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Applications from Outside Canada

2014-15 OGS Competition Information
Deadline

The deadline for applications is January 15 for admission the following September.
Applications will be considered after that date only if places are still open. Please carefully read through our website for details of our MA program and PhD program. Further information on our graduate programs may be obtained by contacting Leanne Trask, Graduate Assistant: leanne.trask@uwo.ca. When emailing, please indicate if you are inquiring about our MA or our PhD program, and be sure to fill in the Subject line on your email so that your message isn't automatically deleted by our SPAM filters.

Mailing address:

Leanne Trask, Graduate Assistant
Department of English
University College 173
Western University
1151 Richmond Street
London, ON N6A 3K7

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Online Application

Western University is debuting a brand new internal online application system this Fall for the 2014-15 application season. The new application, as of October 7, 2013, is now live. Please click here for more information on the Online Application process.
To begin your online applicaiton, click the Apply Now button:


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Supporting Documentation for an MA Applicant:
**Western now makes it possible for you to submit all your supporting documentation in a digital format. Please submit ALL supporting documentation as attachments to the online application.

1. References: Two letters of reference from referees who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. In the online application, you will supply contact information for your referees, and an invitation will be sent automatically to them and they will submit their references online.

2. English proficiency test score: An official English proficiency test score, if English is not your first language, taken within the past 2 years.

Minimum test score requirements for the Department of English:
- TOEFL: 630 (paper), 267 (electronic) or 109 (internet) (Western's TOEFL ID is 0984.).
- IELTS: 8.0.
- MELAB: 91 overall, with a minimum of 85 on each of the 3 parts, plus the oral/speaking component.

3. Transcripts: 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. If you are offered admission, these documents should be mailed directly to The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

NB: Past or current students of Western University do not need to provide transcripts for their academic history at Western. 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.) All documents and transcripts submitted to Western University become the property of the University and will not be returned.

4. A Statement of Academic Intent: A Statement of Academic Intent (approximately 300-500 words) will be uploaded as part of the online application. Please be sure your first and last names are part of the file name and are included on the first page of the Statement.

If you are planning to enroll in either of the Thesis or IRP streams, you should provide a clear, concise statement of the critical question you would like to pursue in your MA study. This statement need not project the answers or arguments you believe you will reach; rather, the purpose is to show the Admissions Committee that you have a workable, academically sound project that can be completed in the required time. This statement will also allow the Committee to determine that the program has the resources required to supervise you. The program recognizes that research agendas change over time, and so this statement is not binding on your subsequent research. Please refrain at this stage from providing biographical information, focus instead on the intellectual argument. If you have already secured the agreement of a faculty member to supervise your project, please indicate that in your statement.

If you are planning to enroll in the Course-only option of the MA, you should provide a clear, concise statement of a large-scale critical interest that will not find expression in a thesis or IRP but that will direct your interest in course selection. The purpose of this statement is to demonstrate to the Admissions Committee the qualities of intellectual depth, critical rigour, and clear expression. Please refrain at this stage from providing biographical information; focus instead on the intellectual argument.

5. Application fee of $100 (CDN) paid through the online application system.

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Supporting Documentation for a PhD Applicant:
**Western now makes it possible for you to submit all your supporting documentation in a digital format. Please submit ALL supporting documentation as attachments to the online application.

1. References: Two letters of reference from referees who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. In the online application, you will supply contact information for your referees, and an invitation will be sent automatically to them and they will submit their references online.

2. English proficiency test score: An official English proficiency test score, if English is not your first language, taken within the past 2 years.

Minimum test score requirements for the Department of English:
- TOEFL: 630 (paper), 267 (electronic) or 109 (internet) (Western's TOEFL ID is 0984.).
- IELTS: 8.0.
- MELAB: 91 overall, with a minimum of 85 on each of the 3 parts, plus the oral/speaking component.

3. Transcripts: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. If you are offered admission, these documents should be mailed directly to The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

NB: Past or current students of Western University do not need to provide transcripts for their academic history at Western. 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.) All documents and transcripts submitted to Western University become the property of the University and will not be returned.

4. A Statement of Academic Intent: A statement of academic intent (approximately 300-500 words in length) will be uploaded as part of the online application. Please be sure your first and last names are part of the file name and are included on the first page of the Statement.

The purpose of this statement is to demonstrate to the Admissions Committee the quality of your critical thinking, the scope of your research agenda, and the ability to state concisely the field of literary or cultural study you wish to pursue. This statement will also allow the Committee to determine that the program has the resources required to supervise you. The program recognizes that research agendas change over time, and so this statement is not binding on your subsequent research. Please refrain at this stage from providing biographical information; focus instead on the intellectual argument. If you have already secured the agreement of a faculty member to supervise your project, please indicate that in your statement.

5. Writing Sample: A writing sample (e.g., a recent essay or thesis chapter, approx. 15-20 pages). An electronic copy of the writing sample will be uploaded through the online application. Please note that this writing sample may, but need not be, in the area of your proposed PhD research.Please be sure your first and last names are part of the file name and are included on the first page of the Writing Sample.

6. Application fee of $100 (CDN) paid through the online application system.

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Applications from Outside Canada

The Department of English welcomes applications from excellent international candidates. In the recent past, we have had students from China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States, and we recognize that cultural diversity among students in the program enhances the possibilities of intellectual and cultural exchange. The fees for international students are offset by substantial Western Graduate Research Scholarships administered by the University. Many external awards, such as Commonwealth Scholarships, may be held at Western in conjunction with a Teaching Assistantship.

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