Admissions to the MPub Program

Application Deadline February 1.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Publishing program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum second-class average (3.0 or greater GPA).

Applicants must also:

• demonstrate a background understanding of the publishing industry
• be capable of running page layout software
• be familiar with the basic principles of marketing and managerial accounting
• demonstrate basic competence in copy editing and proofreading
• demonstrate excellent skills in spoken and written English

Qualifications and Prerequisites
Applicants to the Master of Publishing program must have a basic background in these areas:

• accounting and marketing
• editing and proofreading
• publishing knowledge
• computer skills (Adobe CS)

Candidates can acquire the necessary background for entry into the MPub program by completing the following courses at SFU, or their equivalents at other universities:

• BUS 251-3 Financial Accounting I
• BUS 254-3 Managerial Accounting I
• BUS 343-3 Introduction to Marketing
• PUB 372-4 The Publishing Process

Other suggested ways to complete program prerequisites:

Robert Anthony has written a workbook and study guide entitled Essentials of Accounting (ISBN 0-201-84866-x), 6th ed. or later (Addison-Wesley). Students without other accounting background will be required to submit a completed workbook prior to the commencement of classes.

Harvard Business School Press has published the Marketer’s Toolkit: The Ten Strategies you Need to Succeed (Boston: Harvard Business School Press, ISBN 9781591397625). Students without other marketing background will be required to demonstrate mastery of the content of this book before classes begin.

Please purchase and read the following:Editing Canadian English (2nd edition), by the Editors’ Association of Canada. Macfarlane Walter & Ross, 2000. Order through the EAC,

Students without professional copy editing and proofreading experience are encouraged to enroll in short courses on these topics such as those offered at SFU through the SFU Publishing Workshops or the Writing and Communications Program.

English as a Second Language
Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit results for a TOEFL (minimum score 570 or computer based 230) and a TWE (minimum score 5). Alternatively, an International English Language Testing System, IELTS, result (minimum band score 7) may be submitted in place of the TOEFL and TWE.

Computer Skills
Applicants should be comfortable with publishing software (Adobe CS).

Short courses are available at SFU through the SFU Publishing Workshops and the Writing and Communications Program. Students living outside the Vancouver area should investigate course offerings through local community colleges and school boards.

Please note that the MPub computer lab and group project spaces use Apple computers.

Please see the SFU Student Services website for full information.

All courses during semesters one (September – December) and two (January – April) are held at SFU Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver. The semester three internship (May – August) and semester four project report writing, supervision and evaluation (September – December) may be completed either in Vancouver or elsewhere. Residency in the Vancouver area is not a requirement for semesters three and four.

How to Apply
The application deadline is February 1 for the program beginning in September.

All applicants must submit an online application and remit a non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN (students with Canadian transcripts) or $125 CDN (students with international transcripts) by credit card (MasterCard or Visa). Application form and fee remittance instructions are available online:

As well as completing the online application form, applicants must upload to the online system the following items:

  1. A statement of aims and objectives, highlighting the reasons you want to enrol in the program (2–3 pages).
  2. Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended.Official transcripts can arrive after the application deadline.
  3. An explanatory note on your prerequisite knowledge. Explain the basis on which you meet the entry-level qualifications: accounting and marketing, copy editing and proofreading, publishing knowledge, computer skills.
  4. Three references. Applicants will be required to provide referee names and contact information as part of the online application process. It is recommended that at least one referee be an academic.
  5. Resume (CV).
  6. Portfolio. Upload to the online application examples of your work into a portfolio that is concise and demonstrates the skills and abilities that you can bring to the program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Letters of notification will be sent to all applicants as soon as possible after the admissions procedure is completed. PLEASE NOTE: All acceptances are for the time period specified in the letter of acceptance.

Awards and Financial Support are available for accepted students.

To request more information on the Master of Publishing program, please contact:

Jo-Anne Ray, Program Advisor

Phone: (778) 782-5242
Fax: (778) 782-5239

Address: Program Advisor
Master of Publishing Program
Simon Fraser University Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street, Room 3576
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6B 5K3

Student Services
For general information on graduate regulations, fees, scholarships, awards, and bursaries, or to request a Simon Fraser University Calendar, please visit SFU Student Services.