Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ answers many questions about applying to the MA in Applied Legal Studies Program (MAALS). Please read carefully to see if your question has been answered here. You should contact the Administrative Coordinator if your question is not answered.

1.     How much is tuition for this program?

The current tuition fee for this program is $259.32/credit. The program consists of 33 credits for a total cost of $8,557.56 plus the cost of course materials and other applicable student fees. Students should budget approximately $10,000 for the entire program.

Please note that tuition fees are always subject to change.

For more information visit https://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/fees-and-regulations/tuition-fees/graduate.html#specialty

2.     Are there any financial aid (scholarship, bursary, etc.) options for this program?

Unfortunately, there are no financial aid options for this specialty graduate program.

3.     What are the admission requirements for this program?

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum 3.0 CGPA.

Applicants whose first language is not English must complete an IELTS or TOEFL language test.

The English language requirements for any SFU graduate program can be found on https://www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/apply/applying/english-language.html

4.     How many applicants are admitted into the MAALS program each year?

Admission to the program is highly competitive.

5.     Does completion of the MAALS program mean that I am a notary public?

No, completion of this program does not automatically mean that you are a notary public. In addition to the MAALS program, students must successfully pass the Notary Society’s supplementary training requirements, the statutory examinations, and be installed as a notary public by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

6.     How many hours of coursework are expected for this program?

This will depend on the study skills of each student, and their practical and academic experience. Each course involves three hours each week of classes (online) plus related study activity and the completion of assignments. 

7.     Can my MAALS credits be counted towards any other degree?

Course credits are not automatically transferable to another program. 

8.     I have a degree which was completed outside of Canada. Would I be eligible to apply for admission into the MAALS program?

We ask that students with degrees completed outside of Canada have all of their educational credentials (undergraduate and graduate) assessed by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES) offered at BCIT. For more information please visit https://www.bcit.ca/ices/

Applicants will not be required to complete an English-language test if they have completed a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language.  

Reference: https://www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/apply/applying/english-language.html

Please note that the ICES evaluation is the only one that is accepted for students with international degrees looking to apply for admission to the MAALS program.