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Applying to the Honours Social Psychology Program

Honours Social Psychology is a program within the Faculty of Social Sciences. All Social Sciences students start by taking a gateway program called Social Sciences 1.

The admissions requirements for Social Sciences 1 are currently:

  • English 4U
  • plus 5 U or M courses
  • 78% or higher 

Entry requirements for the Faculty of Social Sciences vary depending on each individual’s academic history. The Office of the Registrar lists all requirements based on academic background.

Official admission requirements

Declaring Your Social Psychology Major in Year 2

All Social Sciences students start in the Level 1 program. You will apply for the Social Psychology program in year 2.

  • Students must complete any Level 1 program, including Psychology 1X03 (or 1F03) and Sociology  1A06.
  • Students must complete Social Psychology 1Z03 with a grade of at least C.
  • For more information about the Social Psychology program, check out the undergraduate calendar

 

Compare the different Psychology degrees offered by McMaster University

What can I do with a degree in Social Psychology?

A Social Psychology degree can open doors to career paths you may have never considered. Many of our students have pursued careers in teaching, counselling (mental health, addictions, eating disorders), and health services. The degree is also a good stepping stone into careers in law, conflict resolution, policing, community organizing, human resources, and public administration. Others have gone on to study at a graduate level (Masters and PhD) in areas like sociology, criminology, social work, and occupational therapy.

The degree will serve you well in any career where an understanding of interpersonal dynamics and individuals in their broader social contexts would be an asset.

It will also provide you with skills in the areas of critical thinking, effective writing and presentation, problem-solving, working with qualitative and quantitative data and analysis.

Arinola Akinbobola

Honours B.A., Social Psychology, McMaster University (M.S.W. University of Toronto, 2015)2013


About Arinola's experience at Mac

Arinola Akinbobola

"One of the many things that make the Social Psychology program at McMaster special is the openness in the faculty. I was able to have those often avoided conversations about race, discrimination, and “other-ing” while in the Social Psychology program at McMaster. My time at McMaster taught me that those avoided conversations are not only important to have in academia, but also important to have in society at large."

Philip Badawy

“I think my biggest accomplishment during my undergrad would be leading tutorials for Social Psychology 1Z03. Through this teaching assistant experience, I developed and reinforced my leadership capabilities, while elevating my comfort with public speaking. To me, being able to positively impact students’ learning with the insight I’d accumulated over the course of four years at Mac is something I’m very proud of.”

Philip Badawy

Honours B.A., Social Psychology, McMaster University. (M.A. Candidate, Sociology, McMaster University)2015


More about Philip’s experience at Mac...

Gabriela Cygan

Social Psychology student, McMaster Social Psychology Society member, French tutor


Gabriela Cygan

"One thing I really like about my program is that it gives me the option to do a wide variety of careers once I graduate. I have the option to go to grad school, professional school, or get a job right after graduation depending on what I'm into!"

Paul Dragos

"What I like about the Social Psychology program at McMaster, is that it allows me to take a variety of different classes, ranging from Japanese Buddhist Studies, all the way to the Sociology of Sexualities!"

 

Paul Dragos

Social Psychology student, volleyball coach, classroom volunteer (gr. 11 anthropology, psychology and sociology), teaching assistant for Social Psych 1Z03 TA & avid gamer


Shaina McDonald

Level IV, Social Psychology, McMaster University


"After researching numerous psychology programs in grade 12, I came across McMaster's Social Psychology program. Its unique approach to understanding how individuals develop, behave, and interact in group and societal settings really caught my eye and I was instantly sold. Now, in my fourth year - I couldn't be more thrilled with how the program has progressed, the variety of course selection, and the sincerity of our professors."

Shaina McDonald

"After researching numerous psychology programs in grade 12, I came across McMaster's Social Psychology program. Its unique approach to understanding how individuals develop, behave, and interact in group and societal settings really caught my eye and I was instantly sold. Now, in my fourth year - I couldn't be more thrilled with how the program has progressed, the variety of course selection, and the sincerity of our professors."