Did You Know?

Age where most first psychotic episodes occur: 15 – 34 (S1)

Becoming a psychologist or psychological associate

So you want to be a psychologist or psychological associate? These can be exciting career choices with a wide variety of specialty areas and opportunities such as clinical neuropsychology, clinical psychology and forensic psychology, to name a few. Many students have questions about exactly what they need to do to become a psychologist or psychological associate.



To become a psychological associate you will need an honours bachelors degree and a masters degree, which takes a minimum of six years.  To become a clinician, you must apply for registration with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, a process which requires 4 years of work experience and one year of supervised practice

In some provinces, you can be registered to practice as a psychologist with either a masters or doctoral degree.

Once you become a psychologist or psychological associate, there are many areas open to you. The Canadian Psychological Association’s brochure, Planning a Career in Psychology, will give you more information on doctoral training in psychology in Canada. Also, please visit the Canadian Psychological Association website’s page, “A Career in Psychology” for more information.

Psychology Programs

MA/PhD training in Psychology.

Ryerson: Our program includes training in either Psychological Science (Areas of Emphasis: Brain/Perception/Cognition; Lifespan Development; Social Psychology; Community and Health Psychology), or Clinical Psychology (CPA accredited).  Our recently built labs include 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art research space, as well as shared access to various high tech resources (e.g., EEG/ERP, fNIRS, EMG, GSR, eye tracking, hormonal assay, virtual reality).  Check out our MA and PhD programs.

The priority of consideration deadline for Fall 2015 is December 5, 2014.

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