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Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs are where the next generation of ideas are born.

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies offers more than 35 graduate degrees in 23 fields of study. Join 1,400+ graduate students engaged in enriching research and critical study alongside award-winning faculty. Here you will have the opportunity for collaboration with some of the brightest minds from a diversity of backgrounds and be able to assist in developing innovative ideas and relevant research with real-world impact. 

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Graduate Program in Social Anthropology

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Join a dynamic, intellectual community of scholars and faculty committed to theoretically informed, empirically grounded and socially relevant research. Engage in ethnographic fieldwork in places, communities and archives on topics of contemporary and historical relevance.

Joint Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

This unique partnership between York and Ryerson University combines the very best leaders in the field for the advanced study of communication and culture. Collectively, they represent a diversity of perspectives and professional experience in communications, social sciences, humanities, media and fine arts.

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Graduate Program in Development Studies

Master of Arts (MA)

A structured, interdisciplinary program, Development Studies offers a flexible combination of coursework, research and fieldwork. Core courses provide a full range of conceptual and methodological tools to engage and learn about the intersectionality of socio-economic, political and cultural developmental changes across the Global South.

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Graduate Program in Disaster & Emergency Management

Master of Disaster & Emergency Management (MDEM)

Enter this exciting and rapidly expanding field in the only graduate program of its kind in Ontario. Students explore the key concepts, methodologies and technologies used by emergency management professionals in the field.

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Graduate Program in Economics

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our graduate program is ranked among the top programs in Canada with strengths in several fields of economics. Students will receive advanced training in economic theory and quantitative methods.

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Graduate Program in English

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Over the past three generations, York's English faculty has shaped the ways in which literary study is carried out across the country. In this dynamic, interdisciplinary program, you’ll study with prize-winning faculty who are committed to research and teaching.

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Graduate Program in Financial Accountability

Master of Financial Accountability (MFAc)

In the only program of its kind in the world, students focus on financial accountability and regulations, corporate governance and ethics. Students graduate well-equipped to deal with complex organizational, ethical, legislative and financial realities.

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Graduate Program Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

One of the primary goals of this program is to develop and use a feminist analytical perspective to the study of women and gender as they intersect with sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, ability and age.

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Graduate Program in History

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The graduate program in History at York University is distinguished by a vibrant intellectual climate and vigorous historical inquiry. Our program explores a wide range of geographical and thematic areas of historical research.

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Graduate Program in Human Resource Management

Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Join Canada’s leader in HRM education. We offer cutting-edge, career-oriented graduate programs that provide skilled professionals with the competency required to advance their careers while contributing meaningfully to HRM research and scholarship.

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Graduate Program in Humanities

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Examine subjects central to the humanities within a wide diversity of approaches with an explicit focus on interdisciplinary scholarship in theory and in practice. The program provides students with the unique opportunity to carry out specialized academic work in the diverse, cultural expressions of the humanities.

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Graduate Program in Information Systems & Technology

Master of Arts (MA)

Designed for both working professionals and research-oriented students, this flexible, innovative program is dedicated to the study of information technologies and their application to solving business and societal problems.

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Graduate Program in Interdisciplinary Studies

Master of Arts (MA)

This unique program provides the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary, independent, innovative and individualized research that does not fit into traditional disciplinary categories. While intentionally small, this program attracts high-quality students with a wide range of scholarly interests and perspectives.

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Graduate Program in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

This internationally recognized graduate program encourages students in linguistics and applied linguistics to prepare for diverse careers in teaching, research, public and the private sectors. Our faculty are well-established scholars with a remarkable range of research and teaching interests, covering a broad spectrum of areas within the program’s main pillars.

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Graduate Program in Management Practice

Master of Science in Management Practice (MScMP)

This program is designed to provide future leaders in organizations with a robust understanding of management practices rooted in applied research and analysis that inform evidence-based decision making.

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Graduate Program in Philosophy

Master of Arts (MA)
Juris Doctor/Master of Arts (JD/MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

This rigorous program relies on traditional and interdisciplinary methods, taking empirical, conceptual, and applied approaches. Students may choose to specialize in areas such as ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, philosophy of cognitive science, and much more.

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Graduate Program in Political Science

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

As one of the top political science programs in Canada, we are committed to scholarly excellence, critical thought, and social justice. Our award-winning faculty are active in research and publication on the international stage.

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Graduate Program in Public Policy, Administration & Law

Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL)

Created for working professionals, this flexible interdisciplinary graduate program provides students with the skills needed for effective public administration and public policy analysis. The program focuses on themes of constitutional and administrative law, and social justice.

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Graduate Program in Science & Technology Studies

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

We're the first English–speaking STS program in Canada offering both MA and PhD degrees. In the STS program, you'll be encouraged to draw from social science and humanities disciplines to examine and analyze the role of science and technology in our societies, cultures, and economies.

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Graduate Program in Social & Political Thought

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A truly interdisciplinary program, we aim to integrate the intellectual interest of the humanities and social sciences. This one-of-a-kind program stresses both a historical and a systematic study of social and political ideas.

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Graduate Program in Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our program is committed to human rights, social justice and anti-oppression approaches to our scholarship. Widely considered one of the most progressive and socially responsible programs in Canada, we place diversity of experience – race, class, ability, sexual orientation, age, gender, and religious/spiritual affiliation – as central to our understanding of social work services.

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Graduate Program in Socio-Legal Studies

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Join the first socio-legal doctoral program in Canada outside a law school. This exciting program builds on York’s pioneering Law & Society and Criminology programs and our tradition of interdisciplinary research.

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Graduate Program in Sociology

Master of Arts (MA)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Join one of the most dynamic centres of social theory and research – and one of the largest graduate programs in sociology in Canada. With a well-established reputation for critical scholarship, interdisciplinarity and sociological theory, this program boasts many research chairs and directors working in our research centres, providing students with a rich array of study opportunities.