Future studies

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)

Certification options:

  • Animal Behaviour Certificate
  • CCPA's Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)

Questions about future studies?

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If you have questions about future study options or the best approach to reach your career goals, we encourage you to contact an advisor.