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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum admission requirements?

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.  Please refer to program-specific FAQs below for further information regarding any prerequisite courses or degrees, if applicable.

We are governed by the University Senate, which mandates that a bachelor’s degree is required for admission to all of our post-degree diploma and certificate programs.  We cannot take into account work experience and/or mature status in place of this requirement.

When can I apply?

Applications will be available online at postdegree.uwo.ca on November 1. 

Please note that students who have never attended Western University must first be accepted to the University via the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) before being accepted to a post-degree diploma or certificate program.

External and international applicants are encouraged to begin the application process as soon as possible.  For program application deadlines, please refer to the program you are choosing to apply to.

When will I know if my application has been accepted?

All decisions regarding admission to the program are communicated by email and through your MyWCS account.  Admission decisions will be made after all applications have been received by the deadline.  Deadlines are specific to the program. Please refer to the program page for deadline details.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure all pieces of both the supplemental application, as well as the OUAC application (where applicable), arrive well before the application deadline at the appropriate destinations. Decisions will not be relayed over the telephone.

How long is the program?

All of the post-degree diploma and certificate programs are one-year in length and designed to be completed on a full-time basis. 

How many letters of reference do I need and who should they be written by?

With the supplemental program application, we require two (2) letters of reference. Based on the study/work nature of our Post-Degree Diploma and Certificate programs, we ideally would like to receive one (1) reference from an academic source and one (1) from an employment source.

We will accept two (2) reference letters from academic sources, but request that one (1) of your referees be able to speak to your skills/employability in the field.

Failure to submit letters of reference will prevent the timely processing of your application.

There is no official form for reference letters; however, letters should be written on the referee’s letterhead if possible. Letters of reference tend to be more helpful when the referee is aware of the information in your application. For example, the diploma program you are applying to, as well as why and how you would be an ideal candidate for this program should be included.

Letters of reference must be sealed by the referee with his or her signature across the seal and may be mailed to Continuing Studies either directly from the referee or with the supplemental application.

I have been working in a related field for a few years. Do I still need to complete the practicum component?

Yes, to be eligible to graduate with the Diploma, all program components must be successfully completed.

Can I complete the program part-time?

No. Post-Degree Diploma and Certificate programs are designed to be completed on a one-year, full-time basis.  Students benefit from building upon interrelated subject matter that is shared between courses, and the networking and collaborative environment that comes from being part of a cohort program. 

Students will be expected to do readings, complete assignments and study outside of class time, and should expect the workload of the program to equate a full-time job.  Students should be prepared to commit approximately 35-40 hours of work per week, including class time, in order to be successful in the program.

How do I login to my online course?

To access your online course, please visit the OWL site and log on with your Western username and password.

Who should I contact if I need more information?

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the Continuing Studies office at 519 661 3658 or email post-degree@uwo.ca 

Program-Specific Frequently Asked Questions:

Arts Management

What is the Diploma in Arts Management?

The Diploma in Arts Management is offered in partnership with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Also developed in partnership with The Stratford Festival, Orchestra London, The Grand Theatre and Museum London, the Diploma is designed to provide students with practical knowledge, applied knowledge, and skills required to work in the area of arts management and administration. The program includes a four month (560 hour) practicum component enabling students to gain valuable experience working in the field.

*Please note: this program is currently under review. We will not be accepting applications for 2017-18 school year. Students interested in Arts Management may consider applying to the Not-for-Profit Management program.

What are the minimum admission requirements?

An undergraduate degree from an accredited university.  *Please note: this program is currently under review. We will not be accepting applications for 2017-18 school year. Students interested in Arts Management may be consider applying to the Not-for-Profit Management program.

What is the format for Arts Management courses?

All lectures are held in-class at Western's downtown campus located in downtown London, Ontario. Class times vary and may be offered during the morning, afternoon or evening depending on the scheduling of rooms and instructors. Classes begin in September for the duration of one (1) year, including the practicum.

What are the minimum progression requirements?

Once accepted, a student is required to maintain an overall average of 70%, with no single grade below 60%.

Is this program eligible for OSAP?

Yes, online OSAP applications are available at http://osap.gov.on.ca

Can I take courses before being admitted to the program?

No, these courses are offered only to students accepted into the Arts Management program. Based on the competitiveness of the program and its one-year duration, students must apply and be accepted into the program to be eligible for these courses.

Clinical Trials Management

What is the Diploma in Clinical Trials Management?

The Diploma in Clinical Trials Management provides science-based graduates with an opportunity to enter the field of clinical trails management. Working in medical or education institutions, as well as research laboratories, often requires managing a clinical trial. Clinical Trials Managers oversee all aspects of the trial, including patient recruitment, study implementation, and close out. This program will provide learners with the skills needed to contribute to positive changes within the medical field.

What are the minimum admission requirements?

