The online application opens mid-October each year. Highly qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application early to be considered for priority funding opportunities. Our application deadline is January 15 and our Graduate Admissions Committee begins their review of applications at that time. Applications will continue to be considered until all available spaces in the program have been filled. Prospective applicants considering applying after the end of February are advised to contact the program to confirm whether a late application will be considered.
We strongly encourage applicants with a minimum 80% average in each of the last two years of study (as of August 31) to apply for an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). To apply, you must first complete and submit your program application. You will then have access to Western’s OGS application through the web services portal. For deadlines and more information on OGS and other external scholarship competitions, please visit our external scholarship website.
Applicants should review our Admission Requirements, as well as Frequently Asked Questions (below) before beginning the application.
The online application allows an applicant to provide all required information and documentation. The responsibility rests with the applicant to ensure that all required documents are uploaded into the online application. An application will not be considered until it is complete.
A complete application includes:
We do not require a GRE score.
A complete application includes:
Two references are required. Every effort should be made to obtain academic references, especially if you have completed any kind of studies (full degree/diploma, individual courses for interest or upgrading, etc.) within the last few years. Academic referees should be current or past instructors (not teaching assistants) who can attest to your research and writing abilities. Academic references are preferred by the Admissions Committee, so even if you can obtain one academic reference instead of two, this will help. If any academic references are not possible, use professional reference(s).
It is not necessary to find a supervisor at the time of application. In Sociology, the Graduate Chair is the supervisor pro tem for all students. MA students select their supervisor at the end of their first term in the program; PhD students select their supervisor in their first year of study. To ensure that there is someone in the department suitable to supervise you, we encourage you to explore our Finding a Supervisor webpage and note your interest in particular faculty members in your statement.
Once you have completed the application, your admission average is calculated and the review process begins. Our Graduate Chair, Department Chair, and four additional tenured professors serve on our Admissions Committee.
PhD files are reviewed by faculty members whose area(s) of research interest match those of the applicant and then by the Admissions Committee; MA files are reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee considers all relevant and applicable information including, but not limited to, grades, references, statement, and compatibility with faculty research.
Results of admission decisions will be sent by email. Successful applicants will receive an Offer of Admission from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies as well as a funding letter from the Program. Successful international students will also receive a Letter of Acceptance from the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Successful applicants must accept or decline their offer on-line. The web link and instructions will appear on your formal Offer of Admission from the School of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies. Instructions are also available on the School of Graduate and Postodoctoral Studies web site (see 4. APPLY Passwords and Access). This step is important even if you are declining the offer as it allows us to extend offers of admission to applicants on waiting lists.
Once you click to accept or decline your offer of admission, a message will appear on your screen to indicate you have successfully accepted (or declined) and this is the only confirmation you will receive. If you are unsure whether you successfully accepted your offer of admission, you can go through the process again; once you have accepted your offer it no longer appears. Therefore, if your offer still appears you did not successfully accept or decline.