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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. 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:

  • Biographical information
  • Contact information
  • Statement of academic intent (if applicable)
  • Academic background
  • Electronic transcripts from universities/colleges
  • Professional background (if applicable)
  • Academic References
  • 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 can you bring to the program?
3. What made you become interested in Neuroscience?
4. Describe 1-3 accomplishments that you are most proud of.

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Application Due Dates

Fall 2020 admission
Application deadline is June 30, 2020

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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.

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.