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Applications for admission into any degree program are administered by the Office of Admissions. The Chemistry department can only provide very limited guidance in the admissions process.

Please note that the following information is supplied for informational purposes only and applies to Ontario high-school students looking to be admitted for 2018-19. Applicants from other jurisdictions, special applicants, mature students, etc., are invited to consult the Office of Admissions website for information on process and eligibility for admission.

  • For Chemistry programs, effective Fall 2017:
    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
    • ENG4U
    • MHF4U
    • SCH4U
    • one additional 4U or M science course
    • and two additional 4U or M courses - recommendation(s): MCV4U, SPH4U
    • the high-school academic average should be in the high 70s to low 80s
  • For Biochemistry programs, effective Fall 2017:
    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
    • ENG4U
    • SBI4U
    • SCH4U
    • MHF4U
    • MCV4U
    • and one additional 4U or M courses - recommendation: SPH4U
    • the high-school academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s

New students are automatically assessed for their eligibility for Entrance Scholarships. You may need to apply for other scholarships and bursaries. Consult the Scholarships page for details.

Transfer Students

Students coming from other institutions automatically have their transcripts assessed for transfer credits appropriate to their chosen York degree program as to number, exemptions, level and course credit exclusions that are relevant to the chosen program. This is contained in a letter sent to newly admitted students coming by transfer. If you later change degree program subjects (e.g. Biology to Chemistry), you may ask the Office of Admissions - Transfer Credit Section for a reassessment, as the relevance of your previous courses will have changed.

How to proceed

To proceed, first visit the Admissions website for all information pertaining to admission requirements, transferring credits from another university, tuition costs, scholarships, financial aid, as well as for information on the campus, on student life, campus services, etc.

Then, to apply, go to the Application area of the Admissions website. Depending on whether you're applying from in-province or from out-of-province, for September, January or May admission, as a regular student or a visiting student, different procedures and deadlines apply, and different documents are needed.

After getting admitted to a Chemistry or Biochemistry program, you can get advice on course selections.

  • If you are transferring from a college or from another university with credits for Chemistry and/or Biochemistry courses already taken elsewhere, or if you are a visiting or exchange student, you can book an individual Advising Session with the department.
  • If you are a new first-year student or if you have no transfer credits for first-year Chemistry and/or Biochemistry courses taken elsewhere, the Science Academic Services staff will advise you on first-year course selections, for which you will need to book an appointment.