Health and Rehab SciWestern Health Sciences

Admission & Applying

The Graduate Program in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences (HRS) provides students with a unique opportunity to explore issues and ideas related to the health of Canadians, and others, in an interdisciplinary forum. The master's and PhD level programs are thesis-based where the length of study for a master's degree is two years and four years for a PhD. All students will choose a supervisor and apply to one field of study. HRS also offers combined programs that allow students to achieve professional designations in Physical Therapy, Occuptional Therapy, Audiology or Speech-Language Pathology, while pursuing a PhD.

MSc/PhD Program

Applications may be submitted beginning in early October. For citizens and permanent residents of Canada, applications are accepted until the program reaches capacity. For international students the deadline to apply (including all supporting documents) to the master's and PhD programs is May 1.

Step 1: Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science (MSc) or PhD program, students must meet the minimum admission requirements:

Master's (MSc)

  • Completion of an Honors degree (or equivalent) with a first or high second class standing over the final two years (i.e., minimum of 75%), or graduation from an accredited university with an equivalent degree and standing
  • Students with an average between 70% and 75% will be evaluated for admission on a case-by-case basis

PhD

  • Completion of a master's degree with a minimum 75% average in courses taken at the master's level
  • Students with an average between 70% and 75% will be evaluated for admission on a case-by-case basis

In addition, applications to both the MSc and PhD programs must include:

  • Two academic letters of reference
  • A cover letter
  • A curriculum vitae or resume
  • A statement of research interest
    • Applicants must provide a brief overview of the research they intend to conduct (250-word maximum)
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet minimum English Language Proficiency requirements
    • Internet-based TOEFL - 105
    • IELTS - 7.0

Step 2: Choose a Field of Study

Step 3: Find a Thesis Supervisor

Before submitting an application, prospective students are responsible for contacting a potential research supervisor who may be best suited to their research interests.

Step 4: Complete & Submit an Application

Apply to the appropriate program using the online application system through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS).

Additional Application Requirements

  • Landing papers (if applicable)
    For permanent residents of Canada only, please upload a photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card or a photocopy of your Record of Landing. If you are applying to be a permanent resident, but have not been granted landed-immigrant status, you must apply as an international applicant.
  • One official academic transcript from each postsecondary institution attended
    • Past/current Western students may upload the academic record from their Student Centre account
    • Students from other universities should upload all other official university transcripts

Combined Programs (MScOT, MPT/PhD, MClSc - Hearing/Speech-Language Science)

Applications may be submitted beginning in early October. Prospective students interested in this program must apply using the online application system through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS). Students are not required to submit an application directly to the professional program (MClSc, MScOT, MPT) unless they wish to apply to that program separately. The deadline to submit applications to the combined programs is April 1.

Step 1: Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the combined programs, students must meet all the requirements listed below:

Step 2: Find a Thesis Supervisor

Before submitting an application, prospective students are responsible for contacting a potential research supervisor who may be best suited to their research interests.

Step 3: Complete & Submit an Application

Applying to the combined programs consists of two components. Prospective students must:

  • Submit the online application
  • Include supplemental application materials through the online application (outlined below)

Step 4: Supplemental Application Materials

As part of the application process, prospective students are required to include a number of supplemental materials to complete their application. Supplemental materials are submitted electronically as part of the online application. These items are described below.

General Requirements (apply to all programs)

Curriculum Vitae

A curriculum vitae outlining previous research experience (e.g. published papers, scientific presentations, honours research project, summer research work, graduate thesis, etc).

Cover Letter

A one-page description summarizing your interest in attending the program. Please be sure to emphasize your relevant experience, educational background interests, and goals.

Transcripts

One official academic transcript from each postsecondary institution attended must be included in the application.

  • Past/current Western students may upload the academic record from their Student Centre account
  • Students from other universities should upload all other official university transcripts

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants should complete the appropriate form listing all prerequisite courses required for entry to the combined programs. The completed form is uploaded as part of the online application. In most cases, all required prerequisite courses must be either completed or in progress prior to admission to the program.

References

Two letters of reference from different professors who can evaluate an applicant's past academic performance. The professors providing these references should be able to evaluate both oral and written communication skills, as well as the applicant's research potential. Through the online application, students submit the contact information for their references. Western contacts the references electronically and collects the reference letters. Applicants are not required to submit hard copies of letters of reference.

Thesis Supervisor

Applicants should identify a research supervisor in their chosen field who supervises students within the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Graduate Program and shares their area of research interest. It is suggested that applicants contact prospective research supervisors before submitting an application.

Research Experience Summary

A one-page summary describing the applicant's research experiences.

Statement of Research Interest

Applicants must provide a brief overview of the research they are interested in conducting during their doctoral studies (250-word maximum).

Program Specific Requirements

Audiology/Speech-Language Pathology (MClSc/PhD)

Clinical Volunteer Hours

Applicants must provide evidence of completion of a minimum of 14 clinical volunteer hours. These hours must be completed working with a registered professional in the field of choice (audiology or speech-language pathology). One letter of clinical reference is required from a registered audiologist or speech-language pathologist (depending on your field) who can evaluate the applicant's interpersonal skills and potential clinical strengths as a future clinician.

Clinical referees should submit the Confidential Clinical Reference Form via email directly to the Graduate Program in Health & Rehabilitation Sciences.

Physical Therapy (MPT/PhD)

Applicant Statement

The applicant’s statement (500 words maximum) should include all of the following components:

  • An explanation of why you have chosen Physical Therapy as a career, demonstrating your knowledge of the profession and its scope of practice.
  • An explanation of why you have chosen the Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) program at Western University.
  • A description of your particular strengths, experiences, attributes, leadership skills and/or abilities that you will bring to the profession.

Completion of Paid or Unpaid Physical Therapy-related Experience

Applicants are asked to provide a brief list (maximum of four) of any activities directly related to the physical therapy field, including a clear outline of patient experiences, job shadowing and volunteer opportunities, as well as researchc, co-op placements and employment

Completion of Paid or Unpaid Voluntary Non-Physical Therapy-related Experience

Applicants are asked to provide a brief description (maximum of four activities) of any other relevant activities that provide evidence of their involvement and leadership in increasing the well-being of individuals, groups or society in general.

Step 5: Applicant Interviews

Once the application process has been completed and the files reviewed, eligible applicants are invited for an interview with the program committee. Interviews are typically conducted in person with the applicant in April or May of each year, however, alternate arrangements may be made to conduct the interview via electronic platforms.

Statement of Research Plan

As part of the interview process, applicants must prepare a 500-word research plan (in partnership with their supervisor) outlining their intended thesis work.