Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Graduate Program in Health

Important Dates

  • Where can I find information about Important Dates?
    • Students should check on the Important Dates, so they are aware of deadline dates to register as active for each term, when fees are due and late registration fees are applied, deadline dates to add courses, receive refunds, deadline dates for the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) to receive documents, holidays, University closings and more.

Program Related Forms & Handbook

Registration Policies (including Full-Time Status, Part-Time Status, or Change in Status)

Online Registration & Course Enrollment

Prior to registration and course enrollment, incoming students are required to have an advising appointment.

  • Where can I find Online Registration for Fall, Winter or Summer terms ?

    • 1) Students must click on the "Add/Drop Courses" link
    • 2) Log in using your Passport York username and password
    • 3) To register in a particular term, choose the specific term that indicates "Graduate Students or Osgood Students" (e.g. "FALL 2017 - Graduate Students or Osgoode Students") from the pull-down menu
    • 4) The system will display your fee rate. As well, it will ask you to agree to the contractual fee agreement by answering “Yes” to all of the questions.

NOTE: If you do not agree to the contract, you will not be allowed to register and enroll in courses.

REMINDER: Repeat these steps while registering in the Fall term to also conveniently register at the same time for the Winter term so as not to forget. Again, choose the specific term that indicates "Graduate Students or Osgood Students" (e.g. "Winter 2018 - Graduate Students or Osgoode Students") from the pull-down menu.

NOTE:

a) Once you are registered in a term, you are obliged to pay the tuition fee for that particular term at either the full-time or part-time rate, whichever applies to you. This is the case even though you do not enroll in any courses during that particular term.

b) Registration for the Summer term usually begins in March with the date *TBD.

  • Where can I Enroll in a Course?
    • 1) Students must click on the "Add/Drop Courses" link
    • 2) Log in using your Passport York username and password
    • 3) Click “add a course” and type in a catalogue number (not the course number) corresponding to the course. You can find all catalogue numbers on the York University Courses Website. Repeat this step to enroll in other courses offered during this term.
    • 4) Log outREMINDER: Repeat these steps to enroll in courses for the Winter term. NOTE: Course enrollment for the Summer term usually begins in March with the date *TBD.
      * See Important Dates

Program Length of Time for MA Program

  • How long does it take to complete the MA Program in Health ?

MA STUDENT PROGRESS FLOW-CHART

Below is a chart depicting student progress throughout the M.A. program.

Full-time studies (a minimum of 3 terms of continuous registration - NOTE: funding covers 1 year of study ONLY)

Term 1

  • Two (total of 6 credits)(Field Specific Course requirement) Note: A Total of Six 3.0 credit courses (total of 18 credits) should be completed by end of Term 2)
  • One core course or an elective (total of 3 credits) if core course is not taken
  • Note: Under special circumstances, MA students may take one 3.0 credit course from other graduate programs at York University to fulfill their elective requirement of 3.0 credits, only with the Graduate Program Director's approval

Term 2

  • HLTH 5050 3.0 (Core Course requirement)
  • HLTH 5405 3.0 (Core Course requirement)
  • One 3.0 credit (Core Course) if not taken in term 1.
  • Establish a Supervisory Committee for the Major Research Paper
  • Approval of the Principal Supervisor for the Major Research Paper
  • Complete a proposal for the Major Research Paper

Term 3

  • Complete the Major Research Paper

Part-time studies (a minimum of 6 terms of continuous registration)

Term 1 - HLTH 5050 3.0 (Core Course requirement); may take a core/elective course

Term 2 - HLTH 5405 3.0 (Core Course requirement); may take a core/elective course

Term 3 - One 3.0 credit (Core Course-student's choice)

Term 4 - One 3.0 credit (Field Specific Course requirement); OR take Two (total of 6 credits (Field Specific Course requirement); OR One elective (total of 3.0 credits) if not completed in previous terms AND if only taking one Field Specific Course in Term 4)
Note: Under special circumstances, MA students may take one 3.0 credit course from other graduate programs at York University to fulfill their elective requirement of 3.0 credits, only with the Graduate Program Director's approval

