise next year’s PSYC 501 Coordinators of the students they are prepared to take.

5)  By Friday March 27th, you should have a list of potential supervisors, and be comfortable listing them in order of preference with the one you would most like to work with numbered 1. Fill out the PSYC 501 supervisor ranking form. This can be done either before or after you have met with your potential supervisors, but MUST be submitted no later than March 27th. This form is sent to Allison Horwood, at ONLY.

6)  Between March 30th and the end of April, the PSYC 501 Coordinators will work out the matches. After Faculty have noted who they are prepared to take, your preference (i.e. the order in which you ranked potential supervisors on the supervisor ranking form) is the primary consideration in assigning students to supervisors – we will do the best we can to match you with a thesis supervisor as far up your list as possible. Some research areas are much more popular than others, however, and no one can supervise more than three thesis students. Many people will not get their top choice, or maybe even their second or third choice, depending on who they have listed. It is in your interest to check out potential supervisors from a few different areas. We will never assign you to someone that you haven’t listed on your application – if a match isn’t possible given the list you’ve submitted, you will be contacted by this year’s 501 Coordinator, Dr. Kate Harkness, who will work with you to find an acceptable match.

7)  You will hear sometime at the end of April who your thesis supervisor will be, via e-mail. Note that this does not guarantee that you are eligible to take PSYC 501.  Eligibility will be determined by the Undergraduate office, and communicated to you via email in late May.

  If you have any questions, please contact either Allison Horwood at or Kate Harkness at


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