Clinical Program
Program Overview

The Clinical Psychology Training Program follows the doctoral level, scientist-practitioner model. We believe this model lends itself most readily to the training of clinical psychologists prepared to meet the ever-changing needs of clinical service, research, education, and administration. Therefore, students are given a solid grounding in both the science of psychology and clinical practice. There is an early and continuous integration of science with service, theory with practice, and research training with clinical training. Graduates are competent to apply psychological theories in conceptualizing individual and interpersonal problems and to develop effective interventions. They evaluate their professional activities via acceptable scientific procedures. In addition, graduates are expected to adhere rigorously to ethical and professional standards in providing psychological services. They accept responsibility for teaching others, for reporting their views and findings to colleagues, and for making creative contributions to their chosen specialty areas within clinical psychology. Finally, graduates possess the talents, values, and commitment to play significant roles in the amelioration of contemporary social problems.


The Clinical Program achieved accreditation by the American Psychological Association in 1972, which it maintained until voluntarily withdrawing from APA accreditation on January 1, 2012 (because APA no longer accredits international programs). The University of Manitoba Clinical Psychology Training Program has been accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) since 1988 and currently has a 4-year term until 2017/2018.
Questions about accreditation may be directed to the:

Canadian Psychological Association Accreditation Office
Dr. Stewart Madon, Registrar, Accreditation
141 Laurier Ave West, Suite 702,
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5J3
Phone: 613-237-2144


Dr. Diane Hiebert-Murphy
Dr. Lorna Jakobson
Dr. Edward Johnson
Dr. Matthew Keough
Dr. Corey Mackenzie
Dr. Kristin Reynolds
Dr. Jennifer Theule
Dr. Harold Wallbridge


In addition to the general requirements outlined in Section 8 concerning admission for all graduate students, it is important to note that clinical students can be admitted and advised by faculty members in any area of our department, including individuals with adjunct appointments to the Department of Psychology. However, core members of the clinical area have priority over non-clinical members of our department and adjuncts concerning admissions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact, prior to applying, potential advisors to determine whether they will be admitting new students. The match of research interests between advisor and student is a critical aspect of the admission process.

Each year, new admissions to the Program are determined by Clinical Psychology Training Program faculty in accordance with policies of the Department of Psychology. Applications are reviewed by the Clinical Admissions Committee, which consists of the Director of Clinical Training and other clinical faculty members. The Clinical Admissions Committee initially reviews all applicants based on their Grade Point Average (GPA) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and assigns each applicant up to a maximum of 70 points at this first stage of the admission process. During the second stage of the admissions process the Clinical Admissions Committee then assigns up to a maximum of 30 additional points based on letters of recommendation, and the congruence of student and faculty interests. Applicants with enough points to be within the range of admission will also be contacted for an interview to assess their suitability for being admitted to a professional training program. This interview can be in-person, by telephone, or via a video link online. Applicants who are deemed suitable for admission, and who have the highest number of points from both stages of the admissions process, are then offered admission or wait-listed for admission to the Clinical Psychology Training Program.

Admission to the Clinical Psychology Training Program is highly competitive (see admissions data below). There are usually 40-70 applicants for an average of 5-7 new admissions per year. Successful applicants usually come from the top 10 to 20 students in our two-stage ranking process. Information about newly admitted students’ GPA and GRE scores can be found on the “Clinical Program Statistics” link on the Clinical Psychology homepage. Students admitted to our program typically have GPAs above 4.0 (on a 4.5 scale) in their last 20 full courses (or their equivalent), GRE scores well above the 50th percentile, and strong letters of recommendation. The Program shares our profession's commitment not to discriminate against applicants on the basis of age, sex, ethnic background, religion, sexual orientation, or physical disability. Applications for admission are considered only during the regular January admissions period. Students offered admission to the Clinical Psychology Training Program will receive a letter of offer from the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Following receipt of the offer, all students must indicate in writing their acceptance of the offer to the Psychology Graduate Office by no later than April 15. Acceptance is provisional until students have submitted a Criminal Record Check and Child Abuse Registry Check deemed to be satisfactory by the Head (or designate) in consultation with the Director of Clinical Training. These checks must be submitted to the Psychology Graduate Office following admission and prior to registration in the Clinical Program. Although we are a doctoral training program and it is generally expected that MA students will normally transition to the PhD program, internal MA students transitioning from the MA program to the PhD program must formally apply for admission to the PhD program by May 1 for September admission and October 1 for January admission to the PhD program.

In addition to our regular admissions process, our clinical training program will admit up to 2 students in a separate admissions procedure for students who explicitly declare Indigenous status on their application

Our current students are a heterogeneous group of individuals from across Canada and a number of foreign countries. They range in age from their early twenties into their forties. Once admitted, over 90% of all clinical students successfully complete their Ph.D. degree at the University of Manitoba.


Potential applicants to the program and anyone who wishes a concise overview of the program’s goals, curriculum, faculty, and opportunities should read the program description in the Department of Psychology’s Graduate Brochure, which can be found here. More detailed information about the clinical program’s various requirements, resources, policies, and procedures can read the Clinical Program Handbook, which can be found below. The clinical program is closely affiliated with our in-house Psychological Service Centre, information about which can be found here. Statistics concerning program admissions, time to completion, internship match rates, attrition, and licensure of our students and graduates can be found in the Graduate Brochure and separately here.

Questions? Please contact the Psychology graduate office or Director of Clinical Training.

The following are links to clinical program-related forms: