Admissions Calendar

Applications to the System Design & Management (SDM) program are evaluated as they are received; therefore, we encourage you to apply early. SDM will fill the 2020 entering class as exceptional candidates are identified.

All applications must be received on or before March 2, 2020 (unless a deadline extension has been secured in advance from the SDM Admissions Office).

Finalists for SDM admission will be required to attend an in-person or video interview via Skype prior to receiving a final decision. Applicants who have been granted an interview will be contacted directly by the SDM Admissions Office.

Important dates

Deadlines for August 2020 matriculation are below:

  • January 10, 2020 First application deadline. International citizens are advised to apply by this date to allow adequate time for visa processing if admitted.
  • March 2, 2020 Second application deadline.

Decision notification: For the two application deadlines, decision dates will be no later than the following:

  • First application deadline: Decision by March 6, 2020
  • Second application deadline: Decision by April 24, 2020

SDM requirements for international applicants

International citizens are advised to apply by January 10, 2020, to allow adequate time for visa processing if admitted.

IELTS: Non-native English speakers who have not obtained a post-secondary degree at an English language institution are required to demonstrate proficiency in English. SDM requires all such applicants to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

The IELTS exam measures the ability to communicate in English using all four language skills—listening, reading, writing, and speaking—for people who intend to study or work where English is the language of communication. Only scores that are less than 5 years old will be accepted. We expect an IELTS score of 7.5 or better. To register for a test, visit

Please note that IELTS scores are not required if your secondary/post-secondary education was in an English language institution.

All information is accurate as of August 1, 2018, and is subject to change.