This thesis-based degree prepares students to work as school psychologists or to develop specialized knowledge of school and applied child psychology for use in learning or community settings.
Course content for the PhD program follows the accreditation guidelines created by the Canadian Psychological Association’s standards for training.
Our mission is to turn out psychologists who will use their solid scientific foundations of psychology and education to enhance outcomes for learners of all ages in a wide range of applied settings. Graduates have gone on to find rewarding careers in schools and community agencies and in academic and research positions in institutions of higher education.
Outcomes and next steps
University professors, research organizations, not-for-profit, non-governmental and community agencies, post-secondary institutions, hospitals, counsellors, private practice, intercultural communication, culture studies, curricular consultant, public/private education systems, policy and governance.
A PhD in school and applied child psychology is usually considered a final degree.
Topics include creating a working alliance, clinical supervision in applied psychology, evidence-based consultation and more.
Students will complete a research proposal and both oral and written candidacy exams.
Students will be required to submit and defend an original research dissertation.
Courses include an Advanced Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Assessment and Supervision and a School Based Practicum.
Students complete a one year full-time or two year half-time supervised internship in a school, clinic or human service agency.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the School and Applied Child Psychology Program
A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the last two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.
A thesis-based Master's degree in School and Applied Child Psychology or equivalent. Prerequisite courses to comply with accreditation standards:
Two senior undergraduate or one graduate course (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent each) in: biological bases of behaviour, cognitive-affective bases of behaviour, social bases of behaviour, and individual behaviour. One senior undergraduate or one graduate (3 units or 0.5 full-course equivalent each) in the historical and scientific foundations of general psychology. All prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “B-” or above.
Police Information Check
Students who accept an offer of admission to a Graduate Program in Education that includes a practicum or internship will be required to provide a current Police Information Check (PIC) which includes a Criminal Record Check and a Vulnerable Sector Search. Students who are not residents of Calgary must arrange for a PIC through the nearest local police service or RCMP detachment in the area where they reside.
A concise rationale (500 words or less) for the application
A list of any academic awards, achievements, honours or other distinctions you have received. Itemize the monetary amount and the total
A list of all publications and conference presentations you have on your résumé and specify whether the work was peer reviewed or non-peer reviewed
Information about any financial support for your degree in the form of an award, sponsorship, or other. Please indicate the dollar amount and duration of the support, and when it is to start
A list of any professional school psychology experience you have had (employment or volunteer). Please specify full-time or part-time and for how long. If part-time, please specify how many hours per week
A short statement of your research experience (approximately 200 words) with respect to your previous research experience and the research you would like to pursue in this degree
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
12 months of study
First 12 months of study
For first year of studies
General fees and program fees
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Program fees cover standard academic costs. Textbooks and other course material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Domestic Continuing Fees: $1,627 CAD
International Continuing Fees: $3,693 CAD
Continuing fees apply in the first term following completion of candidacy requirements.
The Werklund School of Education and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) at the University of Calgary provide a range of financial assistance to students in GPE.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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