How to Apply for Graduate Studies

How to Apply for Graduate Studies

On-Line Application, Deadline, and Fee

Graduate Admissions are managed by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The steps for applying to the Graduate Program in Physics and Astronomy are laid out here.

Applications are accepted at any time but first consideration will be made for files completed by the following deadlines:

  • March 13th for Summer admission
  • August 14th for Fall admission
  • October 10th for Winter admission

An application fee of $100.00 (Canadian) is required. Admission files will not be considered without an application fee.

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Admission Documents

Applicants to the Graduate Program in Physics & Astronomy should make note that all documents save transcripts are now uploaded online. Transcripts should be sent to the following address:

York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
CANADA M3J 1P3

York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
99 Ian MacDonald Blvd
Toronto, ON
CANADA M3J 1P3

If you require any further information you can contact the Graduate Program Office.

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Graduate Scholarships

MSc applicants with A- averages in the two most recent years of study are encouraged to apply for an NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-M) and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). Applications for both competitions must be completed by December 1.

Likewise, PhD students with first-class GPAs are encouraged to apply for awards from NSERC and OGS. The deadline for PhD students is in October.

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International Students

Because facility in the English language is essential to the pursuit of advanced studies at York University, a foreign applicant whose first language is not English will normally be required to demonstrate competence to the satisfaction of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the sponsoring graduate program as a condition for admission in the program. Normally for programs in the Sciences, the following minimum scores will be required: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 550 paper-based, 79-80 internet-based, or IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5 academic module.

Inquiries about TOEFL can be directed to Test of English as a Foreign Language, CN 615, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, U.S.A.. In China and Ukraine the following places administer TOEFL: China International Examinations Coordination Bureau, #35 Da Mu Cang Hu Tong, Xi Dan, Beijing, People's Republic of China; Educational Advisory Centre, 64 Volodymyrska Street, 252017, Ukraine.

Applicants from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh should note that normally they cannot be considered for admission directly to the doctoral program. A student must have an M.Sc. degree from the home country to be eligible to be considered for admission to an M.Sc. program at York.

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Income

Financial support for both domestic and international graduate students is described here.

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Benefits

Graduate students that have Teaching Assistantships and their dependents are eligible for an extensive extended health and benefits package that includes Vision Care, Dental Care, Prescription Drugs and Paramedical Services, as described here: Benefits Overview. All graduate students also receive extended health and benefits as members of the Graduate Student Association, as described here: YUGSA Health and Dental Plan.

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Costs

Information on tuition and supplementary fees for domestic and international students can be found here.

York University is located in a major metropolitan setting. Consequently, it is difficult to estimate the cost of living, for much depends upon individual choice, interest, and lifestyle. Students who live alone can expect to pay about $15,000 per year for living expenses. There is a charge for health care for domestic students who do not hold a teaching assistantship. International students are required to participate in and pay for a mandatory medical insurance premium provided through the University Health Insurance Plan.

Any offer of financial support will be made to you by letter by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. For international students, this letter will be required by Canadian consular officials before an Entry Visa will be issued.

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