Application Information

Overview

If you are not already a University of Toronto student, please visit the Enrolment Services (formerly Admissions and Awards) website for information about applying to the University. Additional information for future students is available on the Faculty of Arts & Science website. 

If you are currently a student at the University of Toronto, please see below for the Admission Requirements for Psychology for more information.

If you are a transfer student, please visit the Transfer Credit website, and the Transfer Explorer website for information on what courses are transferable.

If you are looking into the Research Program Specialist Applications, please see below.

Admission Requirements for Psychology 

Undergraduate students select their programs of study (Subject POSts) once they have completed a minimum of 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) at the university level, whether from the University of Toronto or at another institution. Thus, students begin their selected program in their second year (the first year being a general exploratory year) or, for part-time students, after the completion of 4.0 FCEs. 

In addition to 4.0 FCEs, all Psychology Programs have additonal admission requirements, which are outlined below. The Psychology Department offers a Minor, Major, Specialist and Research Specialist in Psychology as well as a Minor in  Environment and Behaviour.  We also offer a new Certificate in Psychology of Economics and Management that would be of interest to Rotman Commerce and Economics students.

Please note that, due to space limitations and the large number of applicants, our programs are all designated "Limited Enrolment" which means that even if you meet the minimum requirements (or even exceed them) admission is not guaranteed.  Be prepared with an alternate program plan should your request to be admitted to Psychology be declined. 

You should consider pursuing the Minor Program in Psychology if you are interested in Psychology as a part of your general education or as a compliment to your training in another profession (i.e., nursing, rehabilitation medicine, physical health and education, social work, etc.).

The Minor is a Type 2L program that can only accept a limited number of students. The quantity of applications received in a given year always far exceeds the number of spaces available in the program. Eligibility will be based on the following criteria, however, achieving or even exceeding the minimum marks listed does not guarantee admission to the Minor in any given year.  It is recommended that students have a back-up POSt in mind in the event that they are not invited into Psychology.

Applying with less than 8.0 FCEs

  1. PSY100H1 with a final mark of at least 73%(AP and IB Psychology are not accepted)
  2. Gr. 12 high school courses in Calculus and Biology 
  3. Completion of at least 4.0 full university courses (FCEs)

Applying with 8.0 or more FCEs completed

  1. Completion of PSY100H1 (AP and IB Psychology are not accepted) 
  2. Gr. 12 high school courses in Calculus and Biology
  3. Completion of at least 8.0 FCEs 
  4. PSY201H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/EEB225H1/GGR270H1/POL222H1/SOC202H1/STA220H1/STA248H1/STA288H1), plus at least 1.0 FCE in PSY at the 200-level (taken from the PSY210H1 - PSY290H1 series) with an average of 70%* across all three courses.  If more than two PSY 200-levels have been completed, we will take the two with the highest grades.

*In past admission cycles, the average grade cut-off for the Minor program was approximately 74-76%. 

You should consider pursuing the Major Program in Psychology if you want to concentrate in Psychology together with another discipline.

The Major is a Type 2L program that can only accept a limited number of students.  The quantity of applications received in a given year always far exceeds the number of spaces available in the program.  Eligibility will be based on the following criteria, however, achieving or even exceeding the minimum marks listed does not guarantee admission to the Major in any given year.  It is recommended that students have a back-up POSt in mind in the event that they are not invited into Psychology.  We also encourage students to apply for the PSY Minor program at the same time they apply for the Major. 

Applying with less than 8.0 FCEs

  1. PSY100H1 with a final mark of at least 75%(AP and IB Psychology are not accepted)
  2. Gr. 12 high school courses in Calculus and Biology  
  3. Completion of at least 4.0 full university courses (FCEs)

Applying with 8.0 or more FCEs completed

  1. Completion of PSY100H1 (AP and IB Psychology are not accepted)   
  2. Gr. 12 high school courses in Calculus and Biology
  3. Completion of at least 8.0 FCEs 
  4. PSY201H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/EEB225H1/GGR270H1/POL222H1/SOC202H1/STA220H1/STA248H1/STA288H1), plus at least 1.0 FCE in PSY at the 200-level (taken from the PSY210H1 - PSY290H1 series) with an average of 73%* across all three courses.  If more than two PSY 200-levels have been completed, we will take the two with the highest grades.

