Graduate Studies


The Department of Psychiatry offers outstanding opportunities for students wishing to pursue graduate studies at the Masters and ​Doctoral level. Applicants are admitted from a wide range of backgrounds, including undergraduate degrees in relevant areas of biochemistry, neuroscience, psychology, or medicine. The graduate program does not provide clinical training but advanced research training in the basic and applied sciences relevant to aspects of psychiatry. The MSc/PhD program is offered part-time and full-time.

Our Faculty members are known internationally for their research interests which cover most areas relevant to psychiatry and neuropsychiatry. We encourage you to investigate our research groups and units that offer graduate training.

Applicants are admitted from a wide range of backgrounds, including undergraduate degrees in relevant areas of biochemistry, neuroscience, psychology, or medicine. This graduate program does not provide clinical training but advanced research training in the basic and applied sciences relevant to aspects of psychiatry.

The Department is responsible for recommending and keeping the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) informed of any developments or changes relating to the student's program, including the appointment of the supervisor and supervisory committee members or changes to that membership, change of student status following candidacy, course and program changes, scheduling of examination dates, etc. Graduate-related issues in the Department of Psychiatry are administered by the Graduate Program Coordinator with assistance from the Graduate Program Administrator and members of the Graduate Program Committee.

Degree Completion Timeline

MSc: Minimum: 2 years - Maximum: 4 years
PhD: Minimum: 3 years - maximum: 6 years

Program extensions may be granted by FGSR under certain circumstances. An application for program extension needs to be supported by the department.


Program Contacts

Dr Esther Fujiwara
Graduate Program Coordinator

Tara Checknita
Graduate Program Administrator
Tel: (780) 492-7604