Graduate Admission Notes

The following are some notes to assist applicants in the preparation of their applications to the graduate programme in Archaeology.

In the application form, you are asked to indicate areas of research interest. This information enables the Graduate Program Committee to evaluate whether or not the facilities and expertise exist in the Archaeology Department to enable you to carry out your graduate work. Students are normally admitted to the program only if they have found a potential Senior Supervisor. You are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members who have research interests similar to your own to see if there is a possibility of gaining admission. In order to facilitate communication between you and potential supervisors a list of faculty members and links to their respective web pages may be found here.

If you have other indications of research or scholarly excellence, such as publications, please include a list in your application. In addition, if you have completed a thesis (in English or French) in another graduate program please include a copy of the abstract, and if possible a copy of the final chapter of the thesis. We particularly recommend this to applicants who are required to write the TOEFL or IELTS examination to gain entrance into Simon Fraser University, i.e., those whose first language is not English and have not received a degree from a University having instruction in English. If your thesis was not written in English, please provide an English translation of the abstract.

Grades in multiple courses are calculated as a Grade Point Average (GPA) for the past semester or academic year, and a cumulative GPA (CGPA) for the entire degree program. At this university, grades are calculated on a 4.33 point scale, and a 3.0 (or B) CGPA is the minimum required for entry into the graduate program. A CGPA of 3.0 or a grade of B is considered a "Good Performance". We recognise that different scales are used at other universities. Official transcripts from your previous university should provide the most recent GPA and CGPA as well as scales of evaluation used. If your referees are familiar with the grade scales used, it would be helpful if they could comment on the scales and how they compare with those used at Simon Fraser University.