Individualized Studies

About Program Admission Requirements

The Individualized Studies program is designed for students who have a desire to create their own path, challenging and defying the traditional boundaries of university study.

Are you convinced that York is the right place for you but don't see your "dream" program? Perhaps you'd like to combine majors in completely different fields, for example urban studies and computer science, or Spanish, women's studies and public health. If you can imagine it, we can make it happen. Students drawn to Individualized Studies want to "redefine the possible", searching for answers in places where few have looked before.

This program is not open to students entering their first year of university. You are eligible to apply to the program at the end of your second year.

You will work closely with advisers to set up your program, choose classes and fulfill degree requirements. Graduating with an Individualized Studies degree will provide you with first-rate credentials and experiences to develop careers and pursuits off the beaten track, creating new models for Canada in the global arena.

For more information, contact the program directly:

Zulfikar Hirji
Program Coordinator, Individualized Studies
2040 Vari Hall
416-736-2100, ext. 77783

Sample First-year Schedule

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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.