Graduate Students

Loans: Ineligible Programs

Student loan funding is limited to students enrolling in and attending recognized full-time post-secondary level programs leading to a formal credential (certificate, diploma or degree).  Chapter 2 - Program Eligibility, of the StudentAid BC Policy Manual details specific policy with regard to ineligible programs. 

For example, programs of study designed specifically to meet the needs of full-time members of the labour force (i.e. Executive Programs) are ineligible for student loan funding.  Please note, if your program is ineligible for student loan funding, it is also ineligible for interest-free status. 

The following programs are not eligible for student loans/grants:


  • Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
  • Master of Arts for Teachers of English (MATE)
  • Master of Arts - Global Communication double degree
  • Master of Arts Terrorism, Risk, and Security Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in the Linguistics of a First Nations Language
  • Special Cohort: Master of Arts in Linguistics (Linguistics of a First Nations Language)


  • Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA)
  • Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership (EMBA)
  • MBA in Management of Technology (MOT)
  • Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (GDBA)
  • Master of Business Administration - Part-Time

Centre for Digital Media: MDM Program

  • Executive Master of Digital Media
  • Pre-Masters of Digital Media Program


  • Graduate Certificate in Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, & Imaginative Education
  • Graduate Diploma in Advanced Professional Studies in Education (GDE) 
  • Master of Arts or Education community programs geared towards working professionals including (but not limited to): Arts Education, Curriculum & Instruction Educational Leadership, Educational Practice, Educational Technology & Learning Design, Maîtrise en éducation en français, Secondary Mathematics Education, and Teaching English as an Additional Language
  • Doctorate of Education Programs (EdD)


  • Master of Arts in Heritage Resource Management
  • Grad Certificate in Heritage Resource Management


  • SFU-ZJU Graduate Dual-Degree Program (MSc)
  • SFU-ZJU Graduate Dual-Degree Program (PhD)


  • Continuing Studies programs
  • Non-Credit Certificates and Diplomas
  • Non-Degree programs
    (Qualifying and visiting students may be eligible, please contact us for more information.)

Disclaimer: we aim to keep this list as complete and up-to-date as possible.  However, new programs and changes to current programs can occur without Financial Aid and Award's knowledge.  Please contact Financial Aid and Awards if you have any doubts or concerns about your program's eligibility.


Please note: Loans offered by Canadian governments are available to Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Landed Immigrants. If you belong to a different student group, please see our International Students (Including US) page.