Master of Arts in Counselling & Clinical Psychology (Clinical & Counselling Psychology Field)
Master of Arts in Counselling & Clinical Psychology (Clinical & Counselling Psychology Field) Overview
Supporting well-being and human development across the life span
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.
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.
For detailed information about the program, please consult the School of Graduate Studies Calendar.
NOTE: Admission to the Collaborative Specialization in Community Development (CSCD) will be suspended for 2022-23. Furthermore, the future of the CSCD and the core course supporting the collaborative specialization will be reviewed over the next year. An update will be posted at the specialization's website in early 2023.
At a Glance
Full-time (6 sessions, 2 years)
Part-time (10 sessions)
Coursework & Masters Thesis
Funding and Tuition
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Applications are now closed 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."
Master of Arts 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 4 year bachelor’s degree in psychology; or a four-year undergraduate degree which contains the psychology course-load equivalent of a major or specialization (defined as six full courses in psychology, including one half-course in research methods, one half-course in statistics, and at least three full courses at the third- or fourth-year level in three core areas of general psychology*)
- A standing equivalent to a University of Toronto A- or better in the final year.
- A History of Psychology undergraduate course is recommended.
Required Supporting Documents
All applicants must submit:
- Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
- A resume/curriculum vitae that provides clear and complete information about the applicant's experience in the field of study and evidence of relevant research experience
- Two letters of reference (academic), including contact emails
- Applicants are asked to respond to the following 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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