Submitting an Application

You must use SFU's online application system to complete the following steps. We strongly encourage you to submit your application a minimum of 1-2 weeks ahead of the deadline. This will allow sufficient time for you to pay the application fee and upload your supporting documents. Note: These processes cannot be completed on the day of the deadline, so advance preparation is required. All application materials are due at the deadline.

1. Fill out an application for graduate study and pay an application fee.

If you're applying for both the M.Urb and GDUS programs in the same application cycle, you'll need to submit separate applications, fees, and supporting materials for each. Once the payment of your application fee is processed (in 1-2 business days), you will receive instructions about uploading your application materials. 

2. When prompted, please upload the following documents:

  • Statement of interest: A one-page document that explains your learning objectives and your personal, academic, and professional motivations for acquiring advanced urban analytical skills. Applicants to the master's program should also speak to a potential focus for their independent research project.
  • Resume /curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts from all universities and/or colleges you've attended, including institutions attended on transfer. You must also arrange to have an official transcript (or transcripts) sent to us directly from the granting institution. 

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3.  Letters of reference: You'll be asked to provide the names, position, and contact information for three referees from whom you've requested confidential letters of reference. The referees will then receive a link and instructions for uploading their letters. Letters must be provided through the link provided to them from the online application system. Normally, at least of two of these letters should be from academic sources.  

4.  Proof of English proficiency: If your post-secondary degree was awarded in a nation where English is not an official language, you must also supply proof, by the application deadline, that you've met the minimum satisfactory score on a standardized English language test acceptable to the university. This requirement applies irrespective of the language(s) used in instruction at the applicant's university.

Deadlines for applications and ALL supporting materials

  • June 15, 2019 (to start in January 2020)

Application decisions

We will notify you of our decision on your application 4 to 6 weeks after the application deadline.