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Doctor of Philosphy in Clinical & Counselling Psychology

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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 Clinical & Counselling Psychology (CCP) Program 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 Stermac

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




See: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

  • An appropriate 4-year bachelor’s degree in psychology or equivalent degree, with a standing grade equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the final year or over senior courses
    • ​Equivalent requirement is defined as 6.0 FCE in psychology, including 0.5 FCE in research methods, 0.5 FCE in statistics, and at least 3.0 FCE at the second- third- or fourth-year levels
  • A University of Toronto MA degree with specialization in Clinical and Counselling Psychology with a grade of A- or better, or its equivalent from a recognized university.
    • ​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


This is a 5-year program for full-time students.

Degree requirements are the same for full-time and flexible-time students.

  • 10 half-courses (5.0 FCE), including:
    • 600-hour practicum with a licensed psychologist
    • 1600-hour Internship (full-time for 12 months or part-time for 24 months at the end of your program)
  • Comprehensive component (to be completed before defending doctoral thesis)
  • Thesis and oral defence
  • Colloquium Attendance Requirement



Please see course descriptions here.

APD3215H Seminar in Counselling Psychology: Part 1
APD3217Y (1.0 FCE) Advanced Practicum in Clinical and Counselling Psychology
(600-hour practicum)
APD3268Y (1.0 FCE) Internship in Clinical and Counselling Psychology
(1600-hour internship)
APD3225H Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality and Psychopathology
APD3260H Psychodiagnostic Systems

0.5 FCE Advanced-level statistics course 

To be chosen in consultation with supervisors. Courses can be drawn from those offered at OISE or other faculties with the permission of the instructor
APD3202H A Foundation of Program Evaluation in Social Sciences
*APD3204H Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology

*May be waived if an undergraduate equivalent completed and replaced with an elective from within the department or from another graduate unit at the University of Toronto. 


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

Faculty expecting to supervise new students in the 2018-19 academic year can be found here.


Jeffrey Ansloos

Charles Chen

Roy Gillis

Abby Goldstein

Roy Moodley

Marg Schneider

Lana Stermac

Jeanne Watson


See a list of which faculty are accepting students in each of our programs by viewing Who's Accepting?



The Colloquium Series presentations occur approximately once a month and are delivered by renowned local and international scholars in their area of expertise. These talks and presentations are carefully curated to enhance your educational experience in the Department of APHD. 

This series is offered throughout the academic year. It is expected that all PhD students will attend a minimum of six colloquium presentations during their program.

Attendance at this series partially fulfills the course requirements for APD3271Y.

Please see Colloquia Series for the schedule of presentations.


See: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants


Applications are now closed for the 2018-2019 academic year in our PhD in Clinical and Counselling Psychology programThe academic school year for this program begins only in September. 


Applications are completed online through the School of Graduate Studies website.

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

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

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




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:

1)    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.

2)    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

3)    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.

*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.

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