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Since introducing its first Master’s program in 1881, Western University remains dedicated to delivering excellent graduate education.  We offer 88 different graduate degree programs, including a range of professional Master's and interdisciplinary programs, that provide endless opportunities to expand your knowledge and push the boundaries of discovery in several fields.


Our services and programs are designed to enhance your experience and provide a supportive and stimulating academic environment. We offer a blend of structure and flexibility that allow you, as a graduate student, to develop personally and professionally so you are well prepared for the intellectual demands of tomorrow.

In choosing Western, you will join a community of scholars in an enriching and collaborative environment, forming intellectual partnerships that will last a lifetime. Some of Canada's foremost scientists, entrepreneurs, CEO's, academics and public servants have studied at Western, and you too can become a member of our esteemed alumni, joining the ranks of more than 270,000 alumni living in close to 160 countries around the world.

With annual research funding in excess of $240 million and an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities.

Western is home to a number of innovative research facilities and centres that are unique in the world and has research collaboration agreements on every continent.

An academic institution recognized for leadership in education, research, and healthcare.

Through its dedication to excellence in graduate education, Western offers its graduate students first-class research facilities and infrastructure, competitive funding packages, and Canada's fourth-largest academic library system.

There are 66 Canada Research Chairs and a Canada Excellence Research Chair among Western's faculty.

Western boasts faculty researchers, teachers, and graduate students who are leaders in their fields and conduct innovative research in some of the world's most exciting and emerging areas.

While the University has achieved acclaim for research in a full complement of disciplines, Western has identified signature areas in which global-scale clusters of research excellence have been established, including: Neuroscience/Brain & Mind: Imaging: Materials & Biomaterials: Wind Engineering & Natural Disaster Mitigation; Environmental Sustainability & Green Energy; Philosophy of Science; Planetary Science & Exploration; and Musculoskeletal Health.

Western has more 3M Award-winning faculty than any other Ontario university (second in Canada).

Our graduate students have the opportunity to learn from distinguished academics, business leaders and world-renowned experts in several fields. Western's academic leaders provide their students with endless opportunities for in-depth exploration and collaboration. Whether it be presenting your work at academic conferences, teaching your work to undergraduate students, or performing your work for an audience, our graduate programs help foster your development as a scholar.

At Western, we recognize that success in today’s careers requires not only a solid academic foundation but also a range of complementary professional skills. We are proud to offer our graduate students an array of professional development services and programs to enhance their formal education. These professional development opportunities allow students to individualize their experiences and to create a graduate experience that best meets their needs and aspirations

 

INFORMATION FOR NEW CANADIAN/PERMANENT RESIDENT Students

Can I begin my program in September?

Yes. Western is operating under a “mixed model” for the upcoming year: your program may be a mixture of online and in-person teaching.

Will I be required to provide official/final transcripts before I can register in the program?

You will be obliged to provide official/final transcripts, but Western can extend the deadline by 90 days to accommodate disruptions in the production of transcripts.

If my institution is providing electronic transcripts, will Western accept them?

An increased number of colleges and universities are providing electronic transcripts. During this time, SGPS will accept electronic transcripts as official transcripts if they are sent from the institution’s Registrar’s Office. Please send your electronic transcripts to gradapps@uwo.ca.

Can I defer my admission?

 Please consult with your program.

Is there a deadline for the decision to defer?

 Please consult with your program.

If I defer, will the conditions in my offer letter be the same as for September 2020?

The program has the right to change the funding package offered for a subsequent term of entry. Please consult with them for details.

INFORMATION FOR NEW INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

The information in this section is accurate as of June 16, 2020. Some responses are dependent on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) policies or other government policies over which we have no control and they may change: we will endeavour to update our responses as quickly as possible if they do. 

I am currently outside of Canada and do not hold a study permit

New Master’s students – Information Regarding your Academic Program

Can I come to Canada to start a program in September?

Only students with a study permit approved before March 18 are currently eligible to enter Canada to begin a program of study.

