Indigenous Studies

About Program Admission Requirements

This is the only program of its kind in Canada.

If you find yourself discussing the state of social justice in Canada, the plight of racialized groups and ambiguous government policies, you'll have much to gain from York's Multicultural and Indigenous Studies program. You will develop a broad understanding of issues facing a society that is engaged in struggles around racial/ethnic equality.

This cross-disciplinary and highly innovative program is a departure from the tradition of treating anti-racism, ethnic studies and Indigenous studies as completely separate fields of study. You'll be able to choose from a wide range of courses in Diaspora Studies, Indigenous Studies and Globalization & Migration Studies in such areas as:

  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Political Science
  • Social Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

This program delves into a critical understanding of the social structures and discourses of power that produce racialization, ethnicization and other forms of social inequality and explores the forces of contemporary globalization, including colonialism, imperialism. You'll gain a solid foundation in the history of Canadian settler-state formation, the general processes by which Indigenous lands are colonized and controlled (nationally and internationally) and knowledge of contemporary Indigenous struggles. You'll also acquire strong analytic skills in social and political policy as well as governmental and private sector initiatives.

This program is designed for students preparing for graduate studies or employment in education, public administration, law and law enforcement, immigration, social work, the health professions, public relations or non-governmental organizations.

  • York hosts the Centre for Refugee Studies. The Centre is concerned with the displacement of populations and individuals across and within borders, for reasons of persecution, expulsion, violence, violation of fundamental human rights and loss of essential human security and livelihood.
  • Be taught by professors performing innovative research. Professor Haideh Moghissi was awarded a $350,000 US grant from the Ford Foundation to study – with her research partner, fellow York professor Saeed Rahnema – how several Western nations and their Muslim immigrant populations have managed tensions between the migrants' need to adapt to their new country and their wish to maintain cultural continuity.
  • Learn from leading authors. Bonita Lawrence teaches Native Studies and anti-racism. She is the author of "Real" Indians and Others: Mixed-Blood Urban Native People and Indigenous Nationhood and co-editor of Strong Women's Stories: Native Vision and Community Survival, a collection of Native women's scholarly and activist writing.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Humanities or Social Science General Education course (Social Science General Education courses offered by HREQ recommended)
  • Natural Science General Education course
  • AP/ MIST 1100 Introduction to Multicultural and Indigenous Studies
  • An Introductory 6 credits in the stream of your choice (See Interesting trivia about the program)

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • Policy analyst
  • Land claims negotiator
  • Immigrant settlement worker
  • Community worker
  • Social service worker

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (GCE). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum combined total of 1170 on the Critical Reading and Math components or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.