Fall 2020 Intake - Information for Applicants & Admitted Graduate Students

We are carefully monitoring the rapidly changing global situation regarding Covid-19 and we remain committed to ensuring that all our incoming students can enroll to the Professional Master’s Program for the coming academic year. Please see this page for updates as the situation unfolds.

PMP courses will be taught remotely for the Fall 2020 term (September - December, 2020)

I have applied to the Professional Master’s Program but have not received an admission decision yet. When will I hear back from you?

We remain committed to making admissions decisions as per our regular timeline.

For applicants to the Big Data and Visual Computing specializations, offers of admission will be rolling out over April with May 1st being the date by which we plan to notify all applicants about a decision on their application.

For applicants to the Cybersecurity specialization, offers of admission will be issued over April and May with May 15th being the date by which we plan to notify all applicants about a decision on their application.

How will I receive my official admission decision?

Your official admissions decision and acceptance offer will be sent to you via the email address you provided on your application. For students who need to apply for a study permit, your offer of admission letter will include a supplement for your study/work permit application.

I have been admitted to the Professional Master’s Program, but I am worried that travel bans could prevent me from enrolling for Fall 2020. Are classes for this program going to start in fall 2020? What contingency plans does the School have in place?

We are committed to ensuring that all our incoming students can enroll for the program in the Fall 2020 term. Classes for the Fall 2020 term will be offered remotely (online).

I have been accepted to the program and my offer letter states that I must submit my official transcripts to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office at SFU. Can I get an extension if my school is currently closed?

If possible, we would prefer to receive your academic records by July 1st so that we have time to process them. If this is not possible due to the pandemic, please contact the Graduate Studies office at https://supportpal.is.sfu.ca to request an extension. Either way, please make sure your academic records are in line with our requirements.

I have been accepted to the Professional Master’s Program. However, my current studies are delayed by the pandemic, and I am worried I will not graduate as planned.

If you have not received your diploma by the time you start classes at SFU, you will need to submit official evidence from your institution certifying that you have completed your studies. If possible, the document should also include the expected date of receiving your diploma.

Can I extend my admission deposit payment deadline?

In order to secure your seat, we ask that you pay the admission deposit as soon as possible (and by the date stated on your offer of admission). In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be flexible about refunding admission deposits for those students who are unable to attend the program as a direct result of the pandemic.

Please open a ticket at https://supportpal.cs.sfu.ca to request an extension for your admission deposit if you require one.

I have been accepted to the program. Can I request a deferral?

Yes, if you are unable to start your studies as a direct result of the pandemic (e.g. visa delay, consulate closure or travel bans), you may submit a request for deferral for the Fall 2021 intake to the Academic Program Coordinator. Your request will be reviewed by the Program Director and a decision will be provided.

Given the fluidity of the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that students wait until June to put in deferral requests as more information on how the Fall term will progress will be provided at that time and students can make an informed decision about next steps.   

Please note for deferral requests to be processed, you must pay your admission deposit.

If I am unable to start my studies, will my admission deposit be refunded?

If you are unable to start your studies for the Fall 2020 term as a direct result of the pandemic (visa delay, consulate closure, travel bans, etc.), your admission deposit will be fully refunded. Please note we may ask for supporting documents to process this request.

This only applies to students who intend to join the program for Fall 2020 and does not currently include students who defer their admission to the Fall 2021 term.

 I am from a country deeply affected by the pandemic. Will you reject my enrollment based on my country of residence?

We are carefully following updates and recommendations provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. You should also monitor the situation in your home country and check with the local Visa Application Centre (VACs). You can continue to apply for your study permit online. We are committed to ensuring that all incoming students can enroll for the Fall 2020 term and we will keep you updated regularly by email and our website.

I have concerns about how study permit applications will be affected. What should I do?

We understand that study permit application timelines may be affected because of the pandemic. Please check the updates posted on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s page for more information. For now, please make sure to follow social-distancing advice and do not take any risks for the sake of visa applications or other administrative requirements.

Who can I contact at SFU with my study permit related inquiries?

Contact an International Student Advisor through the channels listed here. Please see here for helpful resources and guides created by the International Student Advising and Programs unit at SFU.

When are my tuition and ancillary fees due for the Fall 2020 term?

The deadline to pay your tuition and ancillary fees is September 22, 2020*. Please see this page for important dates and deadlines for the Fall 2020 pertaining to graduate students.

*Date may be subject to change as mentioned on the Graduate Studies' website.