If you wish to become a Psychologist in Canada, you will need to attend graduate school as it is scientific training that involves experiment and research. To attend graduate school for psychology in Canada, you will likely need an honours bachelor degree. The honours degree involves a high level of engagement between a student and a supervisor in the Psychology department to develop and complete a thesis project demonstrating your skills in scientific research.
The Honours Psychology program at the University of Regina is competitive and the process leading up to making an application that will succeed takes planning in advance. This is not something to be undertaken in the last month before the deadline. In the Faculty of Science, the core requirements that need to be met before making an application to the honours program include:
- A minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 70%
- A program GPA of 75% (A program GPA of 75% (this is also called the PGPA. This is your overall GPA in your major)
- A minimum of 65% in PSYC 305 to be eligible to enrol in PSYC 405 A minimum of 65% in PSYC 305 to be eligible to enrol in PSYC 405 (required for an honours degree)
- Honours Bsc in Psychology Requirements: PSYC 101, 102, 204, 210, 220, 230, 255, 270, 305, 400AA, 400AB, 405; PSYC 406 or 407; one additional 400-level Psych course
- Science Options: six courses from: BIOC 220; BIOL 201, 205, 265, 288, 305, 380, 390, 395; CHEM 149, 241; CS 115, 210, 215, 305, 315, 320, 325, 327; Math 111, 122; PHYS 109, 119, 319
- Psychology Options: three courses from: PSYC 333, 338, 355, 356, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 455-AA-ZZ
- Additional Courses: ENGL 100, 110; four electives in Arts or Media, Arts and Performance; six electives in Science, Arts, or Media, Arts and Performance
- All cognate science courses (CS 110, BIOL 100, BIOL 101, CHEM 104, and either MATH 103 or 110), as well as all 200 level PSYC classes and PSYC 305 (or equivalent) must be completed by the end of April in the year of application.
- It is also important to note that this degree allows for no open electives. Students must take only classes from the Faculty of Arts, MAP, or Science. Kinesiology classes are not to be counted towards this degree without prior approval. Students may find that the Dean of Science is unlikely to approve more than one kinesiology class in place of a science elective.
The rest of the Honours application process includes:
- An assessment meeting with an academic advisor to definitively declare you will be eligible to enrol in Honours called the ‘Honours Program Outline’ that is to be submitted by your advisor the fall semester before the semester you intend to apply to the program
- A letter of intent, stating why you are a good fit for the program and outlining your future academic goals. Need help on how to write one?
- Unofficial copies of all undergraduate transcripts
- The Honours application form filled out and submitted by February of the year you intend to begin Honours.
Part of the application process is ranking your choice of potential supervisors. This should not be arbitrary or random. In theory you would list faculty members with whom you have had some contact with or who have similar areas of interest in terms of research or experiments.
Volunteer experience working in a research lab with a faculty member is an excellent way to make an application for honours more competitive.