An undergraduate degree from an accredited university in Health Sciences or related field.

Please Note: This is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

What is the format for Clinical Trials Management courses?

All of the diploma-credit courses are offered in an intensive online format. Classes begin in September for the duration of one (1) year, including the practicum.

What are the minimum progression requirements?

Once accepted, a student is required to maintain an overall average of 70%, with no single grade below 60%.

Is this program eligible for OSAP?

Yes, online OSAP applications are available at http://osap.gov.on.ca

I am a professional working in the field. Can I take these classes?

We have limited spaces available for non-Diploma students who are seeking opportunities for professional development. Note that non-credit courses cannot be converted to Diploma credit and, therefore, those wishing to pursue the Diploma should not enroll before being admitted to the program.

What is the difference between the Diploma and Certificate in Clinical Trials Management?

The difference between the Diploma and Certificate in Clinical Trials Management is as follows:

The Diploma is geared toward students with a university degree in a Health Science or Science related field, with little or no experience in the field of clinical trials and includes a 400-hour practicum during which students gain hands on work experience.

Successful completion of the Certificate includes only the completion of the certificate-credit courses. Students must have a minimum of two years work experience in a related field to be admitted to the Certificate. Students wishing to gain work experience in the field must apply and meet the admission criteria for the Diploma.

Computer Science

What is the Diploma in Computer Science? 

Western's Department of Computer Science and Western Continuing Studies offer a Diploma program for qualified university graduates with a background in Mathematics, Statistics, Science or Engineering. Students who complete the Diploma will have the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for designing and developing software. Upon completion of the Diploma, those with superior academic records who wish to pursue further studies may apply for admission to the MSc in Computer Science.

What are the minimum admission requirements?

An undergraduate degree from an accredited university, preferably in science or engineering, plus prerequisite courses in CS 1026 and 1027 with a minimum grade of 70%.

Please Note: This is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission into the program.

What is the format for Computer Science courses?

All lectures are held in-class on Western’s main campus located in London, Ontario. Class times vary and may be offered during the morning, afternoon or evening depending on the scheduling of rooms and instructors. Classes begin in September for the duration of eight months.

What are the minimum progression requirements?

Once accepted, a student is required to maintain an overall average of 70%, with no single grade below 60%.

Is this program eligible for OSAP?

Yes, online OSAP applications are available at http://osap.gov.on.ca

Can I take courses before being admitted to the program?

Students who have completed required courses prior to being admitted to the Computer Science Diploma program may apply for equivalency for up to two (2) courses.

Human Resources

What is the Diploma in Human Resources?

The Diploma in Human Resources connects students with the processes of employment across public, non-profit and private organizations.  Human Resources professionals ensure that employee rights, legislation and internal procedures are effectively communicated and upheld within an organization. Collective bargaining, hiring, compensation, financial management and training and development are some of the many facets within this dynamic field.

What are the minimum admission requirements?

An undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

Please Note: This is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

What is the format for Human Resources courses?

The Diploma in Human Resources consists of nine blended courses.  Blended courses alternate between in-class and online from week to week. Classes begin in September for the duration of one (1) year, including the practicum.

What are the minimum progression requirements?

Once accepted, a student is required to maintain an overall average of 70%, with no single final grade below 65% (as per CHRP and CHRL certification guidelines).

Is this program eligible for OSAP?

No, this program is not OSAP eligible.

I am a professional working in the field. Can I take these classes?

We have limited spaces available for non-Diploma students who are seeking opportunities for professional development. Note that non-credit courses cannot be converted to Diploma credit and, therefore, those wishing to pursue the Diploma should not enroll before being admitted to the program.

 

Marketing

What is the Diploma in Marketing?

The Diploma in Marketing prepares students for the fast-paced, exciting world of today’s marketing professionals. Focusing on the craft of developing effective strategy, this one-year program provides the skills necessary to build relationships and anticipate customer needs. Students will gain a solid theoretical background with special attention given to contemporary marketing trends and practices.

What are the minimum admission requirements?

An undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

Please Note: This is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

What is the format for Marketing courses?

All lectures are held in-class at Western's downtown campus located in downtown London, Ontario. Class times vary and may be offered during the morning, afternoon or evening depending on the scheduling of rooms and instructors. Classes begin in May for the duration of one (1) year, including the practicum.

What are the minimum progression requirements?

Once accepted, a student is required to maintain an overall average of 70%, with no single grade below 60%.

Is this program eligible for OSAP?

No, this program is not OSAP eligible.

Can I take courses before being admitted to the program?

No, these courses are offered only to students accepted into the Marketing program. Based on the competitiveness to enter the program and its one-year duration, students must apply and be accepted into the program to be eligible for these courses.

 

Not-for-Profit Management

What is the Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management?

