McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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

Counselling Psychology

Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Degree: Doctorate
Field of Study: Counselling Psychology
Description Student pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology take a combination of theoretical, practical, and research-based courses throughout the course of their degree. It draws upon a number of difference sciences (including developmental, social, career and neuropsychology and personality theory) to develop critically astute researchers and exceptionally skilled clinicians. Building on the M.A. in Counselling Psychology: Project concentration (or equivalent), the program offers opportunities in Practicum, Supervision, and full-year Internships to develop clinical skills while also working toward the completion of a doctoral dissertation (thesis). The Ph.D. program, has the following aims: To contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of counselling psychology. To practise from a strong evidence base. To take a leadership role in community, professional, and university organizations in counselling psychology. Graduates of the program will be prepared to assume careers in education and community settings, including faculty positions, counselling and psychological positions on the staff of university and college mental health centres, and professional positions in psychological agencies offering preventative mental health services. The program is currently accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), the Ordre des psychologues du Québec (OPQ), and American Psychological Association (APA) (please note that APA accreditation will cease for all Canadian institutions in 2015). Graduates are eligible for licensure in Quebec.
Website: Counselling Psychology at McGill University - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Thesis Based? Yes
Length: 4 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]

McGill online application. Applicants must include the name(s) of their prospective supervisor (max of 2) on their web application. Two (2) official copies of all university transcripts (sent directly to the Department). Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (for international students only, sent directly to the Department). A current CV based on the Ph.D. Curriculum Vitae Form. Please type directly into this template and adjust the format accordingly. Please do not write by hand. Three (3) completed Ph.D. Letter of Reference Forms. In addition to completing this form, referees are invited, but not required, to write a separate letter of recommendation. A completed Ph.D. Pre-Admission Academic Checklist. This form is used by applicants to indicate the names of the courses they have completed that fulfill the requirement for this program. Prospective applicants should ensure that they have taken the appropriate courses before beginning their application. Students can apply missing up to 6 credits (two courses) from their Pre-Admission Academic Checklist but are required to have all Pre-Admission course requirements completed by the beginning of their degree. Please make sure to consult the provided Counselling Psychology Pre-Admission Academic Domains Guide [.pdf] for information and assistance in determining how to categorize courses when completing the Pre-Admission Academic Checklist. A letter of intent that should be NO LONGER than 500 words and includes: your reasons for applying to the pro­gram, your career aspirations, and any information rel­evant to your application to which you would like to direct the attention of the admissions committee; Statement of your research interests that should provide an indication of how your interests correspond to the areas of expertise of the McGill Counselling Psychology program and its faculty; A writing sample (e.g., paper for a course, M.A. thesis, publi­cation).

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