Admission Requirements

Admission to a program is granted by the Dean of the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies on the recommendation of the Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Faculty of Education, who shall be advised by the applicable Admissions Committee and other individuals as appropriate.

Please note: In addition to these general guidelines for admission, please review the admissions criteria for your specific field of interest, which you can find by clicking on the "see all programs" button on the main graduate education page and "details" beside your field of choice.

Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree

Required:

  • Master degree in the area of Educational Leadership or allied degree.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5.

Master of Professional Education (MPEd) Degree

Required:

  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  • Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study.

Recommended:

  • Honours degree.
  • For applicants to the field of Educational Psychology/Special Education (Applied Behavior Analysis) only, a background in psychology should be apparent.
  • For applicants to the field of Educational Leadership a minimum of one year of teaching experience, or experience within the field of education is recommended.

Notes & Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education and Additional Qualification course grades are not used in calculating admission averages.
  • Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis if seats are available in programs. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.
  • Probationary Status:  If an applicant does not meet all of the minimum admission requirements (e.g. average below 70% and/or has only a 3-year degree plus B.Ed.) the applicant may be offered admission as a Probationary Student with Conditions.
  • Conditions:  Applicants will be required to maintain a 75% average in each of these courses to clear conditions.

Ph.D. Degree (Field of Curriculum Studies and Studies in Applied Linguistics)

Required:

  • Research based Master's degree in Education or equivalent from an accredited university
  • Normally an "A" standing (80%) or equivalent in previous graduate work
  • Evidence of previous scholarly research, such as a Master's Thesis, Masters Research Project, or Qualifying Research Paper acceptable to the Doctoral Admissions Committee and the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
  • Clear statement of plans for future study and research

Recommended:

  • Professional qualifications and work in an educational setting (teaching experience or other)

Notes & Exceptions:

  • Students with Master's degrees and an excellent academic record in a related field, who have experience in education and teaching in universities, colleges, or organizations other than public schools, and who may not have professional teaching credentials or qualifications, will also be considered for admission.
  • Students may be required to make up for any deficiencies in their specific backgrounds by taking appropriate additional course work.

Ph.D. Degree (Field of Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership)

Required:

  • Research based Master's degree in Education or equivalent from an accredited university.
  • Normally an "A" standing (80%) or equivalent in previous graduate work.
  • Evidence of previous scholarly research, such as a Master's Thesis, Masters Research Project, or Qualifying Research Paper acceptable to the Doctoral Admissions Committee and the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
  • Clear statement of plans for future study and research

Recommended:

  • Professional qualifications and work in an educational setting (teaching experience or other)

Notes & Exceptions:

  • Students with Master's degrees and an excellent academic record in a related field, who have experience in education and teaching in universities, colleges, or organizations other than public schools, and who may not have professional teaching credentials or qualifications, will also be considered for admission.
  • Students may be required to make up for any deficiencies in their specific backgrounds by taking appropriate additional course work.

Ph.D. Degree (Field of School and Applied Child Psychology)

Required:

  • An MA or equivalent (with thesis) in Clinical, Developmental, Cognitive, Counseling, or Educational Psychology;
  • Normally an "A" standing (80%) or equivalent in previous graduate work.

OPTIONAL: Graduate Record Examination (GRE); General & Psychology. There is no pre-determined cut-off score on the Graduate Record Examinations; however: applicants with all GRE scores above the 60th percentile will have a better chance of admission.

Statement of research and professional interests and plans (maximum 3 pages).

NOTE: Students short-listed for the PhD in Educational Studies in the field of School and Applied Child Psychology may be required to participate in a telephone or in-person interview.

M.A. Degree in Counselling Psychology

Required:

  • A four-year Honours degree (20 full courses or equivalent), with a major in Psychology, from an accredited university.
  • An undergraduate honours thesis
  • Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study.
  • Minimum one year or equivalent paid and/or volunteer experience in the helping professions (see note for more information).

