Applications for the Fall 2018 intake will open on Oct. 15th, 2017, and close on Feb. 1st, 2018. Supporting documents are due by Feb. 8th, 2018.


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 letters

Three reference letters from professors, employers, and/or mentors who can speak to your suitability for the program. Your referees must have a strictly professional relationship with you (no friends, family members, etc.). We are looking for evidence of your academic ability, professionalism, related work 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

At the time of application, you must upload all post-secondary transcripts, including degrees not completed or in progress, in the application portal. Official transcripts are preferred here, but unofficial transcripts are also acceptable. If the transcript is unofficial, please ensure that the course names are clearly listed.

If you receive an admission offer, you will be required to submit official transcripts to us. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the issuing institution to Simon Fraser University. If you have official, up-to-date transcripts in their original, sealed envelopes in your posession, you may send them directly to the Graduate Admissions Committee in lieu of transcripts sent from your university. If you have attended SFU, you are still required to submit official SFU transcripts as part of your application.

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:  Prof MSc in Computer Science
  • Start date/Term:  Fall 2018


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