IMPORTANT: Pending approval from Senate, the MA in International Studies program will incorporate studies of international development and conflict effective Fall 2017.  Separate streams of study will no longer be available.  Regional concentrations remain an option.

To be considered for admission, applicants must normally have a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 from a recognized university, preferably in an arts or social sciences discipline.  

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: please note additional admission requirements.

Students are admitted for commencement of studies in the Fall semester only.

Application period for September 2017 admission:

OCTOBER 1, 2016 to JANUARY 8, 2017

It is not possible to acknowledge receipt of applications and supporting documents. However, we will follow up with successful applicants on missing documentation.

Application Procedure

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

1. Read the instructions on the Dean of Graduate Studies (DGS) website and complete the online application form.

Note: We do not receive your online application until you have paid the application fee. Payment by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) must be made within seven days of submitting the online application form or the application will expire. Graduate Application Fee (non-refundable): $90 CAN (students with Canadian transcripts) or $125 CAN (students with international transcripts).

2. Upload the following supporting documents before the deadline using the Application Checklist/Document Upload link in the online application system. You will be able to upload your supporting documents AFTER the application fee has been processed.

  • Curriculum Vitae (two pages maximum).
  • A one-page letter of intent that explains why you wish to pursue the M.A. in International Studies.
  • A one-page statement of research interest including the topic(s) and geographical region(s) as well as the intended track (thesis or essays).
  • Copy of latest unofficial transcript(s) showing Cumulative GPA of all institutions attended (if this information is not shown on your official transcript).
  • Contact information of three referees, at least two of which must be from university faculty members.
    • Your referees will receive an e-mail link via SFU's online application system. Letters uploaded to the system must be on official university letterhead and must contain your referees' contact information.

3. Arrange to have official transcript(s) in sealed evelope(s) sent directly by the post-secondary institution(s) you attended.

If your official transcript is being sent by courier to our office, please ensure that the package is delivered before December 19 or after January 3.

If your study is in progress, please send official transcripts only after grades of the latest semester are released.

School for International Studies
Simon Fraser University
Attn: MAIS 2017 (Applicant Name)
7200-515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC

Note: If official transcripts are not in English, original language documents and English translations must arrive together in official envelopes which have been sealed and verified by the issuing institution (i.e. university and professional translation organization or notary public).

* Three optional concentrations available: Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and Southeastern European Studies

Proof of English Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English and whose undergraduate degrees come from institutions where English is not the primary language of instruction are required to submit English language test scores. Scores are only valid for two years from the date of examination. Normally, we would require the following minimum scores:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.5 on each Academic Module (listening, speaking, writing, reading); or
  • TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet based test) with an overall score of 102 or better with a minimum score of 25 in each of the four components (listening, speaking, writing, reading); or
  • TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, paper based test) with a minimum score of 625 including a minimum essay score of 5.5.

TOEFL and IELTS test takers should request electronic submission of scores directly from the test centre to SFU (Institution Code: 0999).


International students pay the same fees as domestic students.  Please note that we are a full-time fee research program.

Important: All fees are subject to change, subject to provincial legislation, and subject to SFU Board of Governors approval.