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Study human behaviour in a wide variety of settings. Explore why we think, feel, and act the way we do.

Familiarize yourself with the methods, concepts, theories, and applications of psychology.

Through your choice of electives, you can concentrate on:

  • 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

This is an Open Admissions program, which means you do not need to apply before enrolling in courses. It is comprised of degree-credit courses that you may potentially transfer towards an undergraduate degree program.

What Will You Learn?

Familiarize yourself with the methods, concepts, theories, and applications of psychology.

Foundation courses will provide you with an introduction to psychology by examining the basic principles and applications to everyday experience. A research methods and statistics course will introduce you to statistical concepts and teach you to analyze research data. Finally, an independent study course will allow you to work closely with a faculty member from the Department of Psychology to produce a comprehensive paper in a selected area.

You can choose electives that focus on your specific areas of interest, including:

  • The psychology of:
    • Addictions
    • Gender
    • Thinking
    • Sport
    • Immigration
    • Human sexuality
    • Prejudice
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology and Law
  • Child Development
  • Biological Psychology
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Adult Development
  • Human Brain Circuitry
  • Social Psychology
  • Personality Theory
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Drugs and Human Behaviour
  • Personal Growth and Positive Psychology
  • Models of Stress and Adaptation
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • Adjustment, Stress, and Coping
  • Behaviour Modification
  • Community Psychology
  • Cross Cultural Psychology

Who Should Take This Certificate?

This certificate is for anyone who wants an academic introduction to the field of psychology.

The certificate has an academic focus. It is comprised of degree-credit courses that you may potentially transfer towards an undergraduate degree program.

It may also be used as a stepping stone towards a career in psychology, or towards further education in the field.

Who Teaches the Courses?

Our instructors are experts drawn from across the field of psychology who can translate theory into practical, applied knowledge. Experienced and in-touch, our instructors bring up-to-date knowledge to every course.

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Industry and Careers

This certificate program can provide you with a strong foundation if you plan to pursue further post-secondary studies in psychology.

You may also be interested if you work in fields related to human behaviour, including human resources, marketing, policing, or counselling.

The certificate is comprised of degree-credit courses that you may potentially transfer towards an undergraduate degree program.

Note: To become a psychologist, you must obtain a master’s degree and/or doctoral degree. Completing this certificate will not allow you to practice psychology, offer psychological services, or represent yourself as a psychologist. The certificate has an academic focus, rather than a career preparation focus. It does not provide professional training either directly, or via a practicum or placement opportunities. It can be used as a stepping stone towards a career in the area, but does not typically provide immediate career opportunities upon its completion.

Certificate Requirements

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

Recommended:

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

OR

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

We recommend you take courses in the following order:

  1. CPSY 102 or CPSY 105
  2. CPSY 202
  3. Electives (4 selections)*
  4. CPSY 411
  5. CPSY 612

*Suggested Elective Groupings
You may choose electives from a variety of areas in psychology, or you may choose to focus on a specific area to achieve your individual goals. The electives may be grouped as follows:

Abnormal Behaviour: CPSY 215, CPSY 325, CPSY 335, CPSY 602, CPSY 606, CPSY 607, CPSY 805, CPSY 806
Biology and Behaviour: CPSY 214, CPSY 215, CPSY 324, CPSY 412, CPSY 607, CPSY 621
Growth and Development: CPSY 302, CPSY 402, CPSY 602, CPSY 802
Personality: CPSY 505, CPSY 706, CPSY 805
Social Behaviour: CPSY 304, CPSY 504, CPSY 518, CPSY 614, CPSY 807, CPSY 808
Social Issues: CPSY 300, CPSY 518, CPSY 607, CPSY 620, CPSY 808, CPSY 941

†Before you enrol in CPSY 612, you should contact Brian Rabinowicz, Academic Coordinator (at brabinow@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000, ext. 6195), in the first week of September or January, to be assigned a faculty advisor from the Department of Psychology.

Awards and Financial Aid

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Contact Us

Questions? Contact Brian Rabinowicz, Academic Coordinator.

Phone: 416-979-5000, ext. 6195
Email: brabinow@ryerson.ca

Additional Details

Courses

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