As a graduate student, probably the most important professional relationship you will have is with your supervisor. Thus, although applications are processed centrally and individual faculty members do not admit students directly, applicants must identify one or more potential supervisors, and are only accepted into the program with supervisor support. You are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members with whom you are interested in working to discuss research interests and graduate opportunities before applying. Faculty research interests are available here. A full listing of faculty, including adjunct and cross-appointed faculty, is available here. Some Biology faculty also supervise students in the Collaborative Programs in Environment and Sustainability and Developmental Biology.
Once the application is submitted and the payment cleared, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will forward your application for consideration by the department.
The online application will collect the following information:
Additional application requirements to be sent directly to the program:
To support your application, you must forward one official academic transcript* from each post-secondary institution attended. These documents should be mailed directly to the programs at Western to which you are applying.
*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 Western University become the property of the university and will not be returned.
Upon receiving an application, our electronic Reference System will send reference form information directly to your referees. The reference will be collected electronically and distributed alongside the application once it arrives at Western. No paper reference letters are required.
Access to the reference system can be found online. You will require your Login ID and Access Key as provided to you in an email titled "Your Application to Graduate Studies; Important Information," which should arrive 2-3 days after you have submitted your application. Accessing the Reference System will allow you to makes changes and updates with regards to your referees.
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.