How to Apply to our Graduate Program

Applications open October 10, 2014.


Before applying, please read the information below.
Letters of Reference:

Two completed letters of reference are required.  Please do not submit additional letters of reference. All letters of reference are requested via the application system whre applicants may log in at any time to view the status of their references, to request the letter be resent, or to update any reference information. PLEASE DO NOT MAIL A COPY OF ANY REFERENCE LETTER TO YOUR REFEREES.

Your referees are directed to complete and submit the form to us via email. You will be able to track the current status of your reference letters via the application system. The electronic reference will be processed at Western centrally and delivered to the program to which you have applied.


During the application process, you must upload one copy of an official academic transcript from each post-secondary institution attended. Priod to admission, one official hard copy (sealed in the issuing envelope) should be mailed directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. WES or other organizations' conversion of grades is not needed, though official translations for any transcripts not in English or French are required.

Past or current students of The University of Western Ontario do not need to provide transcripts for their academic history at Western. This information will be obtained internally.

Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) test scores are NOT a requirement of this program.

Statement of Interest:

Your Statement of Interest should be a maximum of two (2) pages and address the following:

  • your training or career objectives after completing our graduate program
  • specific knowledge and skills you hope to acquire during your training in epidemiology and biostatistics  and how these will enable you to attain your career objectives
  • whether there are any specific research area(s) or questions you would like to pursue for your thesis topic
  • particular potential supervisor(s) whose area of work interests you (please refer to the faculty listing on the Epidemiology and Biostatistics department website

Please see our Epidemiology and Biostatistics Faculty Profiles on our web pages for areas of study. If you are a PhD applicant, please ensure you select a faculty member who can supervise PhD students.

Application Fee:


Applicant may pay by:

  • Credit card (Visa or MasterCard)
  • Internet or telephone bill payment services
  • Cheque or money order
English Proficiency:

Official proof of proficiency in English IF you do not have at least a two year degree from a North American university, and your first language is not  English. A final decision on your application will not be made until the official result of ONE of the following has been received by our program:

For TOEFL, the minimum score required is 580 (for paper-based test) or 237 (for computer-based test), or minimum 90-92 iBT (internet Based TOFEL),  and we will not accept an individual score on the iBT below 20. Our University TOEFL code number is 0984. Link to Testing Service for TOEFL

For IELTS, the minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9. Link to Testing Service for IELTS

For MELAB, you need at least 80 on each section and an overall score of at least 85.

International Students:

A copy of your "Record of Landing"  if you are a landed immigrant or recent permanent resident should be sent to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.


International Students

International Students accepted into our graduate program are REQUIRED to present an original valid Citizenship and Immigration Canada "Study Permit" document to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies prior to the official start date of the fall term (September 1st).

According to the Federal Government regulations students will not be eligible to register or attend classes if they do not have this Study Permit valid for the date of September 1, 2015.  For further information and Study Permit Applications see



Once you have read the application procedures, click on the following icon to apply:


The responsibility rests with the applicant to make sure that all necessary documentation reaches us by the M.Sc. & Ph.D. application deadline of January 15, 2015, for classes beginning September 2015.

Your application will not be considered if it is incomplete.

Thank you.


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