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Psychology (MSc)

Psychology (MSc)

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Our Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology program is offered within the cognitive and behavioural neurosciences field.

In our program, you’ll hit the ground running and start conducting research with a faculty adviser in the fall of your first year. Over the course of 16 to 24 months, with the close mentorship of your adviser, you’ll learn how to develop a program of research, use research methodologies and statistical techniques, present your work in talks and posters, and communicate your research as an expert in the field.

You'll form close bonds with faculty and peers through small, intensive courses, research lab groups, and regular area meetings including seminars and journal clubs.

Students with a Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in cognitive and behavioural neurosciences often enter doctoral programs, or pursue employment in environments requiring research skills.

Program Options

This full-time program is normally completed in two years (six consecutive terms). You’ll complete five half-credit courses and a thesis.


More information can be found on the International Applicants page.

Contact Us:

David White, Graduate Coordinator

T: 519.884.0710 x3876

General Inquiries

T: 519.884.0710 x3371


  • Winners of major external awards (OGS, QEII and Tri-Council) may be eligible for top-up funding which includes the Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (total value exceeds $10,000). 
  • Eligible domestic students admitted to study on a full-time basis receive average financial support of $14,500–$17,500. This support may be made up of teaching assistantships, internal/external scholarships, and/or faculty-funded studentships or research assistantships.
  • A list of all funding opportunities available to Laurier graduate students, including information about OGS, QEII and Tri-Council, is available on our graduate funding webpage.

Research Focus

Our faculty work in the fields of behavioural and cognitive neuroscience. Specific research foci include:

  • Animal models of human medical/mental disorders including addiction, eating disorders and age-related memory disorders.
  • The importance of learning processes including neurobiology of learning and memory, comparative cognition of time and number processing, learning-motivation interface and neural plasticity.
  • Our Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience researchers spans a broad range of cognitive neuroscience topics, including visual and auditory perception, motor control, attention, memory and language.


  • A four-year (honours) undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in psychology or related field.
  • 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.
  • A minimum B average in your last two years of study.
  • Applications are reviewed by the graduate program committee, which considers all prior university grades, a writing sample and letters of reference.


Our graduates have gone on to work in medical research, policy and planning for various agencies, and both staff and faculty academic positions.

Examples of jobs held by our graduate include:

  • faculty positions at Algoma University and Grant MacEwan University
  • Multi-Health Systems, Toronto
  • federal government research
  • survey research

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