Dance Studies

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

The only PhD in Dance Studies in Canada, offered by the oldest and largest university dance program in the country.

The focus of the Dance Studies program is to pursue dance research in preparation for careers in academia or the cultural sector. Employment possibilities for graduates range from teaching in post-secondary education to work in archives and museums, arts administration, publishing, journalism and the media.

Application deadline for the Dance MA and Dance Studies PhD programs is February 14, 2018.

See also Dance (MA and MFA)

PhD

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Course work AND
  • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
  • Dissertation
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 4 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    February 14, 2018 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)577
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)90-91
    IELTS (Academic Module)7
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 4
    YUELILevel 6 with Honours
    MELABOverall score of 82, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 65, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC1
    Minimum CAE ScoreC
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Master’s degree in dance or a related field in the fine arts (such as music), the humanities (such as history or women’s studies) or the social sciences (such as anthropology)
    • Statement of interest
    • Two examples of scholarly writing
    • Resumé or CV
    Because the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of positions available, meeting our minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.
    We encourage all applicants to submit complete documentation (including those submitted via MyFile - supplementary applications and referee recommendations) within two weeks of the application deadline. Review the Admissions process for timing.

    Completed Application Package means:

    1. Use York University's graduate studies online application
    2. Upload the required and supplementary documents and materials permitted for submission through MyFile. All other required documentation submitted by mail must be sent in a single package.
    Exception: official transcripts sent to York directly from previous educational institutions. Official transcripts must come directly from, and bear the unbroken seal of, the issuing institution.
    Mail or courier completed application package to:
    Mail

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    P.O. Box GA2300
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3

    Courier

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

    W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, ON
    Canada M3J 1P3