Application Procedures

How to apply for the Faculty of Health Sciences Graduate Programs

Applications for the MPH program will open on October 1, 2018 and will close on February 1, 2019.

The last day to initiate the FOUR STEP application for the MPH program is January 28, 2019.  The application completion deadline is February 1, 2019.  We must have all electronic  and hard copy documents by this date or your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Applications for the MSc and PhD programs will open on October 1, 2018 and will close on January 15, 2019.

The last day to initiate the FOUR STEP application for the MSc/PhD program is January 11, 2019.  The application completion deadline is January 15, 2019.  We must have all electronic  and hard copy documents by this date or your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Do I require a supervisor?

MPH Program

No! Applicants are not required to confirm a senior supervisor.  Incoming students have a supervisor assigned to them at the start of the program. You will have the flexibility to change your supervisor in the second term of the program.

MSc and PhD Programs

Applicants are required to obtain senior supervisor support before they are admitted to the program. You can see which faculty members are actively recruiting MSc and PhD students for Fall 2019 here.

To establish the support of a senior supervisor applicants must contact their prospective supervisor with:

  • A resume or CV
  • A brief statement of research interest
  • Their academic transcripts

What steps do I need to take?

 

All applicants are advised to complete the online application and pay the application fee at least 3 weeks prior to the application deadline to avoid issues or delays with processing, and to ensure your references have a sufficient amount of time to submit their reports.  After the first part of your application has been submitted, you will have access to upload your supporting documentation and your referees can submit their references for you.

Start your online application. The application page is common to all SFU programs, so follow the procedures and admissions from the FHS website as well as SFU's overall requirements.  

Pay your non-refundable application fee. The Faculty of Health Sciences will not be able to access your online application until the non-refundable application fee has been processed by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS).  The non-refundable application fee for students with Canadian transcripts is $90 CAN; for students with international transcripts, the non-refundable application fee is $125 CAN.  Payment is accepted by credit card only (MasterCard or Visa).

Submit your supporting documents online in the application system. Note that it is the applicant's sole responsibility to ensure that all uploaded documents are complete and legible, and meet the requirements.   

The documents are outlined at the bottom of this page, please read instructions carefully.

Mail hard copies of your official transcripts from all post-secondary institutes you have attended. If applicable, applicants with international credentials from non-English speaking institutions must also send transcripts in their original language and certified literal English translations AND official degree certificate in the original language and certified literal English translation.

What supporting documents do I require?

Submit your supporting documents online in the application system. Note that it is the applicant's sole responsibility to ensure that all uploaded documents are complete and legible, and meet the admission requirements of the program they are applying for.

Three academic or professional references prepared to comment on your academic abilities and suitability to a graduate program in Health Sciences.  Your referees will provide their references directly through the application system. 

A CV or resume that outlines academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work and/or volunteer experience

statement of intent (no more than two double-spaced typed pages), explaining reasons/intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including describing your prior experience. For MPH applicants, if you have already identified topics of special interest for a practicum experience or master's project, please include this in your statement of intent.

An electronic unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution (including SFU, if applicable) that you have attended, scanned in PDF format.

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Photographs of transcripts taken with a camera, smart phone, or tablet will not be accepted.  Screen shots of your registration history will not be accepted.  In the case of two-sided documents, please upload scanned copies from both sides of your unofficial transcript(s).

If applicable, applicants with international credentials from non-English speaking institutions must upload transcripts in their original language and certified literal English translations AND official degree certificate in the original language and certified literal English translation.

Notarized copies of original transcripts and degree certificates will be accepted if applicants are unable to obtain multiple copies of original transcripts.

If applicable, an unofficial copy of TOEFL or IELTS results. In the case of two-sided, printed documents, please upload scanned copies from both sides of the TOEFL or IELTS results.

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English is the language of instruction and communication at the University.  Accordingly, an applicant whose primary language is not English must demonstrate a command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field by completing either the TOEFL or IELTS exam.  Test scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of the test.

Results for the TOEFL test should be sent electronically from the the test centre directly to SFU using institution code 0999.  Results for the IELTS test should be sent electronically or by hard copy directly to the SFU Registrar's Office at the mailing address below.

Registrar and Information Services
3000 level, Maggie Benston Centre
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 

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.

If applicable, all applicants with credentials from institutions outside of North America (Canada & US) are required to submit a credential evaluation report from WES Canada (course-by-course report) or ICES (comprehensive report).

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In the case of two-sided, printed documents, please upload scanned copies from both sides of the report. 

Applicants who have attended an international university while on exchange/study abroad are not required to complete a credential evaluation report.

It takes an average of 3-4 weeks for the credential evaluation to be completed by WES or ICES, so it is highly recommended to start early with the process in order to meet the application deadline.

MPH applicants only!

Proof of your statistics course.  Upload a syllabus of the course you completed proving that it meets our statistics requirement. 

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If applicants have not completed the statistics prerequisite at the time of application but are recommended for admission, admission will be conditional on the successful completion of this prerequisite prior to the start of the program and before you will be able to register in courses. More information.

Optional documents. You may submit optional supporting documents; see instructions provided within our online admissions system.

 
 

Optional documents. You may submit optional supporting documents; see instructions provided within our online admissions system.

 
 

Optional documents. You may submit optional supporting documents; see instructions provided within our online admissions system.

In addition to uploading your transcripts to OASIS,  you must arrange to have 2 official hard copies of transcripts for each post-secondary institution you have attended, sent in sealed and endorsed envelopes, to the attention of your chosen program at the address below. 

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If applicable, applicants with international credentials from non-English speaking institutions must also send transcripts in their original language and certified literal English translations AND official degree certificate in the original language and certified literal English translation. 

Notarized copies of original transcripts and degree certificates will be accepted if applicants are unable to obtain multiple copies of original transcripts.

Attention: MPH Admissions
Blusson Hall 11300
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC, V5A 1S6

Attention: MSc/PhD Admissions
Blusson Hall 11300
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC, V5A 1S6   

Contact Us

During the peak admission period, responses may be delayed up to two weeks due to the heavy volume of inquiries we receive. Please ensure you carefully review our website for the admission requirements and application information.  Email inquiries which can be addressed by visiting our website will not be responded to. 

We do not confirm the receipt of electronic or hard-copy application documents.  Applicants must monitor their application checklist on a regular basis.  Late documentation will not be accepted, and applications will be considered incomplete and ineligible as a result. 

MPH: Jen Van Rassel

Email: fhsgrads@sfu.ca
Phone: 778 782 7036

MSc/PhD: Margaret van Soest

Email: fhs_programs@sfu.ca
Phone: 778 782 8450