Accelerated Master’s

Students enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program at SFU may be eligible to take graduate courses and count them towards their bachelor's degree and a master's degree at SFU. Students who have successfully completed at least 90 units of undergraduate course work with a minimum CGPA of 3.67, can submit a request to the undergraduate and graduate program to be considered for an accelerated master's. Approved students can apply a maximum of ten (10) graduate course units towards the electives or upper division requirements in the bachelor's program, and the program requirements for a master's program.

An accelerated master's is available to students in the following academic units:

  • Computing Science
  • Criminology
  • Engineering Science
  • Health Sciences
  • Interactive Arts and Technology
  • International Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Political Science

NOTE: An academic unit may have additional requirements to the minimum requirements stated above, so please refer to the program website for more information. 


  1. The student contacts the graduate program to express their interest in the accelerated master’s. The academic unit (department) may have a specific form that needs to be filled out.
  2. The student contacts their undergraduate program to get approval to take graduate courses towards their undergraduate degree.
  3. The student applies to the master's program through the online graduate admission application for an admit term after the expected graduation term of the undergraduate program
  4. When the graduate admission recommendation form is submitted to the Graduate Studies office, approval in the accelerated master's needs to be identified, along with the name of the intended supervisor (if applicable). Students will be offered admission into the master’s program with the condition of completing the bachelor’s degree.
  5. Enrollment in the graduate courses, while the student is active in the undergraduate program, needs to be processed by the Graduate Studies office to ensure that graduate tuition is posted for the graduate courses. The graduate program assistant can submit this request using the course add form.
  6. Once the final grades are posted for the approved graduate courses, the units and grades will be posted as advance credits to the master’s degree by the Graduate Studies office. 

Students should review the program website for any further steps or criteria that may be required by the program.

Please refer to the graduate application process and deadlines for the program of interest by going here.


  • Students are ineligible for graduate scholarships or awards administered by SFU sources until the bachelor’s degree is complete.
  • A minimum CGPA of 3.0 is required while in the graduate program.
  • Students must complete at least two terms of full-time registration (or equivalent) in the graduate program.
  • Students are normally expected to complete a non-thesis master’s degree within 12 months of completing the bachelor’s degree, and a thesis master’s degree within 18 months, although there may be exceptions.
  • When a student is approved to an accelerated master's, tuition is charged at the graduate per unit rate (or premium if applicable) for the graduate courses that are taken during the undergraduate program.
  • If a student becomes ineligible to continue in the accelerated master’s, according to the specifications of the program, the Chair of the Graduate Program Committee must inform the student in writing of his/her ineligibility and a copy of this letter must be sent to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

For more information, please refer to Senate paper S.12-21

Please note that the name of the program has been revised to Accelerated Master's as per Senate paper S.16-145