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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  1A06/1Z03
  • 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 counselling and psychotherapy (mental health, addictions, eating disorders), teaching, and health services. The degree is also a good stepping stone into careers in law, conflict resolution, policing, community organizing, human resources, business, and public administration. Others have gone on to study at a graduate level (Masters and PhD) in areas like psychology, sociology, criminology, social work, public health, 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.