This certificate program will appeal to students who wish to enhance their
career opportunities and/or personal interests. The program provides the opportunity
to study and understand human behaviour in a wide variety of settings. It is
designed to familiarize students with the methods, concepts, theories, and applications
Students may choose electives from a variety of areas in psychology or they
may choose to specialize. Suggested specializations include the following:
- 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
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It is recommended that applicants have the following:
OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or three
years of experience in business, community service, or industry.
Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.
Up to four single-term course credits may be granted on the basis of the successful
completion of other Ryerson psychology courses or the completion of psychology
courses at other post-secondary institutions meeting Ryerson Faculty of Arts
requirements. See Transfer Credits.
Program Open House
Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like
to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times,
The successful completion of eight course credits, with a cumulative grade
point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate. Three courses are compulsory:
a foundation course, a research methodology course, and an independent study
course. A foundation course must be taken as the first course. The independent
study course may be taken only after the foundation course, the research methodology
course, and three other courses chosen from the electives have been completed.
Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or
courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register
in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also
Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.
Requirements for Graduation
To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.
Students may select only one of CPSY 102 or CPSY 105.
Introduction to Psychology I
Perspectives in Psychology
Students planning to enroll in the Independent Study course should contact the
Academic Coordinator, Department of Psychology, at 416.979.5000, ext. 6195, in the first
week of September or January, to be assigned a faculty advisor from the Department
Electives (select five)
Introduction to Psychology II
Psychology of Addictions
Psychology and Law
Psychology of Gender
Psychology of Thinking
Human Brain Circuitry
Drugs and Human Behaviour
Psychology of Sport
Psychology of Immigration
Psychology of Human Sexuality
Personal Growth and Positive Psychology
Models of Stress and Adaptation
Death, Dying and Bereavement
Adjustment, Stress and Coping
Psychology of Prejudice
Cross Cultural Psychology
Students may choose electives from a variety of areas in psychology, or they
may choose to specialize to achieve their individual goals. The electives may
be grouped as follows:
Abnormal Behaviour: CPSY 215,
CPSY 325, 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
The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.
Psychology and Law
Drugs and Human Behaviour