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MES Admission requirements & How to apply

Application deadline

Application deadlines for the MES program for Fall 2014:

    Early Domestic deadline: December 11, 2013
    International Deadline: February 5, 2014
    Final Domestic deadline: March 12, 2014

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MES program, you must normally have an Honours (4-year) undergraduate degree from an accredited university with an academic standing of at least a “B+”. Grade averages are assessed over the last two years (or full-time equivalent) of academic study. Please note that transcripts cannot be assessed by the University before you apply. If your undergraduate degree is still in progress, you must submit your current transcripts and then send us final copies once you receive your degree (ie after your convocation ceremony – your final transcripts must indicate that your degree has been completed/conferred).

NOTE: Admission to the program is not guaranteed by meeting these requirements. Preference for admission will be given to applicants with experience and accomplishments relevant to their proposed studies and whose academic interests are consistent with Faculty activities.

If you do not meet the academic requirements:
You may still be considered for admission to our MES program as a Non-Standard Applicant. You must have an extensive background in the area you wish to study, including significant writing and analytical experience. As part of your application, you must include a written explanation outlining how you are prepared to successfully complete an interview and/or equivalency exam. Please see below for complete instructions.

How to apply

You are required to submit the online forms and documents to complete your application and be considered for admission:

1. The Faculty of Graduate Studies Application for Admission Form (and applicable application fee)

2. Two official sealed copies of transcripts from each post-secondary educational institution you have attended

Transcripts are considered official when sent directly from the issuing institution(s) in unopened, sealed envelopes. In some instances, the issuing institution(s) may mail the transcripts to you in unopened, sealed envelopes to submit with your application package. This is acceptable for the graduate application process and transcripts will be considered official. Opened envelopes will be considered unofficial. Photocopied, faxed or verified true copies are not considered official documents. If you are still completing your degree, you must provide transcripts showing your interim marks and your application will be assessed using those grades. Should an offer of admission be made, it will be conditional on your forwarding us your final transcripts. Transcripts are not required for current/previous studies at York.

If you attended University in another country please check International Credentials guidelines.

In countries where Degree Certificates are issued separately (i.e. Bangladesh, China, India, Iran, Pakistan etc.), official copies MUST be submitted.

3. The online Supplemental Program Information FormPlease note this form will be available approximately 72 hours AFTER completing The Faculty of Graduate Studies Application for Admission Form

To access the form, login to Myfile using your York Identification number (York temporary reference number or York student number) and your date of birth. On the main page, follow the link on the left to “Supplementary Information Forms” then scroll down to click on “Fall 2014 application – Program in Faculty of Environmental Studies, M.E.S., Environmental Studies – Graduate Studies Supplementary Information Form”.

Important information about Supplemental Information Form questions:

Question 2 – Language skills
The MES program does not require facility in a language other than English. Your chances of admission are not decreased if you do not know another language.

Question 3 – Areas of specialization
The MES program does not have areas of specialization, in part because students design their own Plan of Study. We have some program options that students may wish to pursue as part of their Plan of Study. Please use this space to indicate which, if any, of the following MES program options you wish to pursue:

  • MES Planning Program*
  • Graduate Diploma in Environmental/Sustainability Education*
  • Graduate Diploma in Business and the Environment*
  • Joint MES/JD program with Osgoode Hall Law School**

* Given the intensive nature of our program, only one option is possible. Note that spaces in some options may be limited.

** For admission to the Joint MES/JD program, you must apply to both the Master in Environmental Studies program and the JD program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Indicate your interest in the Joint program on both applications. Students admitted to the MES/JD program may pursue one of the other MES program options.

Question 4 – Professors you hope to work with
You must identify 3  professors. Review fulltime faculty members research approaches and interests, course offerings and writings as outlined in their profiles and identify the ones you think could best advise/supervise your Plan of Study and research.

Question 5 – other information
Do not include information that is contained in any other part of your application.

4. The online Referee Information Form Please note this form will be available approximately 72 hours AFTER completing The Faculty of Graduate Studies Application for Admission Form

To access the form, login to Myfile using your York Identification number (York temporary reference number or York student number) and your date of birth. On the main page, follow the link on the left to “Supplementary Information Forms” then scroll down to click on “Fall 2014 application – Program in Faculty of Environmental Studies, M.E.S., Environmental Studies – FGS Referee Information Form”.

IMPORTANT – You must submit three names. References can be academic or professional, but academic references are strongly preferred.

5. Statement of Interest (must be uploaded electronically using Myfile)

Please include three sections in your statement:

Part A: Please provide a brief summary of your research interests (20 words or less)

Part B: Please list five key words that relate to your research interests.

Part C: Please write the body of your statement as follows (around 500 words):

Clearly present your interests as they relate to your academic, career and personal aspirations. Outline the areas of study that you seek to incorporate to address this interest, demonstrate some initial knowledge of these areas and identify the reasons why the Faculty of Environmental Studies is uniquely suited to serve both the pedagogical and substantive aspects of your studies. In preparing your statement, review full-time faculty members’ research approaches and interests, course offerings, and writings as outlined in their profiles to ensure your interests relate to those of the faculty members you identify as potential advisors or supervisors in your Supplemental Program Information Form (number 3 above).

6. Your résumé (must be uploaded electronically using Myfile)

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

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS (if applicable):

7. Non-Standard Admission – Applicant Rationale Form (if applicable)

If you do not meet our minimum admission requirements and want your application to be considered as a Non-Standard Admission you must complete this Non-Standard Admission – Applicant Rationale Form.

8. Language requirement (if applicable)

If your first language is other than English, to be considered for admission you must submit evidence of an acceptable level of English language proficiency.  For the MES program the minimum requirements are:

For details please see the English language proficiency information on the York graduate admissions website

If you have completed at least one year of full-time study at an accredited university in a country (or institution) where English is the official language of instruction, you may be exempt from this requirement. York University reserves the right to request a successful English language proficiency test result.

    • TOEFL (Paper-based: 600; Computer-based: 250; iBT: 100)
    • IELTS: Overall band score: 7.5; or
    • York English Language Test (YELT): Band 1.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All materials submitted becomes the property of the University and will not be returned. Additional documentation, outside the application requirements will be accepted however it may not be reviewed by the admissions committee.

TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SENT TO ONE OF THE ADDRESSES BELOW:

 

By mail:
Office of Graduate Admissions
PO Box GA2300
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3

By courier:
Office of Graduate Admissions
W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
99 Ian MacDonald Blvd
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3

In person drop off:
Admissions Reception
3rd Floor, Bennett Centre for Student Services
York University
99 Ian MacDonald Blvd
Toronto, ON

After hours drop box open 24 hours a day/7 days a week located on the main floor of the Bennett Centre – the box is labelled “Admissions.”

All of the items listed above must be received before your application will be considered.