Jan 24, 2022  
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022 
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022

The Degree of MA (Psychology) [Graduate]

Program Requirements

Normally, students are admitted into the master's program with a bachelor's degree. It is expected that students will generally continue in the PhD program after completing their master's.

Students are required to complete a minimum of ★17 in coursework and a thesis.

Elective courses (★9)

  • one ★3 500- or 600-level course in the student's research focus
  • two ★3 500- or 600-level courses in related areas of psychology
  • Focal and related courses are determined by the student's supervisory committee
  • PSYCO 600   – Individual Studies may be used only once to satisfy either requirement
  • Courses from outside of the Department of Psychology may be taken with approval of the supervisor committee 
  • Additional coursework may be required


  • Registration in 900-level THES

First-Year Research Project

Master's students are required to complete a first-year research project by August 31 of the first year of their program

Ethics requirement

The graduate ethics training requirement is met with PSYCO 502 .

Language Requirement

No language other than English is required for the master's degree.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is two four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

Students are normally expected to complete the program in two years. However, the time required to complete the program will vary with the individual candidate. Students are evaluated annually with respect to progress in the program.

The maximum time to complete the thesis-based MA program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.