Application Form


Important Considerations

After you have carefully read through the requirements and program options, and have ensured that you have at least third-year standing and either the minimum cumulative average of 60% normally expected for IDST admission or some other evidence of good prospects for success in the studies that you are proposing, you are ready to design your program.

When doing so, please consider the following suggestions:

Jot down some rough notes about your educational goals (personal and professional), and the intellectual focus of your program.

  • Ask yourself how particular areas of study will play a role in achieving your goals. This will prepare you for the short program statement that you are required to provide on page two of your application form.

Decide on your Primary and Secondary Categories, roughing out a possible plan of coursework.

  • At this stage, you may not have clearly in mind every individual course that you want to take, but you should be developing a sense of the subjects that you want to study and of the kinds of courses  that are making those subjects attractive to you.

Consider your Electives (even though they form no part of your IDST program as such).

  • Give some thought to what the electives can add to your academic program (e.g. provide a prerequisite in third year for a course you plan to take in a subsequent year, provide a complementary area of study) or how they can enrich your personal education. 
  • But also bear in mind what electives may not do for you, namely expand your coursework in the subject chosen as your primary discipline beyond the 18 credits permitted in the primary discipline itself.  To preserve the interdisciplinary character of IDST, elective credit from upper-level courses in  the subject chosen as the primary discipline is not countable toward any requirement for the B.A.  It won’t even help you to reach the overall total of 120 credits.



The above forms are available as PDF (Portable Document Format) files. To view these forms, you will need a copy of Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. This small program can be downloaded free of charge from Adobe.

Once completed, your application and, later in your studies, any revisions you might choose to make to it, may be delivered in hard copy to the office of the chair, Dr. Michael O’Hagan (Buchanan Tower 705) or sent to him as an e-mail attachment:


  • IDST applications may be submitted at any time after the applicant has attained third-year standing.  Although students applying very late in their undergraduate career may find it difficult to create the program they want without having to earn extra credits beyond the normal 120, such late applications are not forbidden.
  • IDST applications may be submitted throughout the entire year, except during the first two weeks of the fall term, when the needs of students already registered in the program leave no time for the consideration of applications.
  • Every effort will be made to process applications as quickly as possible, which usually means a wait of no more than a week, except during the chair’s summer holidays, which could last up to three weeks.

The most common times at which students submit applications are:

  • in May, so that their IDST status is established when they register for the winter session
  • during the winter session’s registration period itself, for the same reason
  • in mid-November, so that they can start term 2 as IDST students.