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Application Instructions

  • Users can access the online application by clicking Apply Now
  • The application takes approximately 30 minutes to complete
  • No student is made an offer of admission unless a faculty member first agrees to supervise that student. However, applicants may apply without having secured a supervisor in advance
  • The program usually admits students only once per year beginning September 1st.
  • Application status can be checked at any time in MyFile

Application Deadlines

  • We accept applications from January-May each year, but students are advised to apply as early as possible to best secure a supervisor and be eligible for entrance scholarships.
  • Offers for major entrance scholarships are made in mid-February
  • International students should apply by 1 February as our very limited number of international positions are filled quickly. Later applications will be accepted but you should first contact biogpa@yorku.ca to see if there are still positions open.
  • Our program has a quota on the number of domestic and international MSc and PhD students that can be admitted. Apply early before these positions are filled.

Documents to be Uploaded Online using the Document Uploader

  • Supplementary Information Form
  • Referee List must include three (3) names and contact information to be added at the bottom of the Supplemental Information Form form. 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 Biology and your reasons for wanting to pursue an advanced research degree.
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining your work experience, academic background, publications, awards, etc.
  • Transcripts from each post-secondary institution

Application Fee

  • Application fee (to accompany online Application for Graduate Admission)
    is $130 Cdn, payable by Visa, Visa Debit 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

Entrance Scholarships

Entrance scholarships may be offered to high calibre applicants on the recommendation of the Biology graduate program. No separate application for the scholarship is necessary.