Psychology Specialist (Science Program) - ASSPE1160

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.

This is a limited enrolment program. Note there are different options depending on whether a student has completed between 4.0 and 8.5 credits, or 9.0 or more credits.

Variable Minimum Grade or Minimum Grade Average
Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entrance to the program. Students must prepare to achieve a higher grade/grade average than the posted minimums listed below, which will depend each year on both available program spots and the number of competitive applicants. The following courses must be completed:

For students who have completed 4.0 to 8.5 credits:

PSY100H1 (80%)*
• Gr. 12 Calculus (passing grade)
• Gr. 12 Biology (passing grade)

To ensure that students admitted to the program will be successful, applicants with a final grade lower than 80% in required courses will not be considered for admission. Please note that obtaining this minimum final grade does not guarantee admission to the program.

For students who have completed 9.0 or more credits:

PSY100H1 (passing grade)
• Gr. 12 Calculus (passing grade)
• Gr. 12 Biology (passing grade)
PSY201H1 (or ECO220Y1/​ EEB225H1/​ GGR270H1/​ IRW220H1/​ POL222H1/​ SOC202H1/​ STA220H1/​ STA238H1/​ STA248H1/​ STA288H1), and PSY202H1 (or ECO220Y1/​ SOC252H1/​ STA221H1), 1.0 credits in PSY from PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY230H1, PSY240H1, PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY290H1, and a grade average of 75%* across all four courses. If more than 1.0 200-level PSY credits have been completed, the two with the highest grades will be used.

*In past admission cycles, the average grade cut-off for the Specialist program ranged from approximately 81-83%.


1. In lieu of PSY100H1, we will also accept:

However, we will not accept AP or IB Psychology for this requirement.

2. For students who are missing Gr. 12 Calculus and/or Biology, please see the following link for more information on these requirements and how they can be fulfilled:…

(10.0 credits):

  1. First Year: PSY100H1 (NOTE: We will also accept PSY100Y5 from UTM, or both of PSYA01H3+ PSYA02H3 together from UTSC, in place of PSY100H1 for this requirement)
  2. Statistics: PSY201H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/​ EEB225H1/​ GGR270H1/​ POL222H1/​ SOC202H1/​ STA220H1/​ STA238H1/​ STA248H1/​ STA288H1) and PSY202H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/​ SOC252H1/​ STA221H1)
  3. 1.0 credit (from Cluster A) PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY230H1, PSY240H1
  4. 1.0 credit (from Cluster B) PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY290H1 (NOTE: HMB200H1 cannot be used in place of PSY290H1)
  5. 0.5 credit in PSY at the 300/400-level from Group 1 in Cluster A
  6. 0.5 credit in PSY at the 300/400-level from Group 1 in Cluster B
  7. 1.5 credits in PSY at the 300/400-level from Group 1 (any of Clusters A, B, and C)
  8. One lab course (0.5 credit), and no more, taken from the following: PSY319H1, PSY329H1, PSY339H1, PSY349H1, PSY359H1, PSY369H1, PSY379H1, PSY389H1
  9. Two seminar courses (1.0 credit), and no more, taken from the following: JLP471H1, PSY402H1/​ PSY403H1/​ PSY404H1, PSY410H1, PSY420H1, PSY430H1, PSY440H1, PSY460H1, PSY470H1, PSY471H1, PSY480H1, PSY490H1, PSY497H1
  10. 2.5 credits from Group 1 (Clusters A, B, and C) and/or Group 2, at any level


1. No more than 3.0 credits from PSY306Y0, PSY299H1, PSY299Y1, PSY399H1, PSY399Y1, PSY405H1, PSY406H1, PSY405Y1, and PSY406Y1 can be used for program requirements.

2. These are all individual requirements and cannot overlap or be used twice within the Specialist.

Group 1 - Psychology Courses

Cluster A - Development, Social, Personality, and Psychopathology and Clinical Science

JLP315H1, PSY194H1, PSY195H1, PSY197H1, PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY230H1, PSY240H1, PSY311H1, PSY312H1, PSY313H1, PSY316H1, PSY319H1, PSY320H1, PSY321H1, PSY322H1, PSY323H1, PSY324H1, PSY326H1, PSY328H1, PSY329H1, PSY330H1, PSY331H1, PSY332H1, PSY333H1, PSY336H1, PSY337H1, PSY339H1, PSY341H1, PSY342H1, PSY343H1, PSY349H1, PSY410H1, PSY414H1, PSY417H1, PSY420H1, PSY421H1, PSY422H1, PSY424H1, PSY425H1, PSY426H1, PSY427H1, PSY428H1, PSY430H1, PSY434H1, PSY435H1, PSY440H1, PSY450H1, PSY455H1

Cluster B - Learning, Perception, Cognition, and the Brain

JLP374H1, JLP471H1, PSY196H1, PSY198H1, PSY199H1, PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY290H1, PSY312H1, PSY316H1, PSY359H1, PSY360H1, PSY362H1, PSY369H1, PSY370H1, PSY371H1, PSY372H1, PSY378H1, PSY379H1, PSY380H1, PSY389H1, PSY390H1, PSY395H1, PSY396H1, PSY397H1, PSY450H1, PSY455H1, PSY460H1, PSY470H1, PSY471H1, PSY473H1, PSY475H1, PSY480H1, PSY490H1, PSY492H1, PSY493H1, PSY494H1, PSY495H1, PSY496H1, PSY497H1

Cluster C - Methods and Applications

PSY201H1, PSY202H1, PSY203H1, PSY204H1, PSY299H1, PSY299Y1, PSY305H1, PSY306Y0, PSY307H1, PSY308H1, PSY399H1, PSY399Y1, PSY400Y1, PSY402H1, PSY403H1, PSY404H1, PSY405H1, PSY405Y1, PSY406H1, PSY406Y1, PSY407H1, PSY408H1, PSY409H1, PSY422H1, PSY455H1

Group 2 - Related Courses

BIO120H1, BIO130H1, BIO220H1, BIO270H1, BIO271H1, BPM200H1, BPM232H1, BPM330H1, BPM332H1, BPM333H1, BPM335H1, BPM336H1, BPM337H1, BPM338H1, BPM339H1, BPM432H1, BPM433H1, BPM438H1, BPM499H1, CJH332H1, COG250Y1, COG260H1, COG341H1, COG342H1, COG343H1, CRI365H1, CRI431H1, ECO423H1, EDS261H1, EEB313H1, ENG384Y1, HIS489H1, HMB200H1, HMB300H1, HMB310H1, HMB320H1, HMB420H1, HMB440H1, HMB460H1, HMB473H1, HPS110H1, HPS200H1, HPS300H1, HPS347H1, IRE260H1, JFP450H1, JHA410H1, JLS472H1, JLS473H1, LIN101H1, LIN102H1, LIN200H1, LIN402H1, NEW302Y1, NEW303H1, NFS489H1, PCL200H1, PCL475H1, PCL476H1, PHL240H1, PHL243H1, PHL244H1, PHL319H1, PHL340H1, PHL342H1, PHL383H1, PSL201Y1, PSL300H1, PSL440Y1, RLG106H1, RLG211H1, RLG301H1, RLG421H1, RSM260H1, RSM353H1, SOC213H1, SOC363H1, SOC412H1, VIC106H1, VIC206H1, VIC278H1, WGS372H1