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 may take courses such as Adult Psychotherapy and Child Psychotherapy.
  • 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.


Education, health care, government, NGOs, Not-for-profit corporations, Industry research.

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.


17 courses including core courses, seminars and practicums

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Five to six years; six years maximum


A supervisor is required, but is not 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.


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

  1. Linda Carlson

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    Psychosocial Oncology
  2. Keith Dobson

    Depression, Stigma, Workplace mental health, Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their effects on adults
  3. David Hodgins

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    Addictive Behaviours
  4. Candace Konnert

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  5. Keith Yeates

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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.

Work samples



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:

  • TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
  • IELTS score of 7.5, or higher (Academic version)
  • MELAB score of 86, or higher
  • PTE score of 75, or higher (Academic version)
  • Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of A,A,A (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency)


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

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Arts

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

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