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Graduate and Professional Programs

Graduate and Professional Programs

Many graduates of the School of Health Studies choose to further their education by pursuing research-based graduate degrees or by entering a professional program that develops skills related to a specific career path (ie. chiropractor, teacher, lawyer). Choosing the most suitable postgraduate option can be challenging. There are a variety of resources provided the by the Student Success Centre that provide answers to many of the most common questions students have when considering postgraduate education.

Research or course-based Graduate Programs

Programs such as Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MSc), or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), build on the knowledge obtained during an undergraduate program. Many who hold these degrees migrate to careers in research or academia, but the skills acquired in these type of programs are also in demand in industry and the public sector. Some programs of this nature require students to complete an entrance exam such as the GRE. It is important to thoroughly research the application criteria for programs you plan to apply to. More information about tests and requirements can be obtained from the Student Success Centre.

Some graduates of the School of Health Studies pursue research- or course-based graduate degrees in areas such as:

  • Health Promotion
  • Health and Aging
  • International Development
  • Health and Information Science
  • Health Ethics
  • Biostatistics

Professional Graduate Programs

Professional programs typically require an undergraduate degree and help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for careers in a specific area. At Western, some professional programs are considered second-entry undergraduate degrees and administered by individual faculties. Professional programs offered at the master's level are coordinated by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Many graduates of the School of Health Studies pursue professional degrees in areas such as:

  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology
  • Dentistry