How to Apply

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The program admits students only once per year, to begin September 1.


Deadline:  Wednesday, January 10, 2018

MA Admission Requirements

Graduates with an honours degree in sociology or closely related discipline, and normally with at least a B+ average or higher in their last two years of study, may be admitted as candidates for the MA program.

In addition, students with an honours degree with a minor in sociology and who have a minimum of a B+ average or higher in their last two years of study, may also be admitted as candidates for the MA degree.

PhD Admission Requirements

Graduates with a master’s degree in sociology or closely related discipline, with at least a B+ average or higher may be admitted as candidates in the doctoral program. Graduates with a master’s degree in other disciplines may be admitted, depending on their background in sociology.

Application Instructions

1. Applications can be found online at A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 is required at the time of application.  Acceptable forms of payment include VISA or Mastercard. If you do not have a VISA or Mastercard, or if you do not wish to submit your credit card information online, you must contact the Office of Admissions at (416) 736-5000.  Please do not contact the Graduate Program Office for questions about your application fee as we do not process the payment for your application.

2. All supporting documentation, including your transcripts, must be uploaded as part of the application within two weeks of submitting your online application.  Within five business days after you submit the online application and pay the application fee, you will have access to MyFile, through which you will upload your documents.

The following documents must  be uploaded as part of your application:

A Statement of Interest

Your statement should be approximately 500 words, single- or double-spaced (applicants are welcome to write more than 500 words), outlining your research question, relevant literatures and how your work would fit in/draw upon them.  Your statement should also include the type of methods you'll be using, if you have already begun to think this through, and information about why our program is a good fit for your research project. You may also include information on your academic background and any work/volunteer experience only as it relates to your research question. In cases where applicants may already have secured a supervisor and/or supervisory committee, please indicate this in your statement also.  Please note that having a supervisory committee in place at the time of application is not a requirement of our admissions application.

A Curriculum Vitae

An Academic Writing Sample/Term Paper

Your sample paper should be approximately 15-20 pages.  If you don't have a 15-20 page paper, please submit two smaller papers; i.e. submit two 8-10 page papers.  Please ensure that you submit a clean copy (no grades/comments included). Your writing sample does not have to be in your proposed area of research, but rather, should be the paper that you consider to be your best work.  Please ensure that your paper has a title page which includes the following information:  (i) course number; (ii) course title;  (iii) your name; (iv) course director's name.  Where possible, please also indicate the grade you received on the paper as well as a copy of the course assignment.


Transcripts from all institutions attended must be uploaded through MyFile.  These transcripts will be considered "unofficial".  If you receive a decision of conditional admission to our program, you must send one official transcript for every postsecondary institution you have attended, to the Graduate Admissions Office. To be considered official, it must be evident that you have had no direct access to the transcripts.  Transcripts must come directly from, and bear the seal of, the issuing institution.  If the institution issues transcripts directly to you, the envelope must be sealed by the institution and remain sealed until opened by York University.  Photocopies of faxed transcripts are not accepted. If transcripts are in another language, an official English translation is required.  If the name of your transcript differs from the legal name that you currently use, please make sure that you include your former name on your application form.

There is no need for you submit a York University transcript when you apply to our program if you have (i) taken one or more courses at York; (ii) earned a degree from York; (iii) completed a certificate program at York. Graduate Admissions will run off your York transcript for you. Please note, however, that if you have an outstanding debt with York University, a transcript will not be released and your application will not be processed.

Supplemental Information Form

You will have access to the Supplemental Information Form (SIF), within five business days after you submit your online application. Please fill out the the online SIF, which will include submitting the names of your three referees and their contact information, and submit the form online.

Three Letters of Reference

Once you have submitted your supplemental information form online, the Office of Graduate Admissions will contact your referees and provide them with a link to the online reference form.  Your referees will submit their letters online directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. You do not need to submit a hard copy of your referee's letter if they have submitted an online reference form.


A Test of English as a Foreign Language score is required of international applicants whose higher education has not been in English.  Other acceptable language tests and the required scores can be found here:

Mailing Address

York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M3J 1P3

Courier Address

York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M3J 1P3