Application

At A Glance

  1. Check the admission requirements and program requirements, make sure you are reasonably sure that you are eligible.
  2. Seek out a supervisor. Remind them that even if it turns out you are not accepted into Honours, there are other ways you could conduct research under their supervision (Research Certificate, research-credit courses, as well as casual/volunteer). In other words, you are seeking someone who wants to supervise you in research, and tentatively agrees to supervisor your honours thesis, should you be formally accepted into the honours program.
  3. Contact the appropriate honours advisor (Arts: Elena Nicoladis - elenan@ualberta.ca; Science: Jeremy Caplan - jcaplan@ualberta.ca) to discuss whether the honours program is the best fit for you. Contact the Faculty advisors (Science or Arts, respectively) for questions regarding the standard BA/BSc components of the program, as well as technical questions about the admissions process.
  4. Apply through the faculty.
  5. If the faculty gives you conditional acceptance, you will be asked to confirm the commitment from your proposed supervisor.

General Requirements

A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on *24 in each of the preceding Fall and each of the preceding Winter terms and a minimum GPA of 3.3 averaged over all required Psychology and Statistics courses you have taken. Though entrance to Honours in Psychology can only take place once the student has completed second-year (i.e., *48), students need to apply prior to this time, and earlier is better. Students must complete PSYCO 104, 105, PSYCO 212 (BSc only; not required for admissions to BA honours), two of PSYCO 223, 239, 241, two of PSYCO 258, 275, 282, and STAT 151 or 141 prior to application for admission. Acceptance is dependent upon obtaining written approval from a potential research supervisor by September 1. Students planning to apply for admission should consult the Department Honours Advisor for their Faculty.

Formal admissions requirements can be found here.

Academic Standards

Please note these requirements, which pertain to continuation in, and graduation from, the honours program in psychology.

  • The overall GPA, as well as the psychology GPA, must be at least 3.3 in each Fall and in each Winter term.
  • A student may not interrupt his or her program (take a year or semester off) unless special permission has been obtained in advance from the student’s advisor and the student’s Faculty. For example, honours students may apply to take a year off for the undergraduate internship program in psychology.
  • 24 course weights (i.e., 8 full courses) must be taken each Fall+Winter term, unless special permission is obtained in advance. Permission to take a reduced course load is normally granted only in cases of serious illness or other hardship. This pertains to continuation only, and therefore does not apply to the final year, assuming the student completes the program that year.

How To Get Conditional Acceptance Into The Honours Program

You apply to the honours program in the same way that you applied to get in to the university initially. Fill out the form by clicking on the “Apply Now” button on the Office of the Registrar webpage. The application is done entirely online. Deadlines are usually in the Winter term, and can be found in the university calendar, section for Arts and Science, respectively. Plan the application process well in advance, to ensure you meet all the requirements and have all necessary prerequisites. If you meet the requirements, you will be granted conditional acceptance.

How To Get From Conditional To Final Acceptance

  1. After you have received conditional admission from your home faculty office, you must obtain written consent from a possible thesis supervisor prior to registration. You should start the process of finding a supervisor as soon as possible (i.e., before you apply), as confirming a supervisor may take time. This is important, to ensure that you are not admitted if your interests cannot be accommodated by supervisors in the department. Eligible students who are transferring from off campus (Post-secondary institutions like GMCC, Concordia, Grande Prairie, etc.) should contact professors via email, telephone, or a letter of introduction if they are unable to visit their labs.
  2. To choose a supervisor, begin as soon as possible, but at least by the spring when you apply. Scan the professor web pages, read the descriptions of research interests outside the main office (BS-P217), or contact professors who inspired you in courses. See also hints from students on how to choose a supervisor and a running list of potential projects.
  3. Once a research supervisor has committed to supervise your thesis, fill out this registration form together and submit it to the honours advisor. This form formalizes your acceptance into the honours program, i.e. your conditional acceptance now becomes final.

Please return your completed honours supervisor registration to the General Office (BS-P217).

Full program requirements can be found in the academic calendar.