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How to Apply

For entry into Fall 2023, our application is available October 15–January 15.

  • Applicants will be assessed on the basis of academic achievement and/or demonstrated capacity or potential for advanced work in an applied area. The statement of interest and submitted scholarly written work provide a basis for evaluating that potential. To ensure a fair and objective review process, the program will not comment on the deliberation of the Admissions Committee and is unable to provide written or oral evaluations to applicants after the decisions are made. No provisions exist for reconsideration of admissions after decisions are announced to the applicants.
  • Application Procedures

    • Start early!!! It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure a completed application and supporting documentation is uploaded into the portal two weeks before the application deadline. Late applications or incomplete applications cannot be reviewed by the admissions committee.
    • Please review the minimum admission requirements for the MA and PhD.  All online applications require official transcripts, CV, statement of interest, writing sample and recommendation letters
    • Follow the instructions and click "Apply Now" to complete the online application form first and pay the application fee. There is a time limit of 30 minutes for the application.  Ensure you have all necessary documentation at hand when you begin the application.
    • You will receive your York reference number in an acknowledgement email within four to five (4-5) business days (not including university closures). You will be able to check the status of your application in MyFile after receiving your York reference number. Existing York U students and alumni, can proceed to enter their past student number to access MyFile.
    • Please ensure that you arrange for all supporting documentation to be submitted before the deadline.  Please ensure you have all pages of each document (i.e. transcript)
    • If you wish to re-load a document or have uploaded an item incorrectly, visit MyDocServe.  It may take up to 3 business days for updates to be reflected in the MyFile portal.
    • In the Supplementary Program Information Form provide the contact information for your two referees. Provide academic references or at least one professional reference.  Please note there is no functionality to remove or edit a referee's details once submitted.  After you submit the names and e-mail addresses of your referees, they will be contacted by e-mail within 48 hours to submit their letter of recommendation, electronically. 
    • Visit "Supporting Documents" in MyFile to upload your CV, transcripts and writing sample. Documents must be in Adobe PDF format.
    • To monitor the next steps,  visit our frequently asked questions section "I've applied". Instructions are provided to obtain an application status update and the decision from the MyFile portal.
    • It is vitally important to pay attention and respond to what is requested from you in emails sent from York Graduate Admissions. It is the applicant's responsibility to do so until the point of receiving a decision
    • Admission deferrals are not applicable. Applicants who decline an offer of admission by our programs are required to re-apply for admission for the following or future academic years

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    The Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.