Recommended:

  • Courses/background in research statistical methods.

Notes & Exceptions:

  • With regard to work experience, the Admissions Committee will add time in positions together to make up the equivalent of one year. There is no minimum requirement in terms of hours of work. However, there should be a reasonable accumulation of time that is the equivalent of one or more years in a related field.
  • When considering whether or not an applicant's helping experiences qualifies them for consideration the admissions committee will examine both the role of the helper and the conditions under which a person is seeking help. Helping experience encompasses's any activity where the helper is aware that they are providing assistance to someone who needs support for emotional or mental distress and needs. The person who seeks help is looking to the helper to provide assistance and help them improve and modify their current emotional and mental state. Helping experience does not include tutoring, teaching, or sport/performance coaching, which would be focused on making change to a cognitive or physical state. It does include experiences where the helper is aware that they are responsible for attending to the emotional/mental needs and state of the client, and can include distress centres, shelters, street-level services for vulnerable people, and mentoring programs, for example. One marker of an acceptable helping experience is the inclusion of training on the role and limitations of a helper and the psychological needs and vulnerabilities of the client population.
  • Decisions for the Counselling Psychology program are based on application materials and a personal interview. Approximately 24 candidates are selected for personal interviews based on their application, which are held in March 2017.

M.A. Degree (Field of Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership, Field of Curriculum Studies, Field of Applied Linguistics)

Required:

  • A four-year degree (20 full courses or equivalent) from an accredited university.
  • Minimum "B" standing (70%) or equivalent in the final two years of study.

Recommended:

  • Honours degree.
  • A qualification leading to certification as a teacher (e.g. B.Ed.).
  • Minimum one year of teaching experience, or experience within the field of education.

Notes & Exceptions:

  • Bachelor of Education and Additional Qualification course grades are not used in calculating admission averages.
  • Applicants with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis if places are available in programs. Successful experience as an educator in a professional setting may be considered in the selection process.
  • Probationary Status:  If an applicant does not meet all of the minimum admission requirements (e.g. average below 70% and/or has only a 3-year degree plus B.Ed.) the applicant may be offered admission as a Probationary Student with Conditions.
  • Conditions:  Full-time applicants will be required to register in 2 half courses during the Fall Term and maintain a 75% average in each course to clear conditions.  Part-time applicants will be required to register in one half course in the Fall Term and one half course in the Winter Term and maintain a 75% average in each of these courses to clear conditions.

M.A. Degree (Field of School and Applied Child Psychology)

Required:

  • A four-year Honours degree (20 full courses or equivalent), with a major in Psychology, from an accredited university.
  • An undergraduate thesis, or equivalent research and writing experience, is required.
  • A course in undergraduate statistics or quantitative research methods is required; or students must complete 9621 Introduction to Quantitative Methods during the first year of the program.
  • An undergraduate average of 80% is required.  
  • A professor must agree to supervise the applicant’s thesis before an offer of admission is made; students must contact potential supervisors when preparing an application, and list 1 st, 2 nd and 3 rd choices of supervisors on the application.
  • For International applicants, an IELTS average score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 on each scale, and a Skype interview, will be required.

Progression to the PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology Program:

  • Students who successfully complete this program may apply to the PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology.
  • Admission to the School and Applied Child Psychology program is competitive.

English Proficiency Requirements

Who must provide proof of English proficiency?

  • The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies reserves the right to ask any applicant whose first language is not English for a test score.  This includes Canadian Citizens, whose first language is not English, and who do not meet the above criteria.
  • International applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide an English Proficiency test score (TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS) along with their supporting application documents by the application deadline.
  • Score reports are valid two years from the date of submission of a student's Online Application.  If the test results are older than two years, the test will need to be rewritten. 
  • Applicants who are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English and fail to do so may be denied admission.
  • "Each student granted admission to Western must be proficient in spoken and written English.  Students must demonstrate the ability to write clearly and correctly. Work presented in English in any subject at any level, which shows a lack of proficiency in English and is, therefore, unacceptable for academic credit, will either be failed or, at the discretion of the instructor, returned to the student for revision to a literate level.  To foster competence in the use of the English language within their own discipline, all instructors will take proficiency in English into account in the assignment of grades." ( http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/handbook/exam/english.pdf)
  • A student who, after admission, shows an inadequate command of spoken or written English must improve his or her proficiency to the satisfaction of the graduate program or department.

