Admission Requirements

The Faculty of Environmental Studies welcomes applications for entry into the BES program for September (Fall), January (Winter) and May (Summer) start dates. Please review the eligibility criteria below that fits with your current academic background. Deadlines for each entry date are listed on York University’s Future Students page.

Ontario High School Applicants

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and six 4U or 4M courses, including ENG4U. Francophone applicants may present FRA4U, FEF4U or FIF4U.

High School Applicants form Other Canadian Provinces

Same general requirements as for university study in your home province.

Applicants Transferring From a Community College

Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters at an accredited college or one year of full-time academic studies at an accredited college.

Applicants Transferring From Another University

Completion of at least 4 full courses or 1 year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university.

Mature Student Applicants

You will be considered for admission as a mature student if you:

  • will be 20 years or older as of the first day of classes;
  • have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence;
  • have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college;
  • do not have a recent unfavourable academic record;
  • have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments.
International Applicants

For most countries we consider the same academic preparation required for university entrance in that country. Please check for details.

To learn more about the admissions requirements, please visit York’s Future Students page.

How to Apply

The following is a summary of the admissions process to the Faculty of Environmental Studies. For complete admissions details, please review the information on the York Future Students website.

  1. Review the admissions requirements
    Admission requirements vary based on your educational system and your province or country. Please review the Admissions Requirements section to determine whether you meet the requirements. We have included the major educational systems on our site. If you do not find your system, please review the York Future Students website.
  2. Apply online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC)
    Visit the OUAC website and choose the correct application based on your situation: Ontario high school students should use Form 101; all other students use Form 105. Create an account, complete your application, pay the OUAC application fee.
  3. Submit Required Documents
    You might be required to submit additional documentation, such as transcripts, proof of language proficiency, etc. Please review the document requirements on the York Future Students website. Please note, if you are currently studying in an Ontario High School your day school transcripts will automatically submit your transcripts on your behalf. However, if you are taking any course outside your day school, you may need to make arrangements for these documents to be sent to York University.
  4. Apply for Scholarships and Financial Aid
    You will automatically be considered for York University Entrance scholarships that range in value between $1000 and $3500. However, FES offers 12 entrance scholarships and financial aid programs exclusively to assist you with starting the BES program that you will need to apply to. Review and apply at BES Entrance Awards .
  5. Review the status of your application regularly
    The best way for you to keep current on the status of your application is to check your York University ‘MyFile’ account. Admission decisions are made on an ongoing basis. For applications for the Fall term, the majority of offers are made between February and early May.
  6. Apply for Residence
    At York, you apply for residence after you have accepted your offer of admission. To learn more about residence options and to apply, Apply for Residence.