How to Apply | Global Communication MA



Dear potential applicant - We are sorry to announce that given the logistical difficulties of running an international cohort-based program during this challenging year, Simon Fraser University has made the very difficult decision to pause our fall 2020 admissions cycle for September 2021 enrolments in the Global Communication MA program.  Please note that enrolments for the School of Communication's other two graduate programs will proceed normally.  Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about this decision, or if you would like to discuss other graduate opportunities at SFU.  



Students apply either through SFU or CUC, depending on their country of origin. Students will be admitted to one university, and then recommended for admission to the other university.

To qualify for admission, students must satisfy the admission requirements specified by each university. 

Canadian and International Applicants

Applicants from Canada and international countries apply directly to Simon Fraser University (SFU).

Applicants from Nigeria please note according to Communication University of China (CUC), there is no governmental agreement in educational cooperation between China and Nigeria, therefore SFU cannot accept and process applications from Nigeria to the Global Communication MA Double Degree Program.

Note that Chinese language background is NOT required for admission to the program.


Applicants from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan

Passport holders of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are required to pass the CUC’s national graduate entrance exam to become a CUC regular graduate student.  Then they can apply to the program through the CUC.


Minimum GPA

To be considered for admittance to the program, students must have completed an undergraduate degree at a recognized university, and hold a minimum GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

In addition to general university admission requirements, students admitted by SFU must meet SFU’s minimum English language proficiency requirement.

The minimum graduate program admission requirements for test scores:

English Language Test


Internet-based TOEFL

93 with minimum of 20 in each category

Paper-based TOEFL

580 and TWE 5

IELTS (academic)

Overall band score of 7.0 of the academic (NOT general) test with a minimum of 6.5 in each section

Simon Fraser University is an English language university. If you have a degree from a recognized English speaking college or university you may apply to have this requirement waived by completing an English-requisite waiver.


Immigration Documents

Please note that, if accepted into the program, international applicants will require a student visa to reside and study in Canada.  Please visit SFU’s International Student Advising for more information about visa requirements and application processes. 

Please feel free to contact us for advice and support with the Visa Application process.  We can provide tips to make the process easier, and we can supply documentation for your application package, if required.

Please apply as early as you can for your visa to avoid delays and disappointment.


Application Package

To apply to Simon Fraser University, students must submit the following:

  • An application form
  • The application fee ($90 CAN for students with Canadian transcripts or $125 CAN for students with international transcripts)
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be written by somebody who is familiar with the applicant’s academic work
  • All official post-secondary transcripts in sealed envelopes and copies of post-secondary degree certificates to the following address:

Global Communication M.A. Double Degree Program
School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
Room 3574, Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6B 5K3

  • A 500-600 Statement of Intent in English, which answers the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in studying communications?
    • What aspects of global communication are you interested in studying?
    • What type of project or major paper do you propose to work on during your time at SFU?
    • How have your past experiences helped prepare you for the proposed work?
  • A CV or resume which provides an overview of your educational background, work experience, volunteer or community activities, and skills or talents, with dates
  • At least one writing sample in English


Admission Deadline

Mandarin is not a requirement

A Chinese language background is NOT required for admission to the program.

All students admitted to SFU as ‘home’ university must complete at least two terms of non-credit instruction in conversational Mandarin during their year at SFU. This requirement will be waived if students can either demonstrate basic knowledge of spoken Mandarin through an oral interview or provide proof of having successfully completed an approved course of instruction in basic oral Mandarin.

Dora Lau

Program Coordinator
(Global Communication MA Double Degree)

Room: HC3551