Thank you to everyone who applied for our Fall 2017 intake. Reviews are underway. Offers will be issued between mid-March and the beginning of May or until all seats are filled - whichever occurs first.


This program is offered as a cohort special arrangement master's program through the Office of Graduate Studies at SFU.

Before submitting an application, you should read carefully about:

Please note that you are required to fulfill admission requirements as laid out by both the Dean of Graduate Studies and the School of Computing Science (Big Data).




In order to complete your application for the program, you are required to submit the following documents. Please note that all documents are submitted online via the application system, with the exception of the official IELTS/TOEFL score. Please do not mail any of these documents.

▪ Reference letter

One reference letter from a professor, employer, or mentor who can speak to your suitability for the program. Your referee must have a strictly professional relationship with you (no friends, family members, etc.). We are looking for evidence of your academic ability, professionalism, related experience, and any other information that would make you a strong candidate for the Professional Master's Program in Big Data.

▪ evidence of a completed IELTS or TOEFL exam

If English is not your primary language, you must provide proof of English proficiency. Please view Admission Requirements for more information. Your test score should be sent from the testing centre directly to SFU's Graduate Studies department. Do not mail your test score to the Big Data Admissions Committee.

▪ curriculum vitae (CV)

An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your academic achievements and professional experience. You should include information about any scholarly work you have carried out. You should also include noteworthy volunteer work, scholarships and awards, and anything else that would make you a great candidate for the program.

▪ statement of purpose

Your statement of purpose is your chance to explain your aspirations, strengths, and interests as they relate to the Big Data program. This document should be no longer than two pages double-spaced.

▪ post-secondary transcripts

Please submit copies of all post-secondary transcripts including degrees not completed or in progress. At the time of application, unofficial transcripts are acceptable, but an official transcript is required before your admission is completed. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution to Simon Fraser University. In some cases, it takes a long time for the degree-granting institution to process your request, issue the transcript, and have it delivered to SFU. Therefore, it is wise to make arrangements quickly. If you have up-to-date sealed transcripts in your posession, you may send them directly to the Graduate Admissions Committee. If you have attended SFU, you are still required to submit official SFU transcripts as part of your application.

You must upload a copy of your transcript (unofficial is okay) with your online application. If you receive an offer, you will be asked to submit your official transcript via mail. The official transcript should be sent directly from your university to SFU (address below). If you already have an official transcript in its original sealed envelope on hand, you may mail it to us.

SFU does not accept the following:

  • photocopies that have not been stamped, attested and endorsed by the Registrar at your home university
  • documents in envelopes that have been opened
  • documents that do not arrive in sealed envelopes endorsed by the issuing institution or certified translator
  • documents that arrive without the official seal of the university
  • photocopies notarized by a notary public
  • photocopies endorsed by a lawyer, professor, judge etc.
  • unofficial translations
  • non-literal translations

All transcripts should be mailed to:

BIG DATA - Graduate Admissions Committee

School of Computing Science

8888 University Drive

Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6


E-mail us at if you have any questions about transcripts that are not answered here.


Your application and all Dean of Graduate Studies and Computing Science (Big Data) requirements will be submitted online. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the Graduate Studies Application Process before proceeding.

When you are ready, visit the SFU Graduate Studies online application system, create an account, and then enter: 

  • Department:  Computing Science
  • Program:  Computing Science MSc in Big Data
  • Start date/Term:  Fall 2017


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