Forensic Psychology (Doctoral program)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Science and Humanities|
|Location||UOIT, Downtown Oshawa|
|Length||Approximately 48 months, based on full-time study, for post-master’s students.
Approximately 60 months, based on full-time study, for direct-entry students.
|Program format||Courses with a PhD research dissertation|
The PhD in Forensic Psychology combines disciplinary and specialized study in Forensic Psychology, study in research methods and statistics, and applied learning experiences to prepare students to work in a variety of settings. Specifically, the program will prepare students for careers related to the following:
- Administration in provincial and federal programs.
- Advertising and marketing.
- Behavioural science and statistical research in government organizations.
- Design and evaluation of community programs.
- Research and/or teaching in college and university settings.
- Research and practice in behavioural science crime units within law enforcement.
- Research in mental health institutions, hospital settings, justice-related institutes, correctional facilities, the pharmaceutical industry and educational entertainment industry.
- Trial consulting.
The program will also allow professionals (e.g., law enforcement officials) to advance in their current fields.
Each year, a small number of undergraduate students may be admitted directly into the PhD program without a master’s degree. This direct-entry option is for undergraduate students with exceptional academic performance throughout their bachelor’s degree.
PhD in Forensic Psychology
- Hold the UOIT Master of Science (MSc) degree in Forensic Psychology or an equivalent research project or thesis-based Master of Arts/MSc degree (e.g., Experimental Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science, Biology, Criminology) at a recognized institution.
- Minimum academic standing of A-minus (GPA: 3.7 on a 4.3 scale or 80 to 84 per cent) during graduate study.
PhD in Forensic Psychology – direct entry
- Hold a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent in Psychology or a related field (e.g., Neuroscience, Computer Science, Biology, Criminology) at a recognized institution. Students with both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are encouraged to apply.
- Minimum overall academic standing of at least an A-minus (GPA: 3.7 on a 4.3 scale or 80 to 84 per cent), with a minimum academic standing of A-minus in the final two full-time years (four terms) of undergraduate study, including elective courses.
- Completion of an honours thesis or comparable research experience is highly preferred but not required.
- Applicants with unrelated backgrounds may be admitted as special cases. However, applicants without sufficient psychology background or those who do not meet the admission requirements of the program may not be prepared to perform successfully in the program courses. In this case, they may be required to take additional courses or admitted as qualifying students. Please see the Graduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue for additional details.
Required supporting documents:
- A curriculum vitae (CV).
- General and Psychology Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. There is no specified minimum score; however, scores will be factored into admission decisions.
- A third letter of reference. Academic referees are preferred; however, non-academic references will be considered.
- A two- to three-page statement of academic intent (note that this is longer than the general requirements). The statement may describe previous research experience (e.g., thesis work, other research projects), industry or community experiences, general career aspirations, specific research interests and any experience relevant to these interests. If an applicant has already contacted a potential thesis supervisor (which is highly advised), that should be made known within the statement.
- A substantive writing sample. A sample of the applicant's thesis is preferred; an assignment or published work (with the applicant as first author) will suffice if a thesis has not been completed.
Applicants must also submit the required documents outlined in the checklist of required documents.
Note: The GRE® Subject Test date varies by location. Applicants should submit General GRE test scores prior to the deadline. Applicants should register early for the Psychology Subject Test. For an updated list of test centers, please see the Paper-delivered Test Center List. Institution code: 7178.
Required test scores for English language proficiency:
See English language proficiency for the minimum required test scores for this program.
Please see application deadlines for specific dates. Note that the application deadlines listed are for both the online application and all supporting documentation.
How to apply
Applications for admission to all graduate studies programs are submitted online. There are five steps you must go through to complete the application process. See application process and requirements for step-by-step instructions.
Sample research areas:
- Detection of deception
- Eyewitness memory
- Geographic profiling
- Interrogations and confessions
- Neuroscience and the law
- Treatment of sex offenders
- Wrongful conviction
- Youth and corrections
For program requirements, including required number of credits for completion, program maps and course descriptions, please see the Graduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue.
Internal awards and funding
Applicants to research-based graduate programs who are studying full-time are automatically considered for some types of funding at the time of admission.
Types of funding that do not require an application:
- Entrance scholarships
- Minimum funding packages
- Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and graduate research assistantships
For more details on the above funding opportunities, see graduate student awards and funding.
Please note: Part-time students are not eligible for the above funding opportunities.
External awards and funding
Graduate program applicants are encouraged to apply for external awards to help finance their education. The application process differs for each competition, so review the information carefully to determine where and when you must apply. Please note: The majority of these awards are for domestic or permanent residents only.
Tuition fees for graduate programs at UOIT are charged on a flat-fee or fee-per-credit basis and vary by program and student status.
For current, specific fees and details on flat-fee versus fee-per-credit programs, please see tuition and fees.