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The Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies will offer advanced training leading to 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, humanities, and cultural studies to contemporary and historical examinations of scientific knowledge and governance, technological change and constroversies, and innovation policy and political economy.

Choose York:

  • York STS is the first program of its kind in Canada, offering both MA and PhD degrees in STS.
  • Because of its multidisciplinary approach, STS is particularly well positioned to provide analytically- and critically-informed insight into complex questions regarding science, technology, innovation, health, engineering, biotechnology, intellectual property, expertise, ethics, environmental politics, 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 and research specialty that is growing in Canada and abroad, or for a career that requires insight into the complexities of scientific and technological societies and economies.
  • Our faculty members are well-known worldwide for their research and scholarship, regularly publishing in leading international STS journals - like Science, Technology, & Human Values, Social Studies of Science, Science as Culture, Isis, Prometheus, etc. - as well as other, related leading international journals - like Science, Body & Society, Social Science & Medicine, Sociology of Health & Illness, etc.
  • Our faculty regularly publish books with international presses like MIT Press, Duke University Press, University of Chicago Press, Oxford University Press, etc.
  • Our faculty are or have been editors and editorial board members on prominent STS journals like Social Studies of Science, Science as Culture, Isis, Scientia Canadensis, Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, etc.
  • Our faculty currently play leading roles, or have done so in the past, in learned societies like the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), History of Science Society, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS), etc.
  • For over 20 years, the STS community at York has hosted a colloquium at which leading Canadian and international scholars regularly present their research and engage in lively discussion with the audience.
  • The STS Graduate Students Association (STSGSA) is a vibrant student organization that organizes and hosts a Spring Conference, a working paper series, and regular social events.

Program Description


Application Deadline(s)
February 13, 2019 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
Program Components (including coursework)
  • Major research paper
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)
    February 13, 2019 (Full-time Entry - Fall entry only)
    Program Components (including coursework)
    • Comprehensive examination(s) AND
    • Dissertation
    Average Program Length
  • Full-time - 5 year(s)
  • Offered
    • Fall Entry - available as a full-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)
    • Statement of interest (max. 500 words), including Grad Course List
    • Writing Sample (min. 4,000 words)

    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