School and Applied Child Psychology

Master of Science (MSc)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

The mission of this thesis-based degree is to prepare school psychologists to be contributors and effective collaborators in enhancing learning and mental health outcomes for all individuals, in a wide variety of settings.

To achieve these goals, our program cultivates students who are theoretically- and scientifically-informed critical thinkers who demonstrate excellence as providers of high-quality, evidence-based prevention, assessment, intervention and research services. Our graduates leave well-armed to serve as leaders in the effective application of educational and psychological principles to the learning environment at both the individual and systems levels.

Completing this program

  • Content Courses: Topics include research design in statistics, ethics in professional psychology, disorders of learning and behaviour and more.

  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.

  • Practicum Courses: Two practicum courses in a supervised setting.


Research, not-for-profit organizations, community agencies, post-secondary institutions, hospitals, counsellors, private practice settings, intercultural communication, culture studies, curricular consultant, public and private education systems,community and non-governmental agencies.

Thesis-based program

Completion of content courses, practicum and thesis


14 courses including practicum courses

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time; four years maximum; one year residency requirement


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. Emma Climie

    Emma Climie

    Accepting Inquiries
    Strengths in ADHD
  2. Kim Koh

    Kim Koh

    Accepting Inquiries
    Building Teacher Capacity in Classroom Assessment, Teacher Assessment Literacy and Professional Development, Problem-based Learning and Assessment in Teacher Education, Test and Survey Development, Adaptation, and Validation
  3. Adam McCrimmon

    Adam McCrimmon

    Seeking Students
    Autism Spectrum Disorder
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    Gabrielle Wilcox

    Accepting Inquiries
    School Neuropsychology, School-Based Mental Health, Transition, Clinical Reasoning

Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the last two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

Honours degree in Psychology (or equivalent) is preferred; applicants with a degree in Psychology, previous experience in the Psychological field. Normally, a minimum of 18 units (3.0 full-course equivalents) in Educational Psychology or Psychology. This must include: One undergraduate course in statistics, one senior undergraduate Psychology, or Educational Psychology course in each of cognitive-affective bases of behaviour and social bases of behaviour. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “B-” or above.


  • A curriculum vitae and statement of research and professional interests including the specification of a prospective research supervisor from among current faculty
  • A list of any professional school psychology experience you have had (employment or volunteer). Please specify full-time or part-time and for how long. If part-time, please specify how many hours per week
  • A short statement of intent (approximately 500 words) indicating your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate work in this degree
  • A short statement of your research experience (approximately 200 words) with respect to your previous research experience and the research you would like to pursue in this degree

Awards, publications and financial support

  • A list of any academic awards, achievements, honours or other distinctions you have received. Itemize the monetary amount and the total.
  • A list of all publications and conference presentations you have on your résumé and specify whether the work was peer reviewed or non-peer reviewed.
  • Information about any financial support for your degree in the form of an award, sponsorship, or other. Please indicate the dollar amount and duration of the support, and when it is to start.

Work samples


Reference 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: 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

Educational Psychology graduate program

Education Tower, Room 114
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website


Werklund School of Education

Education Tower, Room 1202A
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

Visit the Werklund School of Education website


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