Political Science Application Process
Application Deadline: February 1st.
We will begin accepting applications mid-October. Use the Apply button below. Select MA or PhD in Political Science and fully complete your on-line application.
Before applying, please read this page carefully.
- An application fee of $95.00 - CDN must be paid to OUAC.
- Two references - You will be asked to provide e-mail addresses for your references as part of the on-line application process. We will contact your references after your application has been submitted.
- Applicable supporting documentation must be sent to the Department of Political Science.
The following supporting documents, if applicable, must be sent directly, either electronically or by mail to the Department of Political Science before the deadline.
You must forward one official academic transcript* from each post-secondary institution attended. These documents should be maild directly to the Political Science Department.
- If you have attended or are currently enrolled at any Ontario university or college other than Western University you MUST use the electronic application process in order to request transcripts. These transcripts will be delivered electronically to each of the programs to which you are applying. Western University transcripts are not required as they are obtained internally.
- ALL OTHER transcripts MUST be mailed in HARD COPY to Western University to complete your application - address shown below. *Western considers a transcript official only if it is received in a university envelope that is sealed and signed on the flap by the official person in the office issuing the transcript. If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English, a certified translation must also be included. (Non-English transcripts from institutions within Canada do not require a translation.)
- A sample of your best written work, preferably a term paper. Applicants to the PhD program should submit a portion of their MA thesis, if possible, or a substantial graduate-level paper. (Writing samples may be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Applicants for the PhD program should submit a brief statement describing their academic background and research interests. (Statements may be sent by e-mail to email@example.com). MA applicants do not need to submit a statement of interest.
Send Supporting Documents to:
Graduate Program Advisor
Department of Political Science
Social Science Centre
1151 Richmond Street North
London, Ontario, Canada
Telephone: 519 661-2111 Ext. 83657
Writing samples and statements may be sent by e-mail to Teresa McLauchlan
Students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must have a student authorization to study in Canada. Such students should apply for authorization at the Canadian Embassy or High Commission in their country of residence immediately after they have been accepted into the graduate program. International students are advised that fees for non-Canadian students are very high, and that financial support is available only to applicants with a first-class (A) average. Applicants are not required to apply for financial support. It will be set out in an offer of admission. A TOEFL is required if English is not your first language.