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Psychology (PhD)

Psychology (PhD)

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Our PhD in Psychology program is based on a mentorship model, where faculty members work closely with a small cohort of students. Our program is designed to prepare you for careers in research and teaching, or for applied opportunities in various community and social agencies.

You can choose to specialize in one of four areas of psychology:

Program Structure

Our PhD in Psychology is a full-time program that can be completed in three years. The program structure varies by field, but no matter which area you choose to specialize in, you must write and defend a dissertation.


More information can be found on the International Applicants page.

Contact Us:

David White, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.884.0710 x3876

General Inquiries

T: 519.884.0710 x3371


  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000).
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive a minimum of $22,000 a year. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

Our faculty members are strong researchers with external grant support and international reputations.

We give you the flexibility to explore your research interest and the ability to specialize in one of the following fields:


  • A master’s degree in psychology or related field with a minimum A- standing
  • The Graduate Record Examinations general test is required if you want to apply to the behavioural and cognitive neuroscience fields, and is recommended if you want to apply to the social psychology field.
  • If you want to apply to the community psychology field, you need substantial experience in community practice.
  • Proficiency in English.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a statement of research interests and letters of reference.
  • Contact a prospective adviser prior to submitting your application.


Our graduates have gone on to work in academia, government agencies, non-government organizations, and medical research.

Examples of jobs held by our graduate include:

  • faculty at Carleton University, Algoma University, University of Waterloo and Grant MacEwan University
  • research and development at Multi-Health Systems, Toronto
  • Government of Canada research

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