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 Honors, 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 honors thesis, should you be formally accepted into the honors program.
  3. Contact the appropriate honors advisor (Arts: Elena Nicoladis -; Science: Jeremy Caplan - to discuss whether the honors 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. For guidance about the research certificate, please contact Dr. Baerveldt (
  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 at least *24 in each preceding Fall+Winter term and completion of PSYCO 105 and PSYCO 104 or SCI 100. Admission into the Honors program is permitted after completion of a minimum of ★48 (i.e., about two years), but the application deadline is typically during the prior Winter (BSc) or Spring (BA) term. Acceptance is conditional on obtaining approval from a potential research supervisor. Students planning to apply for admission should consult the Departmental Honors Advisor (Arts: Elena Nicoladis -; Science: Jeremy Caplan -

*** FAQ *** What is a competitive GPA? Admissions to Psychology Honors is not competitive. If you meet the formal admissions requirements, including finding a well matched, willing and available thesis supervisor, you will be admitted. An exception is if you are transferring from a different university or a different faculty within the UofA, in which case the Faculty (Arts or Science, respectively) might have a limited number of spots available.

Formal admissions requirements:

Academic Standards

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

  • GPA must be at least 3.0 in each Fall+Winter period.
  • 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, honors 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 Honors Program

You apply to the honors 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 web page. 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. When you hear back from the Faculty depends on how quickly they get through all the applications that year. This can take until the end of August. To check on the status of your application, consult with the respective Faculty of Science advisors or Faculty of Arts advisors and note the person's name in case you need to follow up.

How To Get From Conditional To Final Acceptance

  1. After you have received conditional admission from your home faculty office, you must obtain formal 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. When a research supervisor agrees to supervise your thesis, fill out and submit this registration form by August 31.
  4. Once this is done, your conditional acceptance into the honors program becomes final.

Full program requirements can be found in the academic calendar.