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School and Applied Child Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

This thesis-based degree prepares students to work as school psychologists or to develop specialized knowledge of school and applied child psychology for use in learning or community settings.

Course content for the PhD program follows the accreditation guidelines created by the Canadian Psychological Association’s standards for training.

Our mission is to turn out psychologists who will use their solid scientific foundations of psychology and education to enhance outcomes for learners of all ages in a wide range of applied settings. Graduates have gone on to find rewarding careers in schools and community agencies and in academic and research positions in institutions of higher education.

Completing this program

  • Content Courses: Topics include creating a working alliance, clinical supervision in applied psychology, evidence-based consultation and more.

  • Candidacy: Students will complete a research proposal and both oral and written candidacy exams.

  • Dissertation: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research dissertation.

  • Practicum Courses: Courses include an Advanced Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Assessment and Supervision and a School Based Practicum.

  • Internship: Students complete a one year full-time or two year half-time supervised internship in a school, clinic or human service agency.


University professors, research organizations, not-for-profit, non-governmental and community agencies, post-secondary institutions, hospitals, counsellors, private practice, intercultural communication, culture studies, curricular consultant, public/private education systems, policy and governance.

A PhD in school and applied child 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.


11 courses including practicum courses

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Four years full-time; six years maximum; two 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.

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    Emma Climie

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  2. Adam McCrimmon

    Adam McCrimmon

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  3. Dr. Meadow Schroeder

    Meadow Schroeder

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    Post-secondary student learning, Psychological assessment and diagnosis, School supports for students with disabilities
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    Gabrielle Wilcox

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

Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.5 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

A thesis-based Master's degree in School and Applied Child Psychology or equivalent.

Prerequisite courses to comply with accreditation standards:

  • Two senior undergraduate courses or one graduate course (3 units each) with a minimum grade of "B-" in biological bases of behaviour, cognitive-affective bases of behaviour, social bases of behaviour, and individual behaviour.
  • One senior undergraduate or one graduate course (3 units each) with a minimum grade of in the historical and scientific foundations of general psychology.

All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “B-” or above.

Police information check

Students who accept an offer of admission to a Graduate Program in Education that includes a practicum or internship will be required to provide a current Police Information Check (PIC) which includes a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search. Students who are not residents of Calgary must arrange for a PIC through the nearest local police service or RCMP detachment in the area where they reside.

Please go to the Werklund School of Education website for more information.


  • A typed curriculum vitae
  • A concise rationale (500 words or less) for the application including statements about your research and professional interests in school psychology, your previous research experience and the research you would like to pursue in this degree, and specification of a prospective research supervisor from among current faculty.
  • Note: A completed Pre-Admissions Checklist is required as part of the admissions process.

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

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Werklund School of Education

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Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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