SFU Graduate Studies: Future Students

Simon Fraser University offers an excellent environment for research and graduate studies. The institution is home to a variety of world-class research facilities, innovative programs, and world-renowned scholars.

The decision to enter graduate studies is life-changing. It may lead you to move out of your home city, your country, and may even take you around the world.

Our suggested next steps:

  1. Before you apply, review the kinds of programs you would like, and whether you need to find a supervisor.
  2. Contact the department you’re interested in with program-specific admission questions
  3. Read about our Application Process
  4. Go to our Online Application System

News and Announcements

For new graduate students: SFU offers Tri-council top-up awards valued at  $5,000 per year

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Graduate Programs

Over 5,000 post-graduate students are currently enrolled in graduate programs in our eight faculties.

We also welcome visiting research students.

Application Deadlines

Departmental and faculty graduate programs set their own deadlines for applications and for consideration for graduate fellowship awards.  Some programs accept applications throughout the year.

In addition, some departments have separate entrance awards with very early application deadlines.

Please consult the website of your destination program for its application deadlines, as well as deadlines for entrance awards.

Admissions Handbook

The Graduate Student Handbook provides useful information about the policies and procedures you will need to know as a graduate student at Simon Fraser University.

Find a Supervisor

A key part of your graduate experience is your relationship with your supervisor. Please see our advice on how to find a supervisor for your research.

Major Entrance Scholarship Competition

SFU has a very limited number of major entrance scholarships for exceptional students.

If you wish to be nominated for an entrance scholarship, submit your admission application to your intended department by January 15.

Other Entrance Awards
Some departments and Faculties have earlier deadlines in December for their own entrance awards. Please consult with the graduate program assistant in your destination department as early as possible.

Financial Assistance and Employment

Each graduate program sets its own policy on financial assistance, and applicants should contact programs directly for information. See:

Some graduate programs also have co-op work options.

International students' spouses or common-law partners may apply for Canadian work permits: See full guide.