About Program Admission Requirements

Gain experience by participating in research at the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples.In the grasslands of East Africa lie clues to the origins of humankind. West Africa reveals the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the rich and flourishing empires that were contemporary with medieval Europe. Societies in North Africa have been shaped by the westward spread of Islam. In the continent's mineral-rich centre are national boundaries born of colonialism. From civil war in the Congo to "truth and reconciliation" in post-apartheid South Africa, modern Africa poses challenges and opportunities worthy of serious study.

African Studies is concerned with issues of social, political, economic and cultural development from pre-colonial Africa to the present day. A degree in African Studies will offer you the challenge of personal and political insight, and it will encourage you to grow intellectually beyond the confines of traditional academic learning.

From inspiring political leadership to poverty, health and economic development and major challenges associated with it, you’ll discover why Africa is a continent of great historical and contemporary global importance. Pursue your individual interests in Africa through a series of courses that offer a variety of approaches to the area in a number of different disciplines.

  • Examine the African influence in the Americas through the rhythms of R&B, reggae and jazz. Study present-day Africa through the hard-hitting news media and through rigorous scholarship. From inspiring political leadership to poverty, economic development and major challenges to health, Africa is a continent of global importance.
  • The program has an active student organization: the York University Black Students Alliance (YUBSA). You have the opportunity to assist with such events as the All-Africa Students Conference attended by students, academics and diplomats from Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • The Stephenson Scholarship in African Studies is awarded annually to continuing undergraduate or graduate students pursuing an interest in African Studies at York.
  • Study with leading professors such as Paul Lovejoy, Canada Research Chair in African Diaspora.

Possible Career Path

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  • diplomat
  • international development officer
  • policymaker
  • activist
  • program manager

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 (Gene). (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 of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) 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.