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Master of Arts in Clinical & Counselling Psychology

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Program Length 2 years  full-time Career Path Become a registered practitioner or researcher Program Requirements 9 half-courses (4.5 FCE); Thesis; Colloquium Attendance Program Highlight 500 hours of supervised practicum with a registered psychologist Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Full-time enrollment only. In-class instruction

The program of study focuses on the development of research and applied skills relevant to clinical and counselling psychology to develop an understanding of the relationship between the two. Our training model emphasizes the development of a critical perspective and reflexive practitioners.

Program Chair:  Dr. Marg Schneider

Director of Clinical Training: Dr. Judith Silver

Core Faculty:  Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos; Dr. Charles Chen; Dr. Abby Goldstein; Dr. Roy Gillis; Dr. Roy Moodley; Dr. Marg Schneider; Dr. Lana Stermac

The MA CCP Program is primarily for students who are interested in working as researchers or practitioners in a variety of clinical and counselling settings.

The Clinical & Counselling Psychology (CCP) field is based on a bio­psycho­social model with an emphasis on diversity and focuses on assessment and the treatment of psychopathology in adults. 

This program enables students to apply for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) as a Psychological Associate. It also fulfils the requirements of students who plan to apply to the PhD program, Clinical and Counselling Psychology field. Training is sequential and the MA and PhD programs are designed and intended to be one coherent program.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

  • A 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.
    • ​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 typical psychology undergraduate 4 year degree would include the completion of one half-course at the third- or fourth-year level in each of the following:

      Biological bases of behaviour (for instance, brain and behaviour, neuropsychology, physiological psychology, sensation and perception)

      Cognitive/affective bases of behaviour (for instance, cognition, psychology of emotions, motivation, language, perception and learning)

      Social bases of behaviour (for instance, social psychology. group processes, organizations & systems, community psychology, environmental psychology, cultural issues)

      Individual behaviour (for instance, personality, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, human devlopment, individual differences)

      Note: the University of Toronto does not provide assessment of credentials prior to application. Please do not forward inquiries regarding course equivalencies or descriptions.  Use your discretion as to whether there is sufficient coverage of the course breadth areas listed.

  • Scores on the General and Subject (Psychology) tests of the General Record Examination (GRE)
    • Minimum scores are not required. (Institution code: 0982)
  • Evidence of relevant research experience.  It is strongly advised that applicants complete an undergraduate thesis in psychology. However, other forms of research, such as published papers, presentations, research assistantships and so on, may similarly demonstrate this ability. 
  • A History of Psychology undergraduate course is recommended.
  • ​Please see "Calculating academic Requirements" for more information


This is a 2-year program for full-time students. Degree requirements consist of:

  • 9 half-courses

  • 500 hours of practicum, under the supervision of a licensed psychologist

  • Thesis (no oral exam required)

  • Colloquium Attendance Requirements


All degree requirements must be completed in 3 years.



Please see course descriptions linked here.

APD 1203Y Practicum I: Interventions in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy (1.0 FCE)
APD 1204H Personality Theories (0.5 FCE)
APD 1208Y* Individual Cognitive and Personality Assessment and Practicum (1.0 FCE)
APD 1219H Ethical Issues in Professional Practice in Psychology and Psychotherapy (0.5 FCE)
APD 1261H  Group Work in Counselling and Psychotherapy (or an equivalent course) (0.5 FCE)
APD 1263H Research Methods for Clinical and Counselling Psychology
(0.5 FCE)
JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (0.5 FCE)

*Extended course. For academic reasons, course work is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.


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

J. 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. 

It is expected that all MA students will attend a minimum of three colloquium presentations during their program, which partially fulfills the course requirements for APD1203Y. 

This series is offered throughout the academic year. 

Please see Colloquia Series for the schedule of presentations.


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 MEd in Counselling and Psychotherapy in the following areas:

Aboriginal Health

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

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

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.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for Applicants

Applications are now closed for the 2018-2019 academic year in our MA in Clinical and Counselling & Psychology program. The 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



Our CCP program provides a guaranteed funding package for all students in the first year of the Master of Arts, and years 1-4 of the PhD.

For the unfunded years – year 2 of the MA, and any years beyond year 4 of the PhD – the tuition cost is outlined with the Provost Office.  We encourage these students to apply for a GA position and provincial/federal grants.