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Degree Requirements by Program

Permission to enrol in selected Psychology courses are handled by email only. Please contact us at psyc@yorku.ca for course enrollment and information.

We offer several Degree Programs in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Health.  A description of each is provided below.

You can pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in any of these Degree Programs. Your Psychology course requirements remain the same, but additional course requirements will depend on which degree type (BA or BSc) you are pursuing.

Specialized Honours BA/BSC Psychology Major (120 Credits)

The Specialized Honours Psychology Program is a 120-credit degree program designed for students who intend to pursue postgraduate studies in Psychology or a related discipline. Students who graduate from this program will have demonstrated knowledge in a breadth of subdisciplines within Psychology and will be able to critically evaluate research results, theories, and opinions within this field. 

In addition, students who graduate from this program will have specialist training in research methods, statistical analyses, scientific communication, and critical thinking. A requirement of this program is the completion of an Honour’s thesis under the direct supervision of a Psychology faculty member. This program is well suited for students who plan to pursue postgraduate studies in a research-intensive field.  Admission to the program is by Department permission.

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Honours BA/BSc Psychology Major (120 Credits)

The Honours in Psychology program is a 120-credit degree program designed for students who are interested in learning about and applying knowledge accumulated from the discipline of psychology. 

Students who graduate from this program will have demonstrated knowledge in a breadth of subdisciplines within Psychology, and will be able to critically evaluate research results, theories, and opinions within this field. Graduates of this program will be able to engage in quantitative reasoning through the interpretation of empirical results. Additionally, graduates will have demonstrated an appreciation of alternative methods used in psychological inquiry and will be able to synthesize potentially conflicting results and communicate these ideas to the general public. 

Students can also complete a Double Major or a Major/Minor option. This program is well suited for students who intend to enter the workforce following graduation and/or who may intend to pursue postgraduate studies in professional and applied related fields of psychology.

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BA/BSc (90 Credits)

The Bachelor of Psychology is a 90-credit degree program designed for students who want an introduction to the foundations of contemporary psychology. Students who graduate from this program will have demonstrated depth of knowledge in core and specialty areas of psychology as well as a basic understanding of psychological research and writing.  

This program is well-suited for students wishing to complete a 3-year university degree and then begin a career or pursue a college diploma following graduation.

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Honours BA/BSc Psychology Minor (120 Credits)

The Minor in Psychology program is designed for students in a non-Psychology Honours degree program who want to complement their major with knowledge about psychology. Students who graduate from this program will have demonstrated knowledge in core and specialized areas of psychology as well as a basic understanding of psychological research.  This program is well suited for students wishing to pursue a secondary interest in psychology to enhance or supplement their primary field of study.

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Degree Worksheets

These worksheets will help you plan the courses you need to complete your degree

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If you are unsure which degree program is the right one for you, please book an advising appointment.

Information for Returning Students

If you are a returning student, some of the information below may no longer be relevant. If you are not certain of your program requirements, you are encouraged to contact the Department of Psychology and OSAS to book an advising appointment

Your degree requirements depend upon the year in which you started the psychology program and on the Faculty in which you were admitted. 

More information about your general degree requirements is provided elsewhere on our website.  For those students who entered York University or the Faculty of Health prior to Fall of 2017, more information is provided below.

If you were admitted to York University in or after 2014 but prior to Fall 2017, please select the first drop down menu below  that will provide you with more information.
If you were admitted to York University before 2014, please select the second  drop down menu and then find the year that you were admitted.

Faculty of Health – Psychology Degree requirements from 2014 to 2017

For additional information, see our New Students page, designed for students coming into the psychology program out of high school, or with no prior university education.  Transfer students will find important information at the end of the page concerning credits and requirements.

For further information or questions regarding degree management contact:

Office of Student and Academic Services Calumet College, room 235 (Building #10 on the Keele campus map).
Phone: 416-736-5299
hhadvise@yorku.ca