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Policy Studies (PhD)

Part of the Faculty of Arts

Three grad students

Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: PhD

The PhD in Policy Studies is the first and only interdisciplinary doctoral program of its kind in Canada. The program is designed to prepare a new generation of researchers for positions in academe and the public, non-profit and private sectors at the local, regional, national and international levels.

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Vathsala Illesinghe

At a Glance


  • Completion of a master’s degree in a social sciences discipline (or equivalent)
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.33/4.33 (B+) in the last two years of study
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Work sample
  • Resumé 

Applicants may be required to provide certification of English language proficiency. For more information, review the Yeates School of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

  • Immigration, Settlement and Diaspora Policies
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Social Policy
  • Advanced Qualitative Research
  • Foundations of Quantitative Research
  • Immigration, Settlement and Diaspora Policies
  • Policy Theories and Approaches
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Research Foundations for Policy Studies
  • Social Policy
  • Statistical Analysis of Social Science Research

Downtown Toronto location

Interdisciplinary faculty

Strong government and NGO connections

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Tuna Baskoy
Graduate Program Director
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 2702
Fax: 416-979-5343

Mary-Beth Kraay
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7869
Fax: 416-979-5153

“The Policy Studies program allowed me to acquire a solid foundation in research methodology, and strengthen my critical understanding of immigration and settlement policies, trends and debates in Canada and beyond.”

Marc Y. Valade, PhD alumnus

Student Profile

Vathsala Illesinghe, Policy Studies PhD candidate and Ryerson’s first Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, investigates how immigration policies can make women more independent and less vulnerable to violence.

How to Apply

Once you’ve chosen your desired program(s), preparing your application requires careful research and planning. 

Financing Your Studies

We understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Learn about funding packages – internal and external – available to grad students.

Finding a Supervisor

With 900+ affiliated and associate graduate teaching faculty, you're bound to find the right supervisor at Ryerson.