Can I begin my program online in September without a study permit?

Yes. The program you are expecting to begin in September can clarify how much and which elements of the program will be available online.

Although it is not required, it is highly recommended that you have a study permit approval, or a valid study permit, before beginning your studies, even if studying online and outside of Canada. Please review the implications of starting online without study permit approval on the IESC FAQ page: https://iesc.uwo.ca/COVID-19-FAQs.html

If you start your program remotely from outside of Canada and before you receive approval for your study permit, you are not guaranteed future entry into Canada, or subsequent approval for your study permit. This means that you may not be able to finish the program that you started from outside of Canada.

No refunds, other than refunds made in accordance with the general Western University refund policy, will be made in the event that you are unable to obtain a study permit. Western University will not be liable for any losses resulting from your inability to obtain a study permit, or from your inability to otherwise complete the program due to immigration restrictions.

If parts of my program are not available online, can I postpone the completion of those elements? For how long?

Please consult with your program for the academic details.

If you have completed all the available online elements of your program and your program has approved a postponement of the in-person elements for study permit-related reasons, you will be allowed to interrupt your program, ideally for no more than a term, until you are able to travel to Canada. You will not pay fees during this time, and you will not accrue time towards a PGWP.

Will the time in an online program count towards a Postgraduate Work Permit (PGWP)?

If you have a study permit in hand or were approved for a study permit to commence your program in May or June 2020, and you complete up to 50% of the program online before December 31, 2020, the time will count towards a Postgraduate Work Permit. Online time after December 31, 2020 will not be applied towards the PGWP. If you do not have a study permit in hand or approval for a study permit, any part of the program completed online will not count towards a PGWP.

Will I be required to provide official/final transcripts before I can register in the program?

You will be required to provide official/final transcripts, but Western can extend the deadline by 90 days to accommodate disruptions in the production of transcripts.

If my institution is providing electronic transcripts, will Western accept them?

An increased number of colleges and universities are providing electronic transcripts. During this time, SGPS will accept electronic transcripts as official transcripts if they are sent from the institution’s Registrar’s Office. Please send your electronic transcripts to gradapps@uwo.ca.

If I receive a study permit and travel is possible after September, will I be able to switch from an online to an in-person program?

Yes, assuming that the program is being offered in person on campus. If the program is still being delivered online, but you travel to Canada and are present on campus, the time will count towards a PGWP.

If the program resumes in person but I am not able to get a study permit in time to join my cohort and complete the program, will the program make it possible for me to complete online?

Please consult with your program.

If the program resumes in person but I am denied a study permit, will the program support my completion online?

If your program remains available online after you are denied a study permit, you will be able to complete it. If, however, the in-person program you applied to resumes operation as an in-person program only and you are denied a study permit, the program will not provide online support for your completion.

If you start your program remotely from outside of Canada and before you receive approval for your study permit, you are not guaranteed future entry into Canada, or subsequent approval for your study permit. This means that you may not be able to finish the program that you started from outside of Canada.

No refunds, other than refunds made in accordance with the general Western University refund policy, will be made in the event that you are unable to obtain a study permit. Western University will not be liable for any losses resulting from your inability to obtain a study permit, or from your inability to otherwise complete the program due to immigration restrictions.

Can I defer my admission to January/May/September 2021?

 Please consult with your program.

Is there a deadline for the decision to defer?

 Please consult with your program.

New Doctoral students – Information Regarding your Academic Program

Can I come to Canada to start a program in September?

Only students with a study permit approved before March 18 are currently eligible to enter Canada to begin a program of study.

Can I begin my program online in September without a study permit?

Yes. Your program can clarify how much and which elements of the program you were accepted to will be available online.

Although it is not required, it is highly recommended that you have a study permit approval, or a valid study permit, before beginning your studies, even if online and outside of Canada. Please review implications of starting online without study permit approval on the IESC FAQ page https://iesc.uwo.ca/COVID-19-FAQs.html

If you start your program remotely from outside of Canada and before you receive approval for your study permit, you are not guaranteed future entry into Canada, or subsequent approval for your study permit. This means that you may not be able to finish the program that you start from outside of Canada.

