Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility & Application
- My undergraduate degree isn't in Engineering. Can I still apply?
- Can my employer write a reference?
- Do you require GRE, TOEFL, and/or IELTS?
- What are the minimum TOEFL and IELTS scores?
- What if I have a low TOEFL, and/or IELTS score?
- When should I apply and how long does it take to get an answer?
- If my application is unsuccessful, can it be reconsidered at a later date?
- Can I pay the application fee after I am admitted or after my arrival at SFU?
- I have not taken the TOEFL/IELTS yet. How should I fill out the appropriate fields in the application form?
- Do you have a part-time program?
- How long does it usually take to get a MEng, MASc and/or PhD?
- How many courses does a MEng, MASc and/or Ph.D. degree require?
- What are the areas of specialty in the School?
- How much is tuition?
- What is the typical cost of being a graduate student at SFU?
- Are there Scholarships?
- How does the School provide support to students?
No, in order to apply for the MASc or MEng, you must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Science or a related area.
In order to apply for the Ph.D., you must have a Master's degree (or nearing completion) in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, computer science or a related field.
Yes. The main thing is that your references are good and are coming from a credible source. Although we would prefer at least one academic reference, references from well known companies or any source that shed light on your personality are encouraged.
The GRE is not required to be considered for admission.
International applicants whose primary language is not English will not be required to complete an English-language test if they have completed a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language. For a list of these countries please click here.
For more information please see:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): www.toefl.org
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE): www.gre.org
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS): www.ielts.org
The minimum TOEFL requirement is: paper based 570 (essay score of 5), computer based 250 (essay score of 5), and internet based 93 (minimum of 20 in each category).
The minimum IELTS requirement is: an overall score of 7 (the academic NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6.5 in each section
The most update-to-date requirements can be found at:
It is highly recommended that you achieve the minimum score BEFORE applying as you cannot complete your online application without the minimum score.
There are three application cycles every year:
Application period open / Deadline
School Decision Deadline
May 1 - June 14
August 1 - September 15
October 15 - January 15
However, all supporting documentation needs to arrive by the listed Deadline in order for your application to be considered complete, and adjudicated for suitability of admission.
It is advisable to apply much earlier than the deadlines, as our adjudication of applicants begins as soon as your application is considered complete.
Applications are only considered for the semester to which they apply, and will not be carried over. If your application is unsuccessful and you wish to reapply, you will have to commence a new application and repay the application fee.
I have not taken the TOEFL/IELTS yet. How should I fill out the appropriate fields in the application form?
Please note that in order for your application to be complete, you must have your (unofficial) score available for upload into the application system. Examination scores received after the end of the application deadline will not be accepted
Yes, our MEng program can be taken part-time.
The MASc, on the other hand, is a full-time program in which primary emphasis is on the thesis, rather than course work. It is more exploratory than the MEng, and hence the areas of study cover a greater range.
For students starting their program Fall 2016 or later:
The maximum amount of time to finish the MEng program is 9 terms from the date of first enrollment in the program.
The maximum amount of time to finish the MASc program is 9 terms from the date of first enrollment in the program.
The maximum amount of time to finish the PhD program is 18 terms from the date of first enrollment in the program.
MEng students complete at least 24 units of required graduate course work (typically 7 courses) plus the Project course, or 30 units of required course work plus the Portfolio course.
M.A.Sc. students complete at least 30 units consisting of a minimum of 12 units of courses (typically 4 courses), and a thesis equal to 18 units (can be enrolled up to 6 semesters).
Ph.D. students complete at least 18 units beyond the M.A.Sc. degree, a Qualifying Exam and Thesis.
Specific (up-to-date) details can be found in the SFU Calendar: http://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/areas-of-study/engineering-science.html
The strength of our research programs lie mainly in these areas:
- Biomedical Engineering
- Systems and Robotics
Please have a look at our Research page for our programs of research.
Look here for a summary of faculty and their research interests.
Tuition charges change over the years, but for M.Eng (a premium fee, per unit) Program are approximately $4100 for the full academic year (assuming 3 semesters per year, 1 course per semester)
The M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. (research, per term) Programs are approximately $4800 for the full academic year (assuming 3 semesters per year).
Specific (up-to-date) tuition charges can be found at: http://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/fees-and-regulations/tuition-fees/graduate.html
The typical costs of being a graduate student at SFU can comprise many things (from tuition, rent, books, etc.). A detailed breakdown of estimated costs is available here: http://students.sfu.ca/financialaid/costs.html
However, the Dean of Graduate Studies suggests that you budget approximately $25,000 per year in costs in order to be a graduate student at SFU.
Applicants should review our Dean of Graduate Studies website for more information about Entrance Scholarships. Some are by nomination only and others can be applied for by current students or applicants, but the majority are competition-based and the School can only nominate 1-2 students. It is highly encouraged to Applicants that THEY NOT budget for the successful receipt of these scholarships.
For Canadian Students an important one to apply is the NSERC scholarship. Information about the NSERC scholarship with program details and deadlines can be found at: http://www.nserc.ca/.
International Students who are not Canadian citizens and who require financial assistance to attend SFU must seek such assistance in their country of origin before arrival in Canada.
Many of the outside awards offered to students at SFU (for instance, NSERC) are restricted to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
You should discuss funding with a potential senior supervisor before commencing your application so you have a realistic idea of your potential support and costs. Please also refer to the Graduate Student Funding Policy at http://www.sfu.ca/content/dam/sfu/engineering/Graduate/ENSC_Grad_Student_Funding_Policy.pdf.