M.A. in Psychology

  • A program of study and research in the psychology field leading to the degree of Master of Arts
  • Strongly research-oriented, although practical courses such as quantitative methods, testing and behaviour modification are available
  • Students admitted to the MA in Psychology have the opportunity to pursue:
    • Specialization in Data Science
    • Concentration in Mental Health and Well-Being
  • Graduates from the MA program are well prepared to pursue doctoral studies. Graduates from both our MA and PhD programs have found employment as social science researchers in a variety of venues including academia (postdoctoral research positions and tenure-track faculty positions), federal government agencies (Department of National Defence, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, National Research Council, Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Transport Canada), educational settings (school boards; early childhood agencies), health-related agencies, hospital settings (the Eye Institute at the Ottawa General Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) and private companies such as Telus Health Solutions.
  • This degree does not offer training in applied areas (e.g., clinical, educational, counselling psychology, etc)

Please visit our Graduate Research Showcase to read papers authored by current graduate students in our MA and Ph.D. programs.

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“My time as a Master’s student in the department of Psychology at Carleton University was a major step forward in developing useful research and professional skills as a well as forming meaningful relationships. As a member of the Psychopathy Research Lab under the supervision of Dr. Adelle Forth, I formulated a two-part study that sought to shed some more light on how we can understand psychopathy from an evolutionary perspective. Throughout my research project, i not only had underlying support from my supervisor, but also from my lab colleagues, other psychology graduate students, and the administrative staff in the department.

  – Kristopher Brazil MA (2017)

Having a strong support system made my experience doing research at Carleton very personally meaningful in addition to being informative and useful. Beyond my research, I enjoyed my time as a Co-President of the Psychology Graduate Students’ Association, a position that challenged me to step outside my comfort zone, and i reflect with appreciation on the quality and emphasis of the statistics courses taught at the gradate level. I say with confidence and fondness that my Master’s degree in Psychology at Carleton was a pleasure, a challenge, and a meaningful life experience.”