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York encourages you to apply online. Click here to see the online application.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Admission Requirements: 


International Students: refer to the international credentials information for your country






3  Letters of recommendation (If possible, at least 2 should be academic)


Supplementary Information


Please Submit the Following:

  • CV
  • Sample of academic writing (no more than 30 pages, examples include seminar paper, chapter from MA thesis, undergraduate essay, published article, work-related report or proposal).
  • Statement of intent (max. 1,000 words, based on answers to the following questions):



1. What academic background do you bring to graduate work in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies?

2. What aspects of your work and/or your personal experience will contribute to your graduate work in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies?

3. Why do you want to work in an interdisciplinary Gender, Feminist and Women’s studies programme, rather than pursuing work in a disciplined-based programme?

4. What do you anticipate will be the principle focus for your study and research in the Graduate Programme in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies?  What are your main goals in pursuing this research?

  • On the Faculty of Graduate Studies Supplementary Information Form (Question #3), please identify at least three areas of specialization from the following:

    Cultural and Literary Studies, Performance and Fine Arts
    Diaspora, Transnational and Global Studies
    Politics, Economies and Societies
    Theories and Methods

Please note

that the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of available spots, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission. Offers of admission to our program

are generally made between March to July.   Your patience is greatly appreciated.



Magisteriate / Master of Arts Program

An applicant for the MA must be a university graduate holding a degree based on four years of undergraduate study with at least a B+ average (or equivalent). In the context of the Canadian system of higher education, this means an Honours degree. For graduates from other jurisdictions, equivalency is determined in accordance with legislation established by the Senate of York University. The grade point average is assessed over the last two years (full-time equivalent) of study.

Doctorate / Doctor of Philosophy Program

Graduates with an MA degree or the equivalent from a recognised university, with at least a B+ average, and in a field of study relevant to graduate work in Women's Studies will be considered for admission as Candidates for the PhD degree.

Note:  Applicants are not expected to find an advisor or supervisor prior to acceptance in the Program.

Internal Applications to the PhD Program

Students currently enrolled in the MA Program in Women's Studies at York who have the minimum qualification (a B+ average) may apply for admission to the PhD Program. Current students' applications will be assessed by the Admissions Committee at the same time as new applications and will be considered equally with incoming applications for the available spaces in the PhD Program.

Current students will not, however, be required to apply through the Graduate Studies Admissions Office.

The Application Form must be submitted by the deadline of December 13, 2013.

Acceptance to the PhD Program will be conditional on the completion of all MA requirements by Oct. 31st of the year in which the student was admitted to the PhD Program.

Students will have to submit a rationale to the Program Director, with written support from her/his supervisory committee, for an extension of time beyond October 31st.




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