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Start a career helping others in the Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Psychology degree program at Capilano University.

A degree in psychology is one of the most popular credentials for students today because of its flexibility.

Your BA can lead to many career options, including education, health and social services, as well as graduate studies in psychology.

You’ll learn in small classes from professional faculty, with each instructor having a specialized area of expertise.

Courses focus on areas of psychology theory and research. These include classes in biological psychology, social, cultural, and personality differences, cognition, human development, mental health and well-being and applied psychology.

Some new courses include Indigenous Psychology, Community Psychology and Drugs and Behaviour.

You'll gain skills in research, data analysis, critical thinking, effective writing and presentations. You'll also boost your soft skills, learning how people think, feel, learn, and develop.

As you complete your degree, you can take part in work-integrated learning opportunities. These include work practicums, which help ensure you have experience when you graduate.

If you're searching for a career that builds communities and brings people together, this four-year degree is the place to start. Contact us today for more information.

Intakes

Important dates

Applications open

Feb 1, 2022 – Jan 3, 2023

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Nov 14, 2022

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Dec 19, 2022

Important dates

Applications open

Jun 7, 2022 – May 2, 2023

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Mar 6, 2023

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Apr 24, 2023

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 4, 2022 – Sep 5, 2023

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 4, 2023

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 21, 2023

NOTE: Important dates may change.

How to Apply

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay an application fee of $50, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs. 
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If you are currently in Grade 12, you must request that the Ministry of Education submit your transcript directly to Capilano University.
  • Documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

For students who have previously attended post-secondary, even though you submitted a digital copy of your transcripts on EducationPlannerBC, you must submit official university or college transcripts for transfer credit.

Please send all official documents to:

Registrar's Office
Birch Building, Room BR230
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and the signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing university or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Once you've been accepted into a program, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
  • If you wish to receive transfer credits, please submit official university/college/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced Placements (AP) transcripts either electronically or by mail:

     

    Registrar's Office
    Birch Building, Room BR230
    2055 Purcell Way
    North Vancouver, BC
    V7J 3H5

Admitted Students

Most CapU programs need proof that you:

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of C$135, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs.
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If your original transcripts and supporting documents are not written in English, please submit a translated copy.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.
Funding for International Students

You've already sent digital copies of your transcripts to EducationPlannerBC as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Please send your official documents to:

Capilano University
Centre for International Experience, Room LB127
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

Students must submit official high school and university or college transcripts for admission.

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing high school, university, or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

If you are accepted into a program, you will receive a letter of offer in your myCapU email inbox.

  • You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program by paying a tuition deposit outlined in your letter of offer.
  • This deposit will go towards your first-semester tuition once you are registered for courses at CapU.

After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox. This may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.

  • Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.
Permits & Visas

Once you've been accepted into a program and have applied for your study permit, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted international students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
Info for Admitted International Students

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Transfer Students

Find out how you can transfer your credits from another post-secondary institution to CapU.

Applying as a Transfer Student

Returning Students

If you're returning to CapU to complete your program or to apply into a new program, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Contact Registrar's Office

Switching Programs

If you want to change your program of study, you need to submit a new application to CapU.

Re-apply to CapU

Tuition and Fees

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $4,230 $1,691 $5,921
Year 2 $4,230 $1,691 $5,921
Year 3 $5,783 $1,691 $7,474
Year 4 $5,783 $1,691 $7,474
Total $20,026 $6,764 $26,790
Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $18,941 $1,691 $20,632
Year 2 $18,941 $1,691 $20,632
Year 3 $20,495 $1,691 $22,186
Year 4 $20,495 $1,691 $22,186
Total $78,872 $6,764 $85,636

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Entrance Awards

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Term Awards

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Required Courses

Lower-Level Requirements

Total credits: 24.00

Required:
PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology I3.00 credits
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology II3.00 credits
PSYC 212Research Methods in Psychology3.00 credits
PSYC 213Statistical Methods in Psychology3.00 credits
Choose 12.00 credits from the following list:
PSYCPsychology 200-level12.00 credits

 

Upper-Level Psychology Core

Total credits: 21.00

Required:

Core Psychology Courses:

Minimum of 3.00 credits from each of the five core course groupings: Social/Cultural/Personality; Biological; Cognitive; Developmental; Mental Health and Well-Being (see details below)15.00 credits
Required:
CAPS 499Degree Portfolio3.00 credits
PSYC 412Applied Research Methods in Psychology3.00 credits

 

Upper-Level Electives

Total credits: 12.00

Choose 12.00 credits from the following list:

Students in the Applied Psychology Concentration must take PSYC 430 and select the remaining 9.00 credits from the Applied Psychology group only.

