How to Apply

Application Information

  • Users will be brought to the online application by clicking "Apply Now"
  • Applications are now being accepted
  • Deadline for both internal and external applicants is JANUARY 15
  • The program admits students only once per year beginning September 1
  • Application status can be checked at any time in MyFile

Application Requirements

To apply for graduate studies at York University, you must complete and submit the following:

  • Application fee (to accompany online Application for Graduate Admission)
    The application fee is $130 CDN, payable by Visa or MasterCard. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • If you do not wish to submit your credit card online, or if you do not have a Visa or MasterCard, please contact York's Office of Admissions at 416–736–5000.
  • Your application will be processed upon receipt of your fee payment.

Documents to be Uploaded Online using the Document Uploader

Please note once you have uploaded your documents you will not be able to go back and upload any changes to your already uploaded documents.

  • Supplementary Information Form: to be completed with three (3) recommendations. Your referees will then be emailed a link to upload their reference letter to support your Graduate Admission application.
  • Statement of Interest: a letter (500 words) addressed to the Program Admissions Committee, outlining your background in Philosophy and your reasons for wanting to pursue an advanced degree.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): outline your academic background, publications, awards, work experience, etc.
  • Writing sample: for those applying to the PhD, an academic paper of no more than 5000 words, or a chapter from a Master’s thesis. For those applying to the MA, an academic paper of no more than 5000 words (can be two shorter pieces) or a sample from an honour's paper.
  • Transcripts: all post secondary transcripts outside of York University can be uploaded, but are not considered official  until they are received in a sealed envelope from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office (address listed below).  Photocopied, faxed or verified true copies are not considered official documents.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Graduate Philosophy program office in (S429 Ross) at 416-736-2100 ext. 77583, or send an email to

by mail

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

by courier

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

Application Checklist

Admission Requirements

Master of Arts Program

  • BA Honours degree in philosophy, or its equivalent
  • At least a B+ average in the last two years of study.
  • It is recommended that students applying to the program have studied some logic and have some background in the history of philosophy.

Doctor of Philosophy Program

Graduates with a Master's Degree in Philosophy,  while B+ is the minimum GPA  average to be eligible for admission to the program, successful applicants normally have a GPA of at least an A-.

Combined Juris Doctor (JD) / Master of Arts in Philosophy

Students must apply, meet the admission requirements, and be admitted separately to both the JD and MA programs, indicating their interest in the dual program.

Internal MA Applicants Applying to the PhD Program

Students that are completing an MA degree in Philosophy and would like to apply to the PhD program in Philosophy will also need to apply online, and pay a fee of $130.00 CDN.

Transcripts from any previous institutions will need to be mailed to the Graduate Admissions office (See address above).

For York University Internal applicants:  York Transcripts will be downloaded by the Graduate Admissions office, you do not need to order York official transcripts to be sent to the Graduate Admissions office.

Please contact us for more information.


Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL, IELTS or YELT, scores are required from international applicants whose higher education has not been in English. For more information, please visit Future Students - Language Proficiency Requirements.