Eligibility and Application

What types of undergraduate degrees will be accepted?

Masters of Public Policy students are a very diverse group of people with academic backgrounds in political science, economics, history, literature, geography, sociology, public policy, science, and more. Some of our students have had considerable work experience (some in public policy positions), others not so much. MPP students range from new graduates to those who have been away from university for awhile. What all of our students share is a keen interest in a range of public policy issues.
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Can my employer write a reference?

Yes. We realize that some of our students may not commence their graduate studies immediately following the completion of their undergraduate degrees and therefore may have lost contact with some of the professors that they may have wished to use as references. The most important thing is that your references are strong and are coming from a credible source. Although we prefer at least one academic resource, references from well known companies or any source that sheds light on your personality are encouraged.

Do you require the GRE, TOEFL and/or IELTS test(s) be taken?

Applicants with a degree from an accredited University outside of Canada will have to submit GRE scores. Applicants who have received their degrees from non-English speaking Universities are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Here are details regarding SFU's English Language Requirements

For more information please see: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): www.toefl.org International Language Testing System (IELTS): www.ielts.org Graduate Record Examination (GRE): www.gre.org

I have not taken the TOEFL/GRE/IELTS yet. How should fill out the appropriate fields in the application form?

Please enter 000 (zeroes) where we ask for a score and your Application Form should be successfully submitted.

What Institution Code should I enter on the TOEFL/GRE/IETLS for the School of Public Policy?

The Institution Code for MPP is 0999. This code will direct our Graduate Studies office who receives the scores to then forward the scores to our department.

When should I apply and how long does it take to get an answer?

SFU requires an online application be completed for graduate studies. For admission to the Fall cohort, the application period is November 1st to February 1st each year. It is advisable to apply much earlier than the deadlines. Our Admissions Committee will commence reviews of applications immediately following the February 1st deadline and each application is reviewed twice by two independent members of the Admissions Committee. Offers will then be made once top-ranked applicants are identified and will continue until all spots in the cohort have been filled. Students may also be contacted to remain on a wait list to be admitted should a student who has accepted an offer change their mind and rescind their acceptance.

How competitive is the admissions process? How many applications does the program receive per year?

The Master of Public Policy Program receives 200-250 applications each year and admits approximately 25-30 students every fall semester.

I've completed my online application but I have not yet received an application number and ID?

There are two reasons for this:

  1. The system will not send you your id information until the payment of your application fee has been processed. Applicants have 8 days to pay their application fee after they have submitted their application.
  2. Your application has been suspended. Submitted applications may be suspended if required information is missing or the system matches the applicant with student information already in our database. Two examples of this are: i). You have previously applied to SFU. The system will now attempt to match your newly submitted information to the previously submitted information in order to find the student id that was previously assigned to you. ii). You have previously attended SFU but have since legally changed your name. The system will be attempting to match up your new information with the old information that currently exists in the system.

The Graduate Studies office clears suspended applications daily (but not on weekends). The applicant has the full 8 days to pay the application fee once the application has been cleared.

Can I pay the application fee after I am admitted or after my arrival at SFU?

No. In fact, as mentioned above your application will not even be processed until payment has been received.

Can the application fee be waived?

No. The program is unable to assess individual payment waivers.