Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Master of Science (MSc)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Giving students the knowledge they need for entry to a doctoral program, the Clinical Psychology (MSc Thesis) program is a vital rung in the ladder toward a research, academic or clinical career in psychology and health care. Accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association, the program is designed for those continuing on to the doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary. Clinical psychology is an evidence-based science that advances knowledge of the causes, prevention, assessment and treatment of psychological problems, along with the promotion of health and wellness.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Students may take courses such as Psychopathology, Assessment, Psychotherapy, and Neuropsychology across a range of age groups.
  • Thesis: Students will complete an original research thesis, based on a research collection, analysis and interpretation of original data.
  • Research Proposal: Students must complete a master’s thesis proposal for thesis research.


Research, academic, or clinical career in university, health, and mental health settings.

Consistent with its goal of doctoral training, the program only admits MSc students who wish to pursue the doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


10 core courses and clinical practica

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full time; four years maximum


A supervisor is required prior to the start of the program.

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
A full list of supervisors accepting new students is posted on the Department of Psychology website in early Fall. Contact the program for more information.

  1. BCallahan

    Brandy Callahan

    Geriatric neuropsychology, Adult ADHD
  2. TCampbell

    Tavis Campbell

    Seeking Students
    Behavioral Medicine, Adherence, Health Behaviors, Chronic Disease, Motivation
  3. Linda Carlson

    Linda Carlson

    Accepting Inquiries
    Psychosocial Oncology
  4. Keith Dobson

    Keith Dobson

    Depression, Stigma, Workplace mental health, Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their effects on adults
  5. Deinera Exner-Cortens Headshot

    Deinera Exner-Cortens

    Accepting Inquiries
    Teen Dating Violence, Healthy Relationships Promotion, Suicide Prevention, School Mental Health, Program Evaluation, Implementation Science
  6. Picture of Susan Graham

    Susan Graham

    Seeking Students
    Child Development, Language and Cognition
  7. David Hodgins

    David Hodgins

    Addictive Behaviours
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    Julia Kam

    Accepting Inquiries
    Main Research Interests, Methodological Approaches, Current Projects
  9. Sheri Madigan (headshot)

    Sheri Madigan

    Determinants of Child Development, Child Development; Clinical Psychology
  10. Dr. Brae Anne McArthur

    Brae Anne McArthur

    Developmental Psychopathology; Clinical Psychology; Positive Psychology; Treatment Outcomes in Psychotherapy

Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.6 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

An honours degree in Psychology or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples



A statement of research and professional interests (max. 500 words), including the specification of prospective research supervisors from among current program faculty.

A research proposal.

Reference letters

Two academic letters

Test scores


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Nov. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Nov. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Psychology

Psychology Graduate Program
Faculty of Arts
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Advisor

Visit the departmental website

Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

Visit the Faculty of Arts website