Applying to REM

The application period for admission to REM graduate programs for Fall 2021 closes on January 15th. Applications must be initiated by that time in order to be able to apply. Applications must be complete and reference letters completed by Feburary 1st. There is a short processing delay between when you submit and when you can pay your application fee. Note that you will not be able to complete your application until after your fee has been processed. We encourage you to complete any English Language Testing well in advance of starting your application.

There is only one intake annually for the REM graduate programs.

Only online applications are accepted. Sending additional paper documentation before it is requested does not help your application and will not be included.

Application to REM

All prospective graduate students apply through the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies who is responsible for processing and distributing the applications to the departments. Comprehensive application instructions are available on their website. To apply:

  1. Review the prerequisites. Ensure that you will meet the statistics requirement. You can also begin to contact and prepare your referees. Please note that we are unable to assess each and every statistics course to see if it meets the requirements. It is up to you to check with the instructor of your course to see if it covers the material as laid out in the REM Admission Requirements.
  2. Once applications open, fill out online application form and pay the application fee by deadline (January 15, 2021). You then have until February 1st, 2021, to complete steps 3 and 4.
  3. Upload all transcripts, your CV, and your Statement of Interest into the application system. You will not be able to upload any documents until you have paid your deposit.
  4. Provide names and e-mails for three referees. It is critically important that you have their email addresses correct. They will receive an e-mail which will allow them to log into SFU’s application system and complete an reference electronically. Because this is an automated email, it can get caught by junk filters. Other forms of submission are not acceptable.


  • Ph.D. applicants should arrange for official GRE scores to be submitted unless their REM supervisor specifically states they are willing to waive that requirement.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must arrange to have IELTS or TOEFL scores to be submitted. More information for international students is available on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website. It is wise to complete this testing 6 months prior to doing your application. Many applicants find they are scrambling in the final weeks leading up to the deadline. Results are valid for two years.
  • Applicants who are interested in the Planning Stream will apply for entrance into the regular MRM Course Work program and, once accepted, switch into the Planning Stream.

There is an application fee which needs to be paid by credit card (MasterCard or Visa) once the initial application has been submitted and processed, which takes a couple of days. You then have two weeks to complete the application documents. See the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for current rates. Applicants without access to a credit card can pay these fees in person, through online banking, or by wire transfer. It is very important that the student number and student name is received with the wire transfer. 

For TOEFL and TWE: SFU code 0999, REM code 46.
For GRE: SFU code 0999, REM code 0110

After You Have Submitted Your Application:

All information sent to the School is held in confidence and not returned. Information attached to unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed. Faculty will review and decide on which students to take during February and this information is submitted to the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, who is responsible for sending offers or rejections.

Do not expect updates on the status of your application before the end of April although in some cases, it can take longer to make a final decision. Please be patient. Constant emails two weeks after the admissions process has started is not helpful and doesn't do anything to speed up the process.

If you receive a competing offer in writing from another institution, please contact your prospective supervisor.

This video produced by the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies walks you through the online application process. Note it was recorded on the old version of the website, but the application form is the same.