How to Apply

Submitting Your Application

In order to apply to graduate studies at Western, it is important that you understand the essential elements of the Western graduate school application. No application will be considered until it is complete. The responsibility rests with the applicant to ensure that all documents (e.g., transcripts, letters of recommendation, test results such as TOEFL scores, GRE scores) are submitted by the program’s deadline for application.

Application Due Dates

Fall Term
Winter Term
Summer Term
Master's (Domestic)
February 1
Master's (International)
February 1 N/A N/A
Doctoral (Domestic)
February 1 N/A N/A
Doctoral (International)
February 1 N/A N/A

*PLEASE NOTE If you intend to apply for 2014 entrance, PLEASE WAIT TO APPLY UNTIL AFTER October 10th, 2013
A new application system will be effective October 10, and any applications started before that will be in a different system, and be incomplete.  
The deadline for applications for September entrance, is February 1st, however, applications received after the deadline will still be processed, although admission in September may not be guaranteed.

The Application 

The application process begins with the receipt of the application along with all application requirements. In order to be considered for admission to our graduate program, the following information must be submitted and on file for consideration in the department by the stated application deadline. These documents become part of Western's files and will not be returned to or copied for the applicant. All application requirements, aside from the application, must be submitted directly to our program. Transcripts and test scores must be official.

To apply for admission, a completed application must be submitted, providing Western with the following:

Additional Content

In addition to the application, please provide Western with the following:

  • transcripts for any postsecondary institutions previously attended or currently attending outside the province of Ontario

These additional documents must be mailed directly to:

Graduate Program in Neuroscience
The University of Western Ontario
Robarts Research Institute, RRI 5260a
100 Perth Drive
London, Ontario, N6A 5K8 CANADA


To support your application, you must forward one official academic transcript* from each post-secondary institution attended. These documents should be mailed directly to the programs at Western to which you are applying.

  • Past or current students of The University of Western do not need to provide transcripts for their academic history at Western. This information will be obtained internally.
  • If you have attended or are currently enrolled at any Ontario university or college other than The University of Western Ontario you may use the electronic application process in order to request transcripts. These transcripts will be delivered electronically to each of the programs to which you are applying.
  • All other transcripts must be forwarded in hard copy to the graduate program(s) you are applying to at Western to complete your application.

*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 The University of Western Ontario become the property of the University and will not be returned.

Electronic References

Upon receiving an application from OUAC, our electronic Reference System will obtain referee information and send reference form information directly to your referees. Submission of the reference will, in turn, be collected electronically and distributed alongside the application once it arrives at Western. No paper reference letters are required.

Access to the reference system can be found online. You will require your Login ID and Access Key as provided to you in an email titled "Your Application to Graduate Studies; Important Information," which should arrive 2-3 days after you’ve submitted your application. Accessing the Reference System will allow you to makes changes and updates with regards to your referees.


Students who have voluntarily withdrawn or who have been withdrawn and wish to complete their program must formally re-apply for admission via our application. Credit for previous work completed must be approved by the program and SGPS.

Assessing your Application

There are two steps in the admission procedure. The first step is that Neuroscience Program Committee will evaluate your application, once it is complete, as to whether you are academically qualified. You will be notified by the Program whether you will proceed to the next admission step. For the second and final step in admission, the qualified student must match up with a supervisor. At this stage, names of qualified students will be circulated among potential supervisors, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to contact supervisors you are interested in. Since space and funding are not always available to a potential supervisor, qualified students do not always find supervisors. Once a supervisor agrees to accept you, and has provided the Program with an official letter of his/her funding and official acceptance of you, the Program will forward your file to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Please note: The following faculty members have indicated they WILL NOT be taking new students for the 2010-2011 academic year. Please DO NOT CONTACT the following faculty members, thank you.D. Bai, P. Cain, G. Dekaban, D. Jones, J. Kiernan, S. Kohler, J. Mymryk

Admission Decision

Applicants who have been offered admission to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies can accept or decline their offers of admissions online through the Western Student Center.

  1. Login into the Student Center with the information provided with your Western Personal Computer Account and locate the Admissions grid
  2. Select "Accept or Decline" to begin the decision process




Contact Us

Michael Poulter, Ph.D. Director

Ms. C. Anderson
Program Coordinator

T (519) 661-4039
F (519) 661-4153

Western University
Robarts Research Institute, RRI 5260a
1151 Richmond Street North
London, Ontario, CANADA N6A 5B7

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

Areas of Research

Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Neuroscience
Computational Neuroscience
Neural Substrates of Behaviour

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