*In past admission cycles, the average grade cut-off for the Major program was approximately 77-79%.

You should consider pursuing the Specialist Program in Psychology if you want a greater concentration in Psychology than provided by the Major Program. Please note that having a Specialist is not required in order to be admitted to a graduate program in Psychology later on.

The Specialist is a Type 2L program that can only accept a limited number of students. The quantity of applications received in a given year always far exceeds the number of spaces available in the program. Eligibility will be based on the following criteria, however, achieving or even exceeding the minimum marks listed does not guarantee admission to the Specialist in any given year. It is recommended that students have a back-up POSt in mind in the event that they are not invited into Psychology. We also encourage students to apply for the PSY Minor and Major programs at the same time they apply for the Specialist.

Applying with less than 8.0 FCEs

1. PSY100H1 with a final mark of at least 80%* (AP and IB Psychology are not accepted)

2. Gr. 12 high school courses in Calculus and Biology

3. Completion of at least 4.0 FCEs

Applying with 8.0 or more FCEs completed

1. Completion of PSY100H1 (AP and IB Psychology are not accepted)

2. Gr. 12 high school courses in Calculus and Biology

3. Completion of at least 8.0 FCEs

4. PSY201H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/EEB225H1/GGR270H1/POL222H1/SOC202H1/STA220H1/STA248H1/STA288H1) and PSY202H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/STA221H1/SOC252H1/SOC300H1), plus at least 1.0 FCE in PSY at the 200-level (taken from the PSY210H1 - PSY290H1 series) with an average of 75%* across all four courses. If more than two PSY 200-levels have been completed, we will take the two with the highest grades.

*In past admission cycles, the average grade cut-off for the Specialist program was approximately 80-83%.

This program is designed for students who have demonstrated a particular interest and aptitude for research and who want to complete a thesis. Admission to the program is based on strong academic performance and expressed interest in research.

Students apply at the end of their second year and begin the program in their third.  Interested students should ideally apply for a PSY Major or Specialist (Non-thesis) at the end of their first year.  All students accepted into or considering the Research Specialist program should enrol into a 300-level PSY lab course in their third year.  In addition to applying via ACORN, students must also send in a supplementary application directly to the department via the Research Specialist Online Application (https://www.psych.utoronto.ca/research-specialist-program-online-application).

Admission to the Research Specialist Program depends in large part on one's grades in these courses and one's overall academic performance.  Prior research experience is not necessary for admission to the program, but any experience a student does have is obviously helpful.  The Research Specialist program is a Type 3 program and, therefore, enrolment is limited to no more than 15 students per year. Eligibility is highly competitive and based on the following criteria.  Please note that meeting the following minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • Gr. 12 Calculus
  • Gr. 12 Biology
  • Completion of at least 8.0 FCEs
  • Completion of PSY100H1 with a minimum final grade of 80% 
  • Completion of PSY201H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/EEB225H1/GGR270H1/POL222H1/SOC202H1/STA220H1/STA248H1/STA288H1) and PSY202H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/STA221H1/SOC252H1/SOC300H1) with at least an average of 75% across the two of them
  • At least four PSY 200-level half-courses completed (with at least a 78% average across all of them)

Jointly sponsored by the Centre for Environment and the Department of Psychology, but soley administered by the Centre for the Environment, enrolment in the Environment & Behaviour Minor program is limited to students also enrolled in the Psychology Minor/Major/Specialist. For more information, please consult David Powell at the Centre for Environment in Room 1049A, Earth Sciences Centre, 416-946-8100 or david.powell@utoronto.ca.

