For early consideration for scholarships, please submit all application materials by November 15; otherwise, the regular admission deadline is January 15 each year.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
M.A.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The Department of Psychology offers programs in four streams: Applied Social Psychology, Cognition and Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, and Culture, Human, and Health Development. We have a strong emphasis on research in a wide spectrum of topics, including laboratory and applied projects.

Applied Social Psychology

Trains students to conduct basic and applied social psychological research. Specifically, the program offers training in social psychological theory, research design and methodology, statistics, program evaluation, along with many independent research opportunities. Unique to this program is the emphasis placed on students obtaining research-based experience through diverse practicum and internship placements. Faculty interests are currently: acculturation, body image, criminal justice, diversity, gay and lesbian issues, immigration, intergroup relations, prejudice, reproductive health/mental health, sexuality, and stereotyping.

Culture, Human and Health Development

This program seeks to understand developmental processes in cultural context and across the lifespan. It is built upon interdisciplinary research and training with primary strengths in developmental, social, and clinical psychology as well as cultural and medical anthropology. The program emphasizes qualitative as well as quantitative research approaches, and research in both the local and global contexts.

Cognition and Neuroscience

Designed for students who wish to focus primarily on basic research and theoretical issues leading to scientist's positions for basic psychological research in university, hospital, community, industry, or government settings. This program offers two areas of specialization: Behavioural Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. Typically, students enrol in the Masters program for one year and then transfer to the Ph.D.

Clinical Psychology

Accredited by both the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association. It follows a scientist-practitioner model, blending scholarly research with professional skill training. The program trains clinical psychologists for employment in academic, research, clinical, community, and private practice settings. Typically, students enrol in the Masters program for one year and then transfer to the Ph.D.

Research supervisors

It is not necessary to find a potential supervisor before you begin an application. The list below though may be helpful to learn about the research interests of our faculty.

