Psychology Research Specialist - Thesis (Science Program) - ASSPE1958

This program is designed for students who have demonstrated a particular interest and aptitude for psychology research and who want to complete a thesis.

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 by the same deadlines for Subject POSt enrolment on ACORN.

Admission to the program is based on strong academic performance and expressed interest in research. Prior research experience is not necessary for admission to the program, but most successful applicants have previous experience in one or more psychology laboratories. The Research Specialist is a limited program and, therefore, enrolment is restricted to no more than 15 students per year. This is a very demanding program, requiring the balance of extensive in-person research with challenging coursework. Therefore, strong applications provide evidence of exceptional time management skills and the ability to work independently. Eligibility is highly competitive and based on the following criteria (please note that meeting the following minimum requirements does not guarantee admission):

How to apply:

1. Request program code ASSPE1958 on ACORN by the deadline for each round of enrolment.
2. Fill out the online supplemental application by the same date:
3. Email the Undergraduate Administrator your up-to-date CV and academic history from ACORN in PDF format once all grades from the previous semester have been finalized to
4. If invited into the program on ACORN, accept the invitation by the deadline.


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:

3. We will accept equivalent/exclusion statistics courses from UTM/UTSC in lieu of PSY201H1 and PSY202H1. Please contact the Undergraduate Administrator to verify if your stats courses qualify.

(10.0 credits):

  1. PSY100H1 (NOTE: We will also accept PSY100Y5 from UTM, or both of PSYA01H3 and PSYA02H3 together from UTSC, in place of PSY100H1 for this requirement)
  2. PSY201H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/​ EEB225H1/​ GGR270H1/​ IRW220H1/​ POL222H1/​ SOC202H1/​ STA220H1/​ STA238H1/​ STA248H1/​ STA288H1)
  3. PSY202H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/​ SOC252H1/​ STA221H1)
  4. PSY203H1
  5. 1.0 credit (from Cluster A) PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY230H1, PSY240H1
  6. 1.0 credit (from Cluster B) PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY290H1 (NOTE: HMB200H1 cannot be used in place of PSY290H1)
  7. 0.5 credit in PSY at the 300/400-level from Group 1 in Cluster A
  8. 0.5 credit in PSY at the 300/400-level from Group 1 in Cluster B
  9. 1.0 credit in PSY at the 300/400-level from Group 1 (any of Clusters A, B, and C)
  10. One lab course (0.5 credit), and no more, taken from the following: PSY319H1, PSY329H1, PSY339H1, PSY349H1, PSY359H1, PSY369H1, PSY379H1, PSY389H1
  11. PSY309H1
  12. PSY409H1
  13. PSY400Y1
  14. 1.5 credits from Group 1 (Clusters A, B, and C) and/or Group 2, at any level


1. No more than 2.0 credits from PSY306Y0, PSY299H1, PSY299Y1, PSY399H1, PSY399Y1, PSY405H1, PSY406H1, PSY405Y1, and PSY406Y1 can be used for program requirements.

2. We will accept equivalent/exclusion statistics courses from UTM/UTSC in lieu of PSY201H1. Please contact the Undergraduate Administrator to verify if your stats course qualifies.

3. These are all individual requirements and cannot overlap or be used twice within the Research 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, 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

ANT442H1, 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, CRE345H1, CRI365H1, CRI431H1, ECO423H1, EDS261H1, EEB313H1, ENG384Y1, HIS489H1, HMB200H1, HMB300H1, HMB310H1, HMB320H1, HMB420H1, HMB440H1, HMB460H1, HMB473H1, HPS110H1, HPS120H1, HPS200H1, HPS300H1, HPS347H1, IRE260H1, JFP450H1, JHA410H1, JLS472H1, JLS473H1, LIN101H1, LIN102H1, LIN200H1, LIN402H1, NEW302Y1, NEW303H1, NFS489H1, PCL200H1, PCL475H1, PCL476H1, PHL240H1, PHL243H1, PHL244H1, PHL319H1, PHL340H1, PHL342H1, PHL358H1, PHL383H1, PSL201Y1, PSL300H1, PSL440Y1, RLG106H1, RLG211H1, RLG301H1, RLG380H1, RLG390H1, RLG421H1, RSM260H1, RSM353H1, SOC213H1, SOC363H1, SOC412H1, VIC106H1, VIC206H1, VIC278H1, WGS372H1, WRR307H1