Prospective Students

Note: The SPTH Deadline for applications is January 9, 2019
NB: due to the University’s holiday closure, applications and supporting documents submitted after December 18 may not appear as uploaded until January 4-5


The Graduate program in Social and Political Thought welcomes applications from students who are interested in the analysis of social and political ideas with the aim of integrating intellectual interests common to the Humanities and Social Sciences. The program represents a wide range of intellectual approaches to the study of social and political thought in its larger historical and cultural contexts. Applicants should have a direction in mind for their research project prior to entering the program and are encouraged to identify specific faculty members they may wish to work with. Applicants should also identify their interest in one or more of the following three fields within the SPTH program:

  1. History of Social and Political Thought,
  2. Black Studies and Theories of Race and Racism
  3. Economy, Consciousness, Aesthetics and Society.

Applications are available online through the Admissions office from mid-October for  admission the following September.  Admission to both the MA and the PhD in Social and Political Thought is for the Fall term (September). The program does not admit students for Winter or Summer term start dates.

Program admission requirements, including links to general guidelines for assessing international degrees and qualifications, can be found here. (More detailed information about program requirements for students can be found under the 'Current Students' tab above.)

Information about the financial support offered to both domestic and international graduate students at York can be found here.

If you have any difficulties with your SPTH application, please contact the Admissions office at 416 736-5000. Questions specific to the SPTH program, may be directed to the Graduate Program Assistant, Judith Hawley (


Students currently in other graduate programs who are considering transferring to the Social and Political Thought program should be aware that they must seek entry into the program through the admissions process. Advanced standing — if applicable — would be adjudicated only after the student is admitted and registered in the program through a petition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. However, please note that advanced standing cannot be guaranteed and courses cannot count towards more than one degree.


Applications from previous years cannot be resubmitted. Letters of reference, statements of interest and writing samples are generally held for one year, and if the information is on file, it can be re-accessed.  If you wish to use the previous year's supporting documents, please contact the SPTH office by email so that the Admissions office may be notified.