Admissions Requirements


Applicants are normally required to hold an undergraduate degree in a related field with a minimum of 3.0 GPA on SFU’s 4.33 scale (B average or 70%). Applications from students with other degrees or with equivalent professional training and experience will also be considered.

SFU's Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies manages applications for the departments, including setting minimum standards for admission and reviewing documents. See their website for this broad-based information. Please be aware that the majority of successful REM applicants exceed these minimum qualifications.

Please refer to the “Graduate General Regulations” in the SFU Calendar for more information.

Please note that potential applicants are expected to self-assess if they are qualified or not. We will not preview CVs, transcripts or course descriptions in advance of submitting an application. We have done our best to provide you with as much information as needed for you to evaluate your qualifications yourself to determine if you meet the criteria for application. Please feel free to enquire with the Graduate Program Assistant if you feel any of the information provided requires clarification, but they will not review or assess your information or documents.

If after reviewing the criteria, you feel you are not qualified to apply for a REM graduate degree, you might consider a REM undergraduate degree. Second bachelor's degrees are not uncommon and this path may also provide you with the skills and network opportunities you are looking for.

Statistics Requirement

Applicants to the School of Resource and Environmental Management must have completed an undergraduate course in parametric and nonparametric statistics. It is expected that new students will have acquired and be familiar with the following concepts/methods prior to entry in the School:

  • 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)
  • simple linear regression and correlation.

Entry-level undergraduate statistics and data analysis courses normally cover these concepts. You will be asked on your application to explicitly state that you have completed a University-level statistics course.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English and whose education has been conducted in a language other than English are required to submit English Language test scores (TOEFL or IELTS). SFU code: 0999; REM code: 46.

International applicants please note that you will most likely have to submit TOEFL / IELTS scores. Waivers are rarely given out. For additional information, see the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please note that while the Dean of Graduate Studies requires that you must have a degree from an institution where English is the main language of instruction in a country where English is the primary language, the department (REM) requires in addition that the degree upon which the exemption is based is at least 4 years in length.

International applicants should check if they meet the minimum requirements for their country before submitting an application.

Note that last minute panic around English Language test results is very common. If you expect to apply, make arrangements to write your test six months prior to the application deadline. There can be a long wait to sit a test and sometimes you may wish to sit a second test to improve your scores.


Ph.D. applicants are expected to submit GRE scores (general test) as part of their application. SFU code: 0999; REM code 0110. While it is at the discretion of the admitting supervisor if they will waive the GRE requirement, it is unwise to assume in advance that this will be granted without first establishing a relationship with the faculty member with whom you hope to study.