Mental Health Studies

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Program summary

Mental Health Studies is related to Psychology, but explores its own very specialized pathway. Whereas Psychology focuses on normal human thought, feelings and behaviour, Mental Health Studies focuses on pathologies of the mind. It seeks to understand the causes of mental disorders from the level of the brain to the impact on everyday life. Some mental health challenges are normal and can arise as a result of certain life experiences whereas others are more severe, pathological and debilitating. Mental Health Studies explores this continuum and applies the science of psychology to their assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

It is one of the few programs in North America that offers elements of Clinical Psychology at the undergraduate level.

Recommended prerequisites

Grade 12 U Math and Grade 12 U Biology are recommended prerequisites but must be completed to continue in Mental Health Studies after first year. Students who are admitted without one or both prerequisites may complete the requirements during first year, either by enrolling in an equivalent high school course off-campus, or by taking the equivalent U of T Scarborough courses: BIOA11H3 and the Online Math Preparedness course. Please note that the equivalent U of T Scarborough courses may have enrolment limits, and may not be offered every term. BIOA11H3 is typically offered in the fall term. The Online Math Preparedness course is typically offered in August of each year. 

Interested in Obtaining a Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree? 

The Combined Degree Program for UTSC Mental Health Studies/Master of Social Work (MSW) allows exceptional students who are registered in Mental Health Studies at U of T Scarborough to apply during Year 3 of their studies and be considered for admission to the Master's program in Social Work, offered by the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (FIFSW) at U of T's St. George campus.

Program Details

Degree Offered: Honours Bachelor of Science
Offered as Co-op: Yes
Program Options: Major/Specialist

Program Admissions

Admissions Category: Psychological & Health Sciences
Supplementary Application Form Required: No
Admissions Prerequisites: Advanced Functions, Calculus & Vectors or Mathematics of Data Management (recommended), Biology (recommended), English
Approximate Grade Requirements: Low 80s (Non Co-op) / Mid 80s (Co-op)
OUAC Application Code: TPS

Student Experience

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