Financial Questions

How much is tuition?

MPP charges per credit hour fees. The current (2011) cost per credit hour is $226.80. First year MPP students are enrolled in 40 credits per year. In their second year, MPP students normally enroll in 30 credits per year. Tuition and student fees based on 30 credit hours and (2011 information) total $6,804. *Note fees are subject to change.

How does MPP provide financial support to students? Are there scholarships?

Graduate Bursary
Graduate Bursaries are awarded each semester and are issued on a need-based system. Students are required to submit an application for each semester in which they are interested in receiving funding. The application deadlines are normally six to eight weeks before the semester begins. The application is available on the Registrar’s Office downloadable forms web site

Students whose Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 3.5 or higher may be eligible a Graduate Fellowship Award (currently worth $3,125). The fellowship application deadline is in the spring of each year. An application form is available at
We encourage all qualified students to apply.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research (MA SSHRC)
Funding in the amount of $17,500 (12 months non-renewable) is available to Masters students through the MA SSHRC program. Students should review all SSHRC eligibility criteria on the SSHRC web site at Deadline for application is usually mid-Fall.

Graduate Student Travel Fund

Small travel grants are available for students who are presenting a paper or chairing a session at a national or international meeting of a professional association or equivalent group. The Dean of Graduate Studies Office will post procedures for application.

Research Assistantship

Research Assistant positions are available throughout the year as funding becomes available. Positions are posted via email and on the departmental bulletin board.

Teaching Assistantship

Teaching Assistant positions are not available through the Public Policy Program, as we do not have an undergraduate component. Students are welcome to apply for TA positions through other SFU programs. Students should contact those programs directly for information on their application process.

Student Loans

Canadian citizens and permanent residents may apply for funding through the student loan programs. Please visit for details on the application procedures for BC residents.

Other Funding

Other financial assistance is available and can be researched through the Financial Assistance Search web site

Other scholarships, awards, research assistant positions are announced periodically throughout the year. The MPP office will pass these along via email as they are announced.

Terms of Reference for Awards

Refer to the Calendar or the web for the terms of reference and application deadlines.

Full admission details including a PDF application package, minimum admission requirements and course schedules are available on our Student Information site.The best resource of information on our graduate program is online. However, if you still have questions or need specific material and are not able to find it online, please do not hesitate to contact the program office by emailing