New students should plan to arrive before the start of term. During the summer you will be sent an email with an appointment date to meet with the Graduate Chair. This appointment will usually take place late in August or early September. Classes usually begin the second week of September.International students may arrive up to 2 weeks into the new term. Upon their arrival at Western, international students must present their international study permit to the main office of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SSB 4180).
Most of the funding will be in the form of either a Teaching Assistantship (TA), or a Research Assistantship (RA). TA and RA positions are paid monthly, by direct deposit (account should be set up through My Human Resources), on the second last banking day of the month.The remainder of your funding will be in the form of a Western Graduate Research Scholarship (WGRS). Scholarship funding will be applied directly to your tuition each term.
Tuition bills are available online only. Students are able to view their account via the Student Center by selecting Campus Finances and Account Inquiry. Here, students are able to view any "pending financial aid" and will subtract this from the owing balance. Tuition may be paid via web banking, or by sending or presenting a cheque/money order to the Registrar's Office (Western Student Services Building, Room 1120), or by debit card in the Registrar's Office. Please note: Graduate students pay tuition for all three terms of the MA program. Please refer to the Office of the Registrar website for tuition fees and pay schedule.
The Graduate Assistant will contact you in July or August to submit your preliminary course selections, and these will be confirmed during your meeting with the Graduate Chair in late August or early September. The Grad Assistant will register you into all of your courses each term. A schedule of your courses and TA assignment (where applicable) will be provided to you. You must finalize your fall term course selections before the third week of September.
Students should ideally contact the appropriate faculty member during the first term of study, and a supervisor should be in place no later than January 31. Students are welcome to contact our faculty affiliates by email during the application process or prior to the start of term about the possiblity of supervising their MRP. A list of all CAS faculty affiliates, their research areas, and contact information can be found on the Faculty Listing page of our website. If you need assistance choosing an appropriate supervisor, please contact the Graduate Chair or a member of the Graduate Committee early in the first term for guidance.
Once you have made your initial course selections, the Graduate Chair will make a preliminary GTA/GRA appointment based on the needs of the department, your class schedule, and academic background in late August/early September. The details of your appointment will be discussed during your meeting.
Most GTAs assist with the instruction of undergraduate courses across campus. Graduate Tutors must attend lectures in the course, lead tutorial sections in the discussion of lectures and required reading, mark essays and tests, and participate in marking the final examination. Tutors are expected to hold office hours each week. Each tutorial section meets for one class hour (50 minutes) a week. Tutors also are required to distribute undergraduate teaching evaluations, proctor final examinations, and assume other occasional minor duties.Remuneration for the GTA is a base salary ($9,100) as provided in the University's collective agreement with the Public Service Alliance of Canada); vacation pay (4 per cent of base) and benefits (12 per cent of base).The GTA is held in the Fall and Winter Terms (September-April). Normally it involves responsibility for one or two tutorial sections of an introductory undergraduate survey course.Under the Collective Agreement (Article 15, Hours of Work), a full Graduate Teaching Assistantship is a position that requires an average of ten (10) working hours per week, normally over two Academic Terms.