Admission Procedures


Our Programs:


Clinical Psychology (Adult Track, Child Track & Clinical Neuropsychology Track) - PhD Program 

  • The first phase of the doctoral program involves the completion of the master's degree in the first two years of the program.
  • Application Deadline is November 15th 

(There is no stand alone MA or PhD program)

Applied Social Psychology – PhD Program

  • The first phase of the doctoral program involves the completion of the master's degree in the first two years of the program.
  • Applied Social students may be admitted to the PhD program with a master’s degree from an outside institution. In the case that their previous master’s degree is not from the field of Applied Social Psychology, the Area will determine what courses are needed to supplement their missing background preparation (as specified at admission).
  • Application Deadline is December 15th


Students are admitted to our programs based on: their grade point average (GPA); completion of at least one statistics course and at least one research methods course; completion of a research-based thesis or equivalent (e.g., an independent research project); three (3) letters of recommendation; a personal statement expressing interest in graduate training in the field, research interests, and research match; and a curriculum vitae/resumé.

Because the selection of students is highly competitive, the available openings are limited, and admission is not guaranteed.

The University of Windsor receives applications to graduate school via an electronic system. The link below takes you to the start of the application process. There you will create an account, select your program(s), enter information about your application and your referees, and pay the application fee. You will then be directed to the University of Windsor Electronic Graduate Admission System, where you will upload the required documents (transcripts, personal statement, CV). Your Referees will receive an email requesting that they complete the recommendation electronically. Please note you will not have to send official copies of transcripts at this point unless you are applying for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS).

** Our Graduate Programs are designed to be a 6-year PHD program in which an MA is to be completed within the first 2 years - that is why there is no MA option during application process - there is only a PHD option when applying.** 

  • Degree and Course Requirements:

    • A prospective student should have a four-year Psychology Bachelor of Arts Honours or Bachelor of Science Honours degree (or equivalent degrees in adjacent areas, such as cognitive science, social behaviour, health science).
    • Students without an Honours B.A. or BSc. who demonstrate a strong research background are eligible for admission consideration. Examples of a strong research background would be a published research project with the student as a first author or completion of an independent research project under the supervision of a faculty member.
    • As part of an applicant’s B.A./BSc. Honours degree, the applicant should have taken at least (a) one statistics course and (b) one research methods course or its equivalent.
    • For applicants who may wish to become a Registered Psychologist, academic credentials required by the College of Psychologists of Ontario can be found here: Psychologist – Section E – Academic Credentials – CPO Public


  • Grade Requirement:

    • To be eligible to apply to this program, an applicant must have a GPA from the final two years (or twenty credits) of a conferred/to be conferred degree of 77% Ontario equivalent (roughly an Ontario B+).


  • Honours Thesis Requirement:

    • A prospective student should have completed a research-based thesis or equivalent (e.g., an independent research project).


  • Letters of Recommendation Requirement:

    • Three letters of recommendation are required. Applicants will provide email addresses for each of their letter writers in the electronic application system, and requests for references will be emailed to applicants’ letter writers. It is preferable for all of an applicant’s references to be from academic sources such as their professors. Nevertheless, applicants can submit two academic references and one professional reference if the employment or volunteer position is relevant to their chosen field of study in psychology.


  • Study Plan/Research Interest 

    • Applicants are required to write a personal statement regarding interest in graduate training in the field. Applicants should describe their research interests and indicate potential faculty member supervisors whose research interests are compatible with their own. Applicants applying to the Clinical Program should indicate program track. The statement should be no more than two pages, single-spaced.


  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/Resumé Requirement


  • Proof of English Proficiency Requirement:

For applicants whose native language is not English, a satisfactory score on an English proficiency test is required. Applicants are exempt from submitting an English language proficiency examination score if any one of the following conditions is true: 

  • Within the past two years you have completed a university degree at a Canadian institution.
  • Within the past two years you have completed a university degree at an institution where English was the primary language of instruction, as indicated on our exemption list*
  • *
  • Minimum TOEFL: IBT-100
  • Minimum IELTS: 7.0
  • Minimum Pearson: 68
  • DuoLingo: 120


  • GRE:

    • Please be advised that as of September 2022 the GRE Exam is no longer required for admission considertation for both of our programs (Clinical Psychology and Applied Social Psychology).
    • The Application Portal may still have a field in where it will ask you to upload GRE Scores – please upload a simple word doc that states “GRE NO LONGER REQUIRED”. The application will not complete itself until something is ulploaded to that field. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time of transition.

(Please note that the 2022 Graduate Calendar which states that GRE is required for admission consideration was published prior to the decision to remove the GRE by the Department.) 

Tuition Fee Estimator 

Approximate Tuition Fees as of September 2022

Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident: $3,344.76CAD/per term ($10,034.28CAD/annually)

US Good Neighbour Rate: $7,298.38CAD/per term ($21,895.14CAD/annually)

International: $8,863.38CAD/per term ($26,590.14CAD/annually)

Funding Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

Possession of the minimum requirements does not ensure admission. Especially for research-based programs, it is important to note that lack of Faculty resources due to program over-capacity or similar reasons could also result in rejection and is not related to the merit of the student applying. Students interested in applying to a graduate program should contact the department that offers the degree to learn about faculty research specializations and connect with possible research supervisors before applying to see what resources are available to them.

Members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous/Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) persons, racialized persons/visible minorities, persons who are differently abled, and persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity) are encouraged to apply. For further information about the admissions process, please contact the Graduate Secretary (519-253-3000, extension 2215; 


Application Deadline for Psychology Graduate Programs:

  • Clinical Psychology Graduate Programs - November 15th
  • Applied Social Psychology Graduate Program - December 15th

** Our Graduate Programs are designed to be a 6-year PHD program in which an MA is to be completed within the first 2 years - that is why there is no MA option during application process - there is only a PHD option when applying.**