Why Graduate School?

A graduate education helps advance your knowledge in a particular field(s), fostering your intellect and enabling you to apply your research to the benefit of society.

Career Advantages

  • A graduate degree increases your competitiveness in the job market
  • Unemployment rates are historically lowest among those with graduate degrees (see fig. 1.1)
  • Average weekly income is highest among those who hold graduate degrees (see fig. 1.2)
  • Canada needs many more highly educated personnel in order to compete within the global economy
  • 35% more master’s and PhD graduates will be required over the next decade
  • Graduate degrees help keep training and skills current, increasing eligibility for career advancement

Academic Advantages

  • Provides the opportunity for in-depth exploration, collaboration and the intellectual satisfaction of discovering and acquiring new knowledge
  • Become an expert in your field
  • Work closely with world-class researchers in your area of interest
  • Contribute to important research and discoveries
  • Improve your C.V. or resume by publishing in journals and presenting your work at academic and professional conferences
  • Contribute within academia as a researcher or professor

For more information, please review Your Future: A Guide for Potential Graduate Students by the Canadian Association of Graduate Studies.

Contact Us

Darlene McDonald
Graduate Coordinator

Department of Chemistry
Western University
Chemistry Building
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7

P (519) 661-2166
F (519) 661-3022

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00-3:30

Fields of Research

Chemical Biology

Synthesis and Catalysis

Energy and Mechanism


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