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Doctor of Philosphy in Counselling & Clinical Psychology

Clinical & Counselling Psychology Field

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Program Length 5 years  full-time Career Path Career in psychological teaching, research, and practice Program Requirements 10 half-courses (5.0 FCE), including practicum and Internship; Comprehensive component; Thesis and oral defence; Colloquium Attendance Program Highlight  600-hour practicum and a 1-year, full-time 1600-hour internship Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Flexible-time option available

The PhD in Counselling and Clinical Psychology, Clinical & Counselling Psychology Field (CCP) provides training in the theory, research, and practice of clinical and counselling psychology. This enables students to assume a variety of positions in the field of clinical and counselling psychology, including teaching, research and practice in universities, colleges, hospitals, and community agencies offering psychological services.

Program Chair:  Dr. Marg Schneider

Director of Clinical Training: Dr. Judith Silver

Core Faculty:  Dr. Jeffrey AnsloosDr. Charles Chen; Dr. Abby Goldstein; Dr. Roy Gillis; Dr. Roy Moodley; Dr. Marg Schneider; Dr. Lana StermacDr. Jeanne Watson

The doctoral curriculum builds on the theoretical and practical foundations established during the MA training. Students are expected to conduct advanced research and to develop professional knowledge and skills. 

The principal aim of this degree program are:

  • the development of research and theoretical knowledge in clinical and counselling psychology
  • assessment skills and knowledge
  • training in professional issues

The program is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) as a combined Clinical/Counselling Psychology program. Next site visit due 2021-22.

Canadian Psychological Association
141 Laurier Avenue West
Suite 702
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3



Program Details

All OISE graduate studies programs operate under the umbrella of the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS). For information on coursework and other program requirements, please see the SGS Calendar.

SGS Calendar

For a listing of degree course requirements, please visit our Current Students page under Course Plan.

Course Note

*APD3240H: Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology may be waived if an undergraduate equivalent has been completed. If this is the case, APD3240H can be replaced with an elective from within the department of APHD or from another graduate unit at the University of Toronto. 

Core Faculty

​The following are core faculty in the Clinical & Counselling Psychology field who teach courses and may supervise a student thesis.

Jeffrey Ansloos

Charles Chen

Roy Gillis

Abby Goldstein

Roy Moodley

Marg Schneider

Lana Stermac

Jeanne Watson


Click below for a list of supervising faculty who are accepting students for the 2019-2020 academic year

Who's Accepting?


Admission Requirements

Minimum admission requirements for this program are:

  • A University of Toronto MA degree with specialization in Clinical and Counselling Psychology with a standing grade equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better
    • ​If space permits, we accept into the PhD program students who completed their MA at another institution. These students are required to complete the MA courses for which they do not have equivalence as part of their previous Master’s program to ensure they have the knowledge and skills that are required as part of our CCP MA. 

  • For Flex-Time PhD applicants:  
    • Evidence that you are a practicing professional engaged in activities relevant to your proposed program of study

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now closed.

The start date for this program is September. 
Deferrals of start date are not accommodated.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants


Application Instructions

The OISE Registrar’s Office includes step-by-step instructions:

  • choosing your program
  • reviewing admission requirements
  • preparing your application
  • submitting required supporting documents.

Applications are completed online through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) websiteYou are also able to view your application status from there.

Faculty Supervisors

See a list of which faculty are accepting students

Who's Accepting?


PhD CCP Application Checklist

This checklist is intended to assist applicants with organizing their material prior to upload with the School of Graduate Studies website.

  • Complete biographical data and program selection fields. Note: program selection will be provided through pull-down menus.
  • Payment of application fee through credit card or money order.  Note: program choice cannot be revised once the fee is submitted.
  • Email contact for two referees
  • Upload a scanned copy of your university transcripts (an unofficial copy via the institution's student web service will suffice)
  • Upload Statement of Intent (1000 to 1500 words, approx)
  • Upload Resume/Curriculum Vitae


Supplementary Material


  • Submission of transcripts, official and sealed, from each and every university attended. Where possible, it is preferrable that applicants receive transcripts directly from the institutions and submit one package with all transcripts to the address below. Transcripts may be mailed or hand delivered.
  • Transcripts  should be received within two weeks of the application deadline to avoid processing delays.

    OISE Registrar's Office, Graduate Studies Admissions Unit
    252 Bloor St. West, 8th Floor
    Toronto, ON M5S 1V6

Letters of Reference

  • Please communicate these items to your referee and ask that (s)he comment on the following in your reference letter.

To the extent possible, please comment on the applicant’s 

·         Sensitivity to others

·         Awareness of own impact on others

·         Empathy and capacity to provide support to others

·         Ability to exercise appropriate judgment

·         Appropriateness of interpersonal behaviour

·         Ethically appropriate behaviour

In your opinion, how suitable is this applicant for clinical training?

Tips for your Application

Applicants to the PhD-CCP program follow the standard application procedures outlined above via the School of Graduate Studies website. Below are a few tips for your application process:

  • At the time of application, students will be required to identify a preference for a specific research area as well as for a potential supervisor with whom they would work if admitted to the program.
  • Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. However, in addition, applicants to the flexible-time PhD should demonstrate that they are active professionals engaged in activities relevant to their proposed program of study
  • Please Note: Although students in the University of Toronto MA in CCP are given priority over other applicants when applying to the Ph.D., continuation from the MA to the Ph.D. is not automatic. Demonstration of a high level of competence and commitment is required.

Collaborative Specializations (Optional)

Collaborative Specializations provide students with a the opportunity to explore a novel interdisciplinary area or special development that crosses a number of disciplines. 

Collaborative specializations are available with the PhD in Counselling and Clinical Psychology (Clinial and Counselling Psychology field) in the following areas:

Addiction Studies

  • Develops and integrates graduate training in the multidisciplinary field of addictions, an area that includes the use and abuse of alcohol, tabacco, and psychoactive substances, as well as gambling and other addictive behaviours

Aging, Palliative Care and Supportive Care Across the Life Course 

  • Prepares students for specialization in the field of aging and/or the field of palliative and supportive care, with an emphasis on viewing aging and palliative issues within the perspective of the life course

Community Development

  • Focuses on working with community members and groups to effect positive change in the social, economic, organizational, or physical structures of a community

Indigenous Health

  • For students interested in Aboriginal Health research and practice while enhancing mutually beneficial relationships with Aboriginal communities and organizations

Sexual Diversity Studies

  • For students to engage in questions of gender, ethnicity, race, Aboriginal status, (dis)ability, and class to highlight the importance of exploring their interaction with sexual differences.

Women and Gender Studies

  • Provides a rich interdisciplinary environment in which students can grapple with how gender and sexuality are tangled with questions of race, citizenship, embodiment, colonialism, violence, and other pressing concerns.

Registering for Professional Practice

Students whose plans include preparation for professional practice in psychology should note that graduation from a doctoral program or from any graduate program in psychology does not, in itself, qualify a person to practice as a psychologist.

The College of Psychologists of Ontario regulates professional practice in Ontario and examines candidates for registration as psychologists. Students are encouraged to review the requirements for registration early in their program and to save all course outlines so that they may submit them to CPO as part of their application for registration.


For more information on the registration process, please consult the College of Psychologists of Ontario website at www.cpo.on.ca.

Program Fees

Questions? Contact the PhD-CCP program liaison, Todd Will: todd.will@utoronto.ca