Steps to Apply

Preparing your application to graduate studies at York University and/or other interested universities requires research and planning. Some students start preparing their plan for graduate studies as early as two years before they submit their application. Consider the following timelines to help guide you through a successful application process.

1 year before
  • Hone your field of interest.
  • Find out what school best fits your needs and the professors who have similar interests to you.
  • Visit schools if you can and contact the programs for more information. Contact those institutions' admissions and recruitment offices. Attend Graduate Studies information fairs.
  • Make note of application deadlines as they vary by program.
  • Research funding opportunities (e.g. external scholarships) and make note of their deadlines.
  • Take any testing required for admission (e.g. GRE, MCAT, GMAT exams) and arrange to have your test results sent directly to York.
  • Continue to build strong relationships with contacts for your letters of recommendation.
  • If you are currently in an undergraduate degree and will be applying to a Master's program:
    • choose your required and elective courses carefully, keeping in mind the topic you'd like to pursue during your graduate studies and the requirements for that program;
    • prepare a file with your best written and research work for your application.
  • If you are currently in a Master's degree and will be applying to a PhD program:
    • attend conferences and events where you can network with students and professors from the schools you are interested in attending;
    • perfect your resumé with both academic, volunteer and employment-related information.
6 months before
  • Prepare your Statement of Interest for the programs to which you'll be applying.
  • Contact your references for appropriate recommendation letters. Be sure to supply references with information about the forms they need to fill out and a copy of your Statement of Interest. Remind references of the deadline for letters if needed.
  • Begin to contact potential supervisors if required.
  • Apply for funding opportunities. Note: eligibility for many funding sources requires full time study.
  • If you are currently in an undergraduate degree and will be applying to a Master's program:
    • ask a current professor to review your Statement of Interest and provide feedback.
  • If you are currently in a Master's degree and will be applying to a PhD program:
    • contact professors you are interested in working with - provide them with information about your topic of study and your resumé;
    • inquire about internal financial aid/scholarship opportunities.
4 weeks before
  • Perfect your Statement of Interest.
  • Have transcripts from your current or former institutions sent directly to York and any other universities to which you're applying. (In some instances, the issuing institution(s) may mail the transcripts to you in unopened, sealed envelopes to submit with your application package.)
  • Submit your application early or on time. Do not miss the deadline.
apply now

Apply now

  1. Review all admission and application requirements for your chosen program of study before beginning the process. Application deadlines vary by program.
  2. Follow the Application Checklist.
  3. Complete the online graduate admission application and follow the instructions. Apply Now
    • The application will time out after 30 minutes. Ensure you have all necessary documentation at hand when you begin the application.
    • Use your full legal name (found on your birth certificate or passport) on all application forms and, if applicable, include any hyphens.
    • Provide all previous names used as a York student to ensure we have one comprehensive student file for your documents.
    • Ensure to include all previous post-secondary institutions on your application, including those attended on an exchange or on a letter of permission.

    To apply to the Schulich School of Business, please visit the Schulich School of Business Web site.
    To apply to Osgoode Professional Development, please visit the OsgoodePD Website.
  4. Pay the $130 application fee by Visa or MasterCard. If you do not wish to submit your credit card online, or if you do not have a Visa or MasterCard, please contact the Office of Admissions at 416-736-5000. We will process your application when we have received the fee payment in full. Application fee is non-refundable.
  5. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all documentation within two weeks of the application deadline. Some programs have document deadlines, please refer to the specific program details for requirements and deadlines. All documentation submitted becomes the property of York University and cannot be returned.
  6. Make sure you meet our language requirements: International applicants: Study permit and visa information.
after you apply

Have you applied by the deadline? If so, here's what happens to your application after you have applied:

  • You will receive an e-mail containing your York reference number to track the progress of your application on MyFile (York University only -- other universities may have their own application status tool). Through MyFile you can upload documents that are required to complete your application. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package. 
  • Once your application is complete (all documentation such as transcripts, supplementary application information, language proficiency scores (if applicable) and references are submitted), your file is sent to the program for review.
  • The program's admission committee reviews your application material and makes an admission decision.
  • The program forwards decisions to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • The Office of Graduate Admissions informs students of the admission decision via MyFile. If you’re offered admission, you’ll see a tab called Communication History outlining your next steps.

The Office of Admission, York University, sends official communication about application and admission via e-mail. You will receive acknowledgement of your application as well as information about financial aid, on-campus events, offers of admission and your next steps after acceptance. This email can take up to three (3) business days to arrive. It is important that you open, read and take action (if required) upon receipt of an e-mail.

after you're admitted
  • Accept your offer of admission - Please visit MyFile for more information.
  • Once you are admitted, please provide all official documentation to satisfy offer of admission. Please refer to the conditions of admission on your offer letter in MyFile.
    • Required document may include:
      • Official Transcripts and official translations
      • Degree Certificates (if applicable)
      • English Language Proficiency tests
  • For students with diagnosed disabilities: Once you've become a York student, you should contact York University's Student Accessibility Services to schedule an appointment with a disabilities counsellor as soon as possible in order to arrange for academic accommodations. Connect with a counsellor soon to ensure your academic accommodations are arranged in a timely fashion.
  • Visit our incoming students checklist.