Term 5 - Complete Field Specific Course requirement (total of 3.0 credits) if not completed in Term 4
Note: A Total of Six 3.0 credit courses (total of 18 credits) should be completed by end of Term 5)
-Establish a Supervisory Committee for the Major Research Paper
-Approval of the Principal Supervisor for the Major Research Paper
-Complete a proposal for the Major Research Paper

Term 6 - Complete the Major Research Paper

Program Length of Time for PhD Program

  • How long does it take to complete the PhD Program in Health?

PhD STUDENT PROGRESS FLOW-CHART

Note: Below is a chart depicting student progress throughout the doctoral program.  This is anticipated to be the most common trajectory, however, a more intensive time frame will allow for earlier completion.

Year 1

Term 1

  • Two (total of 6 credits)(Field Specific Course requirement) Note: A Total of Six 3.0 credit courses (total of 18 credits) should be completed by end of Term 2)
  • One core course OR may take an elective course (see Note in Term 3) if core course is not taken
  • Note: Under special circumstances, MA students may take one 3.0 credit course from other graduate programs at York University to fulfill their elective requirement of 3.0 credits, only with the Graduate Program Director's approval

Note: If prior to admission, PhD students entering with a Masters have not taken a graduate level methodology course, HLTH 5405 3.0 is required in addition to the 2 Core Courses for a total of 3 Core Courses that should be completed by end of Term 2.

Term 2

  • HLTH 5050 3.0 (Core Course requirement)
  • May take an elective course (see Note in Term 3)
  • Note: Six 0 credit courses (total of 18 credits) should be completed by end of Term 2)

 

Term 3

  • Three (total of 9 credits) elective courses should be completed by end of Term 3 (which may include those possibly taken in Terms 1 or 2 )
  • Note: PhD students are required to complete: (1) Two 3.0 credit electives within their field of elective offerings, AND (2) One 3.0 credit elective from other graduate programs at York University, with the Graduate Program Director's approval, to fulfill their elective requirement of 9.0 credits. With the Graduate Program Director's approval, student may take up to two 3.0 courses from other graduate programs at York University to fulfill their elective requirements.
  • Formation of Comprehensive Supervisory Committee
  • Annual Progress Report (due by May 31st)

Year 2

Term 4

  • Comprehensive Examination Paper #1

Term 5

  • Comprehensive Examination Paper #2
  • Secure Supervisor of Dissertation Committee

Term 6

  • Comprehensive Examination Paper #3
  • Annual Progress Report (due by May 31st)
  • Secure additional members of Dissertation Committee

Year 3

Term 7

  • Oral Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation Proposal Completion & Oral Examination

Term 8

  • Dissertation Research

Term 9

  • Dissertation Research
  • Annual Progress Report (due by May 31st)

Year 4

Term 10

  • Dissertation Research

Term 11

  • Dissertation Research

Term 12

  • Dissertation Completion & Oral Defense
  • Annual Progress Report (due by May 31st)

Leaves of Absence

Withdrawal & Reinstatement to Defend

Program Fees & Student Financial Account

  • Where can I find information about Graduate Program Fees (including a current schedule of program fees and refund tables)?
    • Program fees consist of tuition and supplementary fees, and are set for each session and term by the York University Board of Governors, in accordance with Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities guidelines, and are subject to change.
    • All newly admitted and continuing graduate students at York University are responsible for being familiar with and registering in accordance with Faculty of Graduate Studies Registration Policies,including the requirement of continuous registration. Registration in any term is conditional on the payment of appropriate fees in accordance with the University's payment schedule, which can be found at the above link.
    • Students who register after the deadline for any of the Fall, Winter or Summer terms will incur a late registration fee.

NOTE: Any student not registered by the end of the two-week period following the formal registration date will be withdrawn from the University.

