Psychology Research Specialist - Thesis (Science Program) - ASSPE1958

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.

This is a limited enrolment program, with no more than 15 students admitted each year. Students interested in the Psychology Research Specialist - Thesis program should ideally apply for a PSY Major or Specialist (Non-thesis) after first year. Next, after their second year, they should apply for the Psychology Research Specialist - Thesis program. The following courses must be completed:

For students who have completed 9.0 credits or more:

• Gr. 12 Calculus (passing grade)
• Gr. 12 Biology (passing grade)
PSY100H1 (80%)
PSY201H1 (or ECO220Y1/​ EEB225H1/​ GGR270H1/​ IRW220H1/​ POL222H1/​ SOC202H1/​ STA220H1/​ STA238H1/​ STA248H1/​ STA288H1), and PSY202H1 (or ECO220Y1/​ SOC252H1/​ STA221H1), with a 75% minimum grade average across both courses.
• 2.0 PSY 200-level credits (not including statistics), from PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY230H1, PSY240H1, PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY290H1, with a 78% minimum grade average across all four courses. If more than 2.0 200-level PSY credits have been completed, the four with the highest grades will be used.

Supplemental application requirement: In addition to applying via ACORN, students must also send in a supplementary application directly to the department via the Research Specialist Online Application:

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


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. Prior research experience is strongly desired for successful admission to the program.

4. All students accepted into or considering the Research Specialist program should ideally enrol into a 300-level PSY lab course in Year 3.

(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/​ IRW220H1/​ 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. 1.0 credit 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. PSY309H1
  10. PSY409H1
  11. PSY400Y1
  12. 2.0 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. 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

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