How to Apply

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For entry into Fall 2023, our application is available October 15–February 15.

MA Admission Requirements

  • Graduates with an honours degree in disaster and emergency management or a closely related discipline.
  • Normally with a B+ average or higher average in their last two years of study.
  • Students who do not have a specific background in disaster and emergency management are encouraged to apply, but will be required to pass an introductory summer internet-based course as a condition of admission.

Application Instructions

  • Applications can be found online at
  • A non-refundable application fee of $100.00 is required at the time of application.
    • Acceptable forms of payment include VISA or Mastercard.
    • If you do not have a VISA or Mastercard, or if you do not wish to submit your credit card information online, you must contact the Office of Admissions at (416) 736-5000.
    • Please do not contact the Graduate Program Office for questions about your application fee as we do not process the payment for your application.
  • Within five business days after you submit the online application and pay the application fee, you will have access to Myfile, through which you will upload your documents.
  • All supporting documentation, including your transcripts, must be uploaded on Myfile, as part of the application, within two weeks of submitting your online application.

The following documents must be uploaded as part of your application:

A Statement of Interest

Your statement should be approximately 500 words, single- or double-spaced (applicants are welcome to write more than 500 words). Please specify any relevant professional or volunteer experience.

A Curriculum Vitae

An Academic or Professional Writing Sample

Your sample paper can be a term paper or a professional report, and must be your own work, unedited by another person. It should be a minimum of 5 pages. Please ensure that you submit a clean copy (no grades/comments included).


Transcripts from all institutions attended must be uploaded through MyFile. These transcripts will be considered "unofficial". If you receive a decision of conditional admission to our program, you must send one official transcript for every postsecondary institution you have attended, to the Graduate Admissions Office. To be considered official, it must be evident that you have had no direct access to the transcripts. Transcripts must come directly from, and bear the seal of, the issuing institution. If the institution issues transcripts directly to you, the envelope must be sealed by the institution and remain sealed until opened by York University. Photocopies of faxed transcripts are not accepted. If transcripts are in another language, an official English translation is required. If the name of your transcript differs from the legal name that you currently use, please make sure that you include your former name on your application form.

There is no need for you submit a York University transcript when you apply to our program if you have (i) taken one or more courses at York; (ii) earned a degree from York; (iii) completed a certificate program at York. Graduate Admissions will run off your York transcript for you. Please note, however, that if you have an outstanding debt with York University, a transcript will not be released and your application will not be processed.

Supplementary Information Form

Please fill out the supplementary information form and submit the form on MyFile.

Three Letters of Reference

On MyFile, you will have an option to submit the names of your three referees and their contact information. Once submitted, the Office of Graduate Admissions will contact your referees and provide them with a link to the online reference form. Your referees will submit their letters online directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. You do not need to submit a hard copy of your referee's letter if they have submitted an online reference form.


A Test of English as a Foreign Language score is required of international applicants whose higher education has not been in English. Other acceptable language tests and the required scores can be found here:

Mailing Address

York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M3J 1P3

Courier Address

York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M3J 1P3