There is a fee to be registered as inactive. (The fee to be registered inactive is $169.49 plus $15.00 registration fee). This includes elective leave, exceptional circumstances leave (including leave on compassionate, medical, or professional grounds), maternity leave, and parental leave).

Balance of Degree Fees:

  • Doctoral students must register and pay fees for a minimum of the equivalent of six terms of full-time registration. With respect to total minimum fee requirements for PhD programs, students who successfully complete a PhD program in less that the equivalent of six terms of full-time registration will, prior to convocation, be responsible for payment of a balance of degree fee. For calculation of balance of degree fees, one full-time term is equivalent to two part-time terms, and vice versa.
  • Master's students must register and pay fees for a minimum of the equivalent of three terms of full-time registration, except in programs where a longer program length is specified.
  • With respect to total minimum fee requirements for master's programs that do not have a flat program fee, the program length (in full-time equivalent terms) predetermines the minimum total academic fees that a student must pay prior to graduation. Students who successfully complete a master's program in less time than the program length will, prior to convocation, be responsible for payment of a balance of degree fee. For the calculation of balance of degree fees, one full-time term is equivalent to two part-time terms, and vice versa.
  • Students who exceed the program length of a master's program, or the maximum time limits for completion of a master's or PhD degree, will be responsible for payment of fees beyond the total minimum fee requirement, as appropriate.
  • Where can I find out about Fee Refunds?
    • See the "Refunds" Tab at the top of the page of the Fee Refunds link.
  • Where can I check my Student Financial Account for any applicable fees?
    • Student Account Online Statements become available on the web around the 18th day of each month (subject to change). You will need your Passport York ID to access your personal online student account.
    • Transactions made after the statement date (e.g. adds, drops, payments) can also be viewed on your Student Account Online Statement: click on the "View Transactions" heading.
    • It is your responsibility to view your current account status and recent statements, and to pay outstanding amounts on your account.

Funding

  • Where can I find general information to learn about Graduate Funding Package?
  • Where can I find information to understand The Disbursement of my MA or PhD Funding?
    • Graduate students, admitted under full-time status, will be offered a funding package at the time of admission. The purpose of the funding is to help meet some the financial needs for domestic graduate students
    • Full-time master’s students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $10,000 in their first year, met primarily through a fellowship. Full-time PhD students who receive funding support from York can expect a funding package of approximately $22,500 in their first year. Eligible domestic students in our Health program can expect a standard package that consists of the following:
      • Domestic Critical Disability Studies MA: MA fellowship (3 terms only in Year 1) + Health plan
      • Domestic Critical Disability Studies PhD: PhD fellowship and priority for TA employment (Years 1 - 6) + Health plan
    • Funding is contingent on continuous registration as a full-time student, continued satisfactory academic performance, and fulfillment of any funding-related employment obligations.
  • Where can I Sign Up for Direct Deposit?
    • Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit so that any student refunds or student account payments are deposited to your personal banking account.

Employment Opportunities

Some of the funding packages include student-related employment in the form of a teaching assistantship, graduate assistantship and research assistantships.

