Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling & Clinical Psychology (Clinical & Counselling Psychology Field)
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling & Clinical Psychology (Clinical & Counselling Psychology Field) Overview
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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.
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. At the time of application, students will be required to identify a preference for a specific field as well as for a potential supervisor with whom they would work if admitted to the program.
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
For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
For information on the Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling and Clinical Psychology (Clinical Psychology Field) offered by University of Toronto - Scarborough (UTSC), visit the UTSC program page.
Each year the Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development only accepts into its doctoral programs, one international student who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada. This applicant must have a Master degree by the time of registration into the doctoral program. Although we typically admit international students to the Developmental Psychology and Education doctoral program, the Clinical and Counselling and School and Clinical Child Psychology Programs may on occasion accept an international doctoral student where the student has a Master’s degree that meets the admissions requirements.
Under very special circumstances, the department will accept an international student into the Developmental Psychology and Education doctoral program as a Flex PhD student with the approval of the chair of the department.
The department does not accept any international students at the MA level.
At a Glance
Full-time (5 years)
Coursework with practicum & internship
Thesis & defence
Funding and Tuition
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Applications are now open for a Fall 2024 start.
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Why I Chose Applied Psychology & Human Development
Nivatha Moothathamby (Master of Arts 2021)
PhD student in Developmental Psychology and Education
"My journey at OISE has been filled with establishing positive and supportive relationships, learning the nuances of psychology and education, and understanding my role as a scholar and an activist. As a Tamil-Canadian, I come from a community that has faced racial injustices and intergenerational trauma. The Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development has provided me with academic resources and a community to explore and expand on these parts of my identity. Overall, OISE’s deep commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity is what drew me to apply. I found my place here."
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling & Clinical Psychology Admission Requirements
General Admission Requirements
Please visit the OISE Admissions website for detailed information about the application process, including general minimum admission requirements and supporting documents.
Program-Specific Information (Minimum Admission Requirements)
- Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.
- An appropriate bachelor’s degree in psychology or equivalent, with a standing grade equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the final year or over senior courses. It is expected that students will have completed 1.0 FCE at the third- or fourth-year level in each of three core areas of general psychology: biological bases of behaviour, cognitive/affective bases of behaviour, and social bases of behaviour. Students who are missing courses in these areas may be required to complete additional courses during the degree.
- 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.
Required Supporting Documents
All applicants must submit:
- Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Two letters of reference (one academic and one professional) including contact emails.
- Applicants are asked to respond to the following guided questions:
- What research topic(s) do you want to pursue during your degree? Please describe any previous research relevant to this research area and why you feel it is an important research topic to focus on. (500 words max)
- What are your career goals and how will acceptance into this program facilitate those goals? (500 words max)
- Please provide details of your research experiences focusing on how your skills have developed over time and how these skills will assist you in completing the research components of the degree. Be concrete about your relevant experience (e.g., Honours or M.A. thesis, presentations, publications, or research assistantship activities). What research skills did you develop and what new research skills did you acquire working/volunteering on these project(s)? (500 words max)
- Please identify faculty within the Clinical and Counselling Psychology program (or other faculty in APHD) whom you would like to work with during your degree. How do your research interests and experiences make you a good fit for our program and your proposed supervisor? How does your previous research experience impact your understanding of the research questions you have already investigated and your research interests moving forward? How does this, in turn, fit with the current research interests of your proposed supervisor(s)? (500 words max)
- Could you briefly describe your family, life, community, volunteer, or professional experiences that have helped prepare you to work with diverse individuals? (350 words max)
- Could you briefly describe your relevant counselling/clinical experience working directly with individuals in either a volunteer or a professional capacity that would contribute to your successful completion of the program? (500 words max)
Additional Program Information
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