How to Apply

For more details on minimum admissions requirements, please see here.

Application Requirements

  • For entry into Fall 2023, our application is available October 15–January 15.
  • Late domestic MA & PhD Theatre and Performance Studies applications will be considered, but please note that review of files will begin immediately after the January 15 deadline.
  • To apply for graduate studies at York University, you must complete the Application for Graduate Admission including payment of the $130 (Canadian) application fee. The application fee is non-refundable and is payable via Visa or MasterCard.
  • At the time of application, you may submit scanned copies of your transcripts.  If you are accepted, it will be under the condition that you submit official transcripts. Transcripts must be in sealed envelopes from the issuing institutions, and should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
by mail:York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box GA2300
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3
by courier:York University
Office of Graduate Admissions
W322 Bennett Centre for Student Services
99 Ian MacDonald Blvd
Toronto, ON
Canada M3J 1P3

Seventy-two (72) business hours after you have submitted your application for graduate admission, you will receive an e-mail providing you with access to MyFile, where you can upload your supporting documentation. If you do not receive this e-mail, please contact for assistance.

Supporting Documentation

Via MyFile you can upload the following required supporting documentation:

  • Statement of Interest (2-3 pages): Clearly articulate your research interests in theatre and performance studies. Your statement should outline your background in theatre and/or performance studies, your reasons for wanting to pursue an advanced degree, and how you intend to fulfill the degree requirements. PhD applicants: Where possible, please include a description of your proposed dissertation project, identifying the faculty who might supervise you.
  • Curriculum Vitae outlining your work experience, performance experience, academic background, publications, awards, etc.
  • Writing sample of no more than 25 pages, e.g. academic essay, thesis chapter. Please avoid submitting creative writing samples or course syllabi.
  • Contact information for three references (entering contact information will generate and send by e-mail an electronic form for your referees to complete.  The link expires after two weeks; please contact to have the link re-sent).

*Please note that all decisions will be communicated via email. You can view the status of your application via MyFile.  Also note that a faculty supervisor is not required in order to apply.