  • Where can I find about Teaching Assistantships (TAs)?
    • Teaching assistants help with the delivery of a course, either in the the School of Health Policy & Management or in another department at York University. All doctoral students and members of the CUPE Unit 1 priority pool are required to submit an updated application and CV for a teaching assistantship in each academic year. This assignment is part of the standard funding commitment entitled to full-time, domestic students. Any questions about entitlements please speak to and refer to the CUPE 3903 Unit 1 collective agreement.
      • NEW PhD Admits - With exception of newly admitted doctoral students, the procedure to apply requires completion of a paper application. Access the pdf copy of the CUPE Unit 1 TA Application form, include a curriculum vitae and submit one copy to each of the hiring units that the graduate office specifies.
      • EXISTING PhD Students - Submit a blanket online application and CV to each of the hiring departments between November 15 to January 31st. If an existing student misses the deadline, there may be a few specific openings of (CUPE 1) positions found online. Otherwise a paper application must be submitted to each department. Please visit the York CUPE jobs site and review available (CUPE1) job postings listed under each faculty. Review the application deadline date. If open, select the position and login with your Passport York access. Instructions to apply online are found within this document (UIT instructions).
      • Refer to the Unit1-Teaching-Application-FAQs when completing a TA application form
    • Where can I find out about Graduate Assistantships (GAs)?
      • Graduate Assistants support a faculty member or administrator with non-research related work. Positions are available and posted online, in advance of a term. Students who are registered as active are eligible. Visit the York CUPE jobs site for (CUPE 3) job postings lists under each faculty. Submit your online application and CV directly to any suitable posting across the university before its deadline. If you are a successful candidate, notify your home graduate program office in order for a contract to be prepared.
        Student responsibility: Once you begin your Graduate Assistantship, meet with your hiring supervisor and complete a GA workload form together. Submit the signed document to your home graduate program office within 20 days of the assignment. Any questions about entitlements please speak to and refer to the CUPE 3903 Unit 3 collective agreement.**Please note that part-time students are ineligible for a funding package and Graduate Assistantships.
    • Where can I find out about Research Assistantships (RAs)?
      • Research Assistants help professors conduct their research. Students are encouraged to reach out to faculty who share their areas of scholarly interest to potentially secure RA funding.

Petitions

  • What is an Academic Petition?
    • An Academic Petition is a written request for the waiver of a Faculty's academic regulation or deadline. Being unfamiliar of regulations or deadlines does not constitute a valid reason for an academic petition.
    • What is the supporting document(s) required to submit an Academic Petition?
  • Where can I find the Academic Petitions form?
    • Submit complete petitions to graduate program office. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing.
    • Include a statement with the academic rational for the request and attach any relevant documentation.
    • Making false statements on this form is a breach on the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty.
    • A petition will not normally be processed if the student is not in good academic or financial standing.
    • Incomplete petitions will be cancelled after 10 days. Students will be notified if further action is required on their behalf.
    • Decisions will be communicated via email to the provided address with copy to the program.

    Academic petitions and appeals in the Faculty of Graduate Studies are governed by the Senate Guidelines for the consideration of petitions/appeals by Faculty Committees, which can be found on the Academic Petitions and Appeals page.

Academic Honesty

NOTE: A lack of familiarity with the Senate Policy on Academic Honesty cannot be used as a defence by those accused of academic misconduct.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

York University shall make reasonable and appropriate accommodations and adaptations in order to promote the ability of students with disabilities to fulfill the academic requirements of their programs. The nature and extent of accommodations shall be consistent with and supportive of the integrity of the curriculum and of the academic standards of programs or courses. Students requesting disability accommodation can contact York’s Counselling and Disability Services.

Students must be enrolled in degree-granting programs on the Keele campus of York University. As part of registration, students must provide BOTH their disability related documentation AND complete our online questionnaire.

Note: Students must upload copies of their disability related documentation online to York's Counselling and Disability Services.

Provided that students have given sufficient notice about their accommodation needs with a letter from Disability Services (submitting a copy to the graduate program office), instructors shall take reasonable steps to accommodate these needs in a manner consistent with the guidelines established.

Note: 'Disabilities' shall be defined as those conditions so designated under the Ontario Human Rights Code in force from time to time, and will in any event include physical, medical, learning, and psychiatric disabilities.

Other Useful Links

Contacting Graduate Program Staff/Faculty

  • For general student/administration inquiries by email or telephone:

Please send your email inquiries to gradhlth@yorku.ca

Please telephone  416-736-2100 ext. 22052

  • For academic-related inquiries (e.g. course content)  inquiries:

Please email the Graduate Program Director at draphael@yorku.ca

  • For drop-in or scheduling appointments:

Graduate Program in Health
Main Office Room #403
Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto ON
M3J 1P3

If you need to book an appointment with the Graduate Program Assistant, please send your request to the above email or call 416-736-2100 ext. 22052.