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
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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
Statement of Interest/Proposal
Three Confirmed Supervisors
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.
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.