Science & Technology Studies

About Program Degrees Offered and Application Requirements

The Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies will offer advanced training leading to the MA and PhD degrees. Drawing upon the demonstrated expertise of a wide range of faculty, the Program will provide highly qualified students with a unique opportunity of doing specialized academic work in Science and Technology Studies (STS). Research in Science and Technology Studies applies the methods and theories of the social sciences and cultural studies to the examination of scientific knowledge and practice, both past and present.

Choose York:

  • York STS is the first program of its kind – offering both MA and PhD degrees in STS – in Canada.
  • Because of its multidisciplinary approach, STS is particularly well positioned to provide analytical, critical and historically informed insight to complex questions regarding science, health, engineering, biotechnology, intellectual property, expertise, ethics, environmental politics, technological innovation, computing and communication and the public understanding of science.
  • An MA degree in STS from York is extremely versatile and is a fitting background for careers in education, policy, business, law and medicine. A PhD prepares you for an academic specialty that is growing in Canada and abroad, or for a career that requires insight into the complexities of technological and scientific societies.
  • For over 20 years, the STS community at York has hosted a colloquium, at which Canadian and international scholars have presented their research and have been engaged in lively discussion by the audience.
  • The STS Graduate Students Association (STSGSA) is a vibrant student organization that hosts a Spring Conference, a working paper series, and regular social events.
  • Our faculty members are well-known worldwide and include editors and board members of prominent STS journals.

MA

Program Description

Program Components (including coursework)
  • Course work AND
  • Major research paper
Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 1 year(s)
  • Part-time - 2 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time OR part-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    February 8, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    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
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Statement of interest (max. 500 words), including Grad Course List
    • Writing Sample (min. 4,000 words)
    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
    • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
    • Dissertation
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 5 year(s)
  • Admission Requirements

    Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-time program
    Application Deadline(s)
    February 8, 2017 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    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
    Number of Recommendations Required
    3
    Other Requirement(s)
    • Statement of interest (max. 500 words), including Grad Course List
    • Writing Sample (min. 4,000 words)
    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