Curriculum & Instruction: Ecological Education MEd - Summer 2019

APPLICATION PROCESS

1.  Before Applying (Admission Requirements and Documents)

a) Meet all the admission requirements for SFU and your program.

b) Have a valid credit card to pay the application fee (Visa or Mastercard). Please contact our office before completing your online application if your do not have either of these credit cards.

c) Have contact information for three referees, including their email addresses. Reference letters must be specific to this application.

  • Referees should include a combination of academic and professional references. Three professional references is also acceptable if you do not have an academic reference.
  • Referees are to indicate the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study in the area of interest they are applying for.

Guidelines for Reference Letters (please send to your referees):

  • A frank appraisal of the ability of the applicant to undertake a rigorous program of graduate study.
  • Comment on the applicant’s scholarly competence and academic ability to undertake advanced studies in education.
  • Personal qualities that the referee deems relevant to the applicant’s ability to engage in graduate work (including leadership skills, teamwork, capacities for collaboration, etc.).
  • Relevant professional experiences, qualities and capacities.
  • Length of time and the context in which the referee has known the applicant.

d) Prepare to gather the required supporting documents. You will be prompted to upload the following PDF documents after your application has been submitted and your application fee has been paid:

  • PDF of a recently issued official transcript (of all post-secondary institutions attended except SFU). You will need to obtain two official copies of your transcripts – one to be mailed in a sealed school envelope, and one to be uploaded to your application as a PDF.
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Resume
  • Letter of Intent

(See #3 below for more details on these requirements.)

  • Location: SFU's Surrey campus
  • Classes: Fri. (4:30–9:00) + Sat. (8:30–4:30)/every 2-3weeks
  • Start Term: Summer 2019
  • End Term: Spring 2021
  • Application Status: CLOSED
  • Tuition 2018/19*: $2,969.10/term
    *Subject to estimated 2% fee increase each September.

Contacts

2. Apply Online

Please note that the  Online Application System  is only available while applications are being accepted for each program.

a) Complete the Online Application for Graduate Studies at SFU. You do not have to wait until you have all your supporting documents ready before applying. We recommend that you begin your application early so we are aware of your interest; then you can work on completing and collecting the rest of your package until the posted deadline.

Note for online application system:

  • for "Program", select "Community MEd", then select the program you are applying to under "Specialization"

b) Enter contact information, including e-mail addresses, for three references. Once you submit your referee contact information, your referees will be sent a secure e-mail link and password enabling them to log into the Online Application System where they will have the option to submit their reference by PDF upload or by simply copying and pasting text.

c) Pay the application fee when prompted. An application fee of $90 CAD (students with Canadian transcripts) or $125 CAD (students with international transcripts) is due after the Online Application form has been submitted.

As programs are competitive, we recommend you complete your online application and pay the application fee as soon as possible and at least one week prior to your program deadline.

Our program office is notified only after you have completed your application and paid your application fee.

If you do not receive an e-mail requesting payment of this fee within 3 working days after submitting your application, please contact the Program Assistant to check the status of your application.

3.  Online Submission of Supporting Documents (PDF uploads)

b) A recent Academic Writing Sample in PDF format

General Guidelines

  • written within the last five years
  • if you do not have a recent paper you are advised to write one on any topic that is of interest or relevance to you. 
  • must include a title page with date and author’s name. Paper must be sole-authored (no co-authored samples). Identify the original context for the paper (ex. if it originally submitted elsewhere, as in a course requirement)
  • should be a strong example of your academic writing. It should introduce the topic, sustain an argument and develop a logical conclusion expressing ideas in clear and appropriate language with proper citations.
  • must demonstrate your ability to write an academic paper (ex. therefore, your sample should NOT be a written finance report or curriculum guide). The writing sample may be a Literature Review, https://www.lib.sfu.ca/about/branches-depts/slc/writing/assignments/lit-review
  • submitted in PDF format
  • avoid plagiarism, https://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/academic-integrity/plagiarism

Upon submission, this writing sample becomes and remains the property of Simon Fraser University.

4.  Submit Official Transcripts

a) Official Transcripts

Either paper originals or certified copies. In some cases, we can accept official electronic transcripts:

Canadian transcripts: we can receive electronic transcripts directly from the institutions listed here: http://www.sfu.ca/students/records/transcript.html#delivery For any of these institutions, please have your institution(s) send the transcript directly to gradap@sfu.ca.

International transcripts: we can accept securely delivered, password-protected or encrypted digital transcripts directly from your institution, (via services such as Parchment). If this option is available, please have your institution(s) send the transcript directly to gradap@sfu.ca.

(Note: You do not need to submit SFU transcripts.)

You can arrange to have the transcript sent directly to SFU from the issuing institution, OR you may mail it directly to SFU provided it is in its original sealed envelope. 

If your original documents are not in English or French, please include a certified translation into English or French and a certified copy of the documents.

IMPORTANT: Applicants from universities that do not issue transcripts are required to submit official documents showing contents of degree program completed and the standards or grades obtained.

Please mail your official transcripts to:

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies​
Simon Fraser University
MBC1100 - 8888 University Dr., Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6​

b) English Language Competence Test Results (IELTS/TOEFL)

Required for applicants whose primary language is not English or whose previous education has been conducted in another language. Arrange for electronic English language test scores to be sent to Simon Fraser University directly from the testing agency. TOEFL code for SFU – 0999, and department code – EDUC 85.

Please email cpmed@sfu.ca or call us at 778.782.8120 if you have any questions, we will be happy to assist you.

Learn more about the Faculty of Education Graduate Student Funding Policy.

Information about financial support is available from the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office.

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