Psychology grads are well-suited for a variety of
Many psychology grads want to
work in a "helping" field, but aren't keen on the
research-focus of a clinical psychology PhD. But there are
lots of ways that grads can work in a helping
capacity: This page includes descriptions of programs in
counselling psychology, social work, rehabilitation
sciences, and even medical school.
We've also had many students enter the legal world; we've
had many grads who enjoyed courses like Psychology &
Law or Forensic Psych pair their knowledge of psychology
with law school, and others go into policing.
Other psychology grads are keen to apply their skills in
the business world; post-degree diplomas can be a great
supplement to a BA in psychology to make our grads very
marketable in the competitive private sector. Post-BA
diploma programs can be a excellent segue from a psych
degree into the private sector.
A bonus of these types of career fields is that graduates
are highly "portable" -- that is, you may be able to work
anywhere (vs. being limited to only certain cities).
This page provides some description of these fields and
other excellent options for professional training.
Counselling psychology is
an M.Ed. program (Master's of Education) offered through
faculties of education, not psychology departments.
These programs are usually 2-years in length, and these
programs train students to be counsellors, such as in
schools, hospitals, government agencies, etc. Some
schools also offer a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in
Grades, experience, and references are important in
gaining admission to this type of program. We've had
great success with King's grads in this program at
Western. Some of the suggestions for gaining experience
for clinical applicants may be useful for counselling
Counselling psychology programs are offered at several
schools in Canada, including:
through Western Continuing Studies
Several recent grads have
furthered their education by one-year post-degree
diplomas with Western's
Continuing Studies. These programs are
career-focused and can be a terrific supplement to any
psychology bachelor's degree, whether it's a Major,
Double Major, or Honors.
Their programs include clinical trials management, human
resources, management, public relations, and marketing;
these are great career areas for psych grads!
Laurier offers a unique MA
in Community Psychology program, which includes "a
practicum (field work) placement in a community,
organizational, and/or government setting."
We've had at least one recent grad head into this
Psychology grads holding a
4-year honors degree may be well-positioned for entry
into Master's programs in social work. (Social work
Master's programs do not always require a BSW for
now has a 2-year MSW program; here is a list of all
Ontario schools with social work programs.
are medical professionals who work with people "to
solve the problems that interfere with a person's
ability to do things." Here
is a detailed description of this career field.
I've had many students go into OT and really enjoy the
application of their psychology degree in this field,
and the variety of their careers.
pathologists assess and treat communication disorders.
is a detailed description of this career field. I've
had many students go into speech-language pathology
and report back that they find this to be a very
satisfying career, with lots of variety and
involved in assessing and treatment of people with (or
at risk of) hearing impairments. Western has one of
the world's most main centers for audiology; you
can learn more about this field and graduate
programs in audiology here.
Graduate programs in occupational
therapy, speech-language pathology, and audiology are
offered at several schools, including Western, McMaster,
and the University of Toronto in Ontario, as well as
McGill (in Montreal) and UBC (in Vancouver).
Some programs for speech pathology, audiology, and OT do
not require that applicants hold a BSc, but they may
have certain course requirements for admission. You'll
want to check with the individual schools to see what
they require. The Ontario
in Rehabilitation Sciences has a complete listing of
Ontario universities offering degrees in these
fields. This site also has useful overviews of each of
these career fields. I've had several students go into
OT and speech-language pathology, appreciating how their
degree in psychology serves as an excellent foundation
for these programs. These careers can have a wonderful
varied nature and are highly portable.
Master's of Applied Science
- A number of schools offer
specialized Master's degrees in psychology, often with
degrees called Master's of Applied Science, and are
intended as stand-alone (terminal) master's degrees
(that is, students are not expected to complete a
- These programs are usually
designed as 2-year Master's programs designed as
practical programs to train students for specific
career fields such as industrial/organizational
psychology, health psychology, and community
psychology. For example, check out the MASc program
options at the University
has six law schools offering law degrees (usually called
a JD; previously called a LLB).
- Queen's University
- University of Ottawa
- University of Toronto
- University of Western Ontario
- University of Windsor
- York University - Osgoode Hall
In addition to law school,
many psych grads are well-suited to pursue a career in
Police Service has detailed information on careers
available in policing in Ontario. (I've had many
students from my Psych & Law class go into
We've also had at least one grad develop a career with Canadian
Ontario has several medical
schools: McMaster University, University of Ottawa,
Queen's University, University of Toronto, and
University of Western Ontario (and a new program at the
Northern Ontario Medical School).
Admission to medical school in Ontario is centralized
through the Ontario Medical School Application Service
(OMSAS) -- check
the OMSAS site for information and important dates.
Each school has its own admissions requirements.
Although medical schools typically require applicants to
hold a bachelor's degree from the sciences (or certain
science courses in undergrad) some medical schools
do not require applicants to hold a BSc, but instead,
they often place heavy emphasis on academic excellence,
references, and experience.
Applicants to medical school are usually required to
take a standardized test called the MCAT.
- Ontario teachers'
college application process -- the deadline for
applications is usually early December in the year
before a fall admission (e.g., apply in December 2017
for Fall 2018 entrance).
- Here's a list of all
the faculties of education in Ontario, with
links to each program.
- Remember that experience is
important for applicants, such as volunteering in a
classroom with the approximate age group you are
interested in teaching.
Industrial relations (IR)
or human relations (HR)
The Family Relations
& Applied Nutrition department at the University of Guelph
has two graduate programs that may be of interest to
I think that psychology
grads can leverage their psych education quite nicely in
the business world! I've had some students go on to
complete an MBA (offered at many schools across Canada
and the world). Some schools (like Windsor) even offer
joint business and law degrees, for the the
This is a partial list of areas that I think psychology
students are well-positioned for; please let me know if you
have other ideas.
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