Psychology: Clinical

Lakehead University offers a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology. The master degree normally requires two years of full-time study.

As an exception to the general Master's regulations, applications to this program must be made by December 15.  Only complete applications will be reviewed.

***Due to issues surrounding the current Covid-19 health crisis, the GRE (general and subject) admission requirement has been waived for the Fall 2021 intake.

The MA Clinical program strives to develop and nurture skills within students that are grounded in science, critical thinking, and ethics, so that they may serve as competent researchers, clinicians, and educators. The program adheres closely to the scientist-practitioner model of training and practice in psychology.  

For additional information on the program's goals, objectives, and values, please visit the Department of Psychology.

MA Clinical Psychology: Gerontology Specialization

The Gerontology Program collaborates with five departments including Psychology, to provide students with an innovative, interdisciplinary learning perspective. Students have the opportunity to access multifaceted resources and work together with complementary disciplines.

Research and theory in Gerontology is reviewed, and the thesis or major project taken in the collaborating academic unit will have a gerontological focus. 

For additional information on the Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Gerontology, please visit the Gerontology website.

MA Clinical Psychology: Women's Studies Specialization

The Department of Women's Studies at Lakehead University is dedicated to furthering an understanding of the importance of gender as a category of analysis in scholarly inquiry. Through interdisciplinary instruction, students will critically assess the relevance of existing models of knowledge in reflecting women's experience and scholarship.

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For additional information on the Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women's Studies, please visit the Women's Studies website.

NOTE: Students in these programs must complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous registration.



Admission Requirements for Masters

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent.

An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year at the undergraduate level may be required to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year can not be used as credit towards a graduate degree.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit recommends admission. All applicants will be advised by the Office of Graduate Studies in writing of their admission status.

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for Master programs, the following requirements also apply:

  • Applicants must hold an Honours Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in Psychology with at least a second-class standing (70%). Preference in admissions will be given to applicants who have completed an undergraduate thesis or have equivalent research experience. The degree must be from an approved college or university. Students who have not completed a course in advanced statistics and experimental design will be required to take Psychology 4111 in addition to the regular requirements for the MA Clinical degree. Students admitted to the MA Clinical Psychology program must also have an undergraduate course in Psychometrics. Otherwise, they will be required to take Psychology 3201 in addition to the regular requirements for the master's degree. 

  • Offers of admission may include any course prerequisites and/or co-requisites. Within the period outlined in the offer of admission, these courses must be successfully completed with a minimum grade of 70%. 

  • Offers for admission and support will be made up to April 1. Applicants who have applied to several university departments may accept these offers up to April 15. After this date, however, offers will be made only to those applicants who clearly state that they are not committed to any other university Department.

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores for Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical tests are required before an application can be considered. GRE Psychology Subject scores are also required for applicants to the MA Clinical  Psychology program.  Besides official transcripts and letters of recommendations, applications must also include a detailed statement of research interests and objectives plus the name(s) of Psychology faculty for potential masters thesis supervision.

  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not studied in an English school system for more than three years will be required to present proof of English facility by achieving an appropriate standing in one of the following tests: 
    • the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum internet-based score of 100, or a minimum computer-based score of 250, or a minimum paper-based score of 600 and a score of at least 5.0 on the Test of Written Language (TWE); the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with a minimum score of 90; or the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) with a minimum score of 80. For more information, see Calendar.
Additional Application Information
Supplemental Clinical Reference Form (2 forms required)
  • An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the clinical references you identify on the graduate studies application form
  • If appropriate, the supplemental clinical references may be from the same individuals who provide the academic references. However, at least one of the clinical reference forms should be from an academic referee, and the other should be from a senior person with whom you have had a significant amount of contact in a university, relevant professional, or clinical setting
The Statement of Interest Form 
Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
GRE General Test and GRE Psychology Subject Test
Specialization in Gerontology Form
Specialization in Women's Studies Form
How to Apply: 

Required Application Documents

Although applications are accepted on a continual basis, to be considered in the initial Admission & Funding decisions for the Fall (September) semester, you are encouraged to apply by FEBRUARY 1.

Supervisor Information

Interested students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly and before submitting an application for graduate study.

The first step in the application process is to complete the online graduate studies application form.

After you have submitted the online form along with the required $100 CAD application fee, you will be provided with an online account where you can complete the remaining steps of the application process which include uploading the required supporting documents and monitoring the status of your application.

Click here to Apply to Graduate Studies 

After you have applied 

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Graduate Studies Reference Form (3 forms required)
  • An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the graduate studies application form
  • This form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research
Official Transcript
Proof of Degree
Program Specific Supporting Documents (If required)
  • For a list of program specific documents, please see this program's Additional Application Information section (if required, see above)
Official English Test Results (If required)
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