Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies


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In order to apply to graduate studies at Western, it is important that you understand the essential elements of the Western graduate school application. No application will be considered until it is complete. The responsibility rests with the applicant to ensure that all documents (e.g., transcripts, letters of recommendation, test results such as TOEFL scores, GRE scores) are submitted by the program’s respective deadline.

Online Application

To apply for admission, a completed application must be submitted, providing Western with the following:

Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs

The Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS) is the centralized application service for applying to:  

To learn more about this unique application please visit: www.ouac.on.ca/orpas/.


Western accepts digital academic records within your application however if you are offered admission you are required to provide one official academic transcript* from each post-secondary institution you have attended. These documents should be mailed directly to The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

*Western considers a transcript official only if it is received in a university envelope that is sealed and signed on the flap by the official person in the office issuing the transcript. If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English, a certified translation must also be included. (Non-English transcripts from institutions within Canada do not require a translation.)

All documents and transcripts submitted to The University of Western Ontario become the property of the University and will not be returned.


Western’s Digital Gradate Reference Process Western will email your referees within 2 hours of entering or updating your reference information within the application. Please be sure to communicate with each of your referees prior to entering them. Each reference will be collected by Western and distributed alongside your application once it arrives. No paper reference letters are required. Please be sure to provide an email address associated with the referee's institution or workplace. A unique link will be emailed to each referee, allowing them to log in to a secure site and submit an online reference or upload a reference document as an attachment. Some graduate programs have special requirements for references. You will be notified once each of your referees replies to our request.

Additional Documentation

Many programs require additional documentation to support your application to their program (i.e. samples of written work, list of publications, resume). Please be sure to review the program(s) website to which you are applying to in order to learn if any such requirements exist. All supporting documentation is collected digitally within the application unless otherwise noted by the program.

Application Deadlines

Each individual graduate program has specific deadlines for both domestic and international students. Students must review their program(s) website to ensure they know their appropriate deadline for submission. The application and all admissions requirements must be submitted by the stated application deadline, including all transcripts and other program admission requirements.


Students who have voluntarily withdrawn or who have been withdrawn and wish to complete their program must formally re-apply for admission via our application. Credit for previous work completed must be approved by the program and SGPS.