M.A. Blended

Applied Legal Studies

Simon Fraser University

24 months
3892 CAD/year
3892 CAD/year
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The Master of Arts in Applied Legal Studies program from Simon Fraser University, is primarily for students intending to practice as Notaries Public in the Province of British Columbia. 


It may also be of interest to existing Notaries who wish to obtain a graduate degree focused upon their area of professional practice.  Completion of the degree is a prerequisite for membership in the Society of Notaries Public. 

At this time, the Applied Legal Studies program is of limited value to those who do not want, or do not already have, a career as a Notary.


The degree - a Master of Arts (MA) from Simon Fraser University - is granted upon the successful completion of the required number of courses and a final examination. In the case of aspiring Notaries, the degree will prepare students for admission to practice, subject to further requirements prescribed by the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia, and by provincial legislation.

The number of individuals entering practice in British Columbia is ultimately governed by the Society of Notaries Public. Conferral of the degree is no guarantee of a position in the Society’s post degree professional training programs or in professional practice.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Topics in Canadian Law and the Canadian Legal System
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Contracts
  • Real Property 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a bachelor’s degree from SFU or its equivalent from a recognized institution
  • a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.33 scale, or 3.33 on a 4.33 scale (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered.
  • submitted evidence, usually references from qualified referees, of the applicant’s ability to undertake advanced studies in the area of interest.
  • proof of English Language proficiency
  • In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications when there is significant experience relevant to the proposed area of scholarship.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3892 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1946 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    3892 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1946 CAD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Burnaby

1600 - 2700 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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