Science & Technology Studies

Science & Technology Studies

Please note, the MA admission deadline has been extended for domestic applicants only until May 15, 2022.

This program is accepting and responding to applications on a rolling basis. Please apply here.

The Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies offers advanced training leading to MA and PhD degrees. Drawing upon the demonstrated expertise of a wide range of faculty across the University, the Program provides highly qualified students with a unique opportunity to do specialized academic work in Science and Technology Studies (STS). Research in STS applies the methods and theories of the social sciences, humanities, and cultural studies to contemporary and historical examinations of scientific knowledge and governance, technological change and constroversies, and innovation policy and political economy.

Choose York:

  • York STS is the first program of its kind in Canada, offering both MA and PhD degrees in STS.
  • Because of its multidisciplinary approach, STS is particularly well positioned to provide analytically- and critically-informed insight into complex questions regarding science, technology, innovation, health, engineering, biotechnology, intellectual property, expertise, ethics, environmental politics, computing and communication, and the public understanding of science.
  • An MA degree in STS from York is extremely versatile and is a fitting background for careers in education, policy, business, law, and medicine. A PhD prepares you for an academic and research specialty that is growing in Canada and abroad, or for a career that requires insight into the complexities of scientific and technological societies and economies.
  • Our faculty members are well-known worldwide for their research and scholarship, regularly publishing in leading international STS journals - like Science, Technology, & Human Values, Social Studies of Science, Science as Culture, Isis, Prometheus, etc. - as well as other, related leading international journals - like Science, Body & Society, Social Science & Medicine, Sociology of Health & Illness, etc.
  • Our faculty regularly publish books with international presses like MIT Press, Duke University Press, University of Chicago Press, Oxford University Press, etc.
  • Our faculty are or have been editors and editorial board members on prominent STS journals like Science, Technology, & Human Values, Social Studies of Science, Science as Culture, Isis, Scientia Canadensis, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, etc.
  • Our faculty currently play leading roles, or have done so in the past, in learned societies like the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), History of Science Society, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS), etc.
  • For over 20 years, the STS community at York has hosted a colloquium at which leading Canadian and international scholars regularly present their research and engage in lively discussion with the audience.
  • The STS Graduate Students Association (STSGSA) is a vibrant student organization that organizes and hosts a Spring Conference, a working paper series, and regular social events.

Degrees Offered


MA


Program Length (Full-time)

1 year(s)


Program Component(s)

  • Major research paper


Minimum Required GPA

B+


Fall Entry

  • Full-time
  • Part-time

Deadline - Fall (Domestic Applicants Only)

2022-05-15

Deadline - Fall (International Applicants Only)

2022-01-15

English Proficiency Requirement

Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB
Duolingo125
PTE Academic76

PhD


Program Length (Full-time)

5 year(s)


Program Component(s)

  • Comprehensive examination(s)
  • AND Dissertation


Minimum Required GPA

B+


Fall Entry

  • Full-time

Deadline - Fall (Full-time Applicants Only)

2022-01-15

English Proficiency Requirement

Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
YUELIAcademic Program Level 9 with Distinction
YUELI Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)Graduate with distinction
CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreB
Duolingo125
PTE Academic76

Additional Admission Requirements

Number of Recommendation(s)

  • 3 recommendation(s)

Other Requirements

  • Statement of interest
  • Writing Sample (approx. 3,000 words)

Your Resources

Common Questions:

Depending on the graduate program, York University graduate funding can be designed to cover most of your tuition, offer employment and/or Faculty enhanced funding awards. In addition, each York University graduate student is eligible to receive up to $2000 in funding to support research/scholarly activity through the Academic Excellence Fund. Funding packages are not designed to cover the cost of rent, utilities, transportation, or food.
Absolutely. Please indicate in your statement of interest you are not seeking a funding package. To note, you will be responsible for not only funding the cost of your degree, but also the cost of living in the Greater Toronto Area for the length of your degree.
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