Admissions Requirements

Applicants from a wide diversity of backgrounds may apply to do graduate studies in REM. A recently completed bachelors degree, including a university-level course in statistics is required. Prospective PhD applicants should contact faculty and are expected to have a masters degree. MRM applicants do not need to secure a supervisor, but must list potential supervisors and at least some prior contact and dialogue is wise.


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.

Graduate Studies manages applications for departments, including setting minimum standards for admission and reviewing documents. See their website for information about credentials, grades and language requirements. Please be aware that the majority of successful REM applicants exceed the minimum qualification standards set by Graduate Studies.

Please refer to the Graduate General Regulations for more information.

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 employment 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 must self-assess if your coursework meets those requirements. You will be asked on your application to explicitly state that you have completed a University-level statistics course. Students accepted to REM without the necessary background in statistics are unlikely to be successful, and the course load is sufficiently demanding that you must complete this training before you arrive.

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.

The standards for English language proficiency are set and evaluated by Graduate Studies. International applicants please note you will most likely need to submit TOEFL / IELTS scores. In some cases, a four-year degree from a country where the primary language is English and the language of instruction is English can apply to this requirement, however, it may not be possible to assess this in advance. It may still be necessary to apply and pay the application fee before a full assessment of your English language proficiency can be completed.

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 plan to apply, make arrangements to write your IELTS or TOEFL 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.


GRE scores are not required.