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Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology & Education

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Program Length 1 year  full-time Career Path Research, university- or college-level teaching Program Requirements 4 half-courses; thesis Program Highlight All seminar-based courses Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Full-time, flex-time and online options available

The Developmental Psychology & Education (DPE) Program is for those who wish to construct an overall perspective on developmental psychology and human development and their implications for practice with children in educational and other applied settings. 

The MA DPE program is primarily for students who wish to pursue a career in research, university or community college teaching, and related activities. 


  • An appropriate bachelor’s degree in psychology or equivalent with standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the final year or over senior courses.


This is a 1-year, full time program (3 full-time sessions, typically Fall/Winter/Spring).

All requirements must be completed within three years. Degree requirements consist of:

  • 4 half-courses (2.0 FCE) or equivalent
  • Thesis (no oral exam required)

Course List

Please see course descriptions linked here.

APD1209H Research Methods and Thesis Preparation in Human Development  & Applied Psychology (o.5 FCE)
JOI1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (0.5 FCE)
Electives (1.0 FCE total)
  • To be chosen in consultation with your advisor
  • APD2252H - Individual Reading and Research in Human Development  &  Applied Psychology can be taken as an elective (0.5 FCE)
  • Substitutions to courses on the elective list must be approved by the DPE program chair.


Additional Requirements

Students who  have  not  taken  a  human  development  course  in  their  undergraduate program may be required to take APD1201H Child and Adolescent Development (0.5 FCE) or an equivalent.

Students who have not had a previous course in statistics equivalent to JOI1287 (Introduction to Applied Statistics) are required to take JOI1287 in addition to their four half-courses.

For full course descriptions, please see the Registrar's Office


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 MA in Developmental Psychology & Education with the following programs:

Educational Policy

  • For students interested in the factors associated with educational policy development and implementation, particularly focusing on developing strategies for improving educational processes


  • For graduate students and doctoral fellows who would like to increase their versatility for career development through the scientific study of the nervous system.



Applications are now closed for the 2018-2019 academic year in our MA in Developmental Psychology & Education 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 Registrar’s Office includes a checklist to walk you through:

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

You are also able to view your application status from there.


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


In addition to the standard components and supporting documents on the School of Graduate Studies website, MA-DPE applicants must submit:

  • an additional letter of recommendation from an academic source (for a total of 2 academic and 1 professional reference)



Tuition information can be found via the University of Toronto's Office of the Provost.

Fees for Domestic Students

Fees for International Students


Questions? Contact the MA-DPE program liaison.