Application Information


Application deadline for next Fall cohort: Tuesday, February 1, 2022 

Applications to begin program next Fall semester are accepted starting Monday, November 1, 2021

The application period for Public Policy runs from November 1st to application deadline of February 1st each year. Program starts every September.

All admission documents (including all supporting documents) must be uploaded by the deadline. No documents should be mailed directly to the program. The admissions committee recommends that you submit your application early if possible – preferably in late fall or early January.

Please follow the application instructions on the Graduate Studies website and upload supporting documents with your online application.

Students must submit the following documentation when applying:

  • Application Form: The SFU graduate application form is accessible online using the Apply Now button above
  • Application Fee: $90 graduate application fee (domestic students) or $125 (international students) payable by mastercard or visa. If you are unable to pay the application fee by credit card, see How to Pay Your Fees for alternative payment methods.
  • Official transcripts: Official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended. These are to be uploaded into the online application system. The program does not require official copies to be mailed directly to the program until an applicant has been accepted into the program.
  • Letters of Reference: Three confidential letters of reference are required. At least two references should come from faculty members at universities. This requirement may be waived for mid-career applicants with professional experience. In this case, letters from employers may be substituted for references from university faculty. Again, please do not mail your documents directly to the program. These letters are to be handled within the online application system.
  • Letter of Intent: A Letter of Intent that explains why the applicant wishes to pursue the MPP degree and what types of policy issues in which they are interested (approximately 500 words). Please see extended Letter of Intent instructions below.
  • Resume/CV: A complete resume or CV showing employment, volunteer, education and any other appropriate information.

  • GRE: A GRE score is normally required for applicants without an undergraduate or graduate degree from a university in Canada, US, UK, EU or Australia.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for those students whose first language is not English and whose undergraduate degrees have not been obtained at an institution where English is the language of instruction. Minimum TOEFL score is 580 for paper-based test, or minimum 93 for computer-based score with at least 20 in each category.  A score of 5 or above is required on the Test of Written English.

General Admission Requirements

The School of Public Policy uses a broad base admission criteria for determining admission. Criteria for admission includes post secondary education grades, letters of reference, letter of intent and the TOEFL and GRE scores if applicable.

A prospective MPP student must have a bachelor's degree from a recognized university, normally in an Arts or Social Sciences discipline. Students admitted with other credentials or those with Arts degrees who in the judgement of the Program Director are without adequate foundation in the social sciences, may be required to make up any deficiency without graduate credit.

The normal minimum undergraduate grade point average required for admission is 3.0 (or equivalent), although the Admissions Committee and Program Director may take relevant work experience into account in determining eligibility for admission to the program.

The normal admission date is the Fall Semester that begins the day after Labour Day each year. It is expected that approximately 35-40 students will be directly admitted in any one year to the program.

Special Instructions for Letter of Intent 

Your letter of intent offers you the opportunity to describe to the admissions committee your interest in the MPP program. It also provides you the opportunity to clearly detail your public policy interests and goals, your background, your hopes for the future and the ideas and problems that drive you to focus on public policy.

You do NOT need to have a well developed policy proposal however, the committee does like to see that you can clearly articulate your interests and ideas and IF you do have a specific project that you are committed to, please include that information in your letter.

This letter is an opportunity to show your personality, to say something original and distinctive, and something that sets you apart from other applicants.