Admission Requirements/How to Apply

Admissions Deadline: March 15.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission as a Candidate a student must have an honours degree (four year) from a recognized university, with an A or B+ standing or with equivalent qualifications. In consideration of acceptable qualifications, evidence of satisfactory studies and/or other relevant experience, portfolios of work, letters of recommendation, and results of tests are taken into account. Visit the Admissions website for further details on the general admissions requirements for this program.

Graduate students in Interdisciplinary Studies work closely with three scholars from three different disciplines related to your research topic and join a small group of high-achieving students with a wide range of scholarly interests and perspectives.

You will have the option to propose an area of inquiry/research project and choose scholarly lenses from an intriguing range of interdisciplinary disciplines, creating combinations that embrace the Fine Arts, Sciences, Health, Social Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, Law, Business and more!

Streams and Specializations—Examples of Disciplines to Combine

Note: These are just examples—there are an inordinate number of possible disciplinary combinations. Please see the Director for direction as to what disciplines might best converge around your proposed area of inquiry)

  • Anthropology
  • Animal Studies/Behaviour
  • Art/Art History
  • Business
  • Criminology
  • Communication and Culture
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Education
  • Environmental studies
  • Education
  • Film studies
  • Fine Arts
  • Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
  • Geography
  • Health/Health and Society
  • Human Rights and Equity
  • Indigenous Studies
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Theatre
  • Law/Socio Legal Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Neuroscience
  • Refugee Studies
  • Refugee studies
  • Religious studies
  • Social and Political Thought
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Social Science

How to Apply

Interdisciplinary studies affords prospective applicants the opportunity to combine three disciplinary lenses and approaches to their unique field of study. As such, the program of study including the preferred three disciplines that will shape this work must be established at the time of application.  In order for this to happen, prospective applicants must meet with the program director to discuss their proposed project and to work together to secure three supervisors — in — principle. As well a fulsome proposal is required and this again is worked on in consultation with the program director so as to ensure applicant files are strong and sufficiently Interdisciplinary. New admits routinely reflect on these preliminary meetings as greatly helpful in not only understanding the program but also in fine-tuning their area of inquiry. As well, they get to speak with/meet with many possible supervisors who again provide input to their proposal that is submitted at the time of application.

FGS has provided a step-by-step process with photos—as to what you will see when you open up the MYFILE account and go forward to apply. Have a look below for this—it will really help you!

Beginning your Application

IS application page

Interdisciplinary Studies Admission Process (.ppt)

Please note: No student may work towards a degree in any single subject through the Interdisciplinary program; if the student’s interests fall within the range of established programs of a disciplinary nature the application will be referred to the relevant admissions committee. We suggest you first check out all the info for prospective students provided by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. So give us a call - come to an info session - come and meet with the director and talk about what intrigues you - about what inspires you - about what you are passionate about and we'll try to make it happen for you. You'll be glad you came in!

To make an appointment with the director, contact the program administrator at

A Complete Application


  1. CV
  2. SUPPLEMENTAL Application Form
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Three References
  5. Statement of Interest/Proposal
  6. Three Confirmed Supervisors
  7. Writing Sample
  8. Portfolio (possibly for non standard applicants)

Suggested Structure for Statement of Interest/ Proposal

Most Directors of IS have historically advised prospective applicants to write a 4-part proposal that begins with a Title that indicates your area of study and the approach. It's good if your title reflects your engaged thought regarding your complex area of study and also reflects your intended Interdisciplinarity. The proposal is about 5 pages.

Part A

  • 250 words
  • An Introduction which elaborates on your title, introduces the three disciplines, introduces your intended area of scholarly inquiry and also introduces you and your background

Part B

  • 400-500 words
  • This is most often a Lit Review (some call it Methods and Theory)
  • For each of the three fields you would discuss:
    •  One or Two major works in that area that are considered seminal works. (eg. Foucoult and Mad Studies)
    • Identify and discuss some of the most recent work done over the past 2-3 years.
    • Do this for each of the three chosen/identified disciplines that will frame your proposed project
    • This amounts to a scholarly discussion similar to a 4th year seminar course’s key assignment

Part C

  • 400-500 words
  • Start to provide details regarding your proposed research project
  • Indicating how it draws on the above scholarship as well as how it will add to the scholarship – in other words the uniqueness of your work.
  • If you are doing any research with human ‘subjects’ you must also indicate that you are aware of ethical travels.
  • If you anticipate travelling for your project, indicate how you intend to finance this travel.
  • Articulate how you will do the research. Some students start with a set of their own notes where they answer Who, What, Where, When, Why and How. This serves as a template for this section and helps to keep it concise.

Now when you then seek out your three supervisors, it is Parts A, B, and C that
you would send to them for their perusal and consideration. You will possibly
receive feedback about the scope of your intended project, so would then
revise A, B, and C before moving on to write the last two parts.

Part D

  • 200-250 Words
  • This is where you will list the three confirmed supervisors and indicate their discipline and their relevant work and how they/it will contribute to your project.

Finish off with your bibliography.

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