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Admission Requirements

Welcome to our Chemistry Website! If you are a domestic student considering joining our department we want to let you know that we are hosting a graduate recruitment weekend from February 23-25, 2018. Top successful applicants (residing in North America) will be invited to join us at Western in order to meet with faculty, current graduate students and other successful applicants to learn about our exciting research opportunities, tour our facilities, and learn more about graduate student life at Western and in London, Ontario. Financial assistance for travel will be provided and local expenses will be covered (additional information will be included in the invitation letter).  To be considered for this opportunity, please ensure that we receive your complete application by Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at the latest. 

The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at The University of Western Ontario coordinates the admission process with each of the graduate programs selecting and admitting prospective students to graduate study. Please review this information to ensure you are prepared with the knowledge necessary to succeed in your educational pursuits. The online application is available to international students for the Fall term only. Deadline to apply is February 26th. Applicants will be notified via Western email before April 1st if they are being offered admission.

Selecting a Supervisor

It is not necessary to secure a supervisor before applying, however, once you have applied, you may wish to make contact with faculty you are interested in working with. Once the department receives your complete application and it is deemed eligible, the file will be distributed to the faculty members for review. If there is a supervisor that wishes to accept you as part of their group, an offer letter will be generated through the student center. At times, there may be more than one faculty member willing to accept you into their group and a list of names will be provided in your offer letter.

Master of Science

Admission to the M.Sc. program requires a four-year, Bachelor of Science Honours degree in chemistry with a research component, or equivalent, from a recognized university, college, or institute. For applicants who have not yet been conferred the B.Sc. degree, all program requirements must be completed prior to the start of the M.Sc. studies.

Domestic students require an overall average of 75% (B+) or higher in the last two years is required (special cases can sometimes be made for those with less than 75%). Other requirements exist for international students: please see below for full details.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission to the Ph.D. program requires an M.Sc. degree in chemistry with a research component, or equivalent, from a recognized university, college, or institute. For applicants who have not yet been conferred the M.Sc. degree, all program requirements must be completed prior to the start of the Ph.D. studies.

Domestic students require an overall average of 75% (B+) or higher in the last two years is required (special cases can sometimes be made for those with less 75%). Other requirements exist for international students: please see below for full details.

International applicants are invited to check WES Credential Evaluation to see how their grades convert to the Canadian grading system.

English Language Proficiency (YOU MUST HAVE AN ELIGIBLE SCORE TO APPLY)

GRE is not required.

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 in one of the following:

International students that have attended a university in Canada for 2 years or more do not require English proficiency. Some countries where English is the first language such as Nigeria, do not require English proficiency.

Students who are required to present evidence of proficiency in English must make their own arrangements to write the TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB or CAEL and to have the official results sent directly to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies by the testing agency.

Other formal evidence of graduate level proficiency in English (as determined by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies) may be considered in lieu of these test scores. For the French and Spanish programs only, evidence of proficiency in English is a degree requirement but not a requirement for admission.

2+2 Joint Ph.D. Program

Domestic or international students meeting the admission requirements of DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY in Chemistry described above are encouraged to apply. In addition, the student must identify a research supervisor who is a member of the Soochow University – Western University Centre for Synchrotron Radiation Research from Western Chemistry to conduct thesis work.