Consistent with the objectives of the UBC Okanagan campus, students have the unique opportunity to participate in a comprehensive, supportive program, where they maintain an identity, while pursuing a degree from an institution with an outstanding reputation in the academic world.
The Department of Psychology offers graduate education leading to the MA and the PhD degrees. The detailed requirements for these degrees can be found in the Psychology Graduate Program Handbooks Clinical & Experimental (links at bottom of this page), the College of Graduate Studies, and the UBC Calendar. Studies leading to both degrees must be on a full-time basis; part-time study is not offered.
Graduate students in Psychology receive financial support at levels in the form of fellowships, teaching assistantships, and research assistantships. Funding is often time limited: Two years for Masters and 4 years for Doctorate.
Our Department is strongly research oriented, and as such, students are expected to engage in research at the onset of their studies. The primary aim of the program is to provide students with the skills and experience necessary to conduct psychological research that is publishable in first-rate journals. We adhere to an “apprenticeship” model of graduate training in which each graduate student works in close collaboration with a particular faculty member. Accordingly, an important factor in an applicant’s admissibility is matching the research and professional interests of the student with a faculty member: An application will not advance unless the student has a faculty member who has formally agreed to supervise that student’s research activity. Students in the Clinical Psychology Program may have non-clinical faculty as their supervisors and may conduct research on basic human functions as well as on clinical issues. For a list of faculty and their areas of research see http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/psyo/people/faculty.html.
The Psychology Department offers opportunities to pursue graduate studies in the following research areas: abnormal psychology, clinical psychology, cognitive psychology (i.e., attention, creativity, cultural evolution, laterality & hemispheric interaction), forensic psychology, happiness & well-being, health psychology, personality psychology, and social psychology.
The Clinical Psychology Program, which will commence in September 2013, has been designed to attain accreditation from the Canadian Psychological Association but, as a new program, we have not yet been accredited. The short-listed applicants to our Clinical Psychology Program will be interviewed prior to final offers being made. It is important to note that the Department discourages applicants from entering the Experimental Program with the expectation of transferring into the Clinical Program. Applicants must recognize that we employ the clinical scientist model. As such, there is an equal emphasis on empirical research and the acquisition of clinical skills. It has been our collective experience that the most productive environment for students and faculty is one where there is a shared sense of expectations: Success in the Clinical Psychology program is grounded in collaborative research productivity as well as the development of appropriate clinical skills. In addition to the research experience common to all our graduate students, those enrolled in our Clinical Program receive clinical training supervised by our clinical faculty and associated Psychologists—initially within our on-campus clinic.
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**DEADLINE FOR ADMISSION INTO THE PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATE PROGRAM IS JANUARY 1ST**
UBC Okanagan also has an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program. Students in this program may have a psychology department faculty member as their primary supervisor.
To access the Interdisciplinary Psychology Graduate Program Manual click here.
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