MA in Applied Legal Studies Program

The Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies program is primarily for students intending to practice as Notaries Public in the Province of British Columbia. It may also be of interest to existing Notaries who wish to obtain a graduate degree focused upon their area of professional practice.  Completion of the degree is a prerequisite for membership in the Society of Notaries Public.

Please be aware that the Society of Notaries Public has its own additional requirements (in addition to graduation from the SFU MA ALS program) that must be met in order to be admitted into the Society. Students intending to practice as a Notary Public are strongly advised to contact the Society about those requirements.  Admission to the Society of Notaries Public is essential in order to practice as a Notary Public in British Columbia.

Further Details

The degree - a Master of Arts (MA) - is granted upon the successful completion of the required number of courses and a final examination. In the case of aspiring Notaries, the degree will prepare students for admission to practice, subject to further requirements prescribed by the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia, and by provincial legislation.

The number of individuals entering practice in British Columbia is ultimately governed by the Society of Notaries Public. Conferral of the degree is no guarantee of a position in the Society‚Äôs post degree professional training programs or in professional practice.  The Society has a website ( that sets out everything you would ever want to know about becoming a Notary, as well as being a Notary, and includes the steps to follow if you wish to pursue a career in the profession.


Please direct any questions about the MA in Applied Legal Studies (MA ALS) to the MA ALS Director Dr. Margaret Hall at  Applications for September 2022 will be accepted between November 1st, 2021 and February 1st, 2022.