The field of psychology is dedicated to the scientific study of thoughts, feelings and actions from multiple perspectives (e.g. social, developmental, biological, etc.). Carleton’s Master of Arts (MA) program allows students to gain essential tools to conduct empirical research to study mind and behaviour. Our MA program is strongly research-oriented and provides students with an exciting blend of coursework, hands-on research experience, and community practica. Faculty members supervise students in a range of psychological disciplines including applied, cognitive, developmental, health, forensic, and personality/social.

We also offer a Collaborative Specialization in Climate Change and Data Science and a Concentration in Mental Health and Well-Being.

Capital Advantage

Being situated in Ottawa, our students are exposed to unique research opportunities and can access Carleton’s many connections to agencies in the nation’s capital. This training lends itself to work in many different government departments and agencies such as the RCMP, Statistics Canada, Department of National Defence as well as private consulting firms.

Areas of Research

  • Cognitive
  • Developmental
  • Health
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Personality and Social

Admission Information

The minimum admission requirement for the master’s program is a B.A. or B.Sc. Honours (or the equivalent) in Psychology with at least high honours standing (A- or 80%), completion of a research thesis, advanced statistics, and credit in a breadth of courses in line with the psychology major. Meeting the minimum requirements does not automatically guarantee acceptance into the program. More.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • The development of shyness, social withdrawal and social anxiety in childhood
  • Individual difference factors associated with health, coping with medical problems, and seeking treatment for them
  • The development of new models of female criminal behaviour
  • The relationships among personality, social behaviour, happiness, and environmental sustainability
  • Situational awareness and technology in complex situations such as critical healthcare and firefighting

Program Information

Length: 2 years

Entry Terms: ,

Fall Application Deadline: January 15

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Experiential Learning: Practicum

Pathway Options: Thesis

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