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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What programs do you offer at the Master's level?
  2. What programs do you offer at the Doctoral level?
  3. What's the deadline for applying?
  4. Do you accept late applications?
  5. Are graduate fellowships available?
  6. What about other types of financial aid?
  7. Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?
  8. Is an Honours degree required for admission?
  9. Are there "cutoffs" for grades (e.g. GPA) and GRE scores?
  10. How does the committee make its decisions about acceptance and fellowship awards?
  11. When are admittance and fellowship award decisions made?

  1. What programs do you offer at the Master's level?

Experimental Psychology. Students can obtain a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in several areas of Experimental Psychology including Behavioural Neuroscience, Developmental/Cognition and Social psychology. The M.Sc. requires 4-6 courses and a research-based thesis.

Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology. The Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology (CABE) Program is an interdisciplinary program focused on animal behaviour and behavioural ecology. The M.Sc. requires 4 courses and a thesis.

Applied Social Psychology. We also offer the Master of Applied Social Psychology (M.A.S.P.) degree. This degree requires a research project, similar to a thesis, usually in an applied area.

  1. What programs do you offer at the Doctoral level?

Students can obtain a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in several areas of Experimental Psychology including Behavioural Neuroscience, Developmental/Cognition and Social, as well as in Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology.

  1. What's the deadline for applying?

February 1st is the deadline for full consideration of your application for admittance and financial support for the following fall semester.

  1. Do you accept late applications?

Yes, but chances of obtaining fellowship and other financial support are reduced if you apply after February 1st.

  1. Are graduate fellowships available?

Yes. Graduate fellowships are available, and they are awarded on a competitive basis.

  1. What about other types of financial aid?

Graduate assistantships (GAs), which typically require the student to assist with teaching undergraduate courses, are offered. These provide a minimum of $975 per 56 hour GA. There is also the possibility of additional funding provided by your faculty supervisor.

  1. Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

Yes. Students should arrange to take the general GRE so that scores arrive at Memorial University before Feb. 1st.

  1. Is an Honours degree required for admission?

Evidence of research experience is important for students applying to our M.Sc. program. An honours degree that includes a research-based thesis provides this evidence. If you have not completed an honours degree, the committee that evaluates your application will consider other evidence of research experience.

An honours degree is also important for students applying to our M.A.S.P. program, but in this case employment experience will also be considered.

  1. Are there "cutoffs" for grades (e.g. GPA) and GRE scores?

As the competition changes from year to year, there are no predetermined academic and GRE cutoff scores.

  1. How does the committee make its decisions about acceptance and fellowship awards?

Acceptance and fellowship recommendations are made on a competitive basis. The committee examines your total application, which includes the following components: applicant's statement on the application form, academic record as described by your official transcript, letters of reference, GRE scores. Other material, e.g. abstracts of published papers or presentations at meetings, an abstract of your honours thesis, or other samples of your work, will also be examined. Applicants to the Master of Applied Social Psychology Program are required to submit an example of their academic writing. Your academic record (GPA) is the most important part of your application for fellowship award decisions.

  1. When are admittance and fellowship award decisions made?

The Psychology department will inform students about these decisions via e-mail during the first two weeks in April. An official acceptance letter will follow from the School of Graduate Studies.

 


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