Anthropology – Social

One of Canada’s largest, most dynamic programs in sociocultural anthropology, integrating innovative research and theory with a commitment to social and economic justice. 4 specializations: Health, Illness & the Body; Knowledge Systems; Power, Politics & Development; Representation, Identity & Performance.

Art History & Visual Culture

Building on exceptional opportunities in research, teaching and professional development, students may incorporate research on non-Western topics, minority cultural practices and interdisciplinary approaches to art & architecture history; critical theory & writing; curatorial studies in visual culture; gallery & museum practices. 4 specializations: Canadian & Aboriginal Art; Curatorial & Museological Studies; Architectural Studies; Modern & Contemporary Art.


Cutting-edge, hands-on research advancing the current frontiers of knowledge guided by award-winning and internationally recognized faculty. Program includes training in professional development such as experimental design, scientific writing, statistical analyses and public speaking. 3 specializations: Cell & Molecular Biology; Animal & Plant Physiology; Ecology & Evolution.

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Business Administration

Ranked among the top 25 MBA programs globally, offering 20 areas of specialization, 3 campuses and various start and scheduling choices. Relevant, real-world, pioneering programs that give access to global business networks. Specializations of note: Canada’s first IMBA; comprehensive offerings in Financial Services; Real Property Management; Arts & Media Administration; Health Industry Management; Business & Sustainability; Global Retail Management; Global Mining Management.


Wide range of study and research with internationally renowned faculty in state-of-the-art facilities covering all major sub-disciplines. 7 specializations: Analytical Chemistry; Atmospheric Chemistry; Biological Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Mass Spectrometry; Physical Chemistry.

Cinema & Media Studies

A broadly humanities-based, interdisciplinary program within Canada’s largest Film Department in which students acquire a comprehensive knowledge of cinema and media through theoretical, historical and critical frameworks. 3 specializations: Cinema & Cultural Theory; National & Transnational Cinemas; Cinema & Technologies of the Image.

Civil Engineering

A young department full of progressive thinkers committed to sustainable, resilient infrastructure. The perfect place to take on the challenges of today with solutions for tomorrow. 3 specializations: Sustainable Development; Designing for Climate Change; Infrastructure & Resilience.

Communication & Culture

Joint program between York and Ryerson Universities. Faculty with expertise in communications, the social sciences, the humanities, media, and the fine arts examine and provide real-world experience on the social, political and economic aspects of global phenomena from deregulation to issues of privacy and security. Specializations include: Communication & Cultural Theory; Cultural Policy & Law; Cultural & Media History; Telecommunications Policy & Strategy; Technology Studies.

Critical Disability Studies

A research-intensive program that engages students in diverse theoretical and methodological conversations on current questions of critical theory, social policy, human rights and social justice within Critical Disability Studies. These conceptual tools facilitate an ongoing analysis of the lives and conditions of people living with disabilities and difference today and in the past, globally and locally.

Dance Studies

The only PhD in Dance Studies in Canada. Program encourages students to pursue dance research in the country’s oldest and largest university Dance program in preparation for careers in academia or the cultural sector.

Digital Media

An interdisciplinary program that uniquely combines computational science and artistic practice. Students will explore, develop, and critically engage with novel forms of digital media, with a primary focus on either the artistic or technological aspects of these studies.

Earth & Space Science

A multidisciplinary research program associated with the Centre for Research in Earth & Space Science (CRESS). Students from a wide range of backgrounds, including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering, can pursue interdisciplinary research in state-of-the-art facilities.


Ranked among the top programs in Canada, it provides advanced and specialized skills invaluable in solving today’s economic problems. Specializations include: Econometrics; Industrial Organization; International Money and Finance; International Trade and Applied Economic Theory.

Education – Language, Culture & Teaching

Rooted in a commitment to social justice, the MEd and PhD programs offer flexibility and diversity, studying education within the broad field of Language, Culture & Teaching. Social, historical and cultural contexts of education and contemporary practices of pedagogy, learning and curriculum inform scholarly inquiry.
Our graduate programs do not lead to teaching certification.

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Fostering world-class research and expertise in computer and interactive systems. Computer systems focus on the architecture, design and evaluation of large-scale hardware and software systems. Interactive systems engineering concerns the intelligent interaction of systems with the user or the environment. 


Distinguished and intellectually active faculty at the vanguard of literary inquiry in Canada encourage adventurous, interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to literature. Specializations include American, British, Canadian and Postcolonial Literatures.

Environmental Studies

The first Faculty of its kind in Canada, internationally recognized for its interdisciplinary approach, with professors from backgrounds as varied as urban planning, the fine arts, political science, sociology, biology and philosophy. Streams and specializations include an MES Planning Program; a joint MES/ JD; diplomas in Business & the Environment and Environmental/Sustainability Education.

Études francophones

A program offered entirely in French, with special relevance for Ontario’s Francophone communities. Students are encouraged to apply and challenge plural theoretical perspectives while acquiring in-depth insight into varieties of French and the literatures of the Francophone world. 

Gender, Feminist & Women's Studies

A program that focuses on feminist perspectives to teaching and research on women and gender as these intersect with sexualities, race, ethnicity, class, ability and age. Rigorous interdisciplinary training seeks to provide tools for social transformation in theory and praxis.


