How to Apply

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1. Eligibility


Determine if you meet the program's minimum eligibility requirements

MSc Degree Minimum Requirements for Admission

Students are accepted into our program to work with individual faculty members as mentors. Preference is given to applicants who have a high potential for success in graduate school and who share research interests with prospective faculty supervisors.

Below are the minimum admission requirements. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

MSc Degree Minimum Admission Requirements Checklist:

Requirement Clinical CDBS I/O SPDP
4-year undergraduate honour’s degree Psychology only

Psychology or a related field

Psychology or a related field Psychology or a related field
Minimum Grade Average in the last 2 years of undergraduate studies 78% or B+ 78% or B+ 78% or B+ 78% or B+
GRE General Scores verbal, quantitative and analytical) Required Not required Required Not Required
English Proficiency Required of all international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed at least 1-year of full-time study at an English-speaking university.
Please visit our frequently asked questions page for additional information on admission requirements.

PhD Degree Minimum Requirements for Admission

PhD Degree Minimum Admission Requirements Checklist

Requirement Clinical CDBS I/O SPDP

Thesis-oriented Master’s degree in Psychology or related field.

Psychology only, 

with content that is primarily clinical

Psychology

or a related field

Psychology

or a related field

Psychology

or a related field

Minimum Grade Average from Master’s studies 78% or B+ 78% or B+ 78% or B+ 78% or B+
GRE General Scores verbal, quantitative and analytical) Required Not required Required Not Required
English Proficiency Required of all international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed at least 1-year of full-time study at an English-speaking university.
Please visit our frequently asked questions page for additional information on admission requirements.

 

2. Supervisor and Research


Identify a potential supervisor and choose a research area of excellence

Western's Psychology Graduate Program provides advanced training in four clusters of research excellence. Each student is admitted to one of these clusters which is responsible for the general supervision of their program.

Please note that students are only admitted to the program if there is a faculty member who is able and willing to act as a supervisor. Applicants must therefore identify their research area along with prospective supervisors, in order of preference in the online application.

Please click below to learn more about the research clusters and supervisors accepting students for the upcoming academic year.

Clinical Science and Psychopathology (CSP) - Offers a CPA Accredited Clinical Psychology Program

The CSP field of research encompasses the Clinical Psychology area of research excellence and focuses on the study of the causes and treatments for abnormal behavior and health-related behavior.

A typical Master’s degree will take 2 years to complete and a Doctoral Degree will take approximately 4 years with 1 added year of residency/internship

To learn more about this research cluster please follow this link: http://www.psychology.uwo.ca/research/clinical/index.html

Faculty (* Accepting Graduate Student Applications for the the upcoming Academic Year)

*Dr. Lindsay Bodell: eating disorders 
Dr. Lorne Campbell
: romantic relationships; interpersonal perceptions and behaviour
*Dr. David Dozois: cognitive vulnerability to depression
Dr. Bill Fisher: sexual behavior; sexual and reproductive health 
Dr. Elizabeth Hampson : sex steroids and  brain function
*Dr. Elizabeth Hayden : developmental psychopathology
Dr. Peter Hoaken: Human aggression and violent crime;Alcohol and aggression; Cognitive predictors of re-offending in male inmates
*Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude : auditory cognitive neuroscience/network abnormalities in neurological disorders
Dr. Nicholas Kuiper: personality characteristics relating to psychopathology and well-being
Dr. John Paul Minda : cognitive psychology of higher-order thinking and concept learning
Dr. Richard W.J. Neufeld: clinical mathematical psychology of stress and coping 
*Dr. Graham Reid : pediatric sleep, health and mental health services, child-clinical/pediatric psychology
*Dr. Don Saklofske : individual differences, intelligence and personality
Dr. Ryan Stevenson : sensory perception, multisensory integration, autism
Dr. Leora Swartzman: health psychology
 


Cognitive, Developmental, and Brain Sciences (CDBS)

The CDBS cluster encompasses the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognition, and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience areas of research excellence. The CDBS cluster focuses on the study of:

- genetic, neurological, and hormonal causes of behavior
- how information is perceived, stored, and processed and how language is used and understood
- processes that explain changes in children’s thinking and behavior from infancy through adolescence

To learn more about this research cluster please follow this link: http://www.psychology.uwo.ca/research/cognitive_developmental_brain_sciences/index.html

