Future Students FAQ
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There is a School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies generated email after application is received that states: “You may access the graduate reference system in order to check the status of your references, change/update email addresses, request new references in place of existing ones, and alert us of impending delivery of a reference letter by means other than the electronic form. Access to the reference form system is available via the Western Graduate & Postdoctoral Scholars website.
- Login ID; “applicant’s last name”
- AccessKey”: “unique number available in GEARS under Reference Index”
There is a delay of approximately 3-5 business days before applications are received by the program. Program Administrators will update the checklists online when documents are received. You will receive an email about how to log in shortly after your application is received.
Letters are submitted electronically. Referees are contacted by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies once your application has been received.
Does the reference letter have to come from a faculty member? Can I get a reference from a Teaching Assistant or an employer?
No you do not have to use a Faculty member. However the person completing the letter should be able to adequately judge your performance in the areas listed on the reference letter (Intellectual ability; Originality of thought; Aptitude for scientific research or scholarly work; Ability to express him/herself orally; Ability to express him/herself in writing; Initiative; Perseverance).
**Please note, Neuroscience only considers letters of reference from University or College Faculty. Letters from Faculty in their capacity as employers are acceptable as well.
International students who meet the minimum academic requirement may be eligible for a Western Graduate Research Scholarship valued up to $10,800 which is directed towards the student’s tuition.
Can I be registered in your program, but have a faculty advisor who is not part of your graduate program?
Currently Faculty supervisors need to have membership in the graduate program the student will be registered in.
Program start dates are restricted to January 1, May 1 and September 1. Please note the following programs only accept students once a year.
|Anatomy & Cell Biology – Master’s in Clinical Anatomy
Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Family Medicine - Master of Clinical Science and PhD
At Western University the graduate year is divided into three terms:
- Winter term: January 1 – April 30
- Summer term; May 1 – August 31
- Fall term: September 1 – December 31
Language Proficiency Tests
I can provide a letter stating language of instruction was in English. Do I still need a TOEFL score?
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language by a satisfactory achievement within the last two years. Language of instruction is not normally a considering factor. More English proficiency requirements can be found on the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.
The Western University code is 0984. Program codes are:
|Program||TOEFL Department Codes||GRE Department Codes|
|Anatomy & Cell Biology||32||N/A|
|Microbiology & Immunology||07||0212|
For other Biological sciences - 30
For other Physical sciences - 60
The following programs require a GRE score:
|Program||Type of GRE Score|
|Biochemistry||Biochemistry or Cell & Molecular Biology or Biology or Chemistry|