FAQ

What qualifications do I need to apply?
The School accepts students with undergraduate or graduate training in a variety of fields including natural, applied, and social sciences, as well as business and related professional fields. The program is very competitive, so details such as grades, research interests and work experience can all help towards a successful application. Review the different graduate programs for expectations and requirements of each program. The REM graduate program is full-time with a demanding course load; ensure you are prepared to dedicate yourself to completing your studies.

Which statistics course do I need to complete?
Completing an undergraduate course in statistics is required. It is impossible to specify all the courses which would be considered appropriate to meet this requirement. It is best to submit a transcript showing which statistics courses you have completed and, if a faculty member is interested in supervising you but has questions about your statistics background, then they can determine at that time if your statistics training is sufficient or if additional course work will be required.

REM faculty expect applicants to be familiar with: describing distributions graphically and quantitatively (e.g. mean, median, standard deviation), basic concepts of statistical inference (e.g. calculating test statistics and comparing p-values with an alpha value), basic inferential tests (t-tests, simple ANOVA, chi-square), and simple linear regression and correlation. Entry-level undergraduate statistics and data analysis courses normally cover the above concepts.

Do you accept International Students?
The admission requirements are the same for international and domestic students and the fees are the same. Funding for international students is very limited and you should be prepared to self-fund a significant portion of your studies. For more information, see the International section of the Graduate Studies website.

How much is tuition and what additional fees do I have to pay?
Graduate students in REM pay a flat fee per term and it is important to note that SFU runs three terms per calendar year. Students are expected to be registered or on an approved leave of absence for all three terms. All graduate students, both international and domestic, pay the same fees for each semester they are enrolled. The specifics are detailed on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website and the SFU Calendar.

When can I apply?
Apply online from mid-October. New student intake is only in the fall semester of each year and the deadline is late January. Exact deadlines may change year-to-year, so check in the application system for specific deadlines in the calendar year you are applying. The SFU Graduate Studies Department collects the applications to all SFU graduate programs and their website also contains useful information for prospective SFU graduate students.

Where do I send my transcripts, references, and supporting documents?
Applicants upload their unofficial documentation directly into the online application system. REM will ask you to provide official transcripts if you are under consideration for a space in the program.

Do not send official documentation before you are asked. See the step-by-step application process on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

Do I need to submit GRE scores or an English Language Test?
PhD applicants need to provide a current GRE score. English language proficiency can be demonstrated by completing a four-year degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction, or by submitting IELTS or TOEFL scores. See the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for more information about English language requirements. See the SFU Calendar for additional details about graduate admission.

Do I need a supervisor to be admitted to REM?
REM faculty select their graduate students. It is a good idea to review the faculty profiles  and read about their research. Faculty members are usually looking for a ‘fit’ between prospective students and their existing research. You might wish to reach out to faculty members whose work interests you while you are preparing your application, but you do not need to have an identified supervisor to apply to the program.

I do not meet the minimum requirements, what options do I have?
REM is a very competitive program and it’s rare that a faculty member might consider supervising a student who does not meet minimum requirements. The Graduate Studies website has additional information about being accepted as a Qualifying Student if this is a route you wish to pursue.

I missed the deadline, can I still apply?
The online application system closes to new applications on the date specified in the system. Watch those deadlines closely as they are not flexible. Additional time is allowed to complete in-progress applications, including paying your deposit, uploading documentation and having referees make their submissions. Faculty have discretion to add an out-of-cycle application and can initiate this process directly with staff but it cannot be initiated by a prospective student.

When will I be notified if I have been accepted?
The bulk of the decisions regarding the new cohort of students will be made approximately six weeks after the application deadline. Some students may need to wait longer as there are several variables at play in making the final decision and some details are not finalized until later. Please be patient. All students will be notified regarding the final outcome of their application. It is during this time period that official transcripts may be requested. If you have concerns, please wait until eight weeks after the application deadline to make inquiries. If you opt to withdraw your application, please notify the REM office as soon as possible so that we may remove your name from consideration.