Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2009/2010
Canadian Excellence

Master of Science in Psychology

The master of science program is concentrated in the area of brain and cognition.

The objectives of the MSc program in brain and cognition are to develop competence in designing, conducting and evaluating research in the field of brain and cognition. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for doctoral studies, or for employment in an environment requiring research skills.

Additional Information
Admission Requirements

For admission to the MSc program in brain and cognition, a student must have completed a BSC or BA honours degree in psychology with a minimum B average in the last 2 years of study. The GRE General test is required. An honours graduate in a program other than psychology or a combination of psychology and another subject or general degree graduates may be admitted if evidence justifying admission is offered. However, a program of appropriate preparatory studies (a qualifying year) may be required of such applicants. Honours graduates in psychology may also be required to successfully complete one or two undergraduate courses before they are admitted to the MSc program.

Program Requirements

Five half-credit courses and a thesis constitute the degree requirements. Considerable emphasis is placed on developing and completing the thesis. The required courses include:

  • PS600 Advanced Behavioural Statistics I
  • PS601 Advanced Behavioural Statistics II
  • PS660 Principles of Cognition
  • PS663 Principles of Neuroscience
  • PS669 Research Seminar in Brain and Cognition

In addition, all students must complete a  thesis (PS699) relevant to the option they have selected.

In certain cases, given student interests, one of PS660 or PS663 may be replaced by one of PS670 or PS675 with the approval of the area co-ordinator and graduate officer.

Note: The community practicum courses (PS615 and PS625) are restricted to the students enrolled in the community psychology program. All other graduate courses offered by the Department of Psychology may be taken by any student, subject to the approval of the graduate officer, the appropriate area co-ordinator, and the course instructor. Psychology students may take graduate courses offered in another graduate program at WLU upon permission of their program director and the course instructor, or at other universities through the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student (OVGS) program.