Application Process

In order to apply to graduate studies at Western, it is important that you understand the requirements and 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) are submitted by the program’s deadline for application.

Chemistry accepts applications for all 3 terms for DOMESTIC students; January, May, and September. Please use the dates below as guidelines for submitting applications in a timely manner.  International students can only apply for Fall Term admission. 

Application Timelines
Deadlines Fall Term Winter Term Summer Term
Master's (Domestic)  Opens Oct 1- Closes Aug 14 Opens May 1- Closes Dec 1 Opens Oct 1- Closes Apr 15
Master's (International)  Opens Oct 1- Closes Feb 26 N/A N/A
Doctoral (Domestic)  Opens Oct 1- Closes Aug 14 Opens May 1- Closes Dec 1 Opens Oct 1- Closes Apr 15
Doctoral (International)  Opens Oct 1- Closes Feb 26 N/A N/A

International applications must be completed by the deadlines above. Documents submitted after the deadline will not be considered. All International applications will be reviewed, and a decision communicated before April 1st each year.

The Application

*Note: The department cannot pre-evaluate copies of transcripts to ascertain if you should apply to our program. A complete application must be submitted for review. If you wish to determine your GPA you can use World Education Services (WES) Please be advised this is a tool for estimated averages. The department relies on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for official eligible averages.

**Note:  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program as space is limited and competitive.

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 School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies 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 documents should be uploaded online at the time of application.

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

  • Biographical information
  • Contact information
  • Statement of academic intent (if applicable)
  • Academic background
  • Electronic transcripts from Ontario universities/colleges
  • Professional background (if applicable)
  • References (At least one of your references must be from your current or immediate past research supervisor) References should be from faculty members or equivalent.
  • Proficiency in English Scores, if applicable (You must have the testing service send your score electronically to Western). Your application will not be assessed until we receive the official scores. Please check the minimum required scores for Chemistry as department requirements vary across campus.
    • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Western's TOEFL ID is 0984. TOEFL Study Guide.
    • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council.
    • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment).
  • Test Scores (GRE) (if applicable). Western's GRE ID is 0984.
  • Application fee

Additional Content

Western makes it possible for you to submit your supporting documents in a digital format. This includes an academic record/transcript from each school you note in your Academic History and any additional documents required by the program you are applying to.

Chemistry requires a CV and statement of interest which can be uploaded online during the application process.


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. These documents should be mailed directly to The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, International & Graduate Affairs Building, M. 1N07, Western University, 1151 Richmond St., London, ON N6A 3K7.

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.

Note: 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 is 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

Once your references have successfully completed the electronic reference form, you will receive confirmation that this has been submitted via e-mail. The electronic reference will be processed at Western centrally and delivered to the program(s) you have applied to in one business day.


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.

Admission Decision

Upon Western receiving your application, a confirmation e-mail will be forwarded to you providing you with information regarding your application profile at Western. This information is key to accessing your Western Personal Computer Account. Once you have activated your Computer Account you will be able to log into the Student Center, Western’s portal for student information.

As an applicant, the Western Student Center will allow you to:

  • Update personal information (including contact information)
  • Check your application status
  • Explore the Western course catalog
  • Accept an offer of admission

For an overview of activation and password requirements associated with your application, please visit Western Identity.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I am applying for one of your research programs, should I contact the professor first or apply?
Faculty members are unable to determine suitability until each application is assessed. Therefore, please submit a completed application first.

What is my GPA? How do I know if I meet the requirements?
International students may have a different grade-point system than Canada. Because of this, it can be difficult to determine if your grades will translate to the required average. If you have questions about calculating your average, please contact

I am an international student and have submitted my application, but I have yet to hear from the department about admission?
International applications must be complete by March 1st. Documents submitted after the deadline will not be considered. All International applications will be reviewed, and a decision communicated before April 1st each year.

If I submit my transcript and CV to the department, can the department let me know if I qualify before I apply?
The department cannot pre-evaluate copies of transcripts to ascertain if you should apply to our program. A complete application must be submitted for review.

Do I require GRE?
No, our department does not require a GRE score.

My ELP scores do not meet your program requirements, can I still be accepted?
All international applicants must obtain the minimum scores in overall and individual sections of each test. We will not accept applications without eligible scores. A waiver will only be provided to students who have studied in a country where English is the first language at an English speaking university/college for a minimum of 2 years or more. You are not required to submit translations from Canadian universities. (I.e. transcripts in French)

How much is the application fee?
Currently the fee for Chemistry is $120. Information on application fees and other application requirements can be found on the SGPS's Admissions website.

How much is tuition?
Information on application fees can be found on the Registrar's Fee and Refund page.