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Master of Psychotherapy

Become a psychotherapist and apply theory into clinical practice

Passionate about helping people improve their mental health? Start your journey towards a fulfilling career with the Master of Psychotherapy (MP) program at the University of Guelph.

The Master of Psychotherapy is a two-year immersive clinical training program that integrates theory into practice through community-based experience. The program teaches strength-based and traditional psychotherapy perspectives that respect the diverse experiences and communities of both students and clients.

As a recognized education, training, and clinical experience program with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), the Master of Psychotherapy prepares you to practice psychotherapy upon graduation.

The Master of Psychotherapy is part of the Relational and Psychotherapy Training Program (RPTP) at the University of Guelph, along with the Master of Relational and Family Therapy and the Master of Arts in Mental Health.

One of a Kind
The only secular psychotherapy program in Ontario with a systemic relational influence
Career-Ready Training
Clinical experience through practica and an externship to prepare you for your career
Committed to EDI
Faculty and staff integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion into all aspects of the curriculum

The Master of Psychotherapy Program Timeline

The Master of Psychotherapy program is a two-year full-time only immersive course of study beginning in May each year.

The first academic summer semester prepares you to begin your internship placement in the fall. In your second year, you'll complete a one-year externship placement with a community-based service provider.

In the final semester of the program, you will be registered with the CRPO as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).

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Training Facilities

In the Master of Psychotherapy program, you'll complete on-site training at the Maplewoods Centre for Family Therapy and Child Psychology.

Maplewoods is a newly-built and innovative centre on the University of Guelph campus that provides a range of clinical therapy services for youth, adults, and families in the community.

Maplewoods is equipped with a state-of-the-art video capture system, allowing for digital recording and real-time observation of clinical work.

Dr. John Beaton has been training graduate students to be therapists for over 15 years. His research and clinical interests focus on men's health and fatherhood, and families with children with disabilities and chronic health conditions.

John Beaton, PhD, RP, RMFT-S
Associate Professor, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition

Dr. Tuuli M. Kukkonen is an expert in the field of sexual psychophysiology. Her research focuses on the interaction between biological and psychosocial factors involved in sexual health, and aging and sexual health.

Tuuli M. Kukkonen, PhD, C.Psych
Associate Professor, Family Relations and Applied Nutrition

Applying to the Master of Psychotherapy

  • Completion of an honours (four-year) baccalaureate degree or equivalent in the social or applied human arts or sciences (e.g. family relations, sociology, psychology, social work), with a minimum 75% average in the last two years of study.
  • Completion of a social science research methods course with a grade of 70% or higher.

Note: Applicants who demonstrate relevant work or volunteer experience are preferred, however, we will not accept applicants who are regulated in Ontario to practice the profession of psychotherapy or its equivalent.

Prospective graduate students must apply to the University of Guelph online, through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Please visit the Graduate Studies website to learn more and begin your application process.

After submitting an online application for the MP program, you will be invited to submit required documents through the University of Guelph's online system, WebAdvisor. Download the MP Application Checklist.

  • OUAC Application Deadline: January 16, 2024
  • Supplemental Documents Deadline: January 23, 2024

Questions about applying to the program? Email rptp@uoguelph.ca.

The Master of Psychotherapy is a new program and tuition is still being finalized. Please check back for regular updates.

The Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition offers financial support to qualified graduate students through a combination of financial planning support, scholarships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Graduate Research Assistantships, and other employment.

Search entrance scholarships for graduate students at the University of Guelph.

You are also encouraged to apply for government-funded awards and external awards.

Learn more about funding your graduate education on the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

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Other Programs

Master of Relational and Family Therapy

The Master of Relational and Family Therapy program is rooted in the practice of relational and systemic psychotherapy, where couple and family therapists work with a client in the context of their many relationships and broader social systems.

Master of Arts in Mental Health

The Master of Arts in Mental Health is an online course-based program designed for professionals who want non-clinical mental health training infused with systemic thinking and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

Program Info Webinar | Fall 2023

Interested in applying to the Master of Psychotherapy, the Master of Relational and Family Therapy, or the Master of Arts in Mental Health?

Watch our webinar, recorded November 24, 2023, to learn more about the programs and how to apply!

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Get in Touch

Questions about the Master of Psychotherapy program? Contact:

Shauna Porter
Graduate Program Assistant
Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
Email: rptp@uoguelph.ca