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Buddhism, Psychology & Mental Health Program

Francesca Gottschalk is not only a policy consultant, she's also a Buddhism, Psychology & Mental Health grad.

Francesca Gottschalk (B.Sc., 2013) combined her Human Biology major with a Buddhism, Psychology & Mental Health minor, and developed an interest in exploring poential linkages between neurosciences, education and well being. She now works as a consultant for the Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning project at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Read more about Francesca on LinkedIn.


What do employers value about Buddhism, Psychology & Mental Health Program graduates?

Within two years of graduation, 82% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed with a median salary of $44,639/year upon entering the workforce. 60% pursue further post-secondary studies. (Source: StatsCan Career Tool)

your degree after graduation

University of Toronto Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health alumni most frequently apply their problem solving and communication skills in these industries:

  • Community and Social Services
  • Education
  • Healthcare Services 
  • Research
  • Media and Communication
  • Administrative
  • Business Development
  • Human Resources
  • Arts and Design
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Information Technology

graduate or professional school

A Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health degree equips students with the critical thinking and research skills for a variety of academic next steps, including graduate programs in:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Transpersonal Psychology
  • Buddhist Studies
  • Counseling
  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Education
  • Social Work 
  • Law
  • Business
  • Public service

exploring opportunities while you're a student

Learn About yourself

Register for the Extern Job Shadowing Program to connect with professionals like Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health alumni who are now Art Therapists, Child Psychologists, Clinical & Counselling Psychologists and others in your career area of interest. During a half or full day job shadowing placement, you’ll begin to clarify your goals and better understand your career options. 

Attend an In the Field program to meet professionals working in a variety of occupations within one organization. 

Find a Work-Study Position that connects the skills you’re developing through your education with professional experience.

Attend a Career Exploration & Education workshop to explore career possibilities, understand your skills, and plan for your career or further education. Visit for more information.

Connect with Alumni

In your 3rd or 4th year, apply for the New College Career Mentorship Program to explore your professional options after graduation and expand your network.

Attend Dinner@New for an evening of career insights, networking and fine dining with New College alumni.

The Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) program provides opportunities for students and recent graduates, to meet and mingle with alumni, faculty, staff and fellow students from their department or academic unit. Alumni who volunteer for b2B Industry Nights, Career Panels, Speed Networking events and Mentorship Meals, offer guidance, career advice and encouragement to A&S students. By taking part in b2B, students will learn about the array of career possibilities available to them as A&S degree recipients. 

Explore Your Options

While you’re a student, get the support and make the connections you need to transition into your dream career.

Talk to your professors to better understand and prioritize your opportunities in the context of your discipline. 

Attend yoga & meditation workshops and the Mind Matters conference organized by the Buddhism and Psychology Student Union.

Submit your work for publication in UPAYA: the BPSU’s undergraduate journal.

Learn about the research of university faculty, visiting scholars, and doctoral students relevant to the study of psychology, science and Buddhism at the monthly seminar series Conversations in Buddhism and Science.