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Queen's Psychology Undergraduate Studies

Psychology 501 Information for 2017-18

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

  • Deadline for students to submit applications -- Friday, March 10th, 2017
  • Deadline for students to submit rankings -- Friday, March 31st, 2017
  • Matching decisions announced -- Late-April, 2017
  • Thesis eligibility confirmed-- Late-May, 2017


  • The completion of PSYC 302/3.0 (or PSYC 300/6.0) by April 2017 with a minimum grade of C+ [unless you participated in exchange during the 2016-17 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 50-55). 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 (MS Word Doc, 31 KB).  
  2. Identify Faculty members with whom you would like to work. The list of Faculty available to supervise in 2017-18 is listed HERE (PDF, 22 KB). 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 10th 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 Leverette, Academic Advisor, at, for her records.
  4. Over the next couple of weeks, Faculty members to whom you applied, may contact you for an interview.  By April 3rd, Faculty members will advise next year’s PSYC 501 Coordinators of the students they are prepared to take.
  5. By Friday, March 31st, 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 (PDF, 129 KB). This should be done after you have met with potential supervisors, and MUST be submitted no later than March 31st. This form is sent to Allison Leverette, at ONLY.
  6. Between March 31st 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 the Undergraduate office, 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.
  8. If you have any questions, please contact either Allison Leverette at or one of the PSYC 501 Coordinators, Kate Harkness at or Monica Castelhano at