How to Apply – PhD

How to Apply


Academic Requirements

Please note: Meeting the minimum academic requirements is not a guarantee of admission to our program.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2020 Online Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 Submission of Supporting Document Deadline: January 29, 2020

Domestic Applicants

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum B+ GPA
  • No disciplinary requirement

International Applicants

Students who have completed studies in a country other than Canada are encouraged to review the International Credentials Guidelines for equivalent requirements. A competitive application to the program would exceed minimum academic requirements. International Applicants are encouraged to review our Faculty Member profiles and connect with a potential supervisor prior to applying.

Application Process

1. Complete the online Graduate Application Form and pay the application fee

Your application cannot be processed until payment is received. No documents will be reviewed prior to the submission of the Graduate Application Form.

2. Access your MyFile Account

Within 4 business days after you have applied, you will receive a confirmation email from York University with your 9-digit student reference number which you will need to access our online system, MyFile.

Your MyFile will indicate the status of your application and any documents that you are required to submit. It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any updates to your file.

3. Complete forms available in your MyFile

In your MyFile, under the “Supplementary Information Forms” link, there are two forms that you must complete. Please keep in mind that as you only have 30 minutes to complete each form, you may wish to prepare your answers in advance and then copy and paste them into the form:

4. Submit all required supporting documents

You may upload and view the status of your required documents in the “Supporting Documents” link in your MyFile. You will need to submit:


  • Required from every post-secondary institution you have attended (including undergraduate and graduate studies, exchanges programs and programs for which you did not receive a degree no matter the length of time that has passed) Please Note: You do not need to submit transcripts for studies at York University.
  • Your transcript must include the following: Your full name, the name of the institution, the name of each course, and the grade you received. Transcripts that do not list these items will not be reviewed.
  • Transcripts written in a language other than English or French will require official translations and must accompany the initial transcripts.

If your Master’s degree or any other studies are still in progress, you must submit your in-progress transcripts. If you receive an offer of admission, you must submit your final, official transcripts showing all grades received and degrees conferred to finalize this offer.

For assessment purposes, you may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your MyFile under the link for “Supporting Documents”.

To be considered official, transcripts must be received by York University in sealed envelopes. Transcripts may be sent directly from the issuing institution or from you, as long as the issuing institution’s seal remains unbroken. Photocopied, faxed, or verified true copies are not considered official documents. Review the official York University Transcript Statement.

In countries where degree certificates are issued separately, official copies must be submitted.

Official transcripts and degree certificates can be sent to:

Office of Admissions

W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services

99 Ian MacDonald Blvd

Toronto, ON

Canada M3J 1P3

Statement of Intended Research

Your Statement should follow the format below:

Part A: A title summarizing your research interests (20 words or less)

Part B: Five key concepts that best relate to your research interests (15 words or less)

Part C: Describe your intended research (Approximately 1000 words):

  • Situate your research interests and proposed work in relevant general academic fields and literature
  • Describe your current plan for the dissertation (including preliminary research questions, theoretical frameworks, methodology, and anticipated contributions)
  • Provide details of your background preparation (previous degrees, courses, research or professional experience, community work, etc) supporting your proposed research
  • After reviewing our full time faculty members profiles and research interests, describe how your interests relate to those of the faculty members you identify in your Supplemental Program Information form (Step 2 above)

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

You may also wish to include the following information in your resume (where applicable):

  • Academic honours (scholarships, fellowships, awards, etc.)
  • Academic/professional qualifications and memberships
  • Publications or reports (if any are joint-authored, please provide a separate note describing your contribution)

Submit a sample of your written work

Upload this document in your MyFile under the link for “Supporting Documents”.

Please submit a thesis chapter, article, etc. up to 50 pages maximum.

Language Test Score (If applicable)

If your first language is not English, you must submit evidence of an acceptable level of English language proficiency to be considered for admission.

Minimum required scores:

  • TOEFL: Paper-based: 600; Computer-based: 250; iBT: 100 (York code: 0894)
  • IELTS: Overall band score: 7.5

For more details, please see York University’s English language proficiency information.

York University reserves the right to request a successful English language proficiency test result.

Re-Applying to our PhD Program

If your initial application is unsuccessful, or you are admitted but do not accept your offer of admission, you will need to re-apply for future entry in the program.

    1. Complete a new Graduate Application Form and pay the application fee.
    2. Email the FES Recruitment and Admissions team at informing them that you are re-applying to the PhD program. Please include your first and last name and your 9-digit York student reference number.

If you have previously applied for the Fall 2019 session, we may still have your documents on file, but it is in your best interest to update your supporting documents. However, if you wish to re-use a document, please email us which documents you intend to re-use and we will advise if this is possible. Please keep in mind that you must submit the following:

  • Transcripts from any post-secondary institutions you have attended since you last applied
  • Updated Supplemental Program Information Form

    • For Question 5 you must clearly indicate that you are re-applying to the program and the year that you applied
  • Updated CV/Resume

If you have previously applied for a session prior to Fall 2019, you must re-submit all supporting documents.