The Diploma in Not-for-Profit Management will enable graduates from a number of disciplines to build on the solid theoretical grounding obtained in their degree programs by adding practical and applied skills required to work in the field of Not-for-Profit management. In addition, students in the Diploma program will obtain valuable work experience through the practicum component.

What are the minimum admission requirements?

An undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

Please Note: This is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

What is the format for Not-for-Profit Management courses?

All lectures are held in-class at Western's downtown campus located in downtown London, Ontario. Class times vary and may be offered during the morning, afternoon or evening depending on the scheduling of rooms and instructors. Classes begin in September for the duration of one (1) year, including the practicum.

What are the minimum progression requirements?

Once accepted, a student is required to maintain an overall average of 70%, with no single grade below 60%.

Is this program eligible for OSAP?

Yes, online OSAP applications are available at http://osap.gov.on.ca

Can I take courses before being admitted to the program?

No, these courses are offered only to students accepted into the Not-for-Profit Management program. Based on the competitiveness to enter the program and its one-year duration, students must apply and be accepted into the program to be eligible for these courses.

Occupational Health and Safety Management

What is the Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Management?

The Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Management is offered by Continuing Studies in partnership with the Faculties of Social Science and Health Science. This program enables graduates from a number of disciplines to build on the solid theoretical grounding obtained in their degree programs by adding practical and applied skills required to work in the field. In addition, students in the Diploma program obtain valuable work experience through the practicum component.

What are the minimum admission requirements?

An undergraduate degree from an accredited university in health sciences, management and organizational studies, or related field.

Please Note: This is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

What is the format for Occupational Health and Safety Management courses?

Occupational Health and Safety Management is a one-year, full time in-class or online program. Classes begin in September for the duration of one (1) year, including the practicum.

What are the minimum progression requirements?

Once accepted, a student is required to maintain an overall average of 70%, with no single grade below 60%.

Is this program eligible for OSAP?

Yes, online OSAP applications are available at http://osap.gov.on.ca

I am a professional working in the field. Can I take these classes?

We have limited spaces available for non-Diploma students who are seeking opportunities for professional development. Note that non-credit courses cannot be converted to Diploma credit and, therefore, those wishing to pursue the Diploma should not enroll before being admitted to the program.

 

Pedorthics

What is the Diploma in Pedorthics?

The Diploma in Pedorthics is offered by Continuing Studies in partnership with the School of Kinesiology. The Diploma is designed to provide students with the practical and applied knowledge and skills required to practice as a pedorthist in Canada. This program is approved by The Pedorthics College of Canada.

What are the minimum admission requirements?

Students must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (or equivalent), from an accredited university, including the following courses (or equivalent):

  • Introductory Exercise Physiology
  • Systemic Approach to Functional Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Introduction to Athletic Injuries

Plus, two of the following:

  • Biomechanical Analysis of Physical Activity
  • An Introduction to the Practical Aspects of Athletic Injuries
  • Survey of Physical Growth and Motor Development
  • Perceptual-Motor Performance/Learning or a course in motor control

Please Note: This is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission into the program.

What is the format for Pedorthics courses?

Occupational Health and Safety Management is a one-year, full time in-class or online program. Classes begin in September for the duration of one (1) year, including the practicum.

What are the minimum progression requirements?

Once accepted, a student is required to maintain an overall average of 70%, with no single grade below 60%.

Is this program eligible for OSAP?

Yes, online OSAP applications are available at http://osap.gov.on.ca

I am a professional working in the field. Can I take these classes?

We have limited spaces available for non-Diploma students who are seeking opportunities for professional development. Note that non-credit courses cannot be converted to Diploma credit and, therefore, those wishing to pursue the Diploma should not enroll before being admitted to the program. Those pursuring the apprenticeship stream should click here for more information.

Public Relations

What is the Diploma in Public Relations?

Public relations is the art or science of communicating – bridging the gap between an organization and its public. Public relations professionals can work in large organizations, small companies, or as independent contractors. If you remember hearing about a company or organization, they have PR people working for them!

What are the minimum admission requirements?

An undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

Please Note: This is a competitive program with limited enrollment. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee admission.

What is the format for Public Relations courses?

All lectures are held in-class at Western's downtown campus located in downtown London, Ontario. Class times vary and may be offered during the morning, afternoon or evening depending on the scheduling of rooms and instructors. Classes begin in May for the duration of one (1) year, including the practicum.

What are the minimum progression requirements?

Once accepted, a student is required to maintain an overall average of 70%, with no single grade below 60%.

Is this program eligible for OSAP?

Yes, online OSAP applications are available at http://osap.gov.on.ca

Can I take courses before being admitted to the program?

No, these courses are offered only to students accepted into the Marketing program. Based on the competitiveness to enter the program and its one-year duration, students must apply and be accepted into the program to be eligible for these courses.