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Graduate Program in Sociology

Financial Information & Awards

Please visit the links below for information on fees and financial support for graduate students.


Tuition and Fees

Academic fees are determined with reference to the formula fee schedule set by the Province of Ontario. Accordingly, any adjustments to the formula fee schedule by the Province of Ontario will result in adjustment to the University's academic fees. The University will endeavour to inform the student community immediately upon any such adjustment.

Fees are paid in September for the fall term, in January for the winter term, and in May for the summer term. A Registration Fee of $15.00 is charged for each of the three terms. Students may have their fees deducted from their T.A., R.A. or G.A. salary by filling out a payroll deduction form. In cases of hardship, it may be possible to pay in installments or to work out a scheme for deferring fees. Heather Moore, (230 York Lanes) is the person to consult.

Please remember to make your payments - no reminders will be sent. Consult the Fee section of the Student Financial Services for further information, including the fees and fee refund schedules.

York's residency requirement requires MA students (full-time or part-time) to pay as a minimum, the equivalent of one year full-time fees. Doctoral students (full-time or part-time) must pay as a minimum, the equivalent of two years full-time fees.

Financial Support

Various forms of financial assistance are available to graduate students.  York University and external agencies offer numersous fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, awards, prizes, and grants.  For more information on York and Faculty of Graduate Studies awards, please click here.  Of particular note are:

Entrance Scholarships

York Graduate Scholarships

York University offers a limited number of scholarships to students entering programs at the Master's and Doctoral levels.  There ar eno application forms for these scholarship.  Offers are made by the Graduate Program Director to selected applicants whom have oustanding applications.

Graduate Fellowship for Academic Distinction

The Graduate Fellowships for Academic Distinction are awarded to incoming students with high potential for future leadership in international affairs.  The students eligible for these awards will be those engaged in research in the Social Science aspects of environmental protection, fine arts, or political economy.

Elia Scholars Program

The Elia Scholars Program is York University's most prestigious graduate award for incoming domestic and international doctoral students of the highest calibre.  Outsanding candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as an Elia Scholarship should identiy themselves to the director of the graduate program to which they are applying.

Chancellor Bennett Scholarship

The Chancellor Bennett Masters and Doctoral Scholarships for Liberal Arts are awarded to incoming students pursuing full-time studies in the Liberal Arts who have a record of high academic achievement. Students apply directly to the faculty of Graduate Studies for these awards.


Teaching Assistantships

A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate who teaches in one of the York Faculties or colleges. Normally, such teaching will consist of a tutorial or seminar work in a timetabled course in which the lectures are given by a full-time member of Faculty, this teaching being considered equal, when preparation is counted, to no more than ten hours of work per week.  During the 2015-2016 academic year, full year Unit 1 Teaching Assistants will earn $11,052.00 in wages plus $3,650.00 grant-in-aid for a total of $14,702.00 for the time period September 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016. Full-time students in sociology are eligible for Unit 1Teaching Assistantships, while part-time students are eligible for Unit 2 Teaching Assistantships.

Graduate Assistantships

A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate for various types of activity. The duties of a graduate assistant may include participation in a practicum, as an apprentice in a laboratory or applied setting, library work for the department or for a research group (normally in cases where it is possible for students to make small but constructive contributions to group research projects), administrative, clerical and research work. Formal arrangements for work in this category are made with the program director after admission. It should be noted that neither a Master’s nor a Doctoral candidate is permitted, while registered as a full-time student, to accept more than ten hours of paid work per week through the University. Graduate assistants are members of the CUPE 3903 - Unit 3 bargarining unit.   During the 2015-2016 academic year, full year Graduate Assistants will be paid $6,831.00 in wages plus $3,584.00 grant-in-aid for a total of $10,415.00 for the time period September 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016.

Research Assistantships

A stipend may be paid to a full-time degree candidate for research or academic activities relevant and related to the student’s field(s) of study within the academic program. Formal arrangements are made with the program director after admission. Research assistants are not part of the CUPE 3903 - Unit 3 bargaining unit.   Research assistantship salary is negotiated between the supervisor and student.

Research Related Funding

Fieldwork Costs Fund

This fund helps subsidize students’costs with research that is carried out in the field. For example, this fund may cover student travel and/or accommodation necessary for research, incentive payments, materials and other services essential to the research, disability accomodation costs for participants, etc. 

There is one competition each year for this fund, with applications normally being due in February/March.

Research Costs Fund

The Research Cost Fund helps subsidize students’ own research expenses that are above and beyond those costs that are typically associated with graduate work. Such research expenses include: travel to sources of research, payment of subjects, essential supplies, services and photocopying, etc.  The Fund generally does not cover books, conference costs, subsistence, tuition fees or equipment. 

There are two competitions each year for this fund: one in the Spring and one in the Fall.

Graduate Development Fund

In recognition of the importance of graduate students’ academic development in presenting their research, the Faculty of Graduate Studies offers the Graduate Development Fund.  This fund helps subsidize students’ transportation costs to a recognized academic event or conference where they are presenting their scholarly or creative work.

There is one competition each year for this fund, with applications normally being due in February/March

Small Fee Bursaries

Small fee bursaries a re sometimes allotted. Students will be notified when application forms for these become available.

For a complete list of scholarships, awards, grants and prizes at York, please click here.

External Awards

The program strongly encourages students to apply for both SSHRC and OGS awards. Application forms can be found online at the SSHRC and OGS websites.

Part-Time Student Income

Part-time students are ineligible for some Teaching Assistantships and Graduate and Research Assistantships and Scholarships; but otherwise there are no restrictions on the amount and sources of income.