Application Details and Deadlines
Read the admissions details below carefully and then click on the Apply Now button to begin your application. You will need to reference the information on this page to complete your application, so keep it open and available. Please don't hesitate to contact us for assistance.
Application Deadlines for Fall 2018
|Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MA)||
Master of Arts in Education Studies (MA)
Please note: Applications will be considered after the deadline, provided space is available for the program. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Master of Arts in Education Studies (MA)
Applications and all documents due June 30, 2018.
Please note: Applications may be considered after the deadline, provided space is available for the program. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Doctor of Philosophy in Education Studies (PhD)
Domestic Applicants - Deadline for application and all documents has been extended to April 30, 2018 for all fields except School and Applied Child Psychology which is closed. You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.
International Applicants - Applications are now closed.
Please Note: The Faculty of Education is only able to admit one international student per year who is funded by the university. For the 2018/2019 academic year, applicants in the area of Applied Psychology will receive priority consideration. If there are no other suitable candidates in the area of Applied Psychology, the Admissions Committees will consider other applicants.
Master of Professional Education - Aboriginal Education
Applications are due April 30th 2018.
For the Aboriginal Education program beginning July 2018, all courses will be held onsite at Six Nations Polytechnic located in Oshweken, Ontario, Six Nations of the Grand River. Priority will be given to applicants from Six Nations Polytechnic.
Master of Professional Education - TESOL
Applications for a September 2018 start - closed
Applications for a January 2019 start - Applications and all documents due April 30, 2018.
Master of Professional Education - ABA
Master of Professional Education (MPEd) - all other programs
Applications and all documents due April 30, 2018.
Please note that the MPEd in the field of Literacy Education will not be offered in 2018.
Doctorate of Education (EdD)
Applications for the September 2019 intake will be open in October 2018.
Please note that Graduate Programs at the Faculty of Education only have Fall admission.
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.
To apply for admission, a completed application must be submitted. Please Note: The GRE is not a requirement to apply to our programs, but if you have scores you would like to submit, we will accept them.
There are two main program areas for Education in the application:
- Research Intensive programs can be found in the "Education" program area.
- Professional programs can be found in the "Professional Education" area.
The following documentation will need to be provided (More details for each component can be found below this list):
- Personal Information and Academic History
- Name of Potential Supervisor at Western – Only for applicants in the Research Intensive areas
- Reference Letters
- Supplementary Questions
- Application Fee Payment
- Supplemental Documents
- Work Verification Letters (Only for applications to the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program)
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.
Personal Information and Academic History
Basic personal information will be collected to complete your Student Profile. We will need this information to be able to contact you in the future. We will ask for name, address, phone number, etc. Academic History should include all academic institutions attended.
Name of Potential Supervisor at Western
*Please note this is only required if you are applying to a Research Intensive Program (MA or PhD)
After reviewing faculty profiles (www.edu.uwo.ca/faculty-profiles) in your area of interest, contact the faculty member to
- express the ways in which your interests align with their area of research;
- gain permission to include their name as a potential supervisor if they have capacity.
Providing Western with the name of a potential Supervisor does not guarantee entrance, but is an important piece of information that Admissions Committees consider.
Professional Programs (MPEd, and EdD) only: References are a very important part of the application. Three references 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): 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.
Supplementary questions are questions that Western includes in each application and are tailored to the specific program. These questions allow us to gather unique information for the particular program. We would appreciate it if you could please take the time to respond to the supplementary questions in your application.
Application Fee Payment
Application Fee - $115
- Western accepts the following methods of payment – Visa, Master Card, Cheque, or Money Order
Western makes it possible for you to submit your supporting documents in a digital format. Example of Supplementary Documents include:
- Transcripts ( More information can be found below)
- Statement of Intent ( More information can be found below)
- Writing Sample ( More information can be found below)
- Work Verification Letters ( More information can be found below)
- Copy of Marriage certificate providing proof of name change (if applicable)
- 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)
Work Verification Letters
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. Please contact the Graduate Programs Office for more information ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
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
- 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.)
Statement of Intent
The Statement of Intent is how the Admissions Committee will get to know you. Anything you would like the Admissions Committee to know about you should be included in this document. For Research Intensive students, it is suggested that you include your research interest and your research background.
- Most Programs: 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.
- EdD applicants: additional information
- PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology: maximum length, 3 pages.
The Writing Sample is only required for applicants to the Master of Arts in Education Studies, PhD, and EdD programs. 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.
PhD Applicants The writing sample should be approximately 15-20 pages of content.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.