To reserve a room for a mid-term or a make-up exam, contact June D. Callender, Departmental Administrator, a min of one week in advance of the date. Specify day, time, duration of the exam and the number of students.
If you successfully complete courses in excess of your program requirements, inform the Graduate Administrator which courses you would like to declare ETD (extra to degree). Required courses cannot be declared ETD. After graduation, you can request that the course not previously used in a degree be transferred to your new program if remaining in the same discipline at Carleton.
You can take a course from another discipline and it will count towards your degree as long as you receive approval from the Graduate Chair before registering in the course. Submit your request to the Graduate Chair explaining how this course is important to your research and your degree, include the relevant course outline with your request.
The practicum offers students the opportunity to gain experience in a range of applied psychology settings with the goal of integrating academic and practical aspects of psychology. This course cannot be repeated for credit. Students will receive a grade of satisfactory or unsatisfactory.
An information package, including agency-student contract and evaluation form can be found on the ‘Practicum Course Page’ section of the website.
Students are to register in these courses only in the term the paper will be submitted to their supervisor. Note that you must receive approval from the Graduate Chair before you begin to work on the project, even if registration will be occurring in a future term.
A final report must be submitted to the supervisor of the Directed Studies or Independent Research. A graded paper must then be submitted to the Graduate Administrator in the departmental office by the 5th day after the last day of class.
All students are expected to submit and orally defend a thesis prospectus.
The prospectus examination is defended at an oral examination. To set up this examination you must fill out a Prospectus Examination Approval Form that must be approved by the Graduate Chair two weeks prior to the examination date. Please visit the ‘Forms‘ section of the website to download it.
As soon as the Graduate Chair approves your committee, the Graduate Assistant will send you an official notification confirming your committee and will reserve the room and a laptop and/or data projector for the examination.
There is no time limit for master’s candidates to defend their prospectus. However, it should be discussed with your supervisor. Typically, MA students should strive to defend their prospectus by the end of their 3rd term.
For doctoral students, the prospectus must be defended by the end of the 7th term for full-time students and by the end of the 10th term for part-time students.
For MA students, it is the same committee as your prospectus (departmental committee member number 2 may opt in or out of the final defence), plus a chair and an internal-external examiner (Internal to Carleton University but External to the Department of Psychology). You may have guests but you must first inform the Graduate Administrator who will let the Chair of Examination Committee know.
For PhD students, it is the same examination committee as your prospectus, plus an external examiner (expert in the area if your thesis but outside of Carleton) and an internal/external examiner (Internal to Carleton University but External to the Department of Psychology). You may have guests but you must first inform the Graduate Administrator who will inform the Chair of the Examination Committee.
Students taking PSYC 1001, 1002, 2001 and 2002 are eligible to participate in psychology research for grade-raising credit. These students form the “participant pool” for much of the research that is conducted by our department. Some research will require information about a participant prior to selecting them to participate in the study (a pre-selection measure), in order to ensure equal groups (e.g. equal numbers of introverts and extraverts). Some research will require a questionnaire to be administered separately from the main study in order to reduce demand characteristics. In order to accomplish this, the department will “mass test” all of the students in the participant pool in September. Researchers who are interested in submitting a questionnaire for mass testing will be invited to do so in August. Mass testing is NOT for scale development, nor for the administration of a questionnaire study in itself.