Psychology: Clinical

The Department of Psychology at Lakehead University offers both MA Clinical Psychology and PhD Clinical Psychology programs, with the PhD built upon the MA program.

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

The portal for applications to the PhD Clinical Program is now closed for the Fall 2021 intake.

***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 PhD program is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) for a four year term until 2017-2018. The mission of the graduate clinical program is to pursue excellence in psychological research, professional education, and training, as well as public and community service. We are committed to fostering a community of intellectual excellence that promotes an evolving understanding of psychological science and the provision of high-quality graduate education and training in the profession of psychology. The program strives to develop and nurture skills within our students that are grounded in science, critical thinking, and ethics, so that they may serve as competent researchers, clinicians, and educators. We are dedicated to increasing the scientific understanding of the behaviour of individuals, groups, and social systems and to the application of this understanding to enhance the functioning and well-being of individuals, groups, and societies.

The program adheres closely to the scientist-practitioner model of training and practice in psychology. Specifically, we subscribe to the view that the practitioner who can critically evaluate these research findings will make the soundest contributions to society and the profession by supporting evidence-based practice. Similarly, a clinical researcher who is knowledgeable about best practices will make the most significant contribution to clinical research.

NOTE: Students in this program are expected to complete all requirements within a minimum of nine terms (3 years) to a maximum of fifteen terms (5 years) of continuous full-time registration. Candidates must meet a minimum residency of nine terms, all of which must be consecutive.


Admission Requirements for PhD

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university and show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, students must have a Masters degree or its equivalent with an academic average as specified by the academic unit. An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of Master's courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year may be required at the Masters level to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year cannot be used as credit towards a doctoral 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 in writing by the Office of Graduate Studies of their admission status.

Program Specific Requirements

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

  • The admission requirement into the PhD in Clinical Psychology program is an MA or MSc degree in Clinical Psychology with a completed master's thesis
  • Besides official transcripts and letters of recommendation, applications must include General and Psychology Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores as assessed within the past five years; and a detailed statement of interests and objectives
  • 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 test: 
    • 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 English (TWE); the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) with a minimum score of 90; or the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) with a minimum score of 80.
  • Applicants to the program should be aware that they may require a criminal records check in order to complete the practica and internship requirements for the PhD degree in Clinical Psychology.

NOTE: Students entering the PhD in Clinical Psychology program with an MA or MSc degree in Clinical Psychology from a university other than Lakehead University must meet all Lakehead Clinical Psychology MA requirements, including:

  • A master's level thesis, on entry or make up the missing non-thesis courses in addition to their PhD course requirements. For example, if Psychology 5201 (or its equivalent) has not been completed during the student's Master's program, it must be completed during the PhD year 1 or 2
  • The Graduate Studies Committee in Psychology, in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training, will review the equivalency of the applicant's academic background relative to the requirements for an MA degree in Clinical Psychology at Lakehead University (view MA degree details). Where deficiencies are noted, the candidate would be directed, upon admission, to take the identified courses in addition to the course requirements of the PhD program. Applicants to the PhD program who have a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology without a master's level thesis will not have their application considered.
Additional Application Information: Documents for Applicants Not Currently Enrolled in Lakehead University's MA Clinical Psychology Program
New (Nov 8, 2020): Update to Reference requirements:  In past application cycles, we have required 3 academic and 2 clinical (professional) references. To simplify our reference requirements, we will now only require 3 references.
The reference letters (3) should be from faculty or academic/professional supervisors with whom you have a history, such as someone you worked for as a student researcher, or who you have met with several times throughout a semester and therefore is familiar with your work. The goal is to ask someone who knows you well, and someone who can comment on the areas assessed (e.g., academic preparedness, oral and written communication skills, initiative, judgement, research skill, and overall academic ability). The referee will also be asked to comment on your professional suitability for clinical training (e.g., ability to function well under stress, sensitivity to others, awareness of interpersonal impact, receptiveness to constructive feedback, professionalism).

We strongly recommend that one of the references be from your thesis supervisor. References should not be from a family member or friend.

Applicants can choose to provide a fourth reference, focused only on professional suitability for clinical training, should they so desire. This fourth (clinical) reference is entirely optional. 
The Statement of Interest Form
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Official GRE Score and Psychology Subject Test Results
Additional Application Information: Documents Required From Current Lakehead University MA Clinical Psychology Students
Progress Report
  • To be provided to the Faculty of Graduate Studies by your current Supervisor
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 

After you have submitted the online application form, you will be provided with instructions by email on how to log in to myinfo, where you will be able to review and upload the remaining and required supporting documents.

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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