Got a question? Check below for frequently asked questions about graduate applications.

When is the application deadline?

January 31st.

Do you accept applications for January admission?


Do I have to pay the application fee?

Yes, you must pay the application fee before your application will be considered.

Can my transcripts arrive before my application?


If I have been out of school for a few years, can I get letters of recommendation from my employer or colleagues?

If necessary, one letter can be from such a source, but academic references are more effective.

Should my writing sample be a "clean" copy, or can I submit a copy with instructor's comments on it?

Either is acceptable.

How do I apply for fellowships or other funding?

All applicants automatically receive consideration for available fellowships and other funding.

When will I be notified if I have been accepted?

Between late March and early April, unless we require your final term's marks before making a decision.

How long does it take to complete the MA program?

A minimum of 12 months, a maximum of four years.

How can I arrange a tour of the Burnaby campus?

Visit the Campus Tours website.

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