This program is designed to meet the needs of both students and employers. Students will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to ask appropriate questions and conduct research in a variety of applied settings (e.g., business, government, health care, etc.). Students completing the program will be qualified for either immediate employment or further education. Students' and employers' needs will be met by a program that combines training in basic scientific methods and social psychological theory with practical experience in a variety of work settings. The training in methods and theory will be provided by the academic component of the program and the practical experience will be provided by the cooperative, work term component.






1. Admission to the program is competitive and selective. To be considered for admission to the Master of Applied Social Psychology (Cooperative) an applicant shall normally hold at least a high second class Honours degree or its equivalent, both in achievement and depth of study, from an institution recognized by the Senate.

2. Applications

a) All applicants are required to submit results from the General section of the Graduate Record Examinations.

b) Applicants are required to submit with their applications an example of their academic writing. This could include, but is not limited to, papers submitted in class, honour's thesis, etc.

c) At least one letter of reference should come from someone who is familiar with the applicant's research capability.

3. Selection will be based on an applicant's overall academic performance, scores on the Graduate Record Examination and letters of reference.

4. Admission to the program shall be upon acceptance by the Dean of Graduate Studies after recommendation by the Head of the Department of Psychology which will include a proposed program of study and a proposed supervisor. 


1. Students should note that it is possible to enter Academic Term 1 only in the Fall semester commencing in September of each year.

2. Every candidate shall complete four Academic Terms in the Cooperative Program and shall normally be required to complete two Work Terms.

3. Courses shall be taken in Academic Terms of "blocks" in the sequence, order, and course load as follows:

Fall:        6000, 6400
Winter:    6001, 6401
Spring:    Work-term 1
Fall:        6402, 6403
Winter:    Work-term 2
Spring:    6404 


1. In order to continue in good standing in the program and in order to qualify for the Master's degree, a candidate shall obtain a grade of A or B for program courses, and complete two Work Terms.

2. The dates for starting and finishing each Work Term are shown in the University Diary. Successful completion of the Work Term requirements is a prerequisite to graduation.

3. A competition for Work Term employment is organized by the Co-operative Education Services Centre (CESC). Students may also obtain their own Work Term jobs outside the competition. Such jobs must be confirmed by letter from the employer and approved by the Head of Psychology and by the CESC on or before the first day of the Work Term.

By entering the competition, students give permission for the CESC to supply their University transcripts to potential employers.

4. The overall evaluation of the Work Term is the responsibility of the CESC. The Work Term evaluation shall consist of two components:

a) On-the-job Student Performance:
Job performance shall be assessed by a co-ordinator using information gathered during the Work Term and input from the employer towards the end of the Work Term. Formal written documentation from the employer shall be sought.

b) The Work Report:
i. Work term reports shall be evaluated by a member of the CESC or a member of faculty in the Department of Psychology. If an employer designates a report to be of a confidential nature, both employer and co-ordinator must agree as to the methods to protect the confidentiality of such a report before the report may be accepted for evaluation.
ii. Reports must be prepared according to American Psychological Association specifications and contain original work related to the Work Term placement. The topic must relate to the work experience and will be chosen by the student in consultation with the employer. For promotion from the Work Term, a student must obtain at least 65% in each component.

5. If a student fails to achieve the Work Term standards specified above the student will be required to withdraw from the program. Such a student may reapply to the program after lapse of two semesters, at which time the student will be required to complete a further Work Term with satisfactory performance before being admitted to any further academic term in the Faculty. A Work Term may be repeated once.

6. Students are not permitted to drop Work Terms without prior approval of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Psychology, upon the recommendation of the CESC. The Graduate Studies Committee will make a recommendation to the Head of Department who will make the final decision. Students who drop a Work Term without permission, or who fail to honour an agreement to work with an employer, or who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause their discharge from the job, will normally be awarded a failed grade for the Work Term. Permission to drop a Work Term does not constitute a waiver of degree requirements, and students who have obtained such permission must complete an approved Work Term in lieu of the one dropped. 


6000. Advanced Statistics in Psychology
6001. Research Design
601W. Work Term 1
602W. Work Term 2
6400. Theory and Methods in Social Psychology
6401. Social Cognition
6402. Group Processes
6403. Advanced Methods in Applied Social Psychological Research
6404. Project in Applied Social Psychology

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