Experience Grad Studies at York U

Posted by York & U on October 11, 2019

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The most common questions a York University Graduate Recruitment Officer will get asked are: What does graduate studies mean? How do I apply?

Sound familiar?

We spoke to Graduate Recruitment Officer Eileen about grad studies at York, and what the most frequently asked questions are from prospective new grad students. Read on to get her insights, find out about York’s upcoming ‘Experience Grad Studies’ event, and see if grad studies is for you.

There are many flexible program options at York, so see what works best for you while keeping in mind your schedule and career goals.

What graduate study options are available at York U?

There are three options for graduate level study at York:

Master’s degrees: one or two-year programs that can be completed after you’ve finished your Bachelor’s degree

There are three main kinds of Master’s degrees:

  • Coursework only degrees (100% of your degree is coursework);
  • Major Research Paper degrees (75% of your degree is coursework and 25% is research); and
  • Thesis degrees (50% of your degree is coursework and 50% is research

PhD degrees: Aso known as doctoral degrees, PhD degrees are three to six years in length. You need a Master’s to pursue a PhD degree at York. PhD programs include a combination of coursework, a qualifying/comprehensive exam and research.

Graduate Diplomas: Most graduate diplomas at York are concurrent, which means they must be done in conjunction with and at the same time as a graduate degree. Others are standalone, so you can pursue them without being enrolled in a degree program. Most Graduate Diplomas are coursework only. Find out more about Graduate Diplomas at York.

Research York’s Graduate Programs/Diplomas to see if any are right for you and your career goals.

How to apply to Graduate Studies at York

To apply to a graduate program, you’ll need some combination of the following:

  • transcripts from all university studies
  • a resume or CV
  • a statement of interest
  • letters of reference
  • samples of written work
  • standardized test scores
  • language test scores
  • a portfolio
  • an interview or audition

To check out each program’s specific requirements, visit York’s Graduate Programs/Diplomas web page.

York offers over 65 graduate programs. It’s important to note that you don’t have to do a Master’s in the same exact discipline that you did your Bachelor’s undergraduate degree in. Check out multiple programs and schools to review all the options available to you before you start applying.

If you’re ready to apply for Fall 2020, apply on York’s website. The application will open on October 19, 2019, and application deadlines begin December 15. Each program has a different deadline – so be sure to check your program deadline on the Graduate Programs/Diplomas page.

More than a year away from applying? If you are thinking ahead to Fall 2021 or later, York runs workshops on ‘How to Prepare for Graduate Studies in your first, second or third undergraduate year. These workshops will help you get on the right track to preparing an awesome application when you’re ready to do so. Check out the schedule of upcoming workshops.

Attend the Experience Grad Studies fair to learn more!

On October 19, York is hosting an Experience Grad Studies fair from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Second Student Centre, Keele Campus. Graduate programs will host information tables where you can learn about their programs, so don’t forget to prepare some questions for them in advance!

There will be several presentations to help you apply to grad school for Fall 2020:

  • 11 a.m. – Graduate Student Funding: What Are The Facts?
  • 12 p.m. – Scholarships 101: Who What, When, Where – and How
  • 1 p.m. – Preparing Your Personal Statement
  • 2 p.m. – Finding a Supervisor, and How to Apply to Grad Studies at York
Pursuing Grad Studies in a specialized area could put your career in another direction.

Need some more help? The Career Centre has a great range of resources that you can use to find out more about graduate studies and to help you determine whether you’d like to pursue it. You’re also more than welcome to contact York’s Graduate Recruitment Officer ewatson@yorku.ca, anytime!

What programs at York have caught your eye? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @YorkUStudents!