Faculty of Education

Application Details and Deadlines

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Deadlines

Application Deadlines for Fall 2017

ProgramApplication Deadline
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MA)

Applications and all documents due January 15, 2017.

Master of Arts in Education Studies (MA)

  • Field of Applied Psychology in Schools

Applications and all documents due February 15, 2017.

Please note: Applications will be considered after the deadline, provided space is available for the program.  Contact graded@uwo.ca for more information.

Master of Arts in Education Studies (MA)

  • Field of Curriculum Studies
  • Field of Applied Linguistics
  • Field of Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies

Applications and all documents due March 31, 2017.

Please note: Applications will be considered after the deadline, provided space is available for the program.  Contact graded@uwo.ca for more information.

Doctor of Philosophy in Education Studies (PhD)

  • Field of Curriculum Studies
  • Field of Applied Linguistics
  • Field of School and Applied Child Psychology
  • Field of Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies

Domestic Applicants - The deadline has been extended and all documents and application are due February 15, 2017.  You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

Please note for Domestic Applicants ONLY: Applications will be considered after the deadline, provided space is available for the program.  Contact graded@uwo.ca for more information.

International Applicants - All documents and application are due January 15, 2017.

Please Note: The Faculty of Education is only able to admit one international student per year.  Applications in the Field of Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership will be given priority consideration.

Master of Professional Education - Aboriginal Education

Applications and all supporting documents for a July 2017 start date will be due April 30, 2017.

Please note: Applications will be considered after the deadline, provided space is available for the program.  Contact graded@uwo.ca for more information.

Master of Professional Education - TESOL

Applications and all supporting documents due February 1, 2017. Completed applications will be assessed as they are received.

Master of Professional Education - ABA 

Applications and all supporting documents due February 1, 2017.

Master of Professional Education (MPEd) - all other programs

Applications and all documents due April 30, 2017. Completed applications will be assessed as they are received.

Please note: Applications will be considered after the deadline, provided space is available for the program.  Contact graded@uwo.ca for more information.

Doctorate of Education (EdD)

Applications and all supporting documents due April 30, 2017. Spaces remain in the International, K-12 and General (non-designated) cohorts.  The Higher Education cohort is full.

Please note: Applications will be considered after the deadline, provided space is available for the program.  Contact graded@uwo.ca for more information.

Application Deadlines for Winter 2018

ProgramApplication Deadline
1 year onsite program beginning in January 2018

Deadline for direct entry (meeting English proficiency requirements) is October 15, 2017

Deadline for individuals that must be considered for conditional admissions (due to not meeting English language proficiency) is July 15, 2017

Please note that Graduate Programs at the Faculty of Education only have Fall admission with the exception of Master of Professional Education in the field of Aboriginal Education which begins in Summer 2017.

No application will be considered until it is complete. The responsibility rests with the applicant to ensure that all documents are submitted by the respective deadline.

Application

Online Application

To apply for admission, a completed application must be submitted.

Please Note: The GRE is not a requirement to apply to our programs.

There are two main program areas for Education in the application:

  1.  Research Intensive programs can be found in the 'Education' program area.
  2.  Professional programs can be found in the  'Professional Education' area.

The following documentation will need to be provided:

  • Personal Information
  • Academic History
  • References
  • Supplementary Questions
  • Application Fee Payment - $100
    Western accepts two methods of payment in order to process your application.
    • Credit Card (Visa/MasterCard)
    • Cheque/Money Order
  • Supplemental Documents
    Western makes it possible for you to submit your supporting documents in a digital format. The following documents are required:
    • Transcripts
    • Statement of Intent
      • State specific program area and why you are interested in the program, your research interest, and your scholastic and career goals. Maximum length 500 words.
      • Statement of Intent for EdD applicants - additional information
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
    • Writing Sample - Master of Arts Education Studies, PhD, and EdD applicants only
      • Must demonstrate your potential and current ability to write at the graduate level. It must prove that you can coherently present a thesis, develop an idea, and present ideas on paper. Regardless of topic, the paper must include citations and a reference list.
  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology only
    • Work Verification Letters from employer(s) who can attest to the number of years of counselling-related experience, including a brief description of your counselling-related responsibilities.
  • If applicable:
    • Copy of Marriage certificate providing proof of name change
    • If born outside of Canada, provide proof of Canadian Citizenship, Landed Immigrant Status, or Permanent Residency
    • Any other information that you feel the Admission Committee should have when considering your application (submit electronically)

If you are unable to scan and attach your documents to your application, you may send a copy to The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the following address:   

The University of Western Ontario 
The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
International and Graduate Affairs Building, Rm. 1N07
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON, Canada | N6A 3K7

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

Transcripts

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.

