Before you start, make sure the application is open!

Step 1

Choose a program and area of study

Learn about our graduate programs

Step 2

Get your documents

Here’s what you need:

Personal/Academic History

You’ll need to complete your Student Profile by providing your name, address and phone number, etc. Academic History should include all academic institutions you 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 in your area of interest, contact the faculty member to:

  • Express the ways in which your interests align with their area of research
  • Get permission to include their name as a potential supervisor if they have capacity

Providing Western with the name of a potential Supervisor doesn’t guarantee acceptance into the program, but it’s an important piece of information the Admissions Committee considers.

Reference Letters

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 your academic work; and one who’s familiar with your professional work and background. Every effort should be made to obtain an academic reference as this is preferred, but you may submit another professional reference if you’re unable to secure an academic reference.

Research Intensive Programs (MA and PhD) only:

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology/Education Studies: two academic reference letters are required.
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education Studies (PhD): three academic reference letters are required.

You should make every effort to obtain academic references as these are preferred, but you may submit professional references(s) if you’re 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’ll receive confirmation they’ve completed it.
  • Western centrally processes the electronic reference and delivers it to the program(s) you have applied to in one business day.
  • It’s your responsibility to follow up with your referees to ensure that their reference letters are submitted on time.

Supplementary Questions

Western includes supplementary questions in each application and they’re tailored to the specific program. These questions allow us to gather unique information for the particular program. Please respond to the supplementary questions in your application.

Application Fee

Application fee payment

Application fee - $120

  • Western accepts the following methods of payment:
    • Visa,
    • Master Card,
    • Cheque, or
    • Money Order

Supplemental Documents

You can submit your supporting documents in a digital format. Example of supplementary documents include:

  • Transcripts
  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing sample
  • Work verification letters (only for applications to the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program.)
  • Copy of Marriage certificate to provide 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

Only for applications to the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program. 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.


Western accepts digital academic records as part of your application. However, if you’re offered admission, you’re required to provide one official academic transcript* from each postsecondary institution you’ve attended. Mail these documents 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 Western University need to provide an academic record for Western (web academic report). If you’re admitted, we wouldn’t require an official transcript because this information will be obtained internally.

*Western considers a transcript official only if it’s 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 aren’t in English, a certified translation must also be included. (Non-English transcripts from institutions within Canada don’t require a translation.)

Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent is how the Admissions Committee will get to know you. Anything you’d like the Admissions Committee to know about you should be included in this document. For Research Intensive students, you should include your research interest and your research background.

  • Most programs: state specific program area and why you’re interested in the program, your research interest, and your scholastic and career goals. Maximum length, 500 words.
  • EdD applicants: additional information (PDF)
  • PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology: maximum length, three pages.

Writing sample

The writing sample is only required for applicants to the Master of Arts in Education Studies, PhD, and EdD programs. It 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 to 20 pages of content.

EdD applicants: The writing sample must be between 15 to 20 pages, double spaced and using APA format. You must be the sole author of any work you submit. Please read this FAQ carefully (PDF) for more details about the EdD writing sample. You’re responsible for ensuring that all writing sample guidelines have been met before submitting your application to the EdD program.

English proficiency scores

Students whose first language isn’t 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 can’t accept faxed copies or photocopies of score reports.

More information on English Proficiency test scores is located on the Admission Requirements page.

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 isn’t English for a test score. This includes Canadian Citizens, whose first language isn’t English, and who don’t meet the above criteria.
  • International applicants whose first language isn’t 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."
  • 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 don’t typically need to provide an English Proficiency test score; however, it’s expected that applicants are bilingual.
  • Students whose first language isn’t English may be considered exempt from providing an English Proficiency test score if they’ve 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 Minimum admission score
TOEFL The Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL). iBT (internet-Based Test): The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20. PdT (Paper-delivered Test): The minimum acceptable total score is 65, with no individual score below 20. Please note that some programs require a higher minimum and/or band score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
IELTS MA in Education Studies in the Field of School Applied Child Psychology: For Applicants whose first language isn’t English, 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 required 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)

Western’s Institutions & Department Codes

  • 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 didn’t 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 Western University 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.

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

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.

Academic Standing

  • Students wishing for advanced standing for accredited courses taken at the graduate level prior to registering in a Graduate Education program at Western must apply at the time of application.
  • Advanced standing can’t 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.
  • 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.
  • Please connect with your Graduate Affairs Assistant

Note: Advanced standing isn’t available for the EdD program.


  • Applicants from the previous year re-applying for the current year will be required to re-apply for admission via the online application and pay the application fee.
  • Students who’ve voluntarily withdrawn or who’ve 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.

Step 3

Submit your application online

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:

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

Step 4

You’re done. What’s next?


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, you’ll receive an email confirming your application is now in the hands of the program to which you are applying.

Admission Decisions

You’ll receive an email notifying you of the Admissions Committee’s decision. If you’ve been offered admission, you can accept or decline your offer of admission 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.

Application Status

When Western receives your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email that will provide you with information regarding your application profile at Western. Use this information to access your Western Personal Computer Account. Once you’ve activated it, you can log into the Student Center, Western’s portal for student information.

As an applicant, the Western Student Center allows 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, visit Identities and Access.