The Graduate Program in Earth and Space Science (ESS) is a multidisciplinary research program associated with the Department of Earth and Space Science & Engineering (ESSE) and the Centre for Research in Earth and Space Science (CRESS). The graduate program provides postgraduate instruction and research experience for graduate students working towards either MSc or PhD degrees. Research is carried out under the supervision of ESS faculty members, who are drawn from a number of science departments within York University or Adjunct Faculty Members appointed to the Graduate Program.
For entry into Fall 2022, our application is available October 15—January 15.
A complete application package must be received by the Graduate Admissions Office at York University by the deadline date.
The MSc (Degree by Thesis) and PhD (Degree by Dissertation) programs require a student supervisor. Applicants are encouraged (but not required) to contact potential supervisors before or during their application process. Please see our list of faculty.
Applications are then considered by the Graduate Program Assessment Committee. Approved applicants are then shared with ESS faculty members for review. If a faculty member agrees to supervise an applicant, that applicant will be admitted to the ESS program and a decision letter will follow.
In cases where no supervisor can be found, the applications are refused in late March or early April (FALL intake), late July or early August (WINTER intake) and late November or early December (SUMMER intake).
The number of applicants exceeds the number of positions available. Meeting minimum admissions requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
The MSc Degree by Coursework program does not require a supervisor, but it is an unfunded degree. Candidates are assessed by the Graduate Program Assessment Committee and acceptance is dependent on the availability of suitable ESS graduate courses.Visit Admissions website for more information
English Language Requirements
When an applicant’s first language is other than English, consideration for admission includes establishing an acceptable level of language proficiency by completing a language proficiency test. (Graduate Studies does not require language tests from applicants who have completed two years or more at an accredited university in a country (or institution) where English is the official language of instruction.)
For information on the test themselves, contact:
International English Language Testing Service
In Canada, information can be obtained by contacting Centennial College in Scarborough, Ontario
Phone: (416) 289-5000
IELTS score required 6.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language
USA-Phone: (609) 771-7100
TOEFL scores required
(Paper Based 550+; iBT 79–80)MELAB
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
USA-Phone: (313) 764-2416 or (734) 736-3452
Fax: (313) 763-0369
Accommodations for Graduate Students
There is a distinction between Academic Accommodations and Workplace Accommodations that you should be aware of. You may require one or both, as a graduate student at York University, and they have different administrative pathways. The latter is relevant only to students who hold, or expect to hold, CUPE 3903 work assignments as part of their funding package.
For both sorts of accommodation, you may want to initiate a conversation with your Graduate Program Director (GPD), who can be a conduit to the relevant offices, and a source of support for tailored planning of your academic and work pathway through your degree. If you are not comfortable approaching your Graduate Program Director, you can find further information on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.