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Applying for Admission

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2022 admissions, the application period for entering in Fall 2023 will open in mid-October.

Application Deadline for Fall 2022 Admission

We appreciate your interest in Ryerson University’s PhD in Policy Studies. For admission in Fall 2022, the priority-of-consideration deadline for this program is December 14, 2021.

The Policy Studies Program recommends that you complete your application by the deadline in order to recieve priority consideration for entrance scholarships, including Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS). Only applications deemed complete will be forwarded by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS) to our program’s admissions committee.

After the deadline date, applications will still be considered. However, as soon as the program is full, YSGS will post a notice on its main admissions website stating that the application process for Fall 2022 is closed for this program.

For further information on deadline dates, English language proficiency requirements and the online application, please the Graduate Admissions Office website at Future Students/Admissions., opens in new window

Minimum Academic Requirement

  • Completion of master's level degree in a social sciences discipline (or equivalent).
  • Minimum GPA of 3.33 / 4.33 (B+), or equivalent, in the last two years of study.

The ideal advanced student for this program will have a strong, demonstrated capacity to undertake advanced study in policy-related fields, with a high level of accomplishment in their Master's level study.

Graduate Funding Opportunities

For incoming PhD Policy Studies Students, Fall 2022

The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) scholarship up to $25,000 per year in migration and/or migrant integration related topic. More Details

Politics Graduate Assistantship funded by the Department of Politics and Public Administration, $21,000 annually. Click here for details on how to apply. 

Research Assistant opportunity with TransForm Laboratory of Transportation and Land Use Planning at Ryerson University. Click here to learn more and apply. 

Program Specific Documents

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School at Ryerson, the PhD in Policy Studies program requires the following materials:

Instructions for Statement of Interest

You are required to submit a statement of interest using the template that is downloadable below. 

  • This is a locked template so you cannot make any changes to the headings, please follow the form guidelines. 
  • Fill in responses in the shaded grey text boxes. Once you have completed the entire form save document as a PDF before submitting (once document is saved as a PDF, responses will no longer be shaded in grey).  
  • If you are having any issues with the template please contact us. 

Question #8: Plan of Study/Research Proposal (500 to 1000 words maximum, plus references)

The plan will be evaluated based upon:

  • Identification of an important policy research question, the theoretical approach that informs the study, the research method and kind of data that will be collected, and the significance or importance of the findings for policy makers or scholars. 
  • Indication of how your previous professional experience or study prepared you for the study you propose (e.g., appropriate training or degree, publications, awards or achievements). 

You may find the following sources useful for writing up a Plan of Study.

Creswell, John W., and J. David Creswell. Research design: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Sage publications, 2017.

Pzreworski, Adam and Salomon, Frank, On the Art of Writing Proposals. Social Science Research Council, 1995 rev., 1988., external link

International Public Policy Association, external link

Include a sample of your written work (no more than 30 pages) with your application. Be sure to include your name.  If possible, this writing sample should relate to your research interests/policy studies.

Please submit an updated CV/résumé and highlight in your statement of interest how your previous studies and experiences have prepared you for graduate study at Ryerson University.

Three Letters of Recommendation are required for each application. The three recommendations should be from academic referees – former professors or research supervisors familiar with applicant’s abilities.