Further your education
Psychology provides a good background for application to professional programs such as medicine, social work, human communication disorders, law and public administration.
The minimum educational requirement to become a psychologist in Canada is a master's degree in psychology or educational psychology; however, many positions require a doctoral (PhD) degree. Each province and territory has specific licensing requirements.
If you're considering a professional career in psychology, you should plan on completing an undergraduate honours degree, and continuing on to graduate studies.
Common graduate studies:
- Master of Science (MSc) degree - (2 years). The master's program is designed to enable participants to move into PhD level programs.
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree - (3-5 years). The doctorate qualifies holders to teach in a college or university, to carry out research and, with an internship, to enter professional practice.
Alternative graduate study options:
- Master of Social Work (MSW)
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
- Doctor of Medicine (MD)
- Animal Behaviour Certificate
- CCPA's Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)