M.A. in Psychology

  • A program of study and research in the psychology field leading to the degree of Master of Arts
  • Strongly research-oriented, although practical courses such as quantitative methods, testing and behaviour modification are available
  • Students admitted to the MA in Psychology have the opportunity to pursue:
    • Specialization in Data Science
    • Concentration in Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Graduates from the MA program are well prepared to pursue doctoral studies. Graduates from both our MA and PhD programs have found employment as social science researchers in a variety of venues including academia (postdoctoral research positions and tenure-track faculty positions), federal government agencies (Department of National Defence, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, National Research Council, Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Transport Canada), educational settings (school boards; early childhood agencies), health-related agencies, hospital settings (the Eye Institute at the Ottawa General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and private companies such as Telus Health Solutions.
  • This degree does not offer training in applied areas (e.g., clinical, educational, counselling psychology, etc)

Please visit our Graduate Research Showcase to read papers authored by current graduate students in our MA and Ph.D. programs.

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“I loved the MA in Psychology program and feel as though it has really set me up for a successful future,” shared Wagstaff. “I think its strengths lie in the strong focus on research, the practicum option, and in the incredibly talented and dedicated staff. I also loved the opportunities I had to travel for multiple conferences across the country, which allowed me to meet a number of influential academics, and really expand my knowledge in my field. My dream has always been to treat children and youth, particularly those of vulnerable populations. However, clinical practice is grounded in research, and therefore, I think my education and experience with this MA in Psychology program will help me to be a better clinician one day. I also hope to continue my research trajectory in conducting studies which focus on risks and strength factors of justice- involved youth.”

Megan Wagstaff
  – Megan Wagstaff, M.A. (2020)