How to Apply
Please note: Meeting the minimum academic requirements is not a guarantee of admission to our program.
- Fall 2020 Online Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
- Fall 2020 Submission of Supporting Document Deadline: January 29, 2020
- Master’s degree from an accredited university
- Minimum B+ GPA
- No disciplinary requirement
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.
- Graduate Application Form
- Official sealed transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended
- Supplemental Program Information Form
- Referee Information Form (3 Referees)
- Statement of Intended Research
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- Sample of written work
- Acceptable language test score (If applicable)
Additional documentation (such as the GRE or other standardized tests) is not required.
Please be advised that all materials submitted become the property of the University and will not be returned.
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.
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:
Supplementary Information Form:
Question 1: Awards Information. Please indicate any external awards you have applied for including SSHRC and OGS.
Question 2: Language Skill. The PhD program does not require facility in a language other than English.
Question 3: Question 3: Areas of Specialization. The PhD program does not have areas of specialization, in part because students design their own Program Plan.
Question 4: Professors you hope to work with . You must identify 3 professors within the Faculty of Environmental Studies. We encourage you to review our full time faculty members profiles and research interests.
Please note that you do not need to secure a supervisor prior to applying. However, we do recommend that you connect with one of our faculty members whose area of interest aligns closely with yours and who you think could be a potential supervisor.
Question 5: Other information. You may use this space to provide any additional information that you feel would be relevant for your application but you have not previously mentioned. If you are re-applying to the PhD, please indicate it here.
Referee Information Form
Please provide us with the names and email addresses of your 3 referees who we will contact on your behalf. Your referees will have 2 weeks to complete their letter of recommendation form.
Please keep in mind that academic references are strongly preferred to professional references. The Committee needs to know about your critical thinking skills and how adept you are at dealing with theoretical concepts. It is possible to use professional referees if necessary, as long as they address these abilities in their letter.
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
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.
- Complete a new Graduate Application Form and pay the application fee.
- Email the FES Recruitment and Admissions team at email@example.com 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.