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Graduate Program in Sociology

How to Apply


The program admits students only once per year, to begin September 1.

The deadline to apply for the 2015/2016 academic year is Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

The online application is now available.  Please click on the "apply now" button located to the right.


OGS Funding Information

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MA Admission Requirements

Graduates with an honours degree in sociology or closely related discipline, and normally with at least a B+ average or higher in their last two years of study, may be admitted as candidates for the MA degree.

In addition, students with an honours degree with a minor in sociology and who have a minimum of a B+ average or higher in their last two years of study, may also be admitted as candidates for the MA degree.


PhD Admission Requirements

Graduates with a Master’s degree in sociology or closely related discipline, with at least a B+ average or higher may be admitted as candidates in the doctoral program. Graduates with a Master’s degree in other disciplines may be admitted, depending on their background in sociology.


Application Instructions

1. Applications can be found online at  A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 is required at the time of application.  Acceptable forms of payment include VISA or Mastercard. If you do not have a VISA or Mastercard, or if you do not wish to submit your credit card information online, you must contact the Office of Admissions at (416) 736-5000.  Please do not contact the Graduate Program Office for questions about your application fee as we do not process the payment for your application.

2. New this year, all supporting documentation, with the exception of your transcripts, must be uploaded into the online application.  A few days after you fill out the online application and pay the application fee, you'll have access to MyFile, through which you'll upload your documents.

The following documents must uploaded as part of your application:

  • A statement of interest (approximately 500 words, single-spaced), outlining your research question, relevant literatures and how your work would fit in/draw upon them, methods (if you have already begun to think this through), and information about why our Program is a good fit for your research project. You may also include information on your academic background and any work/volunteer experience only as it relates to your research question. In cases where applicants may already have secured a supervisor and/or supervisory committee, please indicate this in your statement also.  Please note that having a supervisory committee in place at the time of application is not a requirement of our admissions application.
  • A curriculum vitae (academic resume) or resume
  • An academic writing sample/term paper (approximately 15-20 pages; if you don't have a 15-20 page paper, please submit two smaller papers; i.e. submit two 8-10 page papers).  Please ensure that you submit a clean copy (no grades/comments included). Your writing sample does not have to be in your proposed area of research, but rather, should be the paper that you consider to be your best work.  Please ensure that your paper has a title page which includes the following information:  (i) course number; (ii) course title;  (iii) your name. Where possible, please also indicate the grade you received on the paper as well as a copy of the course assignment.

3.  TRANSCRIPTS CANNOT BE UPLOADED INTO THE ONLINE APPLICATION.  TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AS HARD COPIES AND MAILED DIRECTLY TO THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE (see address below) FROM THE INSTITUTION FROM WHICH THEY WERE REQUESTED. Students are responsible for submitting two official transcripts from each postsecondary institution you have attended.  Transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.  If transcripts are in a language other than English or French, an official English translation is required.  If you have taken courses at York, the Graduate Admissions Office will obtain your York transcript on your behalf.  Be sure to include your York reference number on all correspondence (please note that if you have an outstanding debt with York University, a transcript will not be released and your application will not be processed). 

4. Supplemental Information Form.  You will have access to the supplemental information form (SIF), forty-eighty working hours after you submit your online application.  Applicants can access the supplemental information form through  Please fill out the the online SIF, which will include submitting the names of your three referees and their contact information, and submit the form online.

5.  Three Letters of Reference.  Once you have submitted your supplmental information form online, the Office of Graduate Admissions will contact your referees and provide them with a link to the online reference form.  Your referees will submit their letters online directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. You do not need to submit a hard copy of your referee's letter if they have submitted an online reference form.

6.  TOEFL.  A Test of English as a Foreign Language score is required of international applicants whose higher education has not been in English.  Other acceptable language tests and the required scores can be found here:


Mailing Address

York University

Office of Graduate Admissions

P.O. Box GA2300

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario

Canada     M3J 1P3


Courier Address

York University

Office of Graduate Admissions

W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario

Canada     M3J 1P3


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