Admission Requirements for Psychology Programs

Students may enter the Psychology programs after their first year at Western.

There is a Mathematics prerequisite for the Psychology Major and Honors Specialization modules. Students must complete 1.0 course in Mathematics during their first year at Western for admission to these programs. We recommend Mathematics 1228A/B (Finite Math) and Statistical Sciences 1024A/B (Introduction to Statistics), but 1.0 course (two 0.5 credits) from Calculus 1000A/B, 1100A/B, 1301A/B, 1501A/B, Linear Algebra 1600A/B, Applied Mathematics 1201A/B (the former Calculus 1201A/B) Mathematics 0110A/B, 1225A/B, 1228A/B, 1229A/B, and Statistics 1024A/B must be taken.  If Mathematics 0110A/B is selected, then either Mathematics 1228A/B or Statistical Sciences 1024A/B must be taken.  

Students need to have a Grade 12 Mathematics course (at least one of MHF4U Advanced Functions,  MCV4U Calculus and Vectors, or MDM4U Mathematics of Data Management) in order to take the 1.0 first-year university courses in Mathematics. 

Admission to the Psychology Major or Minor modules is not competitive, however admission to the Honors Specialization programs is limited and therefore competitive. From Year 1 to Year 2, admission decisions for the Psychology Honor Specialization modules are based on the average mark received in 3.0 first-year courses, including Introductory Psychology, the two math courses (please see the Official Western Calendar for the complete details). Admission to the Honors programs in subsequent years is based on the averaged mark received in the last 10.0 courses (Introductory Psychology and the math courses must have been completed, and if a student wants to enter a Psychology Honors Specialization B.Sc., there are additional first year university science courses - see calendar).  However, because these are limited enrollment programs, the minimum average for entry as listed in the Western Calendar (75%) is not sufficient.  The current cut-off average for the Psychology Honors Specialization modules is 79%.  Once a student is in an Honors Specialization module they must maintain a minimum modular average of 75% to progress in the Honors Specialization programs.

A mark of 60% or higher in Introductory Psychology is required for admission to and progression in the Psychology Major and Minor programs.