  • Transcripts must be provided for the following:
    • College/University courses and programs that are completed or in progress
    • Courses taken on a letter of permission, exchange, or courses for which you have received transfer credit, even if they appear on your home institution’s transcript
    • CEGEP
  • Past or current students of The University of Western do need to provide an academic record for Western (web academic report). If you are admitted, we would not require an official transcript as this information will be obtained internally.

*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.) If your institution will not issue more than one original transcript, you must submit a certified copy of your original as well as a letter from the institution stating that it is their policy not to issue additional original transcripts.

Reference Letters

  • Professional Programs (MPEd, and EdD) only: Letters of recommendation are a very important part of the application. Three letters are required: one from an immediate supervisor; one from a person who can speak to the academic work of the applicant; and one who is familiar with the professional work and background of the applicant. Every effort should be made to obtain an academic reference as this is preferred, but you may submit another professional reference if you are unable to secure an academic reference.

  • Research Intensive Programs (MA and PhD) only:
    • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology/Education Studies
      • 2 academic reference letters are required
    • Doctor of Philosophy in Education Studies (PhD) and Doctor of Philosophy in School and Applied Child Psychology (PhD)
      • 3 academic reference letters are required
    • Every effort should be made to obtain academic references as these are preferred, but you may submit professional references(s) if you are unable to secure one or both of your academic references.

  • For all programs:
    • Western will email your referees within 24 hours of you entering or updating your reference information on the application system.
    • No paper reference letters are required.
    • Once your references have successfully completed the electronic reference form, you will receive confirmation that this has been submitted via e-mail.
    • The electronic reference will be processed at Western centrally and delivered to the program(s) you have applied to in one business day.
    • It is the applicant's responsibility to follow up with their referees to ensure that their reference letters are submitted on time.

English Proficiency Scores

  • Students whose first language is not English must arrange to have official Score Reports sent to Western University directly from the Testing Centre. Western’s Institution Code is 0984 and the Department Code for Education is 085.
  • We cannot accept faxed copies or photocopies of score reports.
  • More information on English Proficiency test scores is located on the Admission Requirements page.

Advanced Standing

  • Students who wish to apply for advanced standing for accredited courses taken at the graduate level prior to their initial registration in a Graduate Education program at Western must do so at the time of application.
  • Advanced standing cannot be granted on courses taken to complete degrees or diplomas.
  • Advanced credit may be recommended for courses that are clearly relevant to the current program of the student.
  • Normally, advanced standing will be given for no more than two half courses (one full course).
  • At the time of application, please submit a written request for Advanced Standing including course outlines.

Re-applicants

  • Applicants from the preceding year re-applying for the current year will be required to redo the on-line application and pay the application fee.
  • Any documents submitted to the Graduate Programs Office will be kept on file for one year.
  • Re-applicants from the preceding year only need to submit new documents such as official transcripts for courses/programs completed since the last application.
  • Please notify the Graduate Programs Office via email (graded@uwo.ca) if you wish to have your preceding year's application documents used for your current application.
  • Students who have voluntarily withdrawn or who have been withdrawn and wish to complete their program must formally re-apply for admission via the online application. Credit for previous work completed must be approved by the program.

Assessment

Preliminary Assessment

Once Western receives your completed application and payment, an automated email will be sent to you confirming receipt of the completed application. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will complete a preliminary assessment of your application to calculate an admission average, establish an academic degree basis for your potential admission and determine any additional documentation required by Western should you receive an offer of admission.  After your application passes through the preliminary assessment phase an email will be sent to you confirming your application is now in the hands of the program to which you are applying.

Program Review

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as application files are completed and ready for assessment.     

Admission Decisions

Applicants will receive an email notifying them of the Admissions Committee’s decision.  Applicants who have been offered admission can accept or decline their offers of admissions online through the Western Student Center.

  • Login to the Student Center with the information provided with your Western Personal Computer Account and locate the Admissions grid.
  • Select "Accept or Decline" to begin the decision process.

 

Accessing the Western Student Center

Upon Western receiving your application, a confirmation e-mail will be forwarded to you providing you with information regarding your application profile at Western. This information is key to accessing your Western Personal Computer Account. Once you have activated your Computer Account you will be able to log into the Student Center, Western’s portal for student information.

As an applicant, the Western Student Center will allow you to:

  • Update personal information (including contact information)
  • Check your application status
  • Explore the Western course catalogue
  • Accept an offer of admission

For an overview of activation and password requirements associated with your application, please visit Passwords and Access.

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