How to Apply

Learn how to apply to the School of Communication PhD program.

Step 1: Admission Requirements

SFU requirements:

School of Communication requirements:

  • Master's Degree or an exceptional record of undergraduate and/or graduate work in a relevant area of study.
  • acceptance to the program is based on the School’s Graduate Program Committee ability to find a suitable thesis supervisor.
  • students with previous degrees in disciplines other than communication may be required to take up to two additional courses to complete their PhD.
  • 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 October 2021. Deadline to apply: 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 (up to 1000 words) summarizing the applicant's academic and personal background as it pertains to their proposed research interests and the School's PhD program.

2. A research proposal and bibliography (up to 2000 words) including research objectives, research questions, potential research methods, scholarly and/or practical significance, and bibliographic references.

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

Note: the abstract should be entered in the space provided under the "research" tab of the online application form.

4. 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.     

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

6. Academic CV.

7. 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 fee

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
Room: K9669