Physics & Astronomy

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

Students perform research in mainstream areas of physics and astronomy, or are offered the unique opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary projects through collaboration in a number of research centres.

You'll benefit from excellent facilities, a high-calibre of professors — including six Canada Research Chairs — and close connections to interdisciplinary centres at York in fields such as Atmospheric Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, Mass Spectrometry and Vision Research.

The program is recognized for offering students invaluable research opportunities through its affiliation with important international endeavours including: the space-borne Gravity Probe B mission developed by NASA and Stanford University; the ATLAS detector in the LHC accelerator ring at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland; the international ATRAP collaboration, centred in Harvard and in CERN, which is exploring the physics of antimatter through its work with cold anti-hydrogen atoms. The Wind Imaging Interferometer (WINDII) developed at York University was flown on NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) from 1991 to 2003, measuring winds in the high armosphere.

MSc

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Course work AND
  • Project OR
  • Thesis
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 6 term(s)
  • Part-time - 12 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    • Winter Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    • Summer Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    August 9, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    September 20, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Winter entry only)
    March 1, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Summer entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)550
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)79-80
    IELTS (Academic Module)6.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 6
    YUELILevel 6 with Pass
    MELABOverall score of 80, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 60, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC1
    Minimum CAE ScoreC
    Number of Recommendations Required
    2
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Statement of Interest
    • 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

    PhD

    Program Description

    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Course work AND
    • Dissertation proposal AND
    • Dissertation
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 12 term(s)
  • Part-time - 18 term(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    • Winter Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    • Summer Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    August 9, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    September 20, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Winter entry only)
    March 1, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Summer entry only)
    Language Requirements
    Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)550
    Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)79-80
    IELTS (Academic Module)6.5
    York English Language Test (YELT)Band 6
    YUELILevel 6 with Pass
    MELABOverall score of 80, no component score less than 80
    CAELOverall score of 60, no component score less than 60
    Minimum CPE ScoreC1
    Minimum CAE ScoreC
    Number of Recommendations Required
    2
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Statement of Interest
    • 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