No refunds, other than refunds made in accordance with the general Western University refund policy, will be made in the event that you are unable to obtain a study permit. Western University will not be liable for any losses resulting from your failure to qualify for a study permit, or from your inability to otherwise complete the program due to immigration restrictions.

If parts of my program are not available online, can I postpone the completion of those elements? For how long?

Please consult with your program for the academic details.

If you have completed all the available online elements of your program and your program has approved a postponement of the in-person elements for study permit-related reasons, you will be allowed to interrupt your program, ideally for no more than a term, until you are able to travel to Canada. You will not pay fees during this time, and you will not accrue time towards a PGWP.

Will the time in an online program count towards a Postgraduate Work Permit (PGWP)?

If you have a study permit in hand or were approved for a study permit to commence your program in May or June 2020, and you complete up to 50% of the program online before December 31, 2020, the time will count towards a Postgraduate Work Permit. Online time after December 31, 2020 will not be applied towards the PGWP. If you do not have a study permit in hand or approval for a study permit any part of the program completed online will not count towards a PGWP.

Will I be required to provide official/final transcripts before I can register in the program?

You will be obliged to provide official/final transcripts, but Western can extend the deadline by 90 days to accommodate disruptions in the production of transcripts.

If my institution is providing electronic transcripts, will Western accept them?

An increased number of colleges and universities are providing electronic transcripts. During this time, SGPS will accept electronic transcripts as official transcripts if they are sent from the institution’s Registrar’s Office. Please send your electronic transcripts to gradapps@uwo.ca.

If I receive a study permit and travel is possible after September, will I be able to switch from an online to an in-person program?

Yes, assuming that the program is being offered in person on campus. If the program is still being delivered online, but you travel to Canada and are present on campus, the time will count towards a PGWP.

If the program resumes in person but I am denied a study permit, will the program make it possible for me to complete online?

If the in-person program you applied to resumes operation as an in-person program only and you are denied a study permit, the program will not provide online support for your completion.

If you start your program remotely from outside of Canada and before you receive approval for your study permit, you are not guaranteed future entry into Canada, or subsequent approval for your study permit. This means that you may not be able to finish the program that you start from outside of Canada.

No refunds, other than refunds made in accordance with the general Western University refund policy, will be made in the event that you are unable to obtain a study permit. Western University will not be liable for any losses resulting from your failure to qualify for a study permit, or from your inability to otherwise complete the program due to immigration restrictions.

Can I defer my admission to January/ May/September 2021?

Please consult with your program.

Is there a deadline for the decision to defer?

Please consult with your program.

New Master’s students – Information Regarding Funding

Will Western honour the funding commitment made in my offer letter if I cannot come to Canada and I begin my program online?

Western is not obliged to honour your funding offer if you cannot meet the conditions of getting a study permit and being on campus.

Please contact your program for clarification regarding the current status of your funding package.

If your funding package is changed because of your inability to meet the original conditions, a new funding letter will be issued to you.

Can I be employed by Western University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), for example?

If you do not have a study permit and a Canadian Social Insurance Number, you cannot be employed by Western University.

Can I receive scholarship, fellowship, or bursary income?

Yes.

How will Western transfer funds to me overseas?

Western is not able to transfer funds to students overseas. Any funding made available by the program will be put into your University student account. Funds will first be applied to your tuition; any remaining will be available to you after you arrive in Canada and present a valid study permit.

Would I be able to be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) after arriving on campus?

Yes, subject to the availability of an appropriate GTA position and the constraints of your funding package.

Will my original funding package be re-instated after I arrive in Canada?

Once you arrive in Canada, your original funding offer will be honoured, pro-rated for the time you were not in the country. Example: if you arrive in January 2021, you will receive the amount originally promised for the winter term, but will not recoup any funding that was not paid into your student account in the fall term. If you arrive mid- way through the term your funding will be pro- rated by the month, e.g. if you arrive on November 17, 2020 you will receive the amount you should normally have received for November and December 2020.

