Faculty of Health

York’s Psychology program ranks among the top 10 programs for psychology in Canada according to Maclean's magazine (2021) and among the top 100 programs in the world according to the QS World University Rankings 2020.

The field of psychology is dedicated to the scientific study of behaviour including thought, feeling and action, and viewed from social, developmental and biological perspectives. You can study virtually all of the areas of psychology as our program offers the largest variety and diversity of courses of any psychology program in Canada. We provide learning opportunities and research experience in many different areas of Psychology including developmental and social psychology, abnormal psychology and counseling, behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, history and theory, statistics and quantitative methods, as well as explore a wide variety of topics ranging from personality, memory, learning, intelligence, motivation, psychological disorders, biological basis of behaviour, bullying, perception, perfectionism, empathy, cognition, culture, child development and much, much more.

Undergraduate students have the option of working toward either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Students may choose to focus on specific areas of interest such as neuroscience or abnormal psychology or follow a more generalized program that covers a wide variety of aspects of the discipline. The Psychology program is structured so that you are exposed to the breadth of psychology but may also tailor your degree program to focus on specific areas of interest.

  • The BA psychology program exposes you to a full range of psychological concepts and applications.
  • The BSc option adds a focus on the physical sciences (chemistry, physics, and biology) to a full range of discipline-specific courses.

Reasons to choose Psychology at YORK U

  • Our Specialized Honours Psychology Program (both BA and BSc) provides advanced training in research methods, statistical analysis, as well as one-on-one thesis supervision and prepares students wishing to go on to graduate school. 
  • We offer an extensive and diverse selection of courses taught both in classroom settings and on the Internet. There are also evening and summer courses offered for working students who wish to pursue their studies on a part-time basis.
  • Learn from leading researchers in the field: Joel Katz, Canada Research Chair in Health Psychology; J Douglas Crawford, Canada Research Chair in Visual-Motor Neuroscience; and Gordon Flett, Canada Research Chair in Personality & Health
  • Participate in research in one of our many research centres, including the renowned Centre for Vision Research, the LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research, and the York University Psychology Clinic.
  • Engage in active research alongside your professors. Psychology students often contribute to the Trauma and Attachment Report, a weekly online research report.
  • Bridging courses are available for those missing either a math or science prerequisite for entry to the BSc degree.
  • The courses Writing in Psychology (2010) (for all Psychology majors), Professionalism and Communication in Psychology (3000) (Specialized Honours Students only), and Critical Thinking in Psychology (4180) (Honours students only) provide transferable skills that employers are looking for.

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