This certificate will provide students with a specialized program that takes advantage of the interdisciplinary connections between social psychology, economics, and business. In particular, this certificate would be of interest to students in Economics and Rotman Commerce, and is NOT open to students already enrolled in a Psychology program.

This is a minimum enrolment Certificate. A minimum grade is required for the following courses in order to enrol:

1. PSY100H1 with a final mark of at least 70% (AP and IB Psychology are not accepted)

2. RSM100H1/MGT100H1/ECO101H1 with a final mark of at least 63%

Calculus and Biology Requirements

Psychology is a Life Science program at the University of Toronto.  Ontario students applying to Life Sciences for Psychology at St. George campus must have completed MCV4U (Calculus & Vectors).  Students educated at a Canadian high school outside of Ontario should consult the Enrolment Services website here to determine if they meet the calculus requirement.  Information on meeting the calculus requirement for International applicants is available here.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact the Department at undergrad@psych.utoronto.ca.

Students who are not in Life Sciences and have not been educated in the Ontario High School Curriuclum must present proof of having completed the necessary calculus requirement by the time the Department of Psychology receives your Subject POSt request.  Calculus is required for all Life Science programs in the Faculty of Arts & Science (and has been an admission requirement for Psychology since 1997) and we do not waive it under any circumstances for any student.  This includes mature students, transfer students, and second degree students who did not take calculus at the high school or post-secondary level, regardless of age or prior education.   

Important Note : Psychology programs are "Limited Enrolment" meaning there is a finite number of spaces and not all who apply and meet the requirements will be accepted.  Taking on a calculus course is done so at your own risk.  Please keep this in mind. 

Calculus Requirement Equivalents

If you do not meet the calculus requirement, the Psychology Department accepts the following equivalencies (you will need to show the department a transcript, certificate, or statement of accomplishment once you have completed your calculus equivalent), however, please note that this is just a sampling of where you can obtain this credit to get you started as there are likely dozens of other options:

  1. University of Toronto's Math Department's  Preparing for University Mathematics Program (PUMP) - only PUMP Level I is required; PUMP Level II does not need to be taken.

  2. Any calculus course offered through U of T's Mathematics Department.

  3. A high school calculus correspondence course through The Independent Learning CentreVirtual High School or Ontario Virtual School.

  4. An online pre-university calculus course is also acceptable. Below are two suggestions: 
    Open Acadia University, Math 0120 (Advanced Pre-University Mathematics) 
    Thompson Rivers University, Math 1001 (Pre-Calculus Mathematics)

  5. A suitable community college or university course in calculus. Below are two online course suggestions:
    Athabasca University, Math 260 (Calculus for Social Sciences and Economics) 
    Athabasca University, Math 265 (Introduction to Calculus I)

  6. Online MOOC course (with a proctored exam)

Since there are many other courses in calculus available other than the above suggestions, if you find a calculus course not on the above list, send a copy of the course syllabus to undergrad@psych.utoronto.ca to determine its eligibility. 

Biology Requirement Equivalents

Similarly, grade 12 biology is required for admission to all of our Psychology programs at the St. George campus.  We accept any grade 12 high school biology course, or college and university-level.  Courses should cover the biology of humans, not of the environment and preferably not of animals.  Again, here is just a sampling of options to get you started:

  1. Ontario Virtual School Online Biology Course (SBI4U):

    www.ontariovirtualschool.ca/courses/sbi4u/

  2. Ontario eSecondary School Online Biology Course (SBI4U):

    oeshighschool.com/course/sbi4u-biology-12/

  3. The Trinity Academy of Canada (SBI4U):

    www.trinitycanada.ca/courses/grade-12/sbi4u

  4. Blyth Academy (SBI4U):

             blytheducation.com/blyth-academy-online/courses/sbi4u/

        5. BIO130H1 at UofT will also be accepted.

As with calculus, please send an email to undergrad@psych.utoronto.ca if you find a biology course not on the above list and want to determine if it is eligible.