How to Apply

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

APPLY NOW! The online application deadline for Fall 2020 entry is January 15, 2020

Application Procedures

  • Please review the minimum admission requirements for the MA and PhD.  All online applications require official transcripts, CV, statement of interest and recommendation letters
  • Follow the instructions and click "Apply Now" to complete the online application form and pay the application fee.
  •  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 the online portal, MyFile. Existing York U students will use their student number to access MyFile.
  • Please ensure that you arrange for all supporting documentation to be submitted before the deadline.  Please ensure you have all pages of each document.
  • If you wish to re-load a document or have uploaded an item incorrectly, visit MyDocServe.  It may take up to 3 business days for updates to be reflected in the MyFile portal.
  • 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.
  • To monitor the next steps,  visit our frequently asked questions section "I've applied". Instructions are provided to obtain an application status update and decision from the MyFile portal.
  • It is vitally important to pay attention and respond to what is requested from you in the emails sent from York Graduate Admissions. It is the applicant's responsibility to do so until the point of receiving a decision.
  • All programs offered by the Graduate Program in Health only has one program entry in September, per academic year.
  • Admission deferrals are not applicable. Applicants who decline an offer of admission by our programs are required to re-apply for admission for the following or 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
  • 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 the MA program in Health:

Applicants must

  • have completed an Honours Bachelor Degree with at least a 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.

Admission to the PhD Program in Health

Applicants must

  • have completed a Master’s degree with at least a 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

For all applicants:

  • 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.
  • Official transcripts are mailed to:

York University
Office of Graduate Admissions

P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3

  • 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. For those institutions that are only sending items electronically to York, they can submit these via email to with the candidate’s name and York ID number.
  • 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 or PhD 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  or 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 MA  or 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 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. (For example, academic essays or research papers which were submitted to an advanced level university courses).
  • 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, if required

Applicants are strongly recommended to apply separately for various York University, Tri-Council, provincial or external scholarships listed on the Awards page.

English Language Proficiency Tests

Proof of language proficiency is required for applicants who meet 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.
  3. If you wish to make an inquiry about language tests or scores that were submitted for your graduate application, please visit this site.

International Academic Credentials

International students can review how their academic credentials achieved overseas compare to York University.  Please verify the minimum admission requirements listed by country. However, there is no definitive answer to the admission eligibility until the entire application package has been reviewed.