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Political Science: Bachelor of Arts Degree - Major or Honours


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Intake
  • Fall
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Study Options
  • Co-Op
  • Location
    Burnaby
  • Campuses
    Burnaby

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    City of Burnaby
  • Length
    Four Years
  • Tuition Levels (approx)
    $5740 per year
  • Book & Supply Cost Estimates
    $1500 per year
  • Credentials
    Bachelor's Degree

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications for general university admission must be submitted by:

For Fall Semester Start:
February 28th

For Spring Term Start:
September 25th

For Summer Term Start:
January 31st




Application Fee: $76.50

Admission for BC/Yukon High School Graduates:

Academic

1. Meet SFU's English language requirement.

2. Grade 11 Courses

  • English 11 or Français première langue 11
  • Language 11*
  • Science 11*

Notes (*):

Language 11 = One of: beginner's language 11, American Sign Language 11 or 12, or a language 12 course.

Science 11 = One of: Biology 11, Chemistry 11, Earth Science 11, Forests 11, IB Environmental Systems 11, Principles of Physics 11, or a Science course at the Grade 12 level.

3. Math

One of:

  • Foundations of Math 11 (60%)
  • Pre-Calculus 11 (60%)
  • Foundations of Math 12 (60%)
  • Pre-Calculus 12 (60%)
  • Calculus 12 (60%)

4. Grade 12 Courses

  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples or Français première langue 12 (blended grade of at least 60%)
  • three additional Grade 12 courses
Admission Advice

1. Approved Grade 12 courses are:

  • BC First Nations Studies 12
  • Biology 12
  • Calculus 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Comparative Civilization 12
  • Economics 12
  • English Literature 12
  • Foundations of Math 12 or Pre-Calculus 12
  • French 12 or français langue seconde 12
  • German 12
  • Geography 12
  • Geology 12
  • History 12
  • Japanese 12
  • Law 12
  • Mandarin 12
  • Philosophy 12
  • Physics 12
  • Punjabi 12
  • Social Justice 12
  • Spanish 12
  • Sustainable Resources 12
Note: All standard and higher level IB courses, and all AP courses, may be used in place of Grade 12 courses.

2. You are normally expected to gain formal approval to enter a Major or Honours program before completing 60 credits.

3. Here are the Admission Requirements for students in all categories.

English Language Requirements

Summary

One of the following (minimum scores):

  • Completion of the last three years of full time secondary education in English in Canada or another country where the principal language of instruction is English with a blended grade of 60% or a C in English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples or their equivalents (a blended grade 75% permits registration in writing intensive courses)
  • Completion of the last four years of full time secondary education in English at a recognized international school in a country where the primary language of instruction is not English with a grade of 60% in senior level English
  • Completion of IB English A1 or A2 (HL or SL) with a grade of 3
  • A three unit transferable English course or certified writing intensive course with a C- grade
  • An IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than a 6.0
  • A TOEFL iBT overall score of 88 with at least 20 in listening, speaking, writing, and reading.

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Beyond program admission requirements, you should also be aware of the following general admission requirements for SFU. These requirements include:

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

BC Secondary School graduates who wish to be considered for admission to SFU must meet both general requirements and program-specific requirements.

Admission requirements are available for BC Secondary School graduates, check the BC or YK page

 

Out-of-Province


Out-of-Province Secondary School graduates who wish to be considered for admission to SFU must meet both general requirements and program-specific requirements.

Admission requirements for out-of-province secondary school graduates are detailed at the Canadian high school page

 


 


 

 

BC Transfer Student

You can be considered for admission as a BC Transfer Student if you have completed between 24 to 60 credits of course work.

SFU provides information for students transfer from BC colleges, other universities, and institutions of applied arts and technology.   For complete details click on the College/University transfer page.

 

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

You can be considered for admission as an Out-of-Province Transfer Student if you have completed between 24 to 60 credits of course work.

For complete details click on the College/University transfer page. You may then select the Canadian colleges or Canadian universities or Visiting student sub-tabs.

If you wish to transfer from an Institute of Technology or College of Applied Arts & Technology you will want to choose the Institute/Technology schools sub-tab.

Mature Student

You may be given consideration as a mature student if you are at least 23 years old, are a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident, and have attempted less than 24 units of transferable course work.

For complete details on mature student admission click on the Special/Other page and scroll down to the "Mature students' heading.

 

International Student

International applicants may be admitted from secondary school, a college, or a university, or applicants may already hold a university degree.

For complete details on International student admission, click the International High School page or the International College or University page.

You may then choose a sub-tab from the following:

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Oceania

 

 

 

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For information on other student admission categories, check Special/Other.

This category includes information on the following:

  • Graduate Students
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Readmission/Reactivation
  • Diverse Qualifications
  • Mature Students
  • Degree Holders
  • Senior Citizen Applicants
  • Adult Graduation Diploma
  • English Bridge Program
  • Early Entry
  • Irregular Admission (Faculty of Education)
  • Concurrent Studies
  • Calculus Examination Certificate
  • Independent Schools

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For step-by-step application advice to SFU please click here.

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