St. Mary’s University

St. Mary's University Psychology Degree Program

Address: McNally Building south wing (MS 323) 923 Robie Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 3C3

School Description:

The Psychology Department offers a broad range of courses and programs designed to meet the needs of students from a variety of backgrounds and with varying degrees of interest in psychology.

The Department offers an area of concentration for the general Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees, a major and honours for Both Bachelor or Arts and Science degrees, and a program of study leading to the Master of Science degree in applied psychology and a Doctor of Psychology in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.


Undergraduate Program Description

The psychology undergraduate curriculum consists mainly of semester courses worth three (3) credit hours which are grouped into three broad categories–Group A, Group B, and Group C.

Courses in Group A are representative of psychology as a natural science and offer instruction in the areas of

  • Brain and behavior
  • Biology, evolution, and behavior
  • Cognition

Courses in Group B are representative of psychology as a social science and provide instruction in the areas of

  • Development
  • Social behavior
  • Personality and psychopathology

Courses in Group C are representative of psychology in general and include Psy 1200.1(.2), and statistics and research methods courses, among others.

Graduate Program Description

The Department offers a Master of Science degree in applied psychology with a concentration in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Students are admitted with full-time or part-time status. Applicants must submit a completed application form (including a letter and personal statement, official transcripts, 3 letters of reference, and the Graduate Record Exam scores (verbal, quantitative,analytic, and psychology) to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research by February.

Any application for change in status (i.e., full-time or part-time) must be made in writing directly to the Graduate Program Coordinator. Change in status is not guaranteed and must be approved by the Department. There are a limited number of placements available in the program and competition for these positions is extremely high.

Additional information on the program may be obtained by contacting the Psychology Department at 902.420-5846.

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