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How to Apply

Interdisciplinary studies affords prospective applicants the opportunity to combine three disciplinary lenses and approaches to their unique field of study. As such, the programme of study including the preferred three disciplines that will shape this work must be established at the time of application.  In order for this to happen, prospective applicants must meet with the programme director to discuss their proposed project and to work together to secure three supervisors — in — principle. A fulsome proposal is required, to be discussed with the programme director, so as to ensure an applicant’s file is strong and sufficiently Interdisciplinary. New admits routinely find these preliminary meetings helpful in not only understanding the program but also in fine-tuning the subject of their inquiry. Once their “Statement of Interest” is drafted, they are encouraged get to speak with/meet with possible supervisors who provide input to their proposal, which is submitted at the time of application.

Need help writing your Statement of Interest? Check out this video recording by FGS!

Beginning your Application

Please note: No student may work towards a degree in any single subject through the Interdisciplinary programme; if the student’s interests fall within the range of established programs of a disciplinary nature the application will be referred to the relevant admissions committee. We suggest you first check out all the info for prospective students provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. So give us a call - come to an info session - come and meet with the director and talk about what intrigues you - about what inspires you - about what you are passionate about and we'll try to make it happen for you. You'll be glad you came in!

To make an appointment with the director, contact the programme administrator.

A Complete Application




Supplemental Application Form


Official Transcripts


Three References


Statement of Interest/Proposal


Three Confirmed Supervisors


Writing Sample


Portfolio (possibly for non standard applicants)

Suggested Structure for Statement of Interest/ Proposal

Most Directors of IS have historically advised prospective applicants to write a 4-part proposal that begins with a Title that indicates your area of study and the approach. It's good if your title reflects your engaged thought regarding your complex area of study and also reflects your intended Interdisciplinarity. The proposal is about 5 pages.

Prospective applicants write a 4-part proposal that begins with a Title that encapsulates your study and approach. Its title should reflect your engaged thought regarding the integration of its areas of study and reflect its Interdisciplinarity nature.

250 words or about 2 pages that includes an introduction which elaborates the title, introduces the three disciplines that inform the project, introduces the intended subject of scholarly inquiry, your inspiration for wanting to undertake it, and your suitability for doing so.

Make an appointment to speak with the programme director after which you may consider revising A and B.

Finish off with your bibliography.

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The Graduate Programme in Interdisciplinary Studies at York is an exciting environment to pursue innovative, socially engaging, career-ready education. Contact our Graduate Programme Administrator to learn more.