Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Graduate Students

Western University, Graduate Studies - Somerville Facade (Douglas Keddy)


This portion of the site contains information relevant to you as a Western graduate student. Western offers many services to support your academic, social, personal and career needs during your education.

    Overview of all aspects of graduate education at Western, including important dates, registration, funding and thesis regulations.
    Information pertaining to graduate and undergraduate course enrollment.
    Financial information for students, including fees, funding, and research opportunities.
    Portal for students requesting a change in their registration status at Western.
    Our goal is that all members of our graduate community not simply be healthy, but that everyone has opportunity to thrive.
    Overview of residency requirements and support services for international students.
    Exchange and visiting student opportunities for current students.
    Specific information about Western's thesis processes, requirements, services and deadlines.
    Overview of various services available to you during your education, including health, housing, and Western Libraries.
    Important contact information for current students, including programs, SGPS and faculty/staff directories.

Important Dates (Fall Term)

  • September 1, 2017
    Fall term officially begins. Since this date does not necessarily coincide with the beginning of classes, students should contact their program for the specific date when courses start.
  • September 8, 2017
    Due date for fall term tuition (first installment).
  • September 15, 2017
    Grade submission deadline for summer term grades for continuing students.
  • September 29, 2017
    Last day to enrol in fall term graduate courses, declare an audit for a course, or drop a graduate course without it appearing on the transcript. Students who drop after this date but before November 1 will receive a WDN on their transcript.
  • October 13, 2017
    Due date for second installment of fall term tuition for those paying in two installments.
  • October 25-27
    Autumn Convocation
  • October 30, 2017
    Last day to provide proof of Permanent Resident status to have fall term tuition fees reduced to the domestic rate.
  • October 31, 2017
    Last day to withdraw from a graduate course beginning in the fall term without academic penalty. Students who drop after this date will receive an F on their transcript.
  • November 10, 2017
    Final date for doctoral candidates to submit the thesis for examination to SGPS to complete the degree within the fall term.
  • November 24, 2017
    Final date for masters candidates to submit the thesis for examination to SGPS to complete the degree within the fall term.
  • November 27, 2017
    Recommended deadline to submit to SGPS requests for changes to winter term registration status, (e.g. part-time, leave of absence, intent to be eligible for TDO status) and to apply to graduate for the February In Absentia Convocation.
  • December 22, 2017
    Grade submission deadline for fall term grades for students wishing to graduate at the February In Absentia Convocation
  • December 31, 2017
    Deadline for doctoral and masters candidates to submit the thesis for examination to SGPS to be eligible for Thesis Defense Only status for the winter term. 
    Deadline for final submission of the thesis to complete the degree within the fall term and to graduate at the February In Absentia Convocation. 
    Fall term ends.