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Counselling Psychology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #35 (QS) Québec, Canada
Student pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology take a combination of theoretical, practical, and research-based courses throughout the duration of their degree.
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It draws upon a number of different sciences (including developmental, social, career and neuropsychology and personality theory) to develop critically astute researchers and exceptionally skilled clinicians. Building on the M.A. in Counselling Psychology (Project concentration), or equivalent, the program offers opportunities in Practicum, Supervision, and full-year Internships to develop clinical skills while also working toward the completion of a doctoral dissertation (thesis). The Ph.D. program, has the following aims:

  • To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of counselling psychology.
  • To practise from a strong evidence base.
  • To take a leadership role in community, professional, and university organizations in counselling psychology.
  • Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume careers in education and community settings, including faculty positions, counselling and psychological positions on the staff of university and college mental health centres, and professional positions in psychological agencies offering preventative mental health services. The program is currently accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), and the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ) (Please note that the APA no longer accredits programs outside of the United States of America). Graduates are eligible for licensure in Quebec.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Programme intensity Full-time
      • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Credits
      39 alternative credits
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      On Campus

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:

    • Thesis
    • Comprehensive Examination
    • Assessment & Diagnosis
    • Theory / Models: Family Therapy
    • Consultation and Program Evaluation
    • Supervision
    • Doctoral Field Experience
    • Proposal Preparation and Defense
    • Neurological Bases of Behaviour Across Lifespan
    • Pre-doctoral Internship
    • Univariate/Multivariate Analysis
    • Applied Multivariate Statistics

    English Language Requirements

    • Minimum required score:


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    Academic Requirements

    You need the following GPA score:

    Required score: 3
    Recommended score: 3.2

    Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

    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).

    • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

      The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

    General Requirements

    Admission requirements:
    • Online application and application fee
    • Transcripts
    • Letters of recommendation 
    • Personal statement
    • Writing sample/portfolio
    • A research supervisor
    • Study permits/student visas

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      19082 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9541 CAD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
    • National

      4782 CAD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2391 CAD per semester and a duration of 36 months.
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