Name Research areas
Louise AlexitchAboriginal Health, Aboriginal Student Success, Cross-Cultural Physical & Mental Health, Cross-Cultural Research, Indigenous, Post-secondary Student Academic Development, Saskatchewan, aboriginal, advising, culture, identity, students
Ron BorowskyCognition & Neurosciences, Motor Processes, Memory & Attention, attention, cognitive, fMRI, memory, motor processes, neuroimaging, perception, reading
Jamie CampbellCognition, mathematical cognition, memory, statistics
Brian ChartierPsychopathology, bereavement, bereavement and coping, death, grief, parenting
Valery ChirkovAboriginal, Aboriginal Health, Cross-Cultural Physical & Mental Health, Cross-Cultural Research, Human autonomy, Indigenous, Psychology of safety, Realist Research in psychology, Self-determination, Socio-cultural psychology, indigenous, mining, psychology of immigration and acculturation
Lynn Corbett
Jorden CummingsChild and Adolescent Development, Defense Mechanisms, PTSD, Psychopathology, coping, depression, personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, stress, trauma
Michel DesjardinsAboriginal Health, Cross-Cultural Physical & Mental Health, Cross-Cultural Research, aboriginal, culture, indigenous, mental health, qualitative research in psychology, sexuality, sterilization, stigma, trauma
Lorin EliasCognition & Neurosciences, Synesthesia, advertising, aesthetics, brain, cognitive, hemisphere, spatial attention
Gerald FarthingChild and Adolescent Development, Sports Psychology, adolescent, adulthood, children, eating disorders, expert witness, parenting, sleep disorders, stress
Peter R. GrantAboriginal Health, Cross-Cultural Physical & Mental Health, Cross-Cultural Research, aboriginal, acculturation, deprivation, foreign credentialing issues, group protests, identity, immigration, indigenous, intergroup relations, nationalism, program evaluation, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination
Karen LawsonHealth, program evaluation, reproduction, sexuality, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination
Janeen LoehrCognition & Neurosciences, EEG, cognitive neuroscience of action and interaction, ensemble music performance, interpersonal coordination, joint action
Rev. Fr. Dr. Michael Wm. MacGregorAnger, Blood Pressure, Christianity, Culture, Defense Mechanisms, Hostility, Mental Illness, Personality, Personality Assessment, Personality Disorders, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Psychopathology, Psychotherapy, Religion, Tanzania, depression, personality
Tammy MarcheMotor Processes, Memory & Attention, cognitive, development, education, health, memory, psychology
Patti McDougallChild and Adolescent Development, adolescence, childhood, development, friendship, peer acceptance, reading
Linda McMullenDefense Mechanisms, antidepressants, depression, discourse analysis, distress, evidence-based practice, personality, psychotherapy, qualitative research, qualitative research in psychology, shared decision making
Lachlan McWilliams, Ph.D.Anxiety, chronic pain, epidemiological, fear-avoidance, psychiatric disorders, psychopathology
Marla MickleboroughCognitive neuroscience, fMRI, migraine, neuroimaging, visual spatial attention
Melanie MorrisonAboriginal, Discrimination/Bias, Diversity, Health, Homelessness, Inclusions, Indigenous, Inequalities, Prejudice, Privilege, Psychometrics, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality, Social Justice, Stereotyping, Transgender, Women
Todd G. MorrisonGay & Lesbian Psychology, Intergroup Relations, body image, discrimination, gender, masculinity, prejudice, psychometrics, scale development, sexology, sexuality, stereotyping, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination
Megan O'ConnellAging, Alzheimer Disease, Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia, Geriatric Psychopathology, Neuropsychology, Rural
Mark OlverAdult Forensics, Forensic Psychology, Psychopathology, Sex offender risk assessment and treatment, criminal attitudes, psychopathy, recidivism prediction, risk, sexual deviance, young offenders
Steven PrimeAttention, brain computer interfaces, cognition, cognitive neuroscience, multisensory processing, perception, transcranial magnetic stimulation
Gordon SartyAstrophysics, fMRI, imaging and modelling of ovarian physiology, medical imaging, neuroimaging, physiological math modeling, portable/space MRI
Ulrich TeucherAboriginal Health, Cross-Cultural Physical & Mental Health, Cross-Cultural Research, Human Developmenr, Human Development, Indigenous, Indigenous knowledge, aboriginal, children, cross-cultural research, food security, health, qualitative research in psychology, self
Valerie ThompsonCognition & Neurosciences, cognition, decision-making, intuitive vs analytic thinking, metacognition, reasoning
James B. WaldramAboriginal Health, Cross-Cultural Physical & Mental Health, Indigenous, aboriginal, central america, cultural psychology, culture, disaster, ethnography, healing, medical anthropology, mental health, psychological anthropology, risk
Steve WormithAdult Forensics, Forensic Psychology, crime prevention, criminal behaviour, offender risk assessment, offender treatment, risk, sexual offenders, young offenders

Tuition and funding


Apply early to be considered for the maximum number of scholarship opportunities.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.


Thesis or project based program

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2016 $1300.00 $1950.00
January 1 - April 30, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
May 1 - August 31, 2017 $1300.00 $1950.00
Total per academic year $3900.00 $5850.00

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • A four-year honours degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in an academic discipline relevant to the proposed field of study
  • A minimum Cumulative Weighted  Average of 70% for the last two years of undergraduate study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

If applying to the following streams you will also need a Graduate Records Examination (GRE) Score, General and Subject:

  • Applied Social stream
  • Clinical stream
  • Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized university in a relevant academic discipline 
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

With the recommendation of the unit, direct entry Ph.D. admission is available to exceptionally strong students, who show great promise in terms of academic accomplishments and potential for research. This is only available to students applying to the Cognition and Neuroscience stream.

  • A four-year honours bachelor of arts degree in psychology or equivalent
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 80% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and independent research
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English

Application process

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting required documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:
  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

In addition to the above official documents, email the following to the Graduate Secretary listed below:

  • A statement of interest: 2-3 page document stating your research and academic interests, related experience, program you are interested in and particular faculty member(s) as your potential supervisor(s).
  • GRE (General) for the Clinical stream and for Applied Social (school code:  0980; department code:  2016)


Department of Psychology
9 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A5

Graduate Chair
Dr. Valerie Thompson

Graduate Administrator
Joni Morman