Admissions FAQ

What happens with my application and how long does it take?

All documents are compiled by Graduate Admissions and Records, who assess your file once they have received your application fee. If your application is complete and meets University standards, it will be sent to the Department of Psychology. It is then made available to the potential supervisors you have indicated on the Prospective Grad Student Information Sheet. Once your application has been fully considered, Graduate Admissions & Records will let you know by e-mail what has been decided.

From the time all your paperwork has arrived at UVic, it can take between a couple of weeks to two months to process your application, depending on volume, competition, and whether it has been retained for further consideration. You can monitor your application's status online at My UVic application.

Which professors are considering new students?

The Faculty Directory page names faculty members who intend to consider students for admission next Fall, but circumstances change. The most up-to-date listing is always on our website. You do not need to ask professors' permission before adding them to your list.

I couldn't get into the Clinical program this year. Should I apply to Experimental Neuropsychology or Lifespan Development now, and transfer into Clinical later?

No. Although there is some overlap between these programs and their Clinical counterparts, they are distinct areas of study. Admission into any one program does not transfer to another.

My university uses a 4-point GPA scale. How does this translate to UVic's 9-point scale?

This is UVic's grading scale:

9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C D

4-point GPA scales vary from one school to the next. You can most accurately convert your own GPA by converting it to a letter grade and using the table above. For a comprehensive explanation of how GPAs are calculated see: Graduate Admissions GPA calculations.

My earlier undergraduate grades are not as strong as my most recent grades. Will this affect my chances of admission?

Admission GPA is calculated by the Grad Admissions and Records Office (GARO) on the basis of the last 2 years (full-time) undergraduate study (that is, the last 30 units, or last 20 single-term courses). Therefore, your admission GPA may be higher (if you had better grades more recently) than your overall GPA for your BA/BSc. The grad students we admit tend to have an entry GPA of at least 7.0 (on the 9 pt UVic scale) or an A- average or above in their last 2 years of classes.

What are the course or degrees requirements to apply to your graduate program?

Applicants with three-year bachelor degrees or degrees from other disciplines face strong competition from students who have bachelor degrees in Psychology. We use a measure called Undergraduate Competency Requirements, or UCRs. The applicant has to finish all the required courses either before or shortly after the beginning of the Master's program.

To satisfy Undergraduate Competence Requirements (UCR), applicants should have taken at least one course in applied statistics and courses in the following major areas of psychology:

  1. Biological Bases of Behaviour (e.g., Biological Psychological, Physiological Psychology, Neuropsychology)
  2. Cognitive Bases of Behaviour (e.g., Learning, Memory, Cognition)
  3. Social Bases of Behaviour (e.g., Social Psychology, Special Topics Courses in Social Psychology)
  4. Individual Differences (e.g., Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychopathology)*

*The fourth area, Individual Differences, is a requirement specific to Clinical applicants.

What scores do I need to get on the GRE, and do I really have to write it?

Yes you do. We need the GRE general test scores, but not the subject test scores. We do not set a minimum standard for GRE scores, but higher is better. Here are some Grade Point Averages and GRE scores from recently admitted students:

GPA GRE-Verbal GRE-Quant GRE-Analytical writing
7.9 159 / 74 (%ile) 158 / 74 5.1 / 78

The GRE school code for UVic is 0989. The department code is 2016 for Psychology or 2001 for Clinical Psychology.

Do you offer Counselling Psychology?

We offer Clinical Psychology, not Counselling Psychology. Counselling is, however, offered through UVic's Faculty of Education, under Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies.

I have more questions!

If you have read our material and still have questions, please feel free to ask.

First contact Karen Kienapple, the Graduate Admissions Secretary in the Department of Psychology, at or by phone at (250) 721-6109. For questions about particular programmes, contact the following area coordinators:

Cognition and Brain Sciences
Dr. Daniel

Lifespan Development
Dr. Andrea Piccinin..............

Experimental Neuropsychology
We are not currently accepting students into this program.

Clinical Psychology
Dr. Catherine Costigan..............

Social Psychology
Dr. Frederick Grouzet..............