How to Apply

Application Deadlines

DOMESTIC

August 31
for September Admission

INTERNATIONAL

March 1
for September Admission


We encourage domestic students to apply by January 15 for consideration for Scholarship Opportunities including the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and internal Western Scholarships. 

All admission offers to our Department are made in conjunction with the student's faculty supervisor. Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact potential supervisors in advance of their application. Explore our Research pages to start identifying candidate supervisors and projects. 

Students who are admitted to the Physics and Astronomy Graduate Program and accept our Admission Offer will be refunded their application fee at the end of their first month in the program.

Application Details & Materials

To apply for admission, a completed application must be submitted, providing the university and the department with the following information:

  • Personal Information

    • We ask for basic information concerning your identity and contact information.
  • Academic History

    • We ask that you supply Western with a listing of all post‐secondary schools you have attended.
  • References

    • We will email your referees within 2 hours of entering or updating your reference information. Each reference will be collected by Western and distributed alongside your application once it arrives. No paper reference letters are required.
  • Supplemental Questions

    • Our graduate programs may ask you unique questions that reflect elements of the program you are applying to. The responses you provide are made available to the program during the assessment process.
  • Application Fee Payment

    • Western accepts different methods of payments to process your application. Visit the fee payment methods page for more information
  • Supplementary Documents

    • Western makes it possible for you to submit your supporting documents in a digital format. This includes an academic record/transcript from each school you note in your Academic History and any additional documents required by the program you are applying to.
  • Proficiency in English Scores

    • Western accepts IELTS and TOFEL for proof of English Language Proficiency. For more information on the minimum score visit our admission requirements page