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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Applicants to the UPEI Doctor of Psychology program are required to have an Honours Bachelor's degree in Psychology including an honours thesis, or an equivalent. Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (general only) prior to application is required. Applicants are encouraged to present a record of undergraduate course selection reflecting breadth of study across the core areas of psychology. Given the preponderance of quantitative methods in the current clinical psychology research literature, completion of an advanced statistics course prior to admission is required. In addition, given the methodological pluralism and critical historical and social perspective adopted by the program, previous course work in qualitative research methods and situating psychology in a critical historical perspective is highly recommended. PsyD students at UPEI will be engaged in a critical and reflective dialogue about research methods and the modern positions adopted by clinical psychology.

A minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4-point scale is normally required, with more recent performance given greater weight.

Applicants whose undergraduate degree is in a language other than English must complete an English as an Additional Language assessment. Applicants with a Master's Degree in clinical psychology are also welcomed to apply; advanced standing in the program will be considered but is not guaranteed.

The program seeks well-rounded applicants who recognize the importance of understanding the mental health needs of individuals from cultural, social and community contexts. Review of applications is based on various elements including specific academic requirements, such as academic transcript and GRE scores, but cultural and individual dimensions of applicants reflected in the personal statement of interest, letters of reference, volunteer and work experience in a human services related field will be highly valued. As a candidate's application will be considered in its totality, we encourage high-quality applicants to apply even though they may show relatively weaker performance on one component.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for an interview. In an effort to support a diverse program international applicants and applicants from a diversity of cultural and individual backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Indigenous applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

Application process

Applicants must submit the following to the University via the UPEI application portal.

  • a Graduate Application Form;
  • Supplemental (or Departmental) Application Form; a personal statement outlining background preparation and reason for interest in the program, specifying why this particular program is a match for the applicant;
  • a curriculum vitae which outlines all relevant academic, occupational and volunteer experience;
  • the UPEI Application Fee;
  • three letters of reference, at least two academic; the third may be academic or may reflect volunteer or professional experience; and,
  • GRE scores (general only).

All applicants must also request their official transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) be sent directly (by mail or electronically) to UPEI from all post-secondary institutions at which courses have been taken. 

All application materials must be received by January 15 of the calendar year the student wishes to enter the program.
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