Application Procedure

This application procedure is subject to change without notice.

The Deadline: January 4, 2019 Statement of Interest
Research Areas Graduate Record Examination Scores *
Faculty Supervisors  
The Online Application Proof of English Proficiency
Graduate Scholarships Held Through UWO (OGS and CGSM) Additional Materials (optional)
Application Fee Contact Information
University Transcripts Decision


The Deadline: January 4, 2019

The deadline is firm because faculty may review applications immediately after the deadline. Faculty avoid reserving judgment while waiting for missing application items, such as GRE scores. If any part of the application is not available at the time faculty review the file, the applicant's chances of acceptance will be lowered because the department is reluctant to admit on incomplete data. Thus, it is recommended that you begin the online application well before the deadline and upload documents not later than the deadline.


The Online Application (available October 1, 2018 to January 4, 2019)

Apply Online to Western

A completed application must be submitted, providing Western's Psychology with the following:

  • Biographical information
  • Contact information
  • Area of Study
  • Prospective Supervisor
  • Statement of Interest
  • Academic background
  • GRE scores (for applicants to the Clinical Science & Psychopathology and Industrial/Organizational Fields of Research only)
  • One unofficial academic record for each post-secondary academic institution
  • Information for two academic references
  • Proficiency in English Score, if applicable
  • Optional sample of written work
  • Optional list of publications or curriculum vitae
  • Application fee

For assistance with the online application, please send a message to or call 519-850-2341.

Graduate Scholarships Held Through UWO (OGS and CGSM)

We encourage applicants to apply to the OGS and CGSM.  Applicants for these scholarships must have a Western student number.  To obtain a Western student number, please submit an application for admission.

Please visit this page for more information about the OGS.

Please visit this page for more information about the CGSM.


Application Fee

Please submit the $115 (CDN or equivalent) application fee in the online application.

University Transcripts

At the time of the application, you may upload an unofficial academic record for each post-secondary academic institution attended. This includes Western academic records from the student centre:


Our online application will collect referee information and send an online reference procedure directly to your referees. Submission of the reference will, in turn, be collected electronically. No paper reference letters are required.

Statement of Interest

Please upload your statement of interest to the online application where indicated. The statement of interest should include reasons for applying to graduate studies, your current and future research and academic interests, and may be two to three pages double-spaced.

Graduate Record Examination Scores (GRE)

Institution Code for The University of Western Ontario: 0984
Department Code: 2016 (Psychology)

*The GRE (General) is required for the Clinical Science & Psychopathology and Industrial/Organizational Fields of Research only.  Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences (CDBS) and Social, Personality and Developmental Psychology (SPDP) do not require the GRE (Geeneral) for admission to their Field of Research.

You must add the test date and your General GRE test scores and percentiles to the online application. Usually the raw scores and percentiles for the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE are available right after you write the computer-based test. It is crucial to your application that we have the unofficial scores immediately. They will be confirmed by the official score report at a later time.

Occasionally GRE scores arrive as an individual paper score report. Much more common, however, ETS/GRE sends a list of scores to Western's School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Usually Western receives a minimum of two lists per month and up to six lists per month arrive in January and February. Our program has access to these lists.

You have written the GRE in the recent past and plan to write again before our application deadline? List the new test date and scores on the online application.

Graduate Record Examination Scores (GRE): Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical Writing. The GREs consist of a set of tests provided by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey and administered by universities and other offices around the world. There are three tests of general knowledge and ability: verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing which are taken together in one computer-based (or, less common, paper-based) testing session. Please visit the official GRE website.


Proof of English Proficiency

Western's School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies receives official test scores and they make these scores available to the graduate programs. In the online application, please enter your score. We will look for the official report using the details provided by the unofficial report.

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:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20 for the internet based version; 213 for the standard electronic version; or 550 for the paper and pencil version, although some programs require a higher minimum score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984 ].
  • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The minimum acceptable score is 6 out of 9. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.
  • The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online.
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The minimum acceptable score is 60. The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.
  • Fanshawe College's ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 5, Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum 80% in all components.

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. Those graduates from CultureWorks or Fanshawe College's ESL Program must provide official proof of graduation.

Additional Materials

While not required, you may submit the GRE Psychology subject test score, a sample of your written work such as a published article, a list of publications (or Curriculum Vitae) or Landing papers (if applicable). You are welcome to upload these documents to the online application.

For permanent residents of Canada only, please include a photocopy of both sides of your Permanent Resident Card or a photocopy of your Record of Landing. If you are applying to be a permanent resident, but have not been granted landed-immigrant status, you must apply as an international applicant.

Contact Information

For assistance with the online application, please send a message to or call 519-850-2341.

For information about Psychology's requirements, please send a message to or call 519-661-2064 or fax 519-661-3961.


We will notify you of our decision by email by the end of April at the latest.