List of Counseling Psychology Master’s Degree Courses and Programs in Canada

This is a complete list of master’s counseling psychology programs offered in Canada, both in a traditional classroom setting and in an online format for Canadian students.

Online Masters Degree in Psychology Course Options

I f your current lifestyle has you balancing a career and family life, returning to school may require a lot of flexibility and convenience, making online courses the best option for you. This type of format allows you to work around your other commitments.  One of the best aspects of an online course is that your classroom can be at your home, your hotel room if you travel for business or a coffee shop — wherever you can connect to the web.

Also, some students may be uncomfortable speaking up in front of a classroom full of their peers so the online environment helps reduce many of the inhibitions that accompany asking a question or participating in a classroom discussion.  Even if you make a single post, this can stimulate more interaction and engaging conversations than what would have been possible for you in a typical, in-person classroom.

Additionally, you often have the opportunity to reach out to a more diverse group of students. Since many online courses are offered globally, this type of class opens the doors to learning about other perspectives and connecting with peers from different places in the world.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The Chicago School is a not-for-profit, accredited institution with more than 4,200 students at campuses available in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Diego, New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C. and online options for Canadian residents. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) has been an innovator in the field of psychology and related behavioral science for more than 30 years and offers more than 20 degree programs and a wealth of opportunities for international experiences.

Campus Based Options Available in Canada

Many of us have become accustomed to learning within a structured environment where we sit in a classroom, listen to lectures, complete activities, take tests and raise our hand to interact with the teacher; all of this within a very specific class timeframe.

If you are a learner who desires in-person conversation, feedback and interaction, traditional classroom learning is probably better for you. A classroom environment facilitates that type of instant interaction and sharing of opinions and thoughts with classmates and the instructor.

A campus setting can also have resources like libraries or computer labs, plus face to face contact with your professor or teacher assistant. There is really no right or wrong learning style, as it’s a personal choice.

British Columbia

Simon Fraser University

The Psychology Department offers two graduate programs leading to MA and PhD degrees.

The Psychology Graduate Program offers specializations in one of the following six Research Areas:

  • Cognitive & Neural Sciences
  • Developmental Psychology
  • History, Quantitative and Theoretical Psychology
  • Law & Forensic Psychology
  • Social Psychology

The Clinical Psychology Graduate Program offers training under one of the following 4 options:

  • Clinical-General
  • Clinical-Child
  • Clinical- Neuropsychology
  • Clinical-Forensic

For additional information please visit SFU Graduate Studies

University of Victoria

UVIC’s five training areas at the MSc. And PhD levels are:

  • Cognitive and Brain Science
  • Lifespan Health and Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

For additional information please visit UVIC Graduate Studies

University of Northern British Columbia

Trinity Western University

Alberta

University of Alberta

The University of Alberta offers MA, MSc, and PhD degrees, with specializations in five main research areas:

  • Behaviour, Systems and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognition
  • Comparative Cognition and Behaviour
  • Developmental Science
  • Social and Cultural Psychology

For additional information please visit U of A Department of Psychology

University of Calgary

  • MSc in Clinical Psychology
  • MSc in Psychology

For additional information please visit U of C Department of Psychology

University of Lethbridge 

Saskatchewn

University of Regina

  • Master of Arts Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Arts Experimental and Applied Psychology
  • MEd in Educational Psychology

For additional information please visit the University of Regina Graduate Studies

Manitoba

University of Manitoba

  • Master of Arts – Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Master of Arts – Brain and Cognitive Sciences
  • Master of Arts – Applied Behaviour Analysis
  • Master of Arts – Clinical Psychology
  • Master of Arts – Developmental Psychology
  • Master of Arts – Quantitative Psychology
  • Master of Arts – School Psychology

Master of Arts – School and Personality Psychology

For additional information please visit the University of Manitoba Department of Psychology

Ontario

University of Guelph

MA Psychology

  • Applied Social Psychology
  • Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Industrial Organizational Psychology
  • Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science

Brock University

Students may select from the following specializations:

  • Behavioral and CognitiveNeuroscience
  • Lifespan Development
  • Social/Personality

Carlton University

Concentrations available in:

  • Cognitive psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Personality and Social
  • Quantitative Methods

Lakehead University

The Department of Psychology offers Master’s programs leading to degrees in:

  • Master of Science, Psychological Science
  • Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology

For additional information please visit Lakehead University, Health and Behavioural Sciences.

Laurentian University

McMaster University

Ryerson University

Western University

Queen's University

Areas of Study

  • Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social-Personality Psychology

University of Toronto

Counselling and Clinical Psychology

  • M.A. in Clinical and Counselling Psychology
  • MA in Clinical Psychology

Counselling Psychology

  • MEd in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • MEd in Global Mental Health and Counselling Psychology
  • MEd in Guidance and Counselling

Please visit the University of Toronto

Wilfred Laurier University

Fields include:

  • Community Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology

Fields include:

  • Behavioural Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

New Brunswick

University of New Brunswick

Nova Scotia

Quebec

Concordia University

McGill University

- Updated June 10, 2020