How do I apply to Graduate Studies in CCAP (formerly CPADE) Psychology?

First review these eligibility requirements.

CCAP (formerly CP:ADE) Area Application Requirements:


Experience working with children, adolescents, and/or families in some capacity is required (e.g., volunteer, paid).

GRE scores (General and Psychology tests) from within the past 5 years – see below.

Our program has many applicants. Competitive students typically have an overall GPA of A and a Psych GPA of A-, based on roughly the final 2 years of coursework in your program.

Because of the research-intensive nature of our program we are most interested in students with a strong background in research methods and statistics, and we expect excellent grades (A- minimally) in these courses.

Students interested in completing both the MA and the PhD are encouraged to apply.

Students who enter the MA program have an Honours degree in Psychology or equivalent research experience. Those entering the PhD have an MA in Child Clinical or a directly relevant program and are in good standing in the program.

Clinician References

In Step 2 of the General Department Application Instructions (see below) you are asked to indicate your references. If a reference is able to speak to your ability as a clinician, please forward them a copy of the CPADE Supplemental Letter of Recommendation so that this information can supplement the normal letter of reference. Don't forget to remind them of your application deadline.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language the University of Guelph requires that you write a standardized English Language Proficiency Test. See this link for details of acceptable tests and corresponding scores for demonstrating English language proficiency.

GRE Requirements

There are two types of GRE tests, the General Test and the Subject Test. The GRE General Test is required for all applications to the CCAP program. The GRE Subject Test (Psychology) is not required for applicants with an Honours B.A. or B.Sc. (or its equivalent) in Psychology (e.g., applicants with a degree in an allied  field). For applicants without this background, the GRE-Subject test is required.

It is imperative that you have taken GRE Test(s), well in advance of your application deadline. You typically need to register for the GRE Subject Test (Psychology) at least six months prior to the application deadline. GRE Subject Tests (Psychology) are typically only run two or three times a year. Details can be found on the ETS website.

When writing the GRE please use the following codes to send GRE scores to the Guelph Psychology Department:

University of Guelph GRE Institution Code: 0892

Department of Psychology Code: 2016

How are applicant files evaluated by the CCAP Area?

Even though applicants are encouraged to identify potential supervisors, admission is based on area review and is not at the sole discretion of the potential supervisor; some students do not select a supervisor until they join the program.

Each application is reviewed by at least 2 faculty in the area, including faculty applicants were interested in working with (e.g., a faculty member listed on their application) and faculty they did not list as a potential supervisor. Each applicant receives an overall evaluation by each faculty reviewer.

These scores are then used to identify those most competitive for admission and who are to be interviewed (in person or via skype). Approximately half of those interviewed are offered admission. This typically results in cohorts of 5-7 students/year.

Please note that, in line with Graduate Studies policies, no individual feedback is given to applicants who do not gain admission to the program; please do not contact the department for feedback if you do not gain admission.