- Is there a GPA requirement for admission?
At minimum, you must possess an Honours degree in Psychology with at least high honours standing (A- or 80%). However, admission to our program is very competitive and you will be judged against other highly qualified candidates in the admission pool.
- Are GRE scores required?
No, GRE scores are not required for admission to our Psychology graduate programs.
- Who can serve as a referee for my application?
A referee is a faculty member with whom you have studied and is able to assess your potential for graduate level study and research. References from non-academic supervisors may be accepted only under special circumstances.
You can read more about referees on the Graduate Admissions website.
- What is considered an Advanced Statistics course?
Advanced Statistics moves beyond basic statistics (e.g. theory) into more intermediate material (e.g. application) and is typically completed in year 3 or beyond. At Carleton, PSYC 3000 would be considered an Advanced Statistics course.
- What if I don't have an Honours degree in Psychology?
To be considered for admission, you must possess an Honours degree in Psychology with at least high honours standing (A- or 80%). Exceptions will not be made (e.g. if you have a general Psychology degree and did not complete the Honours program, or if you have an Honours degree in any other program that is not Psychology).
- I did a research project instead of a thesis for my Honours program. Is this be acceptable for the admissions requirement?
Unfortunately, because our program is in experimental psychology, we are strict about the thesis requirement and will not accept a research project in place of this.
- Would I be able to do the graduate program as a part-time student?
It is possible to do the program part-time. However, that will need to be a point of discussion between student and supervisor, as not all supervisors are willing to accept students who are not committed to full-time studies.
- How can I fulfill the Language Proficiency requirement?
Proficiency in English is necessary to pursue graduate studies at Carleton University. All applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy this requirement in one of the following ways:
- To present an official overall score of 80 on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment; or
- To present an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 97 on the internet-based test (IBT) with a minimum score of 24 in writing and speaking and a minimum score of 22 in reading and listening; or
- To present an official overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.5, with a minimum of 7.0 in each band score; or
- To present an official overall score of 73 on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with a minimum score of 73 in each Communicative Skill; or
- To have completed ESLA 1900 or ESLA 1905 at Carleton University with a final grade of B+ or higher; or
- To present official certification (transcripts) to indicate that you have studied for the last three years (full-time, non-ESL) in a university in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom or any other country in which the primary language is English, and where the language of instruction in the relevant educational institution was exclusively English. Note: Letters from your universities stating the medium of instruction is English are not acceptable.
(min. of 7.0 in each band)
(min. 24 in writing and speaking, min. 22 in reading and listening)
80 overall 73 (min. 73 in each Communicative Skill)
International students may get additional information on language test results, immigration support, and more on the Graduate Admission website.
- What funding is available to me?
When planning to pay for your university education in Canada, it’s important to explore all of the funding options that are available to you from all sources. Please note that funding from Carleton (including teaching assistantships, research assistantships and scholarships) is limited to only a few outstanding international applicants. Visit the Graduate Admissions website to view information on financial assistance for international students.