McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
845 Sherbrooke Street West
Montréal, QC
Canada H3A 2T5

School/Applied Child Psychology

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Degree: Doctorate
Field of Study: School Psychology
Description The School/Applied Child Psychology program is based upon the science of psychology, with a primary foundation in the study of human development, as well as psychopathology, the study of individual differences, learning, and the theory of assessment of human performance, potential, and other characteristics. While the program operates a M.A. as well as a Ph.D. the master's degree is not viewed as a terminal degree in the training as an academic researcher, psychological consultant or professional psychologist. The program focuses upon three basic domains; research, professional development; and the acquisition of technical skills necessary for the practice of psychology.Through coursework, research apprenticeships, and clinical work students are exposed to a multidisciplinary approach to applying research and empirical findings in helping children and adolescents experiencing a wide range of psychological problems. The program seeks to help graduate students to prepare to be a scientist and scholar, able to integrate knowledge from different fields in order to bring meaning to problems encountered in practice; to conceptualize and conduct applied theoretical research arising from practice and from the science of psychology as it relates to children and adolescents, their families and teachers; to prepare graduates to teach a course in higher education settings and to supervise school psychology graduate students; to develop professional skills such as establishing cooperative relationships with children, parents, teachers, and participants in multi-disciplinary teams, and being a contributing member of the professional and scientific community; to foster professional skills conducting and reporting comprehensive psycho-environmental measurement and assessments, adapting curriculum, and remediation with children and youth having different exceptionalities; to develop skills as a problem-solving consultant with parents, teachers, and others, with an emphasis on evidence-based interventions for academic and behavioural problems, and to provide direct services to children, parents, families, and teachers; and to facilitate skills in working with culturally diverse clients. These skills are developed through coursework, clinical training and participation in clinical field placements and internships.
Website: School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Thesis Based? Yes
Length: 5 Year(s)
Cost per year:

For more information see:
Test Scores:
  • Graduate Record Examination
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 567] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. ] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86]

Completed McGill online application form. Two (2) official copies of all university transcripts (sent directly to the Department). A current CV based on School/Applied Child Psychology CV Form. Three (3) completed Letter of Reference Forms. In addition to completing this form, referees are invited, but not required, to write a separate letter of recommendation. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - both general and the psychology subject tests (sent directly to the Department). For International Students: Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (sent directly to the Department). A completed Program Application Form (Please note: the Program Application Form is different from the McGill online application, which is also required by all applicants.) A 3-5 page summary proposal of the intended thesis research. This should demonstrate the appropriateness of studying at McGill and within this Department. A copy of a Master's thesis, Honours thesis or research project (which will be returned after examination). A letter from the applicant's prospective supervisor agreeing to act as their Ph.D. supervisor. Candidates should consult the list of School/Applied professors to select and contact prospective supervisors. Completed Pre-Admission Academic Checklist

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: July 23, 2015