PsyD Admissions & Application

Admission to the Doctor of Psychology program at ADLER is the responsibility of the Program Admissions Committee. The Director of Academic Admissions and the Academic Admissions Assessor review all submitted applications. Recommendations for any given application will be based on several factors, not on academic ability alone.

ADLER reserves the right to grant or deny admission to any applicant at its sole discretion.

Ready to apply? Fill out a Declare Interest Form so we can direct you to the appropriate application form.

Submission Process

Required Documentation

Official Transcripts – Must be submitted directly from the educational institution and meets the criteria of the College of Psychologists of Ontario for registration.

  1. Undergraduate Degree
      • 4-year honours undergraduate degree in psychology


    • Equivalent to 4-year honours undergraduate degree
  2. Master’s Degree
      • Minimum grade point average of 3.33 or higher (B+ or 77%) in graduate work
      • ADLER Master of Psychology


    • Other Master of Psychology degree, assessed as being substantially equivalent to the ADLER Master of Psychology degree
      • Master’s degree program requires, as a prerequisite for admission to the program, that the applicants have taken a minimum of 576 hours of undergraduate instruction in psychology
      • Master’s degree program requires candidates to complete a minimum of one academic year of full-time resident graduate study and training or equivalent part-time resident graduate study and training. Resident study and training consist of in-person participation in courses, seminars, practica, and internships with face-to-face contact with faculty and other students
  3. Three references:
    • ADLER graduates – One must be a current or former ADLER faculty member;
    • One must be from a current or former practicum supervisor, or clinical supervisor if under supervised practice, who is a registered psychologist
    • The third reference must be from a professional who is a registered psychologist and is familiar with the applicant’s professional work in psychology or who has firsthand knowledge of their academic work. This cannot be family, friends, or a clinician with whom the applicant has had a professional treatment relationship (e.g., one’s psychologist, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, social worker, etc.)
  4. Statement of Intent: A 3–4-page statement of intent and career objectives, including why a PsyD in Clinical Psychology, and why ADLER in particular?
  5. Submission of an MRP/Thesis (electronic copy)
  6. English language proficiency, demonstrated by either:
    • English is the applicant’s first language
    • Completion of the applicant’s undergraduate degree at a university in which the language of instruction and examination is English; or
  7. A formal assessment by one of the following organizations to the respective indicated standard:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum overall score of 580 with a Test of Written English component score of 5 is required for paper-based tests; an overall score of 93 with a writing/speaking component score of 22 is required for Internet-based tests
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). A minimum score of 85 is required
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score of 7.0 (Academic) is required.
    • The Certificate of Proficiency in English (COPE). A minimum score of 76 (with at least 22 in each component and 32 in the writing component) is required.
    • Academic Preparation Course, International ESL Program, Continuing Studies, University of Toronto. A minimum final grade of B in Level 60 is required.

For ADLER Graduates who began their degree program prior to Fall of 2019

Some additional courses may be required to meet the current MPsy curriculum equivalency.

Tuition Fees (Also on fee schedule)

Tuition for the program will be calculated each trimester based on the number of credit hours per course. Each credit hour is $850, with a total of 57 credits required to complete the degree. The current total tuition for the PsyD program is $48,450. **

*This program is offered under the written consent of the Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities for the period from December 15, 2021 to December 15, 2027. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions).

** Some other incidental fees may apply. The total program cost is provided as an estimate based on current fees. The total cost is subject to change.