Important Dates

Application opens: October 7th
Application closes: January 7th
Anticipated start date: September 1st

Offers of admission for Fall Term are distributed by email starting in February.

Application Materials

A complete online application consists of the following:

  • Personal contact information
  • Academic history
  • Two academic references: Referees should be prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. Upon entering referee information into the online application, our electronic reference system will automatically send an email directly to your referees requesting their evaluation.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable): Your testing service should send your score electronically to Western. More information is available from SGPS here.
  • Writing sample: A recent essay or thesis chapter, approximately 10-20 pages. Please note that this writing sample may, but need not be, in the area of your proposed research.
  • Statement of interest: Approximately 300-500 words in length. This statement is not binding on your subsequent research.
  • Post-secondary transcripts: Electronic copies of unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution listed in your academic history. If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English, a certified translation must also be included. Non-English transcripts from institutions within Canada do not require a translation. If you are offered admission, you will be required to submit all hardcopy official transcripts.
  • Application fee payment - $125 (effective August 16, 2021): Accepted methods of payment are Visa, MasterCard, non-personal cheque or money order/bank draft from a Canadian banking institution.

Online Application


For questions about the online application, email the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Application Support Team at

For other questions about applying, email the Department of Philosophy's Graduate Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator at