Submitting Your Application (Detailed information on "how to apply")

You must have a research component as part of your degree in order to apply

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) are submitted by the program’s deadline for application.

There is no need to secure a supervisor. Our normal practice is to have interested applicants complete an application online to determine eligibility. If deemed eligible your application is circulated among the faculty to determine if there is one or more suitable personnel that matches your interests, has the necessary funding and lab space. If you are accepted to the program, possibly by one or more faculty members, you will be offered admission. Once you have completed your application you may want to contact faculty that you are interested in working with and let them know that you have submitted an applicaiton.

Chemistry accepts applications for all 3 terms; January, May and September. Please use the dates below as guidelines for submitting applications in a timely manner.

Application Deadlines Fall Term Winter Term Summer Term
Master's (Domestic) July 1 November 1 March 1
Master's (International) March 1 N/A N/A
Doctoral (Domestic) July 1 November 1 March 1
Doctoral (International) March 1 N/A N/A

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 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 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

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.


Western accepts uploaded transcripts in PDF format 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, Room 1N07, 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 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

 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 Passwords and Access.


Contact Us

Darlene McDonald
Graduate Coordinator

Department of Chemistry
Western University
Chemistry Building
1151 Richmond Street
London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5B7

P (519) 661-2166
F (519) 661-3022

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

Fields of Research

Chemical Biology

Synthesis and Catalysis

Energy and Mechanism


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