How to apply

Application Process

In order to apply to graduate studies in the Department of Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering at Western, it is important that you understand the essential elements of the Western graduate school application. No application will be considered until it is complete. The responsibility rests with the applicant to ensure that all documents (e.g., transcripts, letters of recommendation, test results such as TOEFL scores, GRE scores) are submitted by the program’s respective deadline. 

Online Application

To apply for admission, a completed application must be submitted through our online application system found HERE and providing Western with the following:

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.


We will email your referees within 24 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.

Supplementary 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 two methods of payment in order to process your application.

  • Credit Card (Visa/MasterCard)
  • Cheque/Money Order

Supplemental 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.

If Applicable: Proficiency in English Scores

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You must have the testing service send your score electronically to Western.

For applicants whose first language is not English or if a student has not completed 2 years of undergraduate or graduate education at an English-speaking institution in a country whose official first language is English, then you must provide proof of your proficiency in English by successfully completing one of the following English Language Proficiency examinations.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20 for the internet based version; 213 for the standard electronic version; or 550 for the paper and pencil version, although some programs require a higher minimum score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].

The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The minimum acceptable score is 6.5 out of 9, with no individual score below 6.0. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada. Also check for online testing availability. 

The Duolingo English Test was recently accepted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  A minimum score of 115 is required. Please select Western University as one of the institutions of interest and they will release the score to our graduate admissions team to confirm.  

The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online.

The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The minimum acceptable score is 60. The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.

CultureWorks. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level. Click here for information regarding a conditional offer of admission, pending CultureWorks completion.

Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 5, Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum 80% in all components.

Applicant may be exempt from submitting an English test result if he/she has spent at least 2 years studying in an English-speaking country, where first language is English (i.e., USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Nigeria, etc.). Request the testing center to forward an official transcript to our university.


Western accepts digital academic records within your application however if you are offered admission you are required to provide one official academic transcript* from each post-secondary institution you have attended. These documents should be mailed directly to The School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies or emailed directly from the post-secondary institution to

Past or current students of Western University do not need to provide transcripts for their academic history at Western. This information will be obtained internally.

*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.)

All documents and transcripts submitted to Western University become the property of the University and will not be returned.

Admission Criteria, Documentation & Application Deadlines

Please be sure to review the program(s) website to which you are applying to in order to learn if any such requirements exist. All supporting documentation is collected digitally within the application unless otherwise noted by the program.



Students who have voluntarily withdrawn or who have been withdrawn and wish to complete their program must formally re-apply for admission via our application. Credit for previous work completed must be approved by the program and SGPS.

Application Dates

Domestic Applicants: 

  • Fall Term: November - July 
  • Winter Term: March - November 
  • Summer Term: July - March 


International Applicants:

  • Fall Term: November - March 
  • Winter Term: March - July 
  • Summer Term: July - November