How to Apply

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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. Transcripts and test scores must be official.

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

  • Biographical information
  • Contact information
  • Statement of academic intent (see "Submitting Your Application")
  • Academic background
  • Electronic transcripts from universities/colleges
  • Professional background (if applicable)
  • Academic Reference contact information (Two required)
  • Proficiency in English Scores, if applicable (You must have the testing service send your score electronically to Western.)
  • Application fee

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

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In addition to two academic references, applications to the Graduate program in Neuroscience will require the following documentation:

Academic CV: including details of Education, Work Experience, Research Experience, Awards/Scholarships, Publications/Presentations (if any), Volunteer Activities.

Statement of Interest: 1 page maximum describing your specific interests and goals related to the Neuroscience Graduate Program. This document should address the following:

1. Describe how the program fits into your career goals. What do you expect to get out of the program?
2. What skills do you bring to the program?
3. If applying for Direct Entry admission to the PhD program (direct from your undergraduate degree), why do you feel this academic path is a good fit?
4. What made you become interested in Neuroscience?
5. Describe 1-2 accomplishments that you are most proud of.

Transcripts of all Post Secondary Institutions attended: Unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable at the application stage.  Students that attend the program will be required to submit official final transcripts.

Impact Statement (Optional): 1-page maximum conveying the extenuating circumstance(s) that have adversely affected you, your academic performance and/or your research experience. Any specific impact of the pandemic on your academic progress can be detailed in this statement.

Application Due Dates

Application deadlines
Domestic Applicants: June 30, 2022
International Applicants: April 1, 2022

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Applications will be reviewed on a continual basis, as they are received. Applicants can expect to recieve a decision regarding academic eligiblity within 4-6 weeks of submission. Our program cannot pre-evaluate copies of transcripts to ascertain if you should apply. A complete application must be submitted for review.

We strongly encourage International applicants to apply early due to anticipated timelines for visa processing.

Assessing your Application

There are two steps in the admission procedure. The first step is the 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.

International Students: We strongly encourage International applicants to apply early due to anticipated timelines for visa processing. An early application can also be especially important, as funding to accept new International students can be limited for some supervisors. If you have an interest in working with a Faculty member whose home department is Psychology, we strongly recommend that you make contact with the prospective supervisor prior to applying (and incurring the $125 application fee) as there is a limited amount of funding available.

COVID-19 Statement: We recognize the serious challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for student learning, faculty teaching, and academic performance assessment. Our review committee will always consider an applicant’s combination of academic record, letters of recommendation, personal statements, impact statement (if provided) and test scores (if applicable) in making our admissions decisions. Such a review will take into account the significant disruptions of COVID19 when reviewing students’ transcripts and other admissions materials.