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Frequently Asked Questions: PhD Admissions
What is the application deadline?
How do I apply to the School of Communication’s graduate programs?
Complete details on applying to the MA (Communication) program are located here.
Complete details on applying to the MA Double Degree (Global Communication) program are located here.
Complete details on applying to the PhD (Communication) program are located here.
What are the requirements for admission?
MA program applicants should normally have completed or be near completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited university.
PhD applicants are expected to have or be near the completion of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited university, normally with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
For all graduate programs, SFU requires a CGPA of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a GPA of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) in last 60 credits of undergraduate courses.
Where applicable, applicants must also meet SFU's English language requirements for foreign-trained applicants. International applicants whose primary language is not English will not be required to complete an English-language test if they have completed a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language. For a list of these countries please click here.
In addition to providing strong evidence of the capability of doing advanced graduate level research (via the applicant’s transcripts, statements, references, and writing samples), it is important that applicants’ statement of proposed research demonstrates a strong fit between their interests and the research and teaching expertise of the School’s faculty members.
Do I need to secure a research supervisor before I apply?
We strongly encourage applicants to reach out faculty members working in their field of interest. Faculty cannot commit to supervising applicants in advance of the admissions process, but it's advisable to share a description of the applicant’s proposed research in order to seek feedback and to assess the potential fit between the proposed research and the research and teaching strengths of our program and faculty. See here for a list of the School’s faculty members.
Do I need to submit a result from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?
No, we do not normally require or consider GRE results in our MA or PhD admissions adjudication.
What is the adjudication process for admissions?
Graduate Program applications are reviewed by the admissions committee once the deadline has passed, and applicants are normally notified of the outcome by the end of March each year.
When I apply to the program how will I be informed of an offer?
When you apply on-line (see Question 1) you will receive an application number which you can use to log on and review your status. Applicants are normally informed of the outcome by the end of March.
What areas or fields of interest are covered by the School of Communication?
What are the basic program requirements for MAs and PhDs?
The requirements of our MA (Communication) program are outlined here.
The requirements of our PhD (Communication) program are outlined here.
The requirements of our MA Double Degree (Global Communication) program are outlined here.
Is your program full-time or part-time?
SFU classifies all graduate students as full-time students.
How long is your program?
The MA (Communication) program is normally and ideally a two year program, but students have up to three years to complete their degree.
The PhD (Communication) program is normally and ideally a six year program.
The MA Double Degree (Global Communication) program is a two year program (year one in Vancouver at SFU; year two in Beijing at the Communication University of China)
What is the tuition amount for graduate study?
For full-time tuition fees applicable to both domestic and international students please check SFU's Graduate Studies Tuition and Fees page.
What forms of funding are available?
Is graduate student housing available?
Please see http://students.sfu.ca/residences/
Are there Child Care facilities on Campus?
Please see http://www.sfu.ca/childcare.html.
Are there resources for International Students?
Please see http://www.sfu.ca/international/