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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 of psychology.

Students may choose electives from a variety of areas in psychology or they may choose to concentrate on one of the following areas:

  • 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

Academic Coordinator: Brian Rabinowicz,

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Admission Criteria

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.

Transfer Credits

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, and location.

Certificate Requirements

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.

Certificate Registration

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.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in 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.

Required Courses

Students may only select one of COPS 601 or CPSY 411.

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

COPS 250   Psychology:  Independent Study
COPS 601   Psychology:  Research Methodology
CPSY 102   Psychology:  Introduction to Psychology I
CPSY 105   Psychology:  Perspectives in Psychology
CPSY 411   Psychology:  Research Methods and Statistics I

Students planning to enrol 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 of Psychology.

Electives (select five)

CPSY 202   Psychology:  Introduction to Psychology II
CPSY 214   Psychology:  Psychopharmacology
CPSY 215   Psychology:  Psychology of Addictions
CPSY 300   Psychology:  Psychology and Law
CPSY 302   Psychology:  Child Development
CPSY 304   Psychology:  Psychology of Gender
CPSY 308   Psychology:  Psychology of Thinking
CPSY 324   Psychology:  Biological Psychology
CPSY 325   Psychology:  Psychological Disorders
CPSY 335   Psychology:  Clinical Psychology
CPSY 402   Psychology:  Adult Development
CPSY 412   Psychology:  Human Brain Circuitry
CPSY 504   Psychology:  Social Psychology
CPSY 505   Psychology:  Personality Theory
CPSY 518   Psychology:  Environmental Psychology
CPSY 602   Psychology:  Developmental Psychopathology
CPSY 606   Psychology:  Abnormal Psychology
CPSY 607   Psychology:  Drugs and Human Behaviour
CPSY 614   Psychology:  Psychology of Sport
CPSY 620   Psychology:  Psychology of Immigration
CPSY 621   Psychology:  Psychology of Human Sexuality
CPSY 706   Psychology:  Personal Growth and Positive Psychology
CPSY 707   Psychology:  Models of Stress and Adaptation
CPSY 802   Psychology:  Death, Dying and Bereavement
CPSY 805   Psychology:  Adjustment, Stress and Coping
CPSY 806   Psychology:  Behaviour Modification
CPSY 807   Psychology:  Psychology of Prejudice
CPSY 808   Psychology:  Community Psychology
CPSY 941   Psychology:  Cross Cultural Psychology

Suggested Elective Groupings

Students may choose electives from a variety of areas in psychology, or they may choose to focus on a specific area to achieve their 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

Note to registered certificate program students
CPSY 335 added.
Note: The above course added to the Suggested Elective Grouping in “Abnormal Behaviour”.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CPSY 300   Psychology:  Psychology and Law
CPSY 325   Psychology:  Psychological Disorders
CPSY 607   Psychology:  Drugs and Human Behaviour
CPSY 614   Psychology:  Psychology of Sport