How to Apply

NOTE: Application date opens each year in mid-October.

APPLY NOW! The online application deadline for Fall 2019 entry is January 9, 2019  (2019-2020 Academic Year)

Application Procedures

  • Please review the admission requirements by clicking on ‘Degrees Offered’ found at this link: York University – Graduate Admissions.  Select either MA or PhD
  • Follow the instructions and click “Apply Now” to complete the online application.
  • Please refer to the  Graduate Admission Package checklist to ensure that all supporting documentation are submitted before the deadline.
  •  After 72 business hours, a York student ID reference number will be emailed to you once the online application is completed.  All applicants must use that York reference number to access MyFile.
  • Select "Supplementary Program Information Form" and provide the contact information for your  three referees.  Provide academic references or at least one professional reference.  Please note there is no functionality to remove or edit a referee's details once submitted.  After you submit the names and e-mail addresses of your referees, they will be contacted by e-mail within 48 hours to submit their letter of recommendation, electronically. 
  • Visit "Supporting Documents" in MyFile to upload  your CV, transcripts and writing sample. Documents must be in Adobe PDF format. Please ensure you have all supporting documents, as stated in the admission requirements.  Once a document is uploaded, it cannot be changed , replaced or deleted.
  • Refer to the tab 'After you Apply', accessed through Steps to Apply,  for instructions on how to obtain an application status update and decision on MyFile.
  • All programs offered by the Graduate Program in Health only have one entry in September per academic year. Admission deferrals are not applicable. Applicants who decline the offer of admission by our programs are required to re-apply for admission for future academic years

Important Notes:

  • Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic achievement and/or demonstrated capacity or potential for advanced work in an applied area. The statement of interest and submitted scholarly written work provide a basis for evaluating that potential. Where there are uncertainties related to a student’s potential fit with the program, candidate interviews may also be used.
  • To ensure a fair and objective review process, the program will not comment on the deliberation of the Admissions Committee and is unable to provide written or oral evaluations to applicants after the decisions are made. No provisions exist for reconsideration of admissions after decisions are announced to the applicants.

Guidelines to apply to  MA:

Applicants must

  • have completed an Honours Bachelor Degree with B+ average or equivalent in the final 2 years of full-time equivalent university study (or approximately the last 20 half-year university credit courses) upon the commencement of the program. International applicants can refer to the international credentials information for your country.
  • Include all pages of each postsecondary transcript, when you upload into the myFile portal.  This is an unofficial copy and an initial step but does not complete the process of submitting official transcripts for a graduate school application
  • arrange to have all official transcripts in a sealed envelope directly mailed from every post-secondary institution, including universities and colleges, to the Admissions Office at York University. Current or past students York University are not required to submit York transcripts.)
  • provide a statement of interest (maximum 2 pages in length; single-line spacing) demonstrating commitment to advanced research in the field. The statement should include a discussion of the applicant’s background, interests, skills, career goals and research interests. Typical questions to be addressed in the statements include but are not limited to:
    1. Briefly explain why you have specifically chosen the MA Program in Health.
    2. Indicate your particular interests in the field of Health Policy and Equity. Summarize the potential topic on your MA Major Research Paper (MRP), and suggest a potential principal supervisor who you would like to work with on your MRP .
    3. Explain how the MA Program in Health will relate to your career goals.
    4. Suggest three elective courses offered by our program that you are interested in enrolling. (Note that admitted MA students  are required to take either more or less than three electives to fulfill the course requirements of the programs. Refer to the degree requirements for details. Also, not all elective courses will be offered every year.)
  • submitting one sample of scholarly written work that the applicant has written, as the sole author, for a course or in an employment context
  • provide  3 academic referees from university faculty. You should name people who are capable of speaking to your experience and interest in the field of Health Policy and Equity. Applicants who have been out of school for 5 years or less should provide at least 2 names of academic referees from university faculty (preferably all 3 academic referees). Applicants who have been out of school for more than 5 years should provide at least 1 name of academic referee from university faculty (preferably all 3 academic referees).
  • provide a current CV or Resume.
  • provide English language proficiency test result

Applicants are strongly recommended to apply for various York University or external scholarships listed on the Awards page.

Admission to the PhD Program in Health

Applicants must

  • have completed a Master’s degree with B+ average or equivalent for all enrolled graduate courses upon the commencement of the program. International applicants can refer to the international credentials information for your country
  • arrange to have official transcripts in a sealed envelope, directly mailed from every post-secondary institution, including universities and colleges, to the Admissions Office at York University. Current or past students of York University are not required to submit York transcripts.)
  • provide a statement of interest (maximum 2 pages in length; single-line spacing) demonstrating commitment to advanced research in the field.  The statement should include a discussion of the applicant’s background, interests, skills, career goals and research interests. Typical questions to be addressed in the statements include but are not limited to:
    1. Briefly explain why you have specifically chosen the PhD Program in Health at York University.
    2. Indicate your particular interests in the field of Health Policy and Equity. Summarize the potential topic on your PhD Dissertation and suggest a potential principal supervisor who you would like to work with on your Dissertation.
    3. Explain how the PhD Program in Health will relate to your career goals.
    4. Suggest three elective courses offered by our program that you are interested in enrolling. (Note that admitted PhD students entering with a Master's degree are normally required to take three electives to fulfill the course requirements of the programs. Refer to the degree requirements for details. Also, not all elective courses will be offered every year.)
  • demonstrate ability in writing and research by submitting one sample of scholarly written work that the applicant has written, as the sole author, for a course or in an employment context. (For example, academic essays or research papers which were submitted to an advanced level university courses).
  • provide the names and contact information of 3 academic referees from university faculty. You should name people who are capable of speaking to your experience and interest in the field of Health Policy and Equity. Applicants who have been out of school for 5 years or less must provide the names/contact info of at least 2 academic referees from university faculty (preferably all 3 academic referees). Applicants who have been out of school for more than 5 years must provide the name/contact info of at least 1 academic referee from university faculty (preferably all 3 academic referees).
  • provide a current CV or Resume.
  • provide English language proficiency test result

Applicants are strongly recommended to apply for various York University or external scholarships listed on the Awards page.

English Language Proficiency Tests

Proof of language proficiency is required for applicants who meet both of the following criteria:

  1. their first language is not English; AND
  2. they have not 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.

International Academic Credentials

International students can determine how their academic credentials achieved overseas compare to York University's minimum admission requirements. However, there is no definitive answer to the admission eligibility until the entire application package has been reviewed.