In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, entry requirements for the Counselling Psychology PhD program include:
a) A completed thesis-based master’s degree in Counselling Psychology or equivalent from an approved university, with a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in the master’s program. If coursework from an applicant’s master’s program is not equivalent to courses from the Master of Science in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary, the student may be admitted as a qualifying student. A qualifying student is required to take additional courses within the doctoral program to ensure equivalent training. A qualifying student may take up to 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) to meet equivalency requirements during the qualifying year. Qualifying status will not be granted for a period exceeding one year.
b) Two senior undergraduate or one graduate course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent each) in (i) biological bases of behaviour, (ii) cognitive-affective bases of behaviour, (iii) social bases of behaviour, and (iv) individual behaviour.
c) One senior undergraduate or one graduate course in the historical and scientific foundations of general psychology.
d) If all of the prerequisite courses for admission to the PhD program in Counselling Psychology have not been completed at the time of application, students who have up to 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) in deficiencies may still be admitted, but the prerequisite courses will need to be completed before the doctoral candidacy examination.
e) A curriculum vitae and a concise rationale (500 words or less) for the application.
f) Three references, including two academic references, one of which is normally from the former thesis advisor.
g) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based test), an IELTS score of 7.0, or a MELAB score of 83. The test must have been taken within the last two years. Proficiency may also be met by successful graduation from Level III of the International Foundations Program (IFP).