PsychologyMaster of Science (MSc)
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I visited Western, and the Advanced Facility for Avian Research (AFAR), the building I work in, a couple years before I was ready to apply. I was blown away by the different technology, equipment, and opportunities they have here. Western also has great funding opportunities for graduate students in psychology.
What are you most passionate about?
My relationships. People are very important to me. Food. Environmental issues. Equality. Being skeptical. Scientific literacy. Understanding the universe.
Describe your research.
I want to answer a question about the hippocampus, a brain area that is important for spatial memory in birds, and in mammals as well. If you think about a memory, you first acquire, then store, and finally, later retrieve it. I want to know when the hippocampus is “needed” during these different phases of memory formation.
What’s your favourite book?
Invisible Monsters. Le Petit Prince. I also love Harry Potter.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Talk to faculty members you are interested in working with and read their research. Talk to the graduate students who work with those faculty members, so you know what to expect from the faculty, and what the atmosphere is like. I would also suggest to tour campus, and the facilities you would be interested in working at.
Program ContactGraduate Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Department of PsychologyWestern University
Social Science Centre Rm 7406
London, Ontario N6A 5C2
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 82064
Western's Department of Psychology is pleased to offer students graduate studies in many areas of psychology. The department has world-renowned faculty members, excellent support staff and facilities, all within a beautiful campus.
Western is a leading research-focused university that has been rated as providing among the very best of student experiences in Canada. The M.Sc. and Ph.D. graduates of our program have gone on to achieve distinguished careers in a wide variety of academic, private sector, and government positions throughout the world.
- 6 Terms (2 years)
- Full-time study
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
- Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
- A four–year undergraduate honour’s degree or a related field, or an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to our honour’s degree. An honour’s degree in Psychology is required for admission into our Clinical program.
- Minimum grade average of 78% or B+ in the final two years of the undergraduate program.
English Language Proficiency
Graduate Record Examination Scores (GRE)
- Institution Code for Western: 0984
- Department Code: 2016 (Psychology)
You must add the test date and your General GRE test scores and percentiles to the online application before you submit the application. Usually the raw scores and percentiles for the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE are available right after you write the test. It is crucial to your application that we have the unofficial scores immediately. They will be confirmed by the official score report at a later time. For more information, please visit the Psychology website.
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper and pencil version, 213 for the computer version, or 86 for the internet version with no individual score below 20. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Minimum acceptable score is 80 on each section and an overall score of 85.
- The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). Minimum acceptable score is 60.
- December 5 - Acceptance notification by the end of April.
Fields of Research
- Clinical Science and Psychopathology
- Cognitive, Developmental & Brain Sciences
- Industrial/Organizational Psychology
- Social, Personality & Developmental Psychology