The program invites applications from students expected to graduate from a 4-year undergraduate degree with excellent academic standing, or those with an MSc degree. Students are accepted from a wide range of backgrounds, including physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering. Current Earth and Space Science graduate students number approximately 100.
To facilitate interdisciplinary research the Earth and Space Science Program faculty consist of regular York University faculty, members of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, who hold an appointment in one of the following undergraduate departments at York University: Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Space Science & Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, or Psychology. In addition, there are a number of adjunct members from industry, government or private research laboratories, and other universities. The program at the MSc level offers a choice of three formats:
- research thesis plus 2 courses of which one-half course may be a Research Evaluation course;
- research project plus course work.
For part-time students wishing to terminate their studies at the MSc level, the program content is decided by consultation among the student, the faculty supervisor and the program director. For students planning to proceed to a PhD, format (1) is the normal requirement.