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The philosophy and curriculum of Graduate Program in Education is grounded in critical thought with an underlying commitment to equity and social justice. Language, culture and teaching are broadly defined areas of study. Highlights of the program include:

  • Flexibility in scheduling and course selection
  • Individualized programs of study and research with mentorship from recognized faculty supervisors
  • Small classes for collaboration with peers
  • Opportunities for teaching assistantships and/or research assistantships for full-time students
  • Interdisciplinary courses offer a range of opportunities for academic inquiry across the social, historical and cultural contexts of education, as well as engagement with contemporary practices of teaching, learning and curriculum design
  • Theoretical and practical interests include: anti-racist, multicultural, and feminist pedagogies; language and literacy; new information technologies; urban education and community studies; disability studies and education; global studies and international education; and post-secondary education

We also offer a professional Master of Leadership and Community Engagement (MLCE) part-time degree program to a cohort of students.

Graduate Diplomas in Education can be taken concurrently with the MEd or PhD or as stand-alone programs. Diplomas include:

Note: Our graduate programs do not lead to teaching certification

Program Description


Application Deadline(s)
February 13, 2019 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
March 13, 2019 (Part-time Entry - Fall entry only)
Program Components (including coursework)
  • Major research paper AND
  • Thesis OR
  • Course work only
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 1 year(s)
  • Part-time - 2 year(s)
  • Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program


    Application Deadline(s)
    January 9, 2019 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    January 9, 2019 (Part-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Applications will continue to be reviewed; applications that were received by the deadline will be considered first.
    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
    • Dissertation
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 4 year(s)
  • Part-time - 5 year(s)
  • Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    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.

    Number of Recommendations Required
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation are required; two must be from academic references who can assess your academic potential, and one may be from a professional reference.
    • Statement of Interest (please click here for detailed info); the statement needs to reflect who you are, what research interests you have and what would make you an asset to the program in 500 words maximum (2 pages, double spaced, 12 font).
    • Resumé/CV
    • MEd: One sample of written work
      PhD: Two samples of written work

    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:

    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

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


    York University
    Office of Graduate Admissions

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

    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)600
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)100
    IELTS (Academic Module)7.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 1
    YUELILevel 6 with Distinction
    MELABOverall score of 85, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 70, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC
    Minimum CAE ScoreB