The application portal for the Fall 2021 intake is now closed. Applications were due January 21, 2021. Admission offers (and deny emails) will be sent toward the end of February and in early March.
The application portal will reopen for the Fall 2022 intake in October 2021.
Applicants must normally have a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4 from a recognized university, preferably in an arts or social sciences discipline.
Please note: regional concentrations have been suspended indefinitely.
Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.
Note: We do not receive your online application until you have paid the application fee. Payment by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) must be made within seven days of submitting the online application form or the application will expire. Graduate Application Fee (non-refundable): $90 CAN (students with Canadian transcripts) or $125 CAN (students with international transcripts).
2. Upload the following supporting documents before the deadline using the Application Checklist/Document Upload link in the online application system. You will be able to upload your supporting documents AFTER the application fee has been processed.
- Curriculum Vitae (two pages maximum).
- A one-page letter of intent that explains why you wish to pursue the M.A. in International Studies.
- A one-page statement of research interest including the topic(s) and geographical region(s) as well as the intended track (thesis or essays).
- An academic writing sample.
- Contact information of three referees, at least two of which must be from university faculty members. Your referees will receive an e-mail link via SFU's online application system. Letters uploaded to the system must be on official university letterhead and must contain your referees' contact information.
- A copy of transcripts from all institutions attended. Do not mail a hard copy of your transcript at this time. (You will be required to send official transcripts by mail only if admitted.)
It is not possible to acknowledge receipt of applications and supporting documents.
INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: please note additional admission requirements.
Proof of English Proficiency
All applicants whose first language is not English and whose undergraduate degrees come from institutions where English is not the primary language of instruction are required to submit English language test scores. Scores are only valid for two years from the date of examination. Normally, we would require the following minimum scores:
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.5 on each Academic Module (listening, speaking, writing, reading); or
- TOEFL IBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, internet based test) with an overall score of 102 or better with a minimum score of 25 in each of the four components (listening, speaking, writing, reading); or
- TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language, paper based test) with a minimum score of 625 including a minimum essay score of 5.5.
TOEFL and IELTS test takers should request electronic submission of scores directly from the test centre to SFU (Institution Code: 0999).