Menu Option #1 Graduate Studies
What: Masters and PhD programs in areas of study ranging from
anthropology to zoology.
Who should go: Masters and PhD programs are intensely specified,
meaning you need to know exactly what you want to focus on
in your particular area of study. This means knowing you want
to study English is not enough; you need to know if you want
to specialize in renaissance literature or medieval.
Graduate programs offer the opportunity to do individual research
and/or a teaching assistantship, allowing some hands-on experience
outside of discussions and essay writing.
What you need to do: Each area of study has their own respective
application requirements, but it's a safe bet you'll need an
honours degree in the area of study you've selected. Next,
you need at least two (sometimes more) copies of official transcripts
from every post-secondary institution you've attended throughout
your education, along with whatever fees the institution you're
applying to requires.
Where you can go: It depends on your program of study. Western
alone offers 58 options for a Master's degree. Your best bet
is to decide what you want to study and where you want to live
and then investigate whether the two are compatible.
Cost of applying: Each separate school you apply to will have
its own application fee. The cost of applying to Western's
English graduate program, for instance, is $75.
Out of province information: Applying to an out-of-province
school is a fairly pricey option, as you must take into account
the invariably higher cost of living and studying away from
home. Studying in another province also means you're ineligible
for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship. However, there are many
other options for financial assistance.
Scholarship info: There is a significant number of scholarships
available for people pursuing a Masters degree or a PhD at
a Canadian post-secondary institution. Two major ones are the
OGS and the Canada Graduate Scholarship.
Application forms for the OGS are available at Western's graduate
studies office, Rm. 180 in University College. In order to
apply for the OGS (worth $5,000 per school term), you must
have at least an A- average (80 per cent and up) in your last
two years of university, two letters of recommendation from
professors who are familiar with your work and a list of your
academic accomplishments. However, if you want a piece of the
OGS pie, you'd better act fast, because the deadline is this
coming Mon., Oct. 20.
The CGS is a new competitive scholarship recently announced
by the government, worth $17,500 for one year for Master's
students and $35,000 per year for three years for PhD candidates.
Fourth-year students should apply through their home department
at Western and applications should include transcripts and
letters of reference, along with a two-page proposal on what
you plan to study within your specific graduate program. The
deadline for the CGS is Nov. 1, 2003.
Deadlines: Deadlines differ by school and program, but you
can bet on an early winter deadline of January or February.
This year's application deadline for many graduate programs
at Western is Feb. 1, 2004.