Candidate profile


The ideal candidate for the MCI is someone who has an unshakeable, near-native command of her or his non-dominant languages. This command might have been acquired through extended periods of time spent living in places where the languages are spoken, advanced education in those languages, or lengthy use of them in a professional setting. The candidate’s dominant language should also be very refined, to the point where the candidate can use it to speak effectively and convincingly about an array of topics. Students in the MCI Program should be extremely well read, with a nuanced understanding of world events, financial structures and political realities.

Program requirements


  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent (typically a four-year, full-time program) from an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • A grade point average of B in the final two years of full-time study
  • Proof of English proficiency.

For more details on requirements visit the  York University’s faculty of graduate studies admission page.


Admission Timeline

Candidates are asked to first pass our aptitude test before they formally apply to the program. The aptitude test is free and does not require formal registration with York University. It is divided in two step, Round 1 (a short video presentation) and round 2 (an interpretation test online). Candidates  who successfully pass round 1 and 2  have to register with the York’s faculty of graduate studies (FGS).