Graduate Studies in Microbiology and Immunology




Application for Admission to the Graduate Program

Application to the Graduate Program in Microbiology and Immunology (Ph.D., M.Sc., One year project & course-based M.Sc.) is available through the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The deadline for Fall Admission to our Master of Science program is July 31.

online application
Applicants for entry into the graduate program must have an Honors Bachelor degree, or equivalent, in Microbiology, Immunology or in some other biological sciences program. At least a high B average is required. Holders of MD, DDS, or DVM degrees are also eligible to apply. All applicants must be approved by the Department and by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies before being permitted to register. The one-year M.Sc. program is available only to students currently enrolled in a Western BMSc program with an honors research thesis component.

Applicants must meet all general requirements for admission as stipulated by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. In addition, program specific requisites under the headings listed below are to be submitted via the SGPS portal.


  1. Two letters of recommendation from Faculty members familiar with your scientific activities and/or course work. Please note that letters from persons other than University/College Faculty are not acceptable.


Supplemental Documents

  1. A one to two page letter (Statement of Interest/Letter of Intent describing your academic and scientific background, your research interests and motivations to pursue graduate studies in Microbiology and Immunology)
  2. Your resume or C.V.

Proficiency in English and General Knowledge

  1. To be considered for admission, applicants graduated from schools outside of North America must demonstrate English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, CAEL). You must have the testing service send your score electronically to Western.
  2. To be considered for admission, applicants graduated from schools outside of North America must provide Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Subject Test scores with a minimum of 60 percentile in one Subject Test (one of either Biology, or Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology). The applicant pays the cost of taking such examinations. [Western's GRE ID is 0984]

Applicants are responsible to ensure that a complete application package is submitted. Incomplete applications will not be assessed by the Graduate Committee.  Final admission depends on the applicant identifying a faculty member willing to supervise and financially support the candidate for a minimum of two years and approval by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Contact the Graduate Administrator for further information.

Graduate Program
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Schulich School of Medicine
University of Western Ontario
1151 Richmond Street, North
London , Ontario, Canada   N6A 5C1

(519)661-2111 ext. 81436
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