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For students who have previously withdrawn from the MES program and would like to return to complete their degree

To return to the MES program to complete your degree you must have withdrawn from the program in good academic standing. Your re-entry is dependent on an evaluation of your academic merit and formal approval of the Graduate Program Director.

Applying for Reinstatement or Readmission

To return to the program you must submit an application for Reinstatement or Readmission – see below for instructions. Approval of your application for Reinstatement or Readmission is not guaranteed – it is your responsibility to ensure the materials you submit make a strong case for your re-entry into the program. We strongly recommend that you connect with the faculty members you are hoping to continue working with (your Advisor and/or your Supervisor) before applying for Reinstatement or Readmission.

IMPORTANT: If your application is approved, you will be required to successfully complete either a General Exam (MES I or II students) or an MES II-III Exam before you will be able to register for the term. While a financial offer may have been part of your original admission to the program, your funding status upon Reinstatement or Readmission is not guaranteed, and will be determined only after you successfully complete your Exam.

How to apply

How you apply for re-entry into the MES program depends on how long you have been away from the program AND whether you have completed any additional post-secondary studies since your withdrawal:

Application for Reinstatement – if you have been away for no more than three academic terms (no more than 12 months) AND have not completed any additional post-secondary studies since your withdrawal

Submit the following items to the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) in the Faculty of Environmental Studies:

  1. Application for Reinstatement Form - coming soon
  2. Your Plan of Study (revised/updated as appropriate for relevance/course offerings etc)

Application for Readmission – if you have been away from the program for more than three academic terms (more than 12 months) OR have completed additional post-secondary studies since your withdrawal

There are two categories of documents required for you to complete your application and be considered for Readmission

  1. Faculty of Graduate Studies Application Form and applicable fee
    To obtain a copy of this form please send a request via email to fesinfo@yorku.ca
  2. The Readmission Information Form and all the additional documents detailed below (items 1-4 as applicable).
    1. Letter of explanation of withdrawal/readiness to continue
      Please include:
      - why you chose to withdraw from the program
      - what makes you want to return
      - the reasons you believe you will now be able to successfully complete your program
    2. Your Plan of Study (revised/updated as appropriate for relevance/course offerings etc)
    3. Your résumé
      Include your résumé, showing the following information (where applicable):
      - academic honours (scholarships, fellowships, awards, etc.)
      - employment, volunteer and professional experience
      - professional qualifications and memberships
      - publications
    4. IF APPLICABLE: two official sealed copies of transcripts from each post-secondary educational institution you have attended since you withdrew
      - Please have the relevant institution(s) mail the transcripts to you and submit the unopened, sealed envelopes with your application package.
      DO NOT OPEN THE SEALED ENVELOPE – the will render the transcripts unofficial

Deadlines for Reinstatement and Readmission

Your Reinstatement or Readmission must correspond with the beginning of an academic term.

Academic term you wish to resume your studies Deadline for Application for Reinstatement or Readmission

Fall (September–December)

June 30

Winter (January–April)

October 31

Summer (May–August)

February 28