General Program Questions Applicable to All Programs

What documentation should I have ready before I begin my application?

  • Academic CV
  • Statement of Interest
  • Referee letters and contact information
  • Academic records/transcripts (official transcripts will be required as a condition of admission)
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores (if applicable)

Do I need two faculty referees?

Yes we require two academic references in order for your application to be reviewed for admission.

How long should my statement of interest be?

Msc & PhD Anatomy & Cell Biology
1 page maximum describing the applicant's specific research interests and career goals related to the Anatomy & Cell Biology Graduate Program.
MSc Clinical Anatomy
2 pages maximum describing the applicant's specific interests and goals related to the Anatomy & Cell Biology Graduate Program. This document should address the following:
  • Describe your interests and experience in a) teaching; b) anatomy; and c) research.
  • Describe how the program fits into your career goals. What do you expect to get out of the program?
  • What skills can you bring to the program?
  • Describe 3 accomplishments that you are most proud of.

What if I want to apply to both the Research and Clinical Masters’?

If you wish to apply to our MSc Clinical Anatomy & our MSc Anatomy & Cell Biology, you will be required to submit separate applications and pay the application fee twice

If required, do I have to provide proof of English proficiency at the time I apply?

IELTS or TOEFL scores must be uploaded along with all other application documentation. Applications without this information will be considered incomplete.

Do you waive English proficiency scores?

No. If English is not your native language and you have not completed your high school and post-secondary studies at a recognized Institution that delivers its curriculum in English, the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology requires acceptable English proficiency scores.

What prerequisite courses are required to apply to the program?

Please refer to the admission requirements outline in Program Information.

Can International students apply to the program?

Yes, International students are welcome to apply to our program.

Is there a financial aid package for students in Anatomy & Cell Biology?

Our funding models for each program can be reviewed here

What are potential careers upon graduation?

Our graduates have gone on to a variety of employment fields within academic, teaching, industry, professional school, government and allied health fields

Which course is better to get into Medical School?

The Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology cannot provide comment or feedback on a potential applicant’s requirements for admission to Medical School. Please consider reaching out to your academic advisor for guidance.

Do you offer scholarships to international students?

Western University administers and adjudicates a number of internal and external scholarship competitions each of which outlines their own eligibility requirements. There are scholarship competitions that are open to International Students.

What if my undergraduate degree is not listed on your eligibility requirements?

Applicants are highly recommended to meet the admission requirements for each program as outlined on our website. In certain circumstances, an applicant with an undergraduate degree outside the recommended area might be deemed eligible depending on previous research and/or teaching experience.

Clinical Anatomy

The deadline to apply is January 15, when will I hear about the status of my application?

Applications to the Clinical Anatomy program will not be assessed until after the January 15th deadline. At that time, the committee will assess all applications in their entirety and send out invitations to attend our Clinical Anatomy Recruitment event in mid-March. Initial offers of admission to our program will not happen until mid-May.

How many students do you accept to the program?

Between 8 and 10 students are accepted each year.

How many applications do you receive?

Although we do not provide specifics on the number of applications we receive, this is a highly competitive program with limited spots.

What is your acceptance rate?

Although we do not provide specifics on the acceptance rate, this is a highly competitive program with limited spots.

Is a Supervisor required for the program?

No. This is a course based Master’s program and as such a Supervisor is not required. Students in our Master’s Clinical Anatomy program do not have a formal funding model however all Clinical Anatomy students are guaranteed a minimum 0.5 Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) on an annual basis.

PhD and MSc in Anatomy & Cell Biology

Do I need a Supervisor before I apply?

A Supervisor is not needed in advance of receiving an application however, admission to the program is contingent upon academically acceptable applicants securing a supervisor willing to support them for the duration of their degree. Applicants are strongly encouraged to directly contact supervisors of interest to discuss available thesis opportunities. A listing of Anatomy & Cell Biology faculty members and their research areas can be found here

Do you match Supervisors to applicants if they do not have a Supervisor?

No. The Department does not match Supervisors to students. Applications which are assessed and deemed academically acceptable are shared widely with our faculty for consideration. Interested faculty will reach out directly to applicants.

Can you tell me who is accepting students?

The department does not maintain a public list of faculty recruiting students.

What happens after I have submitted my application?

An application will not be reviewed at the Department level until all necessary documentation is received, including Reference Letters. Completed applications are reviewed and if they meet all minimum eligibility requirements, they will be shared with our faculty for consideration. Your application in Student Centre will be updated to reflect a status of “Academically Acceptable”

What does a status of academically acceptable mean?

Academically Acceptable means that your application meets all of the minimum eligibility requirements to be admitted to our program and can now be shared with our faculty. A status of Academically Acceptable is NOT an offer of admission. Final admission offers are contingent upon an applicants’ ability to secure a supervisor.

What if I want to apply to more than one Supervisor?

Our application has an area for you to list the Faculty you would like to work with.

What if I want to apply to other Schulich programs – do I need a separate application?

Academically acceptable applications that are not offered admission to the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology will automatically be shared with all Schulich departments for consideration. A separate application is not required.