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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
  • There are few positions available for international students. International students are strongly advised to apply by mid-February because these positions are highly competitive and are few in number. We begin making offers in late February.
  • The application process opens mid October 2021.
  • Biology deadline for domestic applicants: May 15. (January 15–international applicants)
  • After January 15, admissions to Biology Graduate Program will remain open for domestic applicants until May 15, however there are limited spaces in the program and late applicants may not be considered for entrance scholarships. You are advised to apply as early as possible. Supervisors can take only a limited number of new students in a given year and we begin making offers in February.
  • The program usually admits students only once per year beginning September 1st.
  • Application status can be checked at any time in MyFile

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.