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How To Apply

Detailed information about the Graduate Application Procedures can be found in our
Graduate Student Handbook | Apply to Graduate Programs  [PDF - 104 kB].

Students wishing to receive consideration for FALL (September) Admission should apply by December 1st*; we do not perform admissions for any other terms (i.e. we have no winter or summer program start dates). Prospective students applying for a position in one of our graduate programs must contact potential supervisors and submit:

*Please note: All supplementary materials are due by January 2nd (including reference lettters) and should be mailed to the Department.

1. Application form

Please go the Faculty of Graduate Studies website for application information and forms.

2. Application fee ($100)

This payment can be made online with a credit card or by way of the other methods listed in the body of the application itself. If you are not able to pay online, please contact the Office of the Registrar to make payment. Do not send your payment to the Department of Psychology.

3. Confidential Reference Letters

  • Applicants to the (Experimental) Psychology and Psychology/Neuroscience programs must submit at least two letters from two different referees
  • Applicants to the Clinical Psychology program must submit at least three letters from three different referees, at least one of which must focus on the student's clinical experience and/or suitability for work in clinical psychology
  • All referees must complete a confidential referee letter form and should be encouraged to attach a more detailed letter to accompany this form
  • Reference letters may be submitted by your referees using the Dalhousie e-ref Electronic Reference System; the referee will be sent an email and directed to a secure website to  complete the reference form. It is critical that you supply a university email address for your referee (i.e., not Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, etc). Your referee will not receive an invitation to provide a letter if you do not supply a university address. It may take at least 5 days for referees to receive a link to their emails.
  • Alternatively, letters may be submitted in signed hard copy directly to our program by providing your referee with a copy of the confidential referee form available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

The letter should be signed and sent directly to our department at the address at the bottom of the page, or you may ask your referee to provide you with a hard copy of the letter that you can send to us. The letter must be submitted in a sealed envelope with your referee’s signature across the back flap.

4. Transcripts

Two official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, for all schools attended anywhere in the world, regardless of the number of courses taken, whether grades have been recorded by the time of application, and whether a degree was obtained.

5. GRE Scores

**NEW!!: 

If you are applying to the Neuroscience program (and ONLY if you are applying to this program) AND you completed your relevant bachelor's or master's degree at a Canadian University, you do not have to submit GRE scores.

IMPORTANT: GREs are required for all other applicants. Thus, if you are applying for (Experimental) Psychology or Clinical Psychology you must submit GREs.  

Notes on GRE submissions:

  • The general test is required for all applicants
  • GRE subjects scores are required for Clinical and Experimental Psychology applicants who: 
    a) do not hold a 4-year Honours degree in Psychology; and/or
    b) are international students.
    On the grounds that the GRE subject scores may help the admissions committee ensure that a student has the necessary undergraduate-level background and training to perform advanced studies in Psychology, the subject GRE is recommended (but not required) for all other applicants to the Clinical and Experimental Psychology programs. The subject GRE would be especially helpful to include if an applicant to our Clinical or Experimental Psychology program has a relatively weak background in Psychology and/or relatively weak grades in some undergraduate Psychology courses.
  • The Educational Testing Services (ETS) asks students to specify institutional and subject codes to direct the student's grades to the appropriate school. These codes are established by ETS; students are stronghly encouraged to search the ETS website or to contact ETS directly for updated information. We also suggest ‘googling’: ETS+GRE+institution+codes and looking for the current academic year.

6. Research Interests

A letter from the applicant indicating his/her research and career interests. There is no page limit for this statement but it is usually no longer than 1-2 pages.

  • Clearly specify the graduate program to which you are applying (i.e., Clinical Psychology) and mention — by name (preferably in boldface print) – any faculty members with whom you have corresponded and/or with whom you would be particularly interested in working.
  • If you have not completed an honours degree, you must detail the independent research experience and core coursework (e.g., research design, statistics) that you would like to have considered as “equivalent to honours”.

7. Application cover sheet

All applicants are asked to complete and include the Graduate Program Application Sheet with their application (PDF and doc versions available).

8. Electronic Supplement

Please see our Application Information Spreadsheet. It is an electronic form that will ask you for much of the same information that you provided on the Application cover sheet. We require this electronic form IN ADDITION to the completed cover sheet.

9. TOEFL Scores

International applicants whose native language is not English:  TOEFL scores sent to the department (see Graduate Student Handbook [PDF - 815kB] for exceptions).