Tuition Fees

International students pay the same fees as domestic students for graduate research programs. Fees are subject to change, subject to provincial legislation, and subject to board of governor’s approval. Typical costs for domestic and international graduate students are estimated here. Normal degree completion times for MASc and Ph.D. are 2-3 years, and 3-5 years, respectively.

Individual faculty members support students as research assistants, paid from research grants. Intending applicants may contact potential supervisors to ascertain the possibility of such support.

There is a limited amount of funding through teaching assistantship positions, scholarships, and graduate fellowships. However, these are based on competition and not guaranteed.

Graduate Student Funding Policy

Policy is available here.

External Scholarship Holders

Applicants who hold major external scholarships may be eligible for a top-up from SFU and/or from their supervisor. Students are expected to apply for all available sources of funding (internal and external) for which they are eligible. 

Multi-Year Funding (MYF) Entrance Scholarship Competition

SFU offers entrance scholarships to the best incoming graduate students for full-time graduate study or research. The MYF packages are intended for outstanding incoming PhD domestic and international students. Continuation of the award is conditional on the recipient maintaining satisfactory academic progress and applying for tri-agency funding every year. You are strongly encouraged to apply early to increase your chances for consideration for an MYF package. Please see for more information.