One of Canada’s leading programs, with recognized research strengths in Biophysical Processes and Critical Human Geography. Exploring multiple ways of knowing the world based on the social sciences, humanities and physical-biological sciences, nearly all graduate students engage in fieldwork.


Program explores health policy and the economic, political and social forces that shape it. Particular attention is given to how public policy influences the social inequalities that cause disease and the organization and delivery of health care.


Flexible graduate training both rigorous and lively that engages with traditional areas of scholarship and with innovations in historical research in one of the world’s top-ranked graduate History programs. Specializations include: Canadian History; African History; Social History; Cultural and Transnational History.

Human Resources Management

Breadth and diversity both in the executive-style MHRM for HR professionals and the research- and pedagogy-based PhD programs. Issues explored range from organizational change and development and labour relations to strategic compensation, international HR and qualitative research methods.


A program centred on the dynamic interaction of text and context within interdisciplinary and comparative perspectives. An explicit focus on interdisciplinary scholarship in theory and in practice addresses critical issues involving western and non-western humanist traditions, both past and present.

Kinesiology & Health Science

A primarily research-based program with a broad commitment to social well-being, also offering professional development. 3 specializations: Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Physiology; Neuroscience & Biomechanics; Health & Fitness Behaviours.

Law (Osgoode Hall Law School)

An innovative, creative and rigourous program that challenges students to attain the highest standards of excellence in legal scholarship. Wide-ranging course offerings lead to constantly evolving and thought-provoking approaches to legal study in one of the country’s most highly regarded law schools.

Linguistics & Applied Linguistics

The program focuses on the broad study of language and society, language variation and change and second-language pedagogy. Specializations include: Core Linguistics (phonetics/phonology and syntax); Sociolinguistics (discourse analysis, language contact, language variation and change, language and law); Applied Linguistics (language policy and planning, issues of culture and identity, and language pedagogy).

Mathematics & Statistics

Programs dedicated to the exploration and development of new ideas in Mathematics & Statistics, and to fostering the understanding, appreciation and utility of those ideas. An MA in Mathematics for Teachers is also available.

Mechanical Engineering

Research-oriented programs in a newly established department. Students will develop the skills and experience required to prepare for industry leadership, teaching and research-based career paths across a wide range of engineering disciplines, along with strong emphasis on soft skills (e.g., communication, entrepreneurship).


Program offers a variety of coursework, research and teaching opportunities, with an emphasis on individual curriculum choice. Recognition is given to the multiple cultures that coexist in contemporary society and to the many contexts and concerns shaping musical expression and research. 6 general areas of specialization: Composition; Ethnomusicology; Jazz; Musicology; Popular Music; Performance.


In a distinct departure from conventional nursing curricula, the program integrates human science and relational principles with theoretical knowledge on transformational and organizational leadership, caring and narrative pedagogies, global and local policy and human health experiences.


Program focus blends contemporary and historical perspectives and draws inspiration from widely separated philosophical approaches. Option of diplomas: Value Theory & Applied Ethics; Health Services & Policy Research.

Physics & Astronomy

Opportunities for research in mainstream areas of field or for unique interdisciplinary projects through collaboration in a number of research centres in areas such as Atmospheric Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry and Vision Research. Affiliation with important international endeavours at CERN and NASA.

Political Science

One of Canada’s largest and most interdisciplinary programs, with particular strengths in democratic administration and the international political economy. 5 specializations: Canadian Politics; Comparative Politics; Women and Politics; International Relations; Political Theory.


Wide-ranging possibilities for interdisciplinary study in Canada’s largest graduate Psychology program.
7 specializations: Brain, Behaviour & Cognitive Science; Developmental Science; History and Theory of Psychology; Quantitative Methods; Social and Personality; Clinical (Adult) Psychology; Clinical-Developmental Psychology.

Science & Technology Studies

An interdisciplinary program of study focused on the critical role of science and technology, both past and present. Research in the field applies the methods and theories of the humanities, social sciences and cultural studies to the examination of technology and scientific knowledge and practice.

Social & Political Thought

Following an interdisciplinary approach, this program aims to integrate intellectual interests common to the humanities and social sciences. Available to creative scholars and educators interested in pursuing highly independent studies.

Social Work

Recognized as one of the most progressive and socially responsive Social Work programs in Canada. Considering social work as a path to social justice, the program highlights critical approaches that challenge inequities and view personal experiences as embedded in larger social structures. It examines social problems as constructions mediated through class, race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual identity, age and ability.

Socio-Legal Studies

A program at the vanguard of interdisciplinary legal studies, and Canada’s first not based in a law school. Contributing faculty are leaders in international human rights, sociohistorical approaches to law, transnational policing, immigration and border security, indigenous rights and global financial crime.


One of Canada’s largest Sociology programs, with a well-established national and international reputation for theory and research. Award-winning faculty from multiple departments focus on critical scholarship, interdisciplinarity and sociological theory.

Theatre & Performance Studies

Exploring performances across a broad range of periods and cultural contexts, both on stage and in everyday life, to highlight the cultural, political, material and ideological dimensions of performance practices. Specializations include: Canadian Theatre & Cultural Politics; Postcolonialism & Globalization; Critical Pedagogy & Community Engagement; Embodiment & Cultural Memory.

Visual Arts

The MFA is a studio-centred program in which students independently develop an art practice that reflects contemporary debates in culture. In the PhD program, individually defined conceptual frameworks are explored through an integration of art works, research and writing.

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