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International Baccalaureate

If you are currently completing the International Baccalaureate program, you must complete the full International Baccalaureate Diploma including each of the following to be considered for admission:

Please note the minimum grade total quoted is the minimum required for admission consideration. Competitive admission based on predicted results is usually in the low to mid 30's and can vary depending on the program.

Applications should be submitted in the Fall prior to the year in which you are seeking admission.

    1. IB Diploma documents sent directly to Western from the IBO examining board

      Applicants from an IB Diploma program may be considered for conditional admission on the basis of predicted grades for higher and standard level subjects including points awarded for Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and the Extended Essay in the final year of the program.

      Predicted IB Grades Form
      This online form must be completed by either a Counsellor or Principal from the applicant’s school.  Results submitted by an applicant will not be accepted.
      If you are unsure whether you are required to complete the Predicted IB Grades form, please refer to either the "To Do List" in your Student Center or the required documents section of your acknowledgement letter.
    2. Refer to the content below for program specific required and recommended courses:


Arts and Humanities

  • No course prerequisites

Engineering

Required Prerequisites

HL or SL:

  • IB Math (excluding Math Studies)
  • IB Chemistry
  • IB Physics

Secondary School course descriptions/syllabi may be requested from applicants to certain programs/faculties at Western for assessment of prerequisite course requirements. Applicants will be notified of this requirement at the point of application review and acknowledgement by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Fine Arts - Studio

  • No course prerequisites 

An online portfolio and personal statement are required for admission consideration to this program.

Foods and Nutrition

Required Prerequisites

HL or SL:

  • IB Biology
  • IB Chemistry
  • IB Math

Secondary School course descriptions/syllabi may be requested from applicants to certain programs/faculties at Western for assessment of prerequisite course requirements. Applicants will be notified of this requirement at the point of application review and acknowledgement by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Health Sciences

Required Prerequisites

HL or SL:

  • IB Biology
  • IB Math (Recommended)

Note: Students considering the Honors Specialization in Health Sciences with Biology will need Grade 12 Chemistry in order to fulfill the first year Chemistry requirements of the module.

Secondary School course descriptions/syllabi may be requested from applicants to certain programs/faculties at Western for assessment of prerequisite course requirements. Applicants will be notified of this requirement at the point of application review and acknowledgement by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Kinesiology

Required Prerequisites

HL or SL:

  • IB Biology

Notes:
▪ A Grade 12 Math and Grade 11 or 12 Physics are recommended to prepare for senior Kinesiology subjects in biomechanics, research methods, and statistics.
▪ It is strongly recommended that students interested in the BSc program take Grade 12 Science courses such as: Chemistry, Calculus, Pre-Calculus Math, or Physics.
▪ Grade 12 Chemistry is a prerequisite for first year Chemistry courses.

Secondary School course descriptions/syllabi may be requested from applicants to certain programs/faculties at Western for assessment of prerequisite course requirements. Applicants will be notified of this requirement at the point of application review and acknowledgement by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Management and Organizational Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

HL or SL:

  • IB Math

Note: For Management & Organizational Studies a Grade 12 Calculus and/or a university Calculus course is required prior to taking mandatory upper-year Economics courses in Finance, and pursuing a Major or Honors Specialization in Economics.

Management and Organizational Studies - Commercial Aviation Management

Recommended Prerequisites

HL or SL:

  • IB Math
  • IB Physics

A mandatory Supplementary Application form is required by February 15.

For the Flight Option of this program, a valid Transport Canada Category 1 Medical Certificate is required before flight training can begin; two hours of small aircraft flying time is strongly recommended.

Media, Information and Technoculture

  • No course prerequisites

Medical Sciences

Recommended Prerequisites

HL or SL:

  • IB Biology
  • IB Math
  • IB Chemistry

Notes:
▪ First year Biology and Chemistry courses require Grade 12 Biology and Chemistry, respectively. First year Biology and Chemistry courses are required for ALL modules offered in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences and Neurosciences programs.
▪ Although Western offers first year Physics courses that do not require Grade 12 Physics as a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that you complete Grade 12 Physics. 

Music

  • No course prerequisites

Faculty recommendation required based on Audition, Interview, Piano Proficiency and Theory Placement results.

Note:  A senior level math course is recommended for applicants to Music Administrative Studies.

Nursing

Required Prerequisites

HL or SL:

  • IB Biology
  • IB Chemistry
  • IB English
  • IB Math

Secondary School course descriptions/syllabi may be requested from applicants to certain programs/faculties at Western for assessment of prerequisite course requirements. Applicants will be notified of this requirement at the point of application review and acknowledgement by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Science

Recommended Prerequisites

HL or SL:

  • IB Math

Notes:
▪  First year Biology and Chemistry courses require Grade 12 Biology and Chemistry, respectively. First year Biology and Chemistry courses are required for ALL modules offered by the Department of Biology and for some modules offered by the Department of Chemistry and other Science departments.
▪  It is strongly recommended that applicants complete a Grade 12 math course. 

Social Science

  • No course prerequisites

Notes:
▪ All Specializations and Majors in Psychology requires a first-year university Math course, therefore any Grade 12 level academic Math is highly recommended for this program.
▪ Math is helpful as preparation for Sociology and Geography programs.
▪ A Grade 12 Pre-Calculus Math and a Grade 12 Calculus (equivalent to Ontario Grade 12 Advanced Functions and Grade 12 Calculus) are required for all Economics modules.
▪ Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are highly recommended for the BSc in Psychology.


3. Advanced Standing:  IB applicants who have successfully completed the IB Diploma and meet Western’s admission criteria, are eligible for transfer credit consideration for each Higher Level subject with a score of 5 or higher.
IB Subject Western Credit  Credit Weight
HL Biology Biology 1001A + 1002B 1.0 (0.5 each)
HL Business and Management Business 1020 TRN 1.0
HL Chemistry Chemistry 1301A + 1302B 0.5 each
HL Computer Science Computer Science 1026A + 1027B 1.0 (0.5 each)
HL Design Technology Science 1020 TRN 1.0
HL Economics Economics 1021A + Economics 1022B 1.0 (0.5 each)
HL English English 1020E 1.0
HL English B Not eligible for credit
HL Film Film 1022 1.0
HL French French 1900E 1.0
HL French B French 1020 TRN 1.0
HL Geography Geography 1400F/G + 1500F/G 1.0 (0.5 each)
HL Greek Greek 1020 TRN 1.0
HL History History 1020 TRN 1.0
HL Information Technology in a Global Society Interdisciplinary Studies 1020 TRN 1.0
HL Languages (Language) 1030 1.0
HL Latin Latin 1020 TRN 1.0
HL Mathematics Calculus 1000 A/B +
Mathematics 1229 A/B
1.0 (0.5 each)
SL Further Math Calculus 1501 A/B +
Mathematics 1020 TRN (0.5)
1.0 (0.5 each)
HL Music Music 1020 TRN 1.0
HL Philosophy Philosophy 1020 TRN 1.0
HL Physics Physics 1501A + 1502B 1.0 (0.5 each)
HL Psychology Psychology 1020 TRN 1.0
HL Social and Cultural Anthropology Anthropology 1020 TRN 1.0
HL Theatre Arts Theatre Arts 1020 TRN 1.0
HL Visual Arts Visual Arts Studio 1020 1.0


This is a sample list only.  If you are taking courses that are not on this list, please contact the Admissions Office for their transfer credit eligibility.  Transferred courses with a designation of TRN are not directly equivalent to Western courses but may be used toward your degree. Western courses numbered 1000 to 1999 are considered first-year courses.