About Program Admission Requirements

Challenge what is. Imagine what could be. Transform the Future. The Faculty of Environmental Studies provides a unique educational experience in an expanding field of study, research and employment.

Our active community is passionate about environmental and social justice. We define environment inclusively, so our program provides keen insight into the vast interconnections that affect our global world. An introductory first year allows you to expand on your passion for environmental and social change through a comprehensive core course approach. Then, specialize in one of the following: Environment & Culture; Urban & Regional Environments, Environmental Politics; Environmental Management.

Program Highlights

The Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) defines "environment" as everything that surrounds us. Environmental studies is, therefore, not only about natural environments, but also about built, social, cultural, political and organizational environments as well as all of the relationships between them.

After completing a common first year, you will have the opportunity to focus on one of four Areas of Concentration:

  • Environmental Management: Policy, Resources and Conservation
  • Urban & Regional Environments: Analysis, Planning and Design
  • Environmental Politics: Development, Globalization and Justice
  • Environment and Culture: Philosophy, Arts, Technology and Education

FES Resources

The newly renovated Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building contains three computer labs, all with full Internet access. Students receive computer network accounts free of charge, including access to digital scanners, CD burners, GIS Software and other computing programs. Access to laser printing and colour laser printing is available at a nominal fee for FES students.

Wild Garden Media Centre — a multi-media centre, darkroom and exhibition space available to all Faculty of Environmental Studies students. It offers orientation sessions, use of video and digital cameras and a video-editing bay. The Centre also co-hosts the annual Eco-Art and Media Festival.

York also offers the following programs

Possible Career Paths: 
  • Environmental educator
  • Social justice commissioner
  • Urban and regional consulatant
  • Corporate social responsiblity officer

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.