Clinical Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Helping students become expert psychologists and competent clinicians is the purpose of the Clinical Psychology (PhD Thesis) program. It aims to prepare students for research, academic and clinical careers in psychology and health care. As practitioners of an evidence-based science, faculty members guiding the program emphasize training in clinical science. The program, which highlights their commitment to empirical approaches to advancing knowledge, is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Students will take advanced topics in the practice of clinical psychology such as psychopharmacology, diversity issues in clinical psychology, clinical geropsychology, addictions, health psychology, eating disorders, consultation/supervision, program evaluation, and neuropsychology.
  • Candidacy: Students must sit a written and oral doctoral candidacy examination in the third year of their program.
  • Research Proposal: Students in the program must complete a doctoral thesis proposal for thesis research.
  • Thesis: Students will complete a thesis based on a research project/question during their time in the program.

Outcomes

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

A PhD in clinical psychology is usually considered a final degree.

Thesis-based program

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

Courses

9 courses, practica, and a full-time, competitive, paid internship. Internships may take place in settings across Canada.

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Four to five years; six years maximum

Supervisor

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.


Supervisors

Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.


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    Brandy Callahan

    Accepting Inquiries
    Geriatric neuropsychology, Adult ADHD
  2. Linda Carlson

    Linda Carlson

    Accepting Inquiries
    Psychosocial Oncology
  3. Keith Dobson

    Keith Dobson

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

    Seeking Students
    Clinical Psychology Graduate Program, Psychology Graduate Program, Social Work
  5. David Hodgins

    David Hodgins

    Accepting Inquiries
    Addictive Behaviours
  6. Candace Konnert

    Candace Konnert

    Accepting Inquiries
  7. Keith Yeates

    Keith Yeates

    Unavailable

Admission requirements


GPA

A minimum of 3.6 GPA on a 4.0 point system.

Please note that the PhD program is highly competitive. Successful applicants will typically have a GPA higher than this stated minimum.

Minimum education

A master's degree in Psychology or equivalent.

Work samples

None

Documents

A statement of research and professional interests, including the specification of prospective research supervisors from among current program faculty

Reference letters

Two academic letters

Test scores

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Scores Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Subject Test in Psychology 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:

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Dec. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Dec. 1 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

Administration Building, Room AD255
539 Campus Place NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4
403.220.5659

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

Faculty of Arts

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

Visit the Faculty of Arts website