Faculty (*accepting Graduate Student Applications for the upcoming Academic Year)

*Dr. Daniel Ansari : developmental cognitive neuroscience of numerical cognition
*Dr. Lisa Archibald : language and working memory impairments
*Dr. Laura Batterink: cognitive neuroscience of language, implicit learning and memory, sleep and memory consolidation
*Dr. Blake Butler: sensory system development and crossmodal plasticity following sensory loss
Dr. Brian Corneil : neural control of movement
*Dr. Jody Culham : neuroimaging and behavioural studies of perception and actions 
Dr. Melvyn A. Goodalevisual perception and visually guided behaviour
*Dr. Jessica Grahn : music neuroscience, rhythm and time perception 
*Dr. Paul Gribble: human motor control & sensorimotor learning
Dr. Elizabeth Hampson : sex steroids and brain function
*Dr. Elizabeth Hayden : developmental psychopathology
Dr. Riley Hinson: associative processes in drugs and addiction
*Dr. Debra Jared :  bilingual language processing and reading
*Dr. Marc Joanisse :  cognitive neuroscience of language and reading
*Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude : auditory cognitive neuroscience/network abnormalities in neurological disorders
Dr. Albert Katz: non-literal language and everyday memory
Dr. Martin I. Kavaliers: sex differences in behaviour; parasites, infection, immune systems and behaviour
*Dr. Stefan Köhler: brain bases of human memory and memory disorders
Dr. Steve Lomber : cortical plasticity following hearing loss and restoration
*Dr. Steve Lupker : reading; semantic and orthographic priming
*Dr. Penny MacDonald : cognitive profile of patients with Parkinson's disease
Dr. Scott MacDougall-Shackletonseasonal changes in brain, hormones and behaviour
*Dr. Ken McRae: cognitive neuroscience of events and language understanding
Dr. John Paul Minda : cognitive psychology of higher-order thinking and concept learning
*Dr. J. Bruce Morton : cognitive control and frontal lobe development
*Dr. Marieke Mur: neural and computational mechanisms of visual cognition
*Dr. Klaus-Peter Ossenkopp : behavioural neuroscience of hormones, immune system and behaviour
*Dr. Adrian Owen : disorders of consciousness
*Dr. Andrew Pruszynski: neural mechanisms of sensory perception and motor control 
Dr. David F. Sherry : animal cognition and the avian brain
*Dr. Ryan Stevenson : sensory perception and  multisensory integration in autism
Dr. Jennifer Sutton : spatial cognition and navigation in adults and children 


Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O)

The I/O field of research encompasses the Industrial/Organizational Psychology area of research excellence and focuses on the study of worker and organizational characteristics that contribute to adjustment in the workplace.

To learn more about this research cluster please follow this link: http://www.psychology.uwo.ca/research/io/index.html 

Faculty (*accepting Graduate Student Applications for the upcoming Academic Year)

Dr. Natalie Allen: teams & workgroups, methodological issues in team research, teams in extreme situations
*Dr. Alex Benson: Followership and leadership; Group Dynamics; Organizational socialization
Dr. Joan Finegan: organizational behaviour, incivility, work attitudes and values
*Dr. Richard Goffin: personnel selection and performance appraisal
*Dr. John Meyer: work attitudes and motivation
Dr. Mitch Rothstein: workplace resiliency, personality and job performance
Dr. Jennifer Robertson: organizational environmental & social responsibility and the nature and prediction of leadership (cross-appt)
*Dr. Johanna Weststar: organizational commitment, occupational and professional identity, industrial citizenship,citizenship at work,employee involvement, employee voice (cross-appt)


Social, Personality and Developmental Psychology (SPDP)

The SPDP field of research encompasses the Social Psychology and Personality Psychology and Social Development areas of research excellence. The SPDP cluster focuses on the study of:

- how people think about, influence, and relate to one another
- individual differences in personality and intelligence and analysis of psychological data with the help of mathematical concepts and statistics

To learn more about this research cluster please follow this link: http://www.psychology.uwo.ca/research/social_and_personality/index.html 

Faculty (*accepting Graduate Student Applications for the upcoming Academic Year)

