Welcome to the Psychology Graduate Program

Welcome Photo for New Students

We are pleased that you have accepted our offer of admission. Below is a checklist to help you in your transition and planning.

Accept Your Offer

Please check your Student Centre to accept your offer and confirm that you have satisfied all the requirements of admission, such as submitting official transcripts and/or any other required documentation.

Contact Your Supervisor

If you have not already done so, please notify your supervisor that you have accepted your offer of admission.

Western Identity

Your Western email address and id is now activated. It is very important that you regularly check your email messages at: https://myoffice.uwo.ca, as this is the only email address that will be used to communicate with you. Please also use your Western email account when writing to us, as well.


You will receive an email in August addressed to your Western email account, letting you know that course registration is open along with instructions regarding how to enroll. Please consult with your supervisor regarding which courses to register for. In the meantime, please watch for course listings on our website: http://www.psychology.uwo.ca/graduate/course_information/index.html 

When is the first day of class?

The first day of the term is September 1st. However, due to various orientation events scheduled during the first week of September, you are encouraged to regularly check your Western University email for an announcement from your course instructor in regards to when the first class will be held. You should also contact your supervisor to determine what date they will expect you to attend research and/or advisory meetings.

Funding Package

Your detailed funding package is currently being processed and we appreciate your patience in waiting for the information to be released to you by email in late summer. In the meantime, please refer to your offer letter which outlines your minimum funding level or visit our website and the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for sample funding breakdowns.


You will have the opportunity to apply for various scholarships during your first year of studies. The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides detailed information regarding available scholarships. Departmental application deadlines will be circulated to you before September 1st.

Important! Please inform us immediately of any scholarships or awards that you have accepted for the 2021-22 academic year, as these can affect your funding. Reporting this information late can result in delays and disruptions to your pay deposits.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

We will ask for your Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) assignment preferences in June or July. In the meantime, please read the Psychology Undergraduate course descriptions online: www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca and/or consult with your supervisor regarding which courses to request. While the best effort is made to accommodate student and faculty preferences and requests, it is not always possible to do so. Please note that once assigned, requests to change GTA appointments are not permitted unless extenuating circumstances are involved.

International Students

We are pleased to welcome you to our program and appreciate that you may have many questions regarding your move to Canada. Please bookmark Western International’s web page and check it often for important information, updates and resources. You are also welcome to reach out with your questions – the Western International team is ready to help you!

To clear your admission conditions, please also be sure to provide a copy of your approved study permit to the Western Admissions team, at graadapps@uwo.ca, and Lisa Drysdale, Psychology Graduate Assistant, at edrysda4@uwo.ca.

Psychology Buildings and Graduate Workspace

The Department of Psychology is spread out over several buildings on campus: Advanced Facility for Avian Research (AFAR), Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB), Westminster Hall (WH), and the Social Sciences Building (SSC). The Graduate Office is located on the 7th floor of Social Sciences (SSC). Graduate students are assigned workspace in close proximity to their supervisors and research labs. The Graduate Office, or supervisor will notify graduate students of their assigned workspace in late summer.

Psychology Graduate Student Association (PGSA)

Psychology Graduate Student Association (PGSA) is a volunteer committee formed by graduate students in the psychology department, typically with a representative from each stream. We plan events that include Buddy Night, Halloween and Holiday parties. Our mission is to connect students across the Cognitive, Developmental and Brain Sciences (CDBS), Industrial-Organizational (IO), Personality/Social, and Clinical streams. We collaborate with neuroscience for events and represent the psychology department in various ways (e.g., on recruitment day, Science Rendezvous, and community events). We also relay messages from the department to the students.

If you are interested in a liaison and/or event-planning role with PGSA, send us an email at pgsa.uwo@gmail.com and we'll get you on board! For more information and regular updates, see https://www.facebook.com/groups/pgsauwo/.

Bus Pass

Bus passes are available through the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS). Please read “Collecting your bus pass” at: http://sogs.ca/services. Bus routes are posted online: http://www.londontransit.ca/plan-a-trip/routes-schedules/

Housing and Living in London

Please follow this link for information about housing in London: http://housing.uwo.ca 

Please visit the official City of London website for recent news and events occurring in and around London, along with details about London city life, arts activities, attractions, maps, photo galleries and more.

Orientation Day: September 2022

Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, when we look forward to officially welcoming you during our Graduate Student Orientation/Refresher and Awards, a mandatory event for new and returning graduate students. Additional details regarding our event and the orientation hosted by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will be sent to you this summer. Again, please check your Western email regularly so as not to miss important notifications.

Important Dates

Please regularly visit the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for important dates for the 2020-21 academic year.

Questions? Graduate Office Contact Information

Please email Lisa Drysdale, Graduate Program Assistant for the Department of Psychology with any questions, at psygradinfo@uwo.ca