Frequently Asked Questions


Study permit information is changing quickly, and Western University continues to monitor the impact on our graduate programs as new information is processed and implemented at the provincial and institutional level.

Graduate Diploma (GDip) program applicants are affected by the Government’s cap on study permits, and we are unable to issue offers of admission for international applicants to our Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Graduate Diploma program for the foreseeable future.

Up-dates will be provided as they become available.

Goverment of Canada Link


How do referees submit their reference letter?

Referees are contacted by the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies once your application has been received.  Letters are submitted electronically.

How can I change/update a referee on my application?

You can change your referee by logging in to with your Western Identity. Click “Apply for Graduate Admission”, and then click “Edit Referees” next to your application. You will not be able to change the referee information if the reference has been provided.

Does the reference letter have to come from a faculty member? Can I get a reference from a Teaching Assistant or an employer?

While academic references are preferred, the program does accept references from employers or others who are 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.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)?

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine does not require a GRE be submitted with an application to the program.


Can you tell me what the acceptable forms of English Language Proficiency are, and what scores are required?

For full details, click here.

I can provide a letter stating language of instruction was in English. Do I still need a TOEFL or IELTS score?

For full details on acceptable achievement of English language proficiency, click here

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine does not offer conditional admission based on completion of an English language proficiency program.