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Master of Arts in School & Clinical Child Psychology

students outside of OISE

Program Length 2 years  full-time Career Path Leads to PhD in SCCP Program Requirements Courses, OISE Psychology Clinic placements, 250-hour field-based external practicum; thesis Program Highlight Clinical training under faculty who are licensed psychologists Scheduling Options and Mode of Delivery Full-time enrollment only

This program is designed to provide professional training in psychological assesment, therapy and other psychosocial and instructional interventions, professional consultation and prevention. Graduates find careers working with children, adolescents and families in school, mental health, private practice and research settings.

The School and Clinical Child Psychology is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) as a combined program in school and clinical child psychology. (next site visit due* 2019-20)

Accreditation Office
Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
141 Laurier Ave. West, Suite 702
Ottawa, ON K1P 5J3
613-237-2144 x 328 or 1-888-472-0657 x 328

This master's degree is intended to meet the academic requirements of the College of Psychologists of Ontario for registration as Psychological Associate.


  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in psychology or equivalent from a recognized university, with a standing grade equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the final year.
    • defined as 6.0 full­-course equivalents (FCEs) in psychology, including 0.5 FCE in child development and 1.0 FCE in research methods/statistics (of which at least 0.5 FCE must be at the third or fourth­ year levels) and at least 3.0 FCEs at the second, third­, or fourth ­year levels. 
    • Please see "Calculating academic Requirements" for more information
  • Evidence of relevant professional experience is preferred
  • Evidence of relevant research experience is preferred


The program is undertaken on a full-time basis and normally takes two years to complete.

Degree requirements consist of:

  • 10 half-Courses (5.0 FCE), which includes:
    • 250-hour school practicum with a licensed psychologist
    • Clinical placements at the OISE Psychology Clinic
  • Thesis (no oral exam required)



APD 1205H Ethical Issues in Applied Psychology (0.5 FCE)
APD 1215H Psychological Assessment of School-Aged Children (0.5 FCE)
APD 1216H Psychoeducational Assessment (0.5 FCE)
APD 1218H Seminar and Practicum in School-Based Assessment, Consultation and Intervention (0.5 FCE)
APD 1222H Approaches to Psychotherapy and Lifespan (0.5 FCE)
APD 1236H Developmental Psychopathology (0.5 FCE)
APD 1285H Psychology and Education of Children with Learning 
(0.5 FCE)
JOI 1288H Intermediate Statistics and Research Design (0.5 FCE)
APD 3240H Advanced Social and Emotional Assessment and Techniques (0.5 FCE)
0.5 FCE Elective course in Cognitive/Affective bases of behaviour* To be chosen from an approved course listing

*Note: Students who have a 1.0 FCE in Cognitive/Affective bases of behaviour at the senior undergraduate level approved by the program may substitute the following for this requirement:

  • an elective course
  • a course in the Biological Bases of Behaviour menu
  • a course in the Social Bases of Behaviour menu
  • APD3204H: Contemporary History and Systems in Human Development and Applied Psychology

Additional Requirements:

  • In addition to the above degree requirements, students who have not taken a previous child develpoment course in their undergradaute degree program will be required to take APD1201H Childhood and Adolescent Development.
  • Students who have not taken a previous statistics course or it's equivalent must take JOI1287H Introduction to Applied Statistics


Applications are now closed for the 2018-2019 academic year in our MA in School & Clinical Child 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 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.


Applicants to the MA-SCCP program are required to submit an additional academic letter of recommendation in addition to the usual 1 professional and 1 academic letter of recommendation, 

Below are additional tips to consider for applying to the MA-SCCP program:

  • The statement of intent is one of the most important parts of your application. It is your opportunity to describe your past experiences related to the program to which you are applying and how those experiences led to your current interests in graduate students in this area. Please describe your specific research interests and which two or three professors you would be most interested in working with.

  • Your professional reference letter can come from anyone who has knowledge of your ability to work with children and families. Examples may include a supervisor at a volunteer setting or summer camp or an employer at a setting where you worked with children or families as part of your job (e.g., daycare centre, community recreation program).


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


The SCCP core faculty members of the APHD Admissions Committee consider applications for the program. Applicants are rated on a 6-point scale, from poor (1) to outstanding (6), on their grades, statement of interest and intent, and academic and professional references.

Relevant research and applied experience, publications and conference presentations are also considered. Each qualified applicant's file is examined independently by two core SCCP faculty members and a mean is calculated. Applicants with high rankings are short-listed.

Faculty members then select students from the short list whom they wish to sponsor. Faculty sponsorship ensures that the interests of the students match the goals of the program, and that students have a committed supervisor.


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 PHD-SCCP program liaison, Diana Robinson: diana.robinson@utoronto.ca

*The program was first accredited as a combined program in school psychology and clinical psychology by the American Psychological Association in 2001, and by the Canadian Psychological Association in 2008.

To learn more about this program, see About SCCP