Psychology Electives - select from any of the Psychology Course Groupings below12.00 credits

 

Psychology Course Groupings

Choose from the following list:

Note: While courses may appear in more than one grouping, credit for these courses can be applied towards one requirement only.

Applied Psychology: PSYC 325, 327, 328, 340, 410, 420, 422, 430
Biological: PSYC 334, 335, 336, 337, 338
Cognitive: PSYC 330, 331, 332, 333
Developmental: PSYC 304, 305, 306
Mental Health and Well-Being: PSYC 325, 326, 422
Psychology Electives: PSYC 303, 315, 342, 343, 413, 415, 440, 490
Social/Cultural/Personality: PSYC 300, 301, 321, 329, 341, 400, 401

Total program credits: 57.00

Additional information

Students starting in their baccalaureate degree on or after Fall 2018 and graduating on or after June 2022 must meet Cap Core graduation requirements in addition to their program requirements.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts Framework and Cap Core requirements in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

Students may obtain a Concentration in Applied Psychology by completing PSYC 430 and 9.00 credits from the Applied Psychology group as their Upper-Level Electives requirement.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of psychology’s content domains, key concepts, principles and themes.
  • Apply their knowledge of psychology in applied settings; to social issues; and in their everyday life.
  • Use scientific reasoning and psychological information literacy to interpret psychological phenomena.
  • Demonstrate innovative and integrative thinking and problem solving and incorporate sociocultural factors in scientific inquiry.
  • Apply scientific methodologies and data analysis to interpret, design and conduct psychological research.
  • Demonstrate ethical and social responsibility and apply ethical standards in psychological science and practice.
  • Demonstrate competence in communication and effective writing and presentation skills.
  • Apply their knowledge, skills and social cognition in teamwork, leadership, and project management and demonstrate self-efficacy, self-regulation and a meaningful professional direction.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Framework

In order to graduate, students must complete a minimum of 120.00 credits, maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.00, and meet Cap Core, program, Capilano University residency, and Bachelor of Arts Curricular requirements. Program credit requirement: one major, major/minor or two minors.

English RequirementRequired 
Must include 3 credits of ENGL 100 (completed within the first 30 credits) and 3 additional credits of ENGL.   6.00 
Arts Credit RequirementRequired
The Arts Credit Requirement is fulfilled through the completion of 65 credits of 100-level or higher coursework from within the Faculty of Arts & Sciences that have been designated as Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences; or the corresponding transfer credits. Must include 24 credits consisting of a minimum of 3 credits in at least four disciplines outside of the major program area, one of which must be at the 300-level or higher. The 24 credit breadth requirement is waived for majors requiring courses in multiple disciplines. 65.00
Language RequirementRequired

Other than English

All BA students will demonstrate competency in a language other than English equivalent to BC high school Grade 11. Students meet competency by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of any Grade 11 course with a minimum B grade in an approved language other than English while in secondary school; or
  • Successful completion of any secondary immersion program or secondary school at an institution at which the primary language of instruction is not English; or
  • Successful completion of a post-secondary credential awarded by an institution at which the primary language of instruction is not English; or
  • Successful completion of 3.00 credits of a post-secondary level course in a language other than English.
3.00
Quantitative/Analytical RequirementRequired
Minimum of 3 credits in a Quantitative/Analytical course approved by the Senate Curriculum Committee. 3.00
Science RequirementRequired
3 credits of a Laboratory science and a minimum 3 credits in Science. 6.00
Upper-Level RequirementRequired
Minimum of 45.00 of the total credits with courses numbered 300-level or higher. 45.00

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

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About this program

Psychology Department
604 984 4953
Fir Building, room FR401
psychology@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Birch Building, room BR230

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
registration@capilanou.ca