*Dr. Alex BensonFollowership and leadership; Group Dynamics; Organizational socialization
Dr. Rachel Calogero : system justification and social change, objectification of self and others, gender, sexism, inequality, and justice, body image, stigmatized bodies, and body-self attunement
Dr. Lorne Campbell: romantic relationships and interpersonal perceptions
*Dr. Victoria M. Esses : immigration, stereotypes  and discrimination
Dr. William A. Fisher: sexual behavior and reproductive health
Dr. Erin Heerey: social interaction and social cognition
*Dr. Samantha Joel: Decision making in the context of romantic relationships
Dr. James M. Olson: attitudes, justice and social cognition
*Dr. Don Saklofske : individual differences, intelligence and personality
*Dr. Julie Aitken Schermer: individual differences, personality, measurement (cross-appointment)
*Dr. Paul Tremblay
: structural equation and multilevel modeling
*Dr. Lynne Zarbatany : childhood peer groups, friendship, and social adjustment

*accepting Graduate Student Applications for 2019-2020

Affiliated Programs

Students may earn a specialization in any one of the following collaborative programs for their MSc or PhD degrees. Application to a collaborative program should be made early in the first term of study.

•  Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Regulations
•  Graduate Program in Neuroscience
•  Collaborative Graduate Program in Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

 

3. Online application


Apply online by January 4, 2019

 

After confirming that you meet the minimum program admission requirements and have chosen a research cluster and up to three prospective supervisors, please gather the remaining required components of your application as outlined below:

Statement of Interest

Please upload your statement of interest to the online application where indicated. The statement of interest should be no more than two or three pages in length, double-spaced. Include your reasons for applying to graduate studies and your current and future research and academic interests.

Academic References

You will be required to provide two academic references in the online application. After you have keyed in the information and saved your application, an automated email containing an online reference procedure will be sent directly to your referees. Submission of the reference will, in turn, be collected electronically. No paper reference letters are required.

University Transcripts

At the time of the application, you may upload an unofficial academic record for each post-secondary academic institution attended, including a Western academic record from the Western Student Centre: http://student.uwo.ca, if applicable. Official transcripts are only required once an applicant has been admitted.

Graduate Record Examination Scores

GRE (General)* is an admission requirement for two of the research clusters in Psychology, as indicated below.

Institution Code for The University of Western Ontario: 0984

Department Code: 2016 (Psychology)

Program

GRE (General) Required

Clinical

YES

IO

YES

CDBS

No

SPDP

No

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.

Have you written the GRE in the recent past and plan to write again before our application deadline? Please 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 (International Applicants Only)

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 programs listed below.

Please enter your score in the online application. Western's School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies receives the official test scores and will make these available to our program.

Approved English Proficiency Programs:

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 Western’s 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 (Optional)

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.

Permanent Residents

Permanent Residents 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.

Application Fee

Application Fee A $115 CDN application fee will be required at the time of application.

Graduate Scholarships (OGS and CGSM)?

Graduate Scholarships (OGS and CGSM)? We encourage applicants to apply for external scholarship funding, such as the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGSM). Program applicants who will be applying for these scholarships must have a Western student number, which is issued once your application for admission has been submitted.

Please visit this page for more information about OGS.

Please visit this page for more information about CGSM.

Online Application

Apply online by January 4, 2019! Please note that only completed applications will be considered providing Western 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 gradapps@uwo.ca or call 519-850-2341.

 

4. Decision


Wait for a decision

Decision and Next Steps

Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by email, at the latest, by April 15, 2019.

Follow-up feedback is not available to unsuccessful applicants.

After receiving their offer, successful applicants are encouraged to accept their offer of admission as soon as possible so that a Western University email account can be assigned and important information regarding semester start-up activities are not missed!

Western informs all applicants of an admission decision whether you are offered admission or not.  All decisions of admission are sent digitally to the applicant at the email address you supply in your application. 

Applicants who have been offered admission to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies can accept or decline their offers of admissions online through the Western Student Center.

View your Electronic Letter of Admission

  • Login into the Student Center with the information provided with your Western Identity and locate the Admissions banner.
  • Your electronic offer of admission will appear below the Admissions banner.
  • Click the “View Letters” hyperlink under My Applications to see and/or print your official offer of admission.

Accept or Decline your Offer of Admission

  • Login into the Student Center with the information provided with your Western Identity and locate the Admissions banner.
  • Your electronic offer of admission will appear below the Admissions banner.
  • Click the “Accept or Decline” hyperlink under My Applications to accept or decline your offer of admission.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the application process in Psychology.