Frequently Asked Questions

What campus will the MPR Program held at?

The MPR Program is being held at the Surrey campus.

Who is the target audience for this "professional" Program?

By "professional" we are referring to Program graduates who will be looking for jobs in industry once they complete their degree.  This is not a research oriented M.Sc. program.  Our recruitment efforts are being focused on practicing engineers and Internationally Trained Engineers (ITEs), or engineers between jobs.  

Do I need a GRE or GMAT Score to apply?

We do not require a GRE or GMAT score for admission to the MPR Program.

When should I arrange to send an official university transcript for the   MPR Program?  Where should it be sent?

As part of your admissions package you are required to provide us with an official transcript from the degree-granting institution(s) that you have attended.  This may take time so please act immediately.  These transcript(s) can be sent directly to:  MPR Admissions Committee, School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering, Simon Fraser University, 250-13450 102 Ave., Surrey, BC, Canada V3T 0A3

Who makes decisions regarding admission to the MPR Program?

Admission decisions are made by the MPR Program Director in consultation with the School's Graduate Program Admissions Committee.  Except in unusual circumstances, applications are reviewed by a minimum of two Faculty members before final decisions are made.

I am currently enrolled in a M.Sc. or PhD Graduate Program in the School of MSE, can I transfer to the MPR Program?

Given the difference in training objectives, in many cases, it may not make sense to transfer into this program.  However, if you still wish to consider transferring, the following rules will apply:       

The candidate should ONLY apply for an internal transfer, you DO NOT need to reapply to SFU and pay the application fee using the online graduate application system ( again.  In order to apply you must complete a program transfer form.

If your transfer is approved, you will be responsible for the PER TERM (not per credit) semester fee of the MPR program for the program duration of four semesters.  No tuition refunds will be considered for courses completed prior to your admission to the program.

If your transfer is approved and you have already completed some of the required courses, you can apply for a waiver of up to two SFU graduate courses and this will be approved by the Program Director. 

I have applied to another Graduate Program in the School of MSE and now want to switch to the MPR Program - can I do this?

YES you can switch programs.  You can do this by editing the "Possible Alternate Program" field in our online application system @

Is there a minimum English language requirement (TOEFL/IELTS) for admission to the MPR Program?

The TOEFL/IELTS minimum scores are explained in this section on English Language Competence by the SFU Dean of Graduate Studies.

Is there a minimum GPA requirement for admission to the MPR Program?

We follow the SFU Graduate Regulation 1.3.3 which requires a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications when there is significant professional experience relevant to the proposed area of scholarship.  The School's MPR Admission Committee in consultation with the School's Graduate Program Admissions Committee may offer conditional admissions to exceptional students who do not meet the above requirement.  Minimally we require demonstrated competence in the third year level equivalent to MSE 312-3 (Mechatronic Design II), and MSE 381-3 (Feedback Control Systems).  Students who do not have the proper background may take MSE 381-3 and MSE 312-3 in the summer semester before the fall cohort begins and then join the M.Eng. program in Mechatronic Product Realization.

What is the official name of the MPR Program?  What is the name of the degree granted at completion?

The official name of the Program is "Professional Masters in Mechatronic Product Realization".  The name of the degree granted is "M.Eng.".

I do not think I require a TOEFL or IELTS score, who do I contact about having this admission requirement waived?

If you have a degree from an institution in North America you do not need a TOEFL or IELTS score.  If your degree is issued by an institution outside of North America you need to apply for a waiver through the Dean of Graduate Studies.

If my application status is incomplete, will I still be considered for admission to the MPR Program? 

We review all applications thoroughly and if our system incorrectly identifies your application as incomplete, we will still consider your application.  If you are missing any of the required documents for admission to the program then your application cannot be considered for admission.  Please contact our Graduate Program Assistants for questions regarding the completion of your application at

Do I need a research supervisor once I have been accepted into the MPR Program?

No. This is not a research based degree and thus you do not need to approach any professor in the department for possible research projects or research assistantship.   Academic advisors, however, will be announced during the beginning of your first semester.

The MPR program structure requires that all students participate in a Coop semester, what if I have already extensive Canadian engineering work experience?

Upon the approval of the MPR program director, you can substitute the co-op term with an elective graduate course offered by the School of MSE.

What is the tuition fee structure for the MPR Program?

The tuition fee structure is based on a PER TERM (not per credit) fee of $6630 per semester for domestic students and $ 7976.4 for international students. 

Domestic students program cost:  $26,520

International students program cost:  $31,906

Do students in the MPR program qualify for research funding opportunities?

The program does not have a significant research component and no thesis work with research faculty. There are no research scholarships available for MPR students.