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How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in pursuing graduate studies at York University. Your first step is to review all admission and application requirements before beginning the process.

  1. Complete the Online Application 
  1. Once you receive your York University student/reference number (3-4 business days after online application), upload all additional documents required to MyFile:  
  • A statement of interest (MA applicants) or proposed plan of study (doctoral applicants) (both approximately 500 words)  
  • A resume or CV  
  • A sample of written or other relevant work 
  • Transcripts from all universities attended (York University mailing address)   
  • Three (3) letters of reference 

Please refer to the Application Information Sheet and the  Admissions website for details.  

Application Instructions

Application Information Sheet

In addition to the submission of transcripts from all universities attended and three (3) letters of reference, applicants are asked to submit a statement of interest (MA applicants) or proposed plan of study (doctoral applicants), a resume or CV and a sample of their written or other relevant work.

The MA statement of interest should provide a clear description of the applicant’s intellectual interests for future study and research within the wider field of communication and culture. It is not expected to be a detailed plan for a specific project. The statement should address the applicant’s preparation for graduate work in the program and highlight any relevant accomplishments. Applicants can also briefly discuss any anomalous aspects of their application (e.g. factors that have interfered with the applicant’s academic career).  

The applicant should provide a clear and detailed description of the planned research area by including the objects of study, potential methods, and the compatibility of their scholarly interests with the program. Applicants should also discuss their preparation for doctoral study in the program especially if previous academic background (in terms of degrees, courses, previous research, etc.) appears distant from the central scholarly areas of communication and culture. Additionally, applicants may highlight any accomplishments relevant to admission into the program.     

Applicants applying on the basis that their academic and professional credentials are equivalent to an honours degree (for the MA program) or to a Master's/Magisteriate degree (for the PhD program) must make the case for equivalency in their statements of interest or in a covering letter as part of their application. 

Applications will be accepted until the University deadline of 15 March. 

For more information about the Communication & Culture Graduate Program, please contact  

For questions about the application process, funding and scholarships, and general questions about the Communication & Culture Graduate Program, please contact Claresta Adityani, Graduate Program Assistant

For questions about the PhD program and graduate studies at York, please contact Prof. Jan Hadlaw, Graduate Program Director

For questions about the MA program and graduate studies at York, please contact Prof. Tokunbo Ojo, MA Coordinator

Transcripts should be sent or delivered to:

Mailing Address

York University
Office of Admissions (Graduate)
PO Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Tel: 416-736-5000
Fax: 416-736-5536

Courier or Hand Delivery Address

York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
99 Ian MacDonald Blvd
Toronto, ON

Telephone: 416-736-5000
Fax: 416-736-5536

Learn More

The York & Ryerson Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Program Assistant to learn more.