Graduate Diploma in Urban Studies

Note: Our online application system will be open to applications in November 2021. 


Applying to the Graduate Diploma in Urban Studies (GDUS)

The GDUS program is ideal for learners whose professional and life experience has motivated them to engage in a seminar-based, rigorous program of study of cities and urbanism within a community of critical thinking peers. 

To apply, you must use SFU's online application system. Complete instructions for submitting your online application and tips for troubleshooting are on this page.

If you want to apply for both MURB and GDUS programs in the same application cycle, you need to submit separate applications, fees and supporting materials for each.

Please note: The application process cannot be completed on the day of the deadline. You will first need to pay the application fee and allow 1-2 business days for it to be processed. Only after that has happened will you be able to upload your supporting documents.
We therefore strongly encourage you to submit your application a minimum of 1-2 weeks ahead of the deadline.

Documents needed to complete your application to the Urban Studies Program

  • Statement of interest: A one-page document that explains your learning objectives and your personal, academic and professional motivations for acquiring an advanced urban studies credential. 

  • Resume /curriculum vitae that highlights your urban-related work and volunteer experience.

  • Transcripts from all universities and/or colleges you've attended, including institutions attended on transfer or exchange. 
    • Unofficial transcripts: These must be uploaded to your online application. Ensure that they are clear and legible, and include information about the grading scale used. This information is often found on the back of your unofficial transcripts, and if so, you need to ensure that both sides are uploaded. 
    • Official, sealed transcripts: You must also arrange to have an official transcript (or transcripts) sent to us directly from your granting institution/s. If it is impossible for you to send official transcripts by the deadline, we can conditionally evaluate your application based on your unofficial transcripts. However, if we don’t receive the official documents before the deadline, any offer of admission we make to you will be conditional upon receipt of them and you will not be allowed to register for courses until we have received them. 

Where your granting institution/s should send your official, sealed transcripts now (while Covid-19 restrictions are in effect):

c/o Central Stores Mail Room, for
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Maggie Benston Student Services Centre 1100
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5A 1S6

Note: You do not need to arrange for a faculty member to supervise you before applying to the GDUS program. Diploma students are not assigned individual graduate supervisors.

Deadlines for applications and ALL supporting materials

- Tuesday, February 15, 2022 (to start in September 2022)

Application decisions

- 4-6 weeks after the application deadline 
- We are not able to respond to individual queries about the status of applications before this time.