Changes to the Major Admission Process Due to COVID-19

This year there will be changes to the Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience majors application process due to the various grading options that have been introduced in response to the COVID-19 situation. Changes are as follows:

1. Students will be considered eligible for admission to the major if they receive either a passing numerical grade or a PAS in the required courses (i.e. the requirement for a min average of 65 in PSYC 1000/1001, and a min average of 60 in PSYC/Math/CRW will not be required)

2. The average used to determine admission will be calculated using an applicant’s numerical grades received this semester and any past numerical grades

3. In order to be considered for admission, students must submit the online application form before June 1 (even if they are waiting on deferred exams or are finishing the required courses over the summer). We will not consider any applications received after June 1. Applicants who will be writing deferred exams should note in the Comments field in which courses they will be writing a deferred exam.

4. We’ll reserve a portion of seats this year since some applicants will likely choose to have deferred exams in required courses. All applicants that aren’t accepted initially will be put on a waitlist with all applicants that have deferred exams for required courses. Acceptance from the waitlist will be confirmed after deferred exam grades are released (Sept). The number of seats that are reserved will depend on the number of applicants that choose to write deferred exams in the required courses.

Many students have asked whether they should go with a PAS/FAL grade or the deferred exam option—either are fine, you should go with whichever option you think will increase your chance of admission.

If you have any questions please direct them to Cathy Hyde (



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