Application Process

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Applications are accepted online through the Dean of Graduate Studies online application system. To use the online application system, you will need to pay an application fee of $90 CAN (domestic students with Canadian credentials only) or $125 CAN (domestic, as well as international students with international credentials) by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).  If you cannot apply online, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant.

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University Requirements

Please review Simon Fraser University's Dean of Graduate Studies admission requirements, as well as the Dean of Graduate Studies website.

Department Requirements

The Department of English has certain requirements beyond the Dean of Graduate Studies regulations, namely a minimum 3.5 CGPA (cumulative grade point average), and for international students, either a degree from an English-speaking post-secondary institution or top scores in any of the acceptable English language tests, i.e. TOEFL Paper (650+), TOEFL Computer-Based (280+), TOEFL Internet-Based (95+), or IELTS (8.5-9).

To complete the application, the department requires you to submit the following items:

Submit online (Note: after you have submitted your completed online application, you will receive an email providing instructions as to where to upload documents 2, 3, and 4).

  1. The contact information for three referees. Email requests will be sent by the system inviting referees to submit letters of reference electronically.
  2. sample of the applicant's scholarly work: One (1) sample only. A substantial literary essay is expected. This paper may be either a graduate or undergraduate paper, drawn from the last two years of any BA program, or a paper written specifically for the purpose of applying to the MA or PhD program.
  3. written statement about current interests and prospective research. How well the applicant's proposed research coincides with the research and teaching interests of the faculty is an important admission consideration, and this is especially true for doctoral applicants.
    • PhD applicants must include a dissertation prospectus of 1–2 pages in addition to a proposed bibliography.
    • MA applicants must include a concise statement (no more than one page) about their intended course of studies.
  4. An updated C.V. (curriculum vitae).  Added to the C.V. should be a note indicating whether an application for SSHRC (open to Canadian students only) or other external funding has been made.
  5. In addition to the online application, official original transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions you have attended must be submitted directly to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offices at SFU. Only securely delivered transcripts sent directly from official institutional email addresses, or password-protected or encrypted digital transcripts, via services such as Parchment will be accepted. SFU's email address for receipt of electronic transcripts is Please note that each transcript is subject to investigation prior to acceptance. Alternatively, a mailed official transcript can be sent to the mailing address below:

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Maggie Benston Student Services Centre 1100
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5A 1S6 

And, if sending packages requiring a signature, at this time, please send to the above address:

c/o Central Stores Mail Room, for
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Applicants who have already had official transcripts mailed to the Department of English: your transcripts will be forwarded to the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office for processing.

Please Note:  Before applying to the program, it is highly recommended that you peruse the web pages of the department faculty members and their research interests, and make contact with faculty members who could potentially act as your senior supervisor. This is especially recommended for student applying to our doctoral program.

Please use the checklist to ensure that your application is complete.

It is not possible to acknowledge receipt of applications; however, you may check the status of your application materials online during the application period, as this information is updated continuously. Incomplete files will not be reviewed

If you have any questions that are not answered by visiting our website, the graduate program assistant, Kelli McKenna, will welcome your emails (to or phone calls (778.782.4614). Please note that long distance calls cannot be returned.