Graduate Admissions

How to apply for SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences graduate programs

Application deadlines

Master of Public Health (MPH)

  • Applications open: October 28, 2019
  • Applications close: January 30, 2020

Master of Science (MSc) & Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Applications open: October 28, 2019
  • Applications close: January 15, 2020

All programs

Submit all your electronic and hard copy documents by the closing date or your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed. Don’t apply before the opening date—any early applications will be discarded.

Admission Requirements

Master of Public Health (MPH)

Admission to the MPH requires a competitive GPA, strong references, a good statement of intent, and clear evidence of both interest and involvement in public health. You do not need to have a confirmed senior supervisor before you apply to the MPH program.

We gauge interest and involvement based on your academic history, involvement in activities with a health focus, such as working with an NGO, studying/working/volunteering in a developing country, working for an international agency—particularly with a health focus—or volunteering with an organization in Canada that involves public health issues.

Other influencing factors include the quality and quantity of applications received and available seats. If you are a health practitioner or professional with substantial experience in health or a related field, we may also consider your career accomplishments.

MPH requirement list

Complete baccalaureate degree:

Must be the equivalent of SFU’s 4-year bachelor’s degree in any field, with a minimum of 3.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework when you apply. We will also consider graduate coursework. Your degree can be in progress when you apply but all courses must be complete before the MPH program begins.

How to calculate your GPA

English language competency:

If English is not your primary language you must complete an English language competency examination—either IELTS or TOEFL.

For more information, refer to SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies English language requirements and SFU Graduate General Regulation 1.3.12.

Proof of statistic course completion:

You must meet the statistics prerequisite and provide evidence of completion.

If you have not completed the 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.

Courses that are accepted generally meet the following criteria:

  • A course with the word "statistics" in the course title

  • A course that covers at least three of the following five topics:

    • Descriptive statistics (means, proportion and standard deviation) and graphical methods (histogram and bar chart)

    • Estimation and 95% confidence intervals

    • Hypothesis testing and p-values

    • Correlation

    • Linear regression

We also recommend that you look into online introductory statistics courses, as these courses are often self-paced and have flexible start dates. Some options are:

If you already meet the statistics prerequisite but would like a refresher, we suggest the online module Introduction to Statistics. This module does not fulfill the prerequisite requirement—it is a suggested refresher only.

Applicants with international credentials

If you have credentials from an institution outside of Canada or the United States, you must submit a credential evaluation report from WES Canada (course-by-course report) or ICES (comprehensive report).

If you completed an exchange or study abroad through a Canadian or American university, you do not need to complete a credential evaluation report.

Credential reports take an average of 3–4 weeks to come from WES or ICES. Start this process early to meet the application deadline.

When you submit your report online, be sure to upload scanned copies of the official report. We need both sides of any two-sided, printed documents. In addition to the scanned copy, we require an official copy be mailed to our office prior to the deadline.

Master of Science (MSc)

The MSc program is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Other influencing factors include available seats, whether your educational and career interests complement the Faculty research strengths and any additional preparation for graduate study at the Master's level in Health Sciences.

MSc requirement list

Complete baccalaureate degree:

Must be the equivalent of SFU’s 4-year bachelor’s degree in any field, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B) or a minimum of 3.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework, when you apply. We will also consider graduate coursework. Your degree can be in progress when you apply but all courses must be complete before the MSc program begins. You will also need to submit evidence—usually references from qualified referees—of the your ability to undertake advanced work in the area of interest.

How to calculate your GPA

English language competency:

If English is not your primary language you must complete an English language competency examination—either IELTS or TOEFL.

For more information, refer to SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies English language requirements and SFU Graduate General Regulation 1.3.12.

Confirmed supervision:

You’ll need to reach out to prospective supervisors and confirm their supervision prior to the application deadline. Applicants without a confirmed supervisor won’t be considered.