Who may be exempt from providing further proof of English proficiency?

  • Francophone students from Canada do not typically need to provide an English Proficiency test score, however, it is expected that applicants are bilingual. 
  • Students whose first language is not English may be considered exempt from providing an English Proficiency test score if they have studied academic courses, full time, for at least two years, in an English speaking University or full time, for at least three years, in an English Speaking College that is in a country whose official first language is English.  If in doubt, students should contact the Graduate Programs Office for clarification. 

Minimum required test scores for TOEFL, MELAB & IELTS

Minimum required test scores

Test Overall
TOEFL
Internet
86/120 (no individual score below 20)
TOEFL
Computer
213
TOEFL Paper 550
IELTS

MA in the Field of School Applied Psychology in Schools: For International applicants, an IELTS average score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 on each scale, and a Skype interview, will be required.

All Other Programs: 6.5/9 overall with no individual score less than 6.0 for consideration of direct entry.

Applicants who fall below the score of 6.5/9 overall will be reviewed on a case by case basis with the requirement of attending a 12 week onsite session during the summer prior to the start of the program.

MELAB 85 (minimum 80 on each of the sections)
CAEL Assessment 60

Western's Institution & Department Codes

  • The Western University's Institution Code is 0984, and the Department Code for Education is 85.  These two numbers must be indicated on a student's test form in order for the Graduate Programs Office to receive your results.
  • Students who did not include these codes when they wrote the test should contact the testing centre to provide the codes.

Information on TOEFL, MELAB & IELTS

Students who are required to present proof of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB and to have the official results sent directly to the UWO by the testing agency.

Application forms for the TOEFL may be obtained by writing to:

Test of English as a Foreign Language 
Box 899
Princeton, New Jersey
08541, U.S.A.

The TOEFL is administered on several dates each year; registration forms must be submitted directly to the testing agency at least one month in advance of the test date. More information is available at the Official TOEFL web site.

For information on the Internet-based TOEFL:  http://www.ets.org/toefl/nextgen/index.html

The IELTS is not offered in Canada or the United States but is offered in most other countries. For information, please contact:

British Council Office or the IELTS Liaison Officer
British Council
10 Spring Gardens
London, England
SW1A 2BN

Arrangements to write MELAB may be made by writing to:

The International English Language Institute
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
48104, U.S.A.

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Aboriginal Education

Western's Faculty of Education is distinguished by its on-going commitment to Aboriginal Education. Graduate students will discover a range of opportunities to learn more about Indigenous scholarship and research through course work, internships, seminars, visiting speaker programs and other events. First Nations, Métis and Inuit students are encouraged to apply and are warmly welcomed and supported in their studies through the Faculty's Aboriginal Education Office.

Aboriginal Access Program
Aboriginal candidates who meet the minimum admission requirements will be given special consideration in the application process. In accordance with the Constitution Act, 1982, an Aboriginal candidate is an Indian, Inuit or Métis person of Canada. Applicants who wish to be considered through the Aboriginal Access program must provide proof of native status (such as a copy of the status card or letter from the band). Aboriginal Access applicants are invited to contact the Graduate Programs Office at 519-661-2099.

To see more information, please visit Aboriginal Education at the Faculty of Education

International Students

Western University strives to create a diverse culture of learning in which international students are valued, supported, and celebrated. Our campus is filled with students from all over the world and we encourage non-Canadian citizens to apply to our programs.

Please visit our International & Exchange Student Centre for information on housing, VISA, health information, and more.