If you have any questions about how this applies to your particular funding package, please contact your program for clarification.

If I defer, will the conditions in my offer letter be the same as for September 2020?

The program has the right to change the funding package offered for a subsequent term of entry. Please consult with them for details.

New Doctoral students – Information Regarding Funding

Will Western honour the funding commitment made in my offer letter if I cannot come to Canada and I begin my program online?

Western is not obliged to honour your funding offer if you cannot meet the conditions of getting a study permit and being on campus.

Western will commit to providing enough funding to meet the cost of your tuition for as long as you are unable to come to Canada due to government- imposed travel restrictions and study permit processing delays. Your program may choose to provide funding in excess of your tuition for this period, please contact them for further information.

Once you arrive in Canada and present a valid study permit, your original funding package will be re-instated, pro-rated from your time of arrival.

If your funding package is changed because of your inability to meet the original conditions, a new funding letter will be issued to you.

 

Can I be employed by Western University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), for example?

If you do not have a study permit and a Canadian Social Insurance Number, you cannot be employed by Western University.

Can I receive scholarship, fellowship, or bursary income?

Yes.

How will Western transfer funds to me overseas?

Western is not able to transfer funds to you overseas. Any funding made available to you by your program will be put into your University student account. Funds will first be applied to your tuition account; any remaining will be available to you after you arrive in Canada and present a valid study permit.

Would I be able to be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) after arriving on campus?

Yes, subject to the availability of an appropriate GTA position and the constraints of your funding package.

Will my original funding package be re-instated after I arrive in Canada?

Once you arrive in Canada, your original funding offer will be honoured, pro-rated for the time you were not in the country. Example: if you arrive in January 2021, you will receive the amount originally promised for the winter term, but will not recoup any funding that was not paid into your student account in the fall term. If you arrive mid- way through the term your funding will be pro- rated by the month, e.g. if you arrive on November 17, 2020 you will receive the amount you should normally have received for November and December 2020.

If you have any questions about how this applies to your particular funding package, please contact your program for clarification.

If I defer, will the conditions in my offer letter be the same as for September 2020?

The program has the right to change the funding package offered for a subsequent term of entry. Please consult with them for details.

I am currently in Canada and hold a study permit or am able to acquire one

Can I begin my program in September?

Yes. Western is operating under a “mixed model” for the upcoming year: your program may be a mixture of online and in-person teaching.

Will the time in an online program count towards a Postgraduate Work Permit (PGWP)?

If you have a study permit in hand or were approved for a study permit to commence your program in May or June 2020 and you complete up to 50% of the program online before December 31, 2020, the time will count towards a Postgraduate Work Permit. Online time after December 31, 2020 will not be applied towards the PGWP. If you do not have a study permit in hand or approval for a study permit any part of the program completed online will not count towards a PGWP.

Will I be required to provide official/final transcripts before I can register in the program?

You will be obliged to provide official/final transcripts, but Western can extend the deadline by 90 days to accommodate disruptions in the production of transcripts.

If my institution is providing electronic transcripts, will Western accept them?

An increased number of colleges and universities are providing electronic transcripts. During this time, SGPS will accept electronic transcripts as official transcripts if they are sent from the institution’s Registrar’s Office. Please send your electronic transcripts to gradapps@uwo.ca.

Can I defer my admission.

Please consult with your program.

Is there a deadline for the decision to defer?

 Please consult with your program.

If I defer, will the conditions in my offer letter be the same as for September 2020?

The program has the right to change the funding package offered for a subsequent term of entry. Please consult with them for details.

Can I be employed by Western University as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), for example?

If you have a study permit and a Canadian Social Insurance Number, you can be employed at Western.

Can I receive scholarship or Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) income?

Yes.

 Study Permit Information from Western International

Questions?

If you have questions regarding your graduate application, please email gradapps@uwo.ca.