Accreditation and Public Disclosures

The Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Saskatchewan is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) through its Accreditation Panel for Doctoral Programs and Internships in Professional Psychology. The program received a 6-year renewal of its accreditation in 2016-2017 and is currently accredited until 2022-2023.

CPA Accreditation Office:

Canadian Psychological Association Head Office
141 Laurier Ave West
Suite 702 Ottawa, Ontario    K1P 5J3
613-237-1874 (fax)
1-888-472-0657 (toll-free in Canada)

Key Information about the Program

The primary educational model for the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan is scientist-practitioner. The program offers a balanced emphasis on foundational preparation, core knowledge in the discipline, and the development of both research and clinical skills. The professional objective of the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology is to prepare trainees for careers as clinical psychologists in academic, clinical, community, private practice, and research settings. The programme is generalist in nature and is designed to provide a broad preparation for later specialization at the post-doctoral level. Opportunities for students obtain training focused in several specialized areas (e.g., forensic, geriatric neuropsychology, pediatrics) exist, but are dependent on the availability of specific supervisors. 

CPA accreditation standards indicate that the program must publicly share specific information about the program. Extensive information about the program is provide throughout this website and in the program manual. Specific descriptive statistics regarding admissions (e.g., number of applicants) students in the program, internships, and graduates of the program are provided below. 

Admissions

We typically seek to admit 5 students per year. Please note that in 2021-22 we did not take a cohort of students. The following information about applicants is based on the last 7 years, but excludes the 2022-22 year. 

  • Applicant pool: 58-102 applicants/year
  • Number of admissions offered: 5-9/year
  • Acceptance rates: 6% to 15%

More detailed information can be found in Public Disclosure Table 1.

In most cases, students admitted to the program have a Grade Point Average over their last 2-years of study that is at least 85% or above. The program no longer requires GRE scores from applicants.

Student Body and Student Activities 

Over the last 7 years the student body has varied from 27 to 40 students. During that time period, no students have left the program prior to completing it (i.e., 0% attrition). All students are considered fulltime students. Characteristics of the students in the program and their activities are  reported in Public Disclosure Table 3

Internships 

The program requires the completion of a CPA-accredited internship or its equivalent. Students typically apply to several internship program and participate in competitive process that matches students to internships based on raking submitted by students and the internship program (i.e., the APPIC match; see https://www.appic.org/). In the last 7 academic years, 46 students participated in the match process. A vast majority of these students were matched to an internship accredited by CPA or by the American Psychological Association. Public Disclosure Table 2 provides further details of the internship applicants from program (i.e., number of applicants/year) and details of the practicum experiences (i.e., hours of direct clinic contact and supervision) obtained by students prior to going on internship. 

Graduates of the Program 

Since the 2016-17 academic year, 35 students have completed the Ph.D. program. The program is designed to be completed in 5 years (4 years of full-time study plus 1 year of full-time clinical training as part of an accredited internship). When considering these 35 students, the program has on average take 6.4 years (SD = 1.62) to complete. A large majority of students (i.e., 19 of 35) completed the program in less than 6 years. Almost all graduates of the program become registered/licensed to practice. Further statistics regarding graduates of the program are included in Public Disclosure Table 4

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