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Dip your toe into the academic world of psychology without making a full commitment to an undergraduate program. In the Certificate in Psychology, you will acquire a strong foundation on which to pursue post-secondary studies. Plus our degree-credit courses can potentially be applied toward an undergraduate degree program.

Industry and Careers
This certificate can lead to career paths in various roles. Here are some examples:

  • Child and youth worker
  • Clinical coordinator
  • Community worker
  • Counsellor
  • Gerontologist
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Psychologist
  • Social worker
  • Therapist

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Students who would like to use the degree-credit courses toward an undergraduate degree in psychology
  • Individuals who are looking for an academic introduction to the field of psychology

What Will You Learn?
You will learn the methods, concepts, theories, and applications of psychology. You will examine basic principles of psychology and how to apply them to everyday experiences, learn about statistical concepts, analyze research data, and work closely with a faculty member through an independent study to produce a comprehensive paper in a selected area.

Through your choice of electives, you can concentrate on a specific area. Here are some examples:

  • Psychological principles of growth and development
  • Abnormal aspects of human behaviour
  • Explanations of personality and its development
  • The study of social behaviour
  • Applications of psychology in organizations

Certificate Requirements

  • 4 required courses
  • 4 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria 


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits


  • 3 years of professional experience in business, community service, or industry

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Additional Details


You may only select one of CPSY 102 or CPSY 105.