About FGS


The Office of the Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies provides essential support and facilitation to students, staff and faculty in graduate programs at York, to promote and enhance the quality of graduate education and foster excellence in teaching and research.

Graduate education at York University has grown leaps and bounds during the last 50 years. From the 11 students and five programs established in 1963, the Faculty of Graduate Studies has expanded to include close to 100 graduate programs and diplomas, more than 6,000 students, and the largest body of active researchers on campus.

York University was the first in Canada to offer a PhD in Women’s Studies, to accept doctoral dissertations in aboriginal languages without translation, and to establish an international MBA degree. Our graduate students have gone on to careers including the head of the Canadian Space Agency, the leader of Canada’s official opposition, the host of Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet, the President of Ryerson University, the chief planner for the City of Toronto, the CEO of Cineplex, and leading researchers and teachers in every major field.

Our graduate faculty members are recognized worldwide for their excellence in research and their commitment to education. Every endeavour undertaken under the umbrella of Graduate Studies is students. In concert with students and faculty, the staff in Graduate Studies – within the Office of the Dean, and in our graduate programs – has been pivotal to the enhancement and delivery of graduate education at York University.

The Faculty of Graduate Studies continues to be a tremendously exciting place to study and to work. We are developing new graduate diplomas, significantly expanding graduate studies in engineering, and creating a new graduate student professional development curriculum. We are continuing to seek out new ways to support the development of Canada’s brightest minds, and to cultivate the skills and intellect of those who will play such an integral part in Canada’s future.

This brief history is intended to celebrate the many achievements of Graduate Studies at York University during the last 50 years and our hope for the next 50. We look forward to seeing what those years have in store.


Acknowledgement of Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Territories

We recognize that many Indigenous nations have longstanding relationships with the territories upon which York University campuses are located that precede the establishment of York University. York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat, and the Métis. It is now home to many Indigenous Peoples. We acknowledge the current treaty holders and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region.