How to Apply

Learn how to apply to the Master of Arts program.

Step 1: Admission Requirements

SFU requirements:

School of Communication requirements:

  • a bachelor’s degree in Communication or an equivalent degree in a social sciences or humanities program.
  • acceptance to the program is based on the School’s Graduate Program Committee ability to find a suitable thesis supervisor.
  • students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than communication may be required to take up to two additional courses to complete their MA.
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, a satisfactory score on a standardized English test acceptable to the University. See here for SFU's English language requirements for graduate programs.

Fall 2022 applications open in October 2021 with a deadline of January 5, 2022.

Step 2: Apply Online

Submit Online Application

Complete the online application form and upload the following documents to the online application portal:

1. A statement of interest (1500–2000 words). Please include:

  • Academic and personal background
  • Research objectives (research questions, potential research methods, scholarly and/or practical significance, and bibliographic references)
  • How your background and objectives fit with the school and potential research supervisors.

2. A concise abstract (up to 250 words) describing your research area, including 5 key words.

Note: the abstract should be entered within the online application form in the space that asks for a research description.

3. Copies of all post-secondary transcripts.

All applicants must upload electronic copies of their transcripts into the online application system. However, we only require official hard copies of your transcripts from applicants to whom we offer admission.     

4. Two samples of scholarly writing, research reports, or other material.

5. Resume or academic CV.

6. References from three persons (at least two of whom should be familiar with the applicant’s academic work).

*For applicants whose primary language is not English, a satisfactory score on a standardized English test acceptable to the University (SFU's Graduate English language requirements).

Step 3: Pay the Application Fee

CDN $90 for students with Canadian transcripts

CDN $125 for students with international transcripts

The full application fee is due in 7 days after your application is submitted and your application will not be considered until the full payment has been received. 

How to pay your fees

Step 4: Submit Your Application and Monitor Results

After you submit your application, you will receive an application number which you can use to log on and review your application status.

Students will normally be expected to enter the program in the fall semester of the year they apply.  

Jason Congdon

Graduate Program Coordinator 
(MA and PhD)

T: 778-782-3595
E: gradcmns@sfu.ca
Room: K9669