1. Why study Psychology at Carleton?
  2. What our alumni have to say
  3. Graduate Research Showcase
  4. Where our graduates are now
  5. Explore our graduate programs

Why study Psychology at Carleton?

The strength of our graduate programs lies in the highly productive research faculty, well-organized programs of study, extensive opportunities for student-faculty interaction, and rich offering of research specializations. Our faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research in a variety of fields, including cognitive, developmental, forensic, health, organizational, personality and social psychology.

The Master of Arts (MA) program allows students to gain the essential tools to conduct empirical research, while the Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is strongly research-oriented and emphasizes hands-on training. In addition to exciting opportunities for developing research collaborations within the department and across the University, students can enroll in a range of graduate courses and participate in community practica.

What our alumni have to say

“I loved the MA in Psychology program and feel as though it has really set me up for a successful future.

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.”

Megan Wagstaff

Megan Wagstaff, M.A. (2020)

Brittany Blaskovits, Ph.D. (2020)

“When I moved across the country to complete my Masters in Psychology, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, from the very start of that program, until the very end of my PhD, the Carleton Psychology department supported, encouraged, and guided me toward a future that I am extremely grateful for.

I have had the opportunity to travel, teach, and develop skill sets as a researcher that I can be proud of. While I found the entire department friendly and collegial, the forensic faculty in particular, made my experience everything that it was. They are enthusiastic to share their expertise, they recognize student achievement, and they take it upon themselves to understand each student’s goals, and then challenge and champion them. The relationships I’ve formed continue to be valuable as I move into a career.”

Graduate Research Showcase

Where our graduates are now

Graduates from our 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)
  • Private companies such as Telus Health Solutions.

Explore our graduate programs