Requirements

Any course registration outside of The Department of Psychology must be approved by the Graduate Chair prior to registration. All transfer credit requests must also be approved by the Graduate Chair.

M.A. Psychology

5.0 credits are required to qualify for the degree:

  • 1.0 credit in PSYC 5410 and PSYC 5411 (recommended to complete during the first two terms of your program)
  • 0.5 credit in professional development courses: PSYC 5002, PSYC 5003, PSYC 5004, PSYC 5802 or PSYC 5903
  • 1.0 credit course work in PSYC at the 5000 level, excluding professional development courses and excluding the elective statistics courses
  • 2.5 credits – Thesis – which must be defended at an oral examination
  • PSYC 5906 (Pro-Seminar in Psychology) is a required non-credit course (recommended to complete during the first two terms of your program)

For details on which courses are being offered in the current academic year, click here.

M.A. Psychology with Specialization in Data Science

Students admitted to the MA in Psychology may decide to pursue a Specialization in Data Science.

5.0 credits are required to qualify for the degree:

  • 1.0 credit in PSYC 5410 * and PSYC 5411 * (recommended to complete during the first two terms of your program)
  • 0.5 credit in Data 5000 *
  • 0.5 credit in professional development courses: PSYC 5002, PSYC 5003, PSYC 5004, PSYC 5802 or PSYC 5903
  • 0.5 credit course work in PSYC at the 5000 level, excluding professional development courses and excluding the elective statistics courses
  • 2.5 credits – Thesis – must be in the area of Data Science, and must be defended at an oral examination
  • PSYC 5906 (Pro-Seminar in Psychology) is a required non-credit course (recommended to complete during the first two terms of your program)

*Students must receive at least an A grade in each of the courses included in the Specialization.

For details on which courses are being offered in the current academic year, click here

M.A. Psychology Concentration in Mental Health and Well-being

Students admitted to the MA in Psychology may decide to pursue a Concentration in Mental Health and Well-Being.

5.0 credits are required to qualify for the degree:

  • 1.0 credit in PSYC 5410 * and PSYC 5411 * (recommended to complete during the first two terms of your program)
  • 0.5 credit in PSYC 5209 * or health-oriented course approved by the Graduate Supervisor
  • 0.5 credit in PSYC 5107 or PSYC 5208 or PSYC 5804 or PSYC 5900 or PSYC 5901
  • 0.5 credit in PSYC 5904 Practicum in Mental Health and Well-Being {This practicum serves as the capstone for the Concentration. It provides students an opportunity for experiential learning that can be applied to their future career in mental health and well-being}
  • 2.5 credits – Thesis – which must be defended at an oral examination
  • PSYC 5906 (Pro-Seminar in Psychology) is a required non-credit course (recommended to complete during the first two terms of your program)

* Students must receive a minimum grade of A- in PSYC 5410, PSYC 5411, and PSYC 5209 or its approved replacement in order to complete the concentration.

Students who fulfill the requirements for the Concentration in Mental Health and Well-Being may request the designation appear on their transcript up until the second last term in their MA program. 

Prospectus

All master’s students must successfully defend a prospectus before proceeding to the defense of their thesis.  A completed Prospectus Examination Approval Form must be approved by the Graduate Chair at least two weeks prior to the exam date.  Copies of the prospectus must be provided to the committee members as well as the Graduate Administrator at least two weeks prior to the exam date. You will find the Prospectus Examination Approval and Procedures form on the Forms section of the website.

Thesis

Students must successfully defend their thesis at an oral exam.  A completed Master’s Thesis Examination Approval Form must be approved by the Graduate Chair at least three weeks prior to the exam date.  You will find the Master’s Thesis Examination Approval and Procedures form on the Forms section of the website.

Academic Standing

Master’s students who fail to achieve a weighted GPA of B- (7.0) after 2 terms of study, or to maintain it subsequently, will be required to withdraw from the program.

Continuous Thesis Registration

Once a student has registered in the thesis (PSYC 5909) requirement they must maintain continuous registration.

Regulations for PSYC 590X

Students in the M.A. program are normally allowed to take up to a maximum of 2 half-credits in total of PSYC 5900 or PSYC 5901 courses. Approval for topics of these courses must be obtained from the Graduate Chair. Students register in PSYC 5900 / PSYC 5901 only in the term that they will submit their paper.

Time Limits

Full-time: 6 terms – 2 years from initial registration
Part-time: 18 terms – 6 years from initial registration

Apply to Graduate

You must apply to graduate online at Carleton Central by:

  • March 1st for Spring Convocation (June)
  • September 1st for Fall Convocation (November)
  • December 1st for Winter Convocation (February)