To start a conversation with a senior supervisor, you must contact them with:

  • Resume or CV

  • Area of research interest

  • Academic transcripts

In your application, explain how your educational, research and/or career experiences prepared you for your selected area of research and align with your senior supervisor’s research interests. You are required to describe the general area(s) of research interest, but a full research proposal is not required.

Applicants with international credentials:

If you have credentials from an institution outside of Canada or the United States, you must submit a credential evaluation report from WES Canada (course-by-course report) or ICES (comprehensive report).

If you completed an exchange or study abroad through a Canadian or American university, you do not need to complete a credential evaluation report.

Credential reports take an average of 3–4 weeks to come from WES or ICES. Start this process early to meet the application deadline.

When you submit your report online, be sure to upload scanned copies of the official report. We need both sides of any two-sided, printed documents. In addition to the scanned copy, we required an official copy to be mailed to our office prior to the deadline.

Accelerated MSc program:

If you are excelling in your bachelor’s degree at SFU, you may be eligible for the accelerated master’s program. The program allows you to take 10 units of graduate-level coursework during your bachelor’s degree and apply the units to both programs.

Learn more

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD program is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Other influencing factors include available seats, whether your educational and career interests complement the Faculty research strengths, and any additional preparation for study at the doctoral level in Health Sciences.

PhD requirement list

Complete master's degree:

To apply you must have either:

  • The equivalent of SFU’s masters degree, with a minimum CGPA point average of 3.5

  • A bachelor's degree, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or a minimum of 3.67 (A-) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. We will also consider graduate coursework. Individual graduate programs may set a higher admission grade point average. To be admitted directly from a bachelor's degree you must complete at least 50% of the coursework units required for the relevant department’s master’s program if no coursework is required as part of the doctoral degree.

  • If transferring from the FHS MSc program: Completed at least 75% of the coursework units required for the master’s program, with a CGPA of at least 3.5. All graduate courses—whether completed at SFU or at an equivalent post-secondary institution—will be considered in the calculation. To be admitted under this category (transferred to PhD) you must have completed all of these requirements and initiated the transfer request within the first 6 semesters at SFU. As per graduate general regulation (GGR) 1.12.3, if you transfer to the PhD program during your 6th term of your MSc, you will transfer directly to the 6th term of your PhD.

Your degree can be in progress when you apply but all courses must be complete before the PhD program begins.

You will also need to submit evidence—usually references from qualified referees—of the your ability to undertake advanced work in the area of interest.

How to calculate your GPA

English language competency:

If English is not your primary language you must complete an English language competency examination—either IELTS or TOEFL.

For more information, refer to SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies English language requirements and SFU Graduate General Regulation 1.3.12.

Confirmed supervision:

You’ll need to reach out to prospective supervisors and confirm their supervision prior to the application deadline. Applicants without a confirmed supervisor won’t be considered. See which faculty members are actively recruiting MSc and PhD students.

To start a conversation with a senior supervisor, you must contact them with:

  • Resume or CV

  • Area of research interest

  • Academic transcripts

In your application, explain how your educational, research and/or career experiences prepared you for your selected area of research and align with your senior supervisor’s research interests. You are required to describe the general area(s) of research interest, but a full research proposal is not required.

Applicants with international credentials:

If you have credentials from an institution outside of Canada or the United States, you must submit a credential evaluation report from WES Canada (course-by-course report) or ICES (comprehensive report).

If you completed an exchange or study abroad through a Canadian or American university, you do not need to complete a credential evaluation report.

Credential reports take an average of 3–4 weeks to come from WES or ICES. Start this process early to meet the application deadline.

When you submit your report online, be sure to upload scanned copies of the official report. We need both sides of any two-sided, printed documents. In addition to the scanned copy, we required an official copy to be mailed to our office prior to the deadline.

How to apply

Complete the online application and pay the application fee at least three weeks prior to the application deadline to avoid delays and ensure your references have time to submit their reports. You can upload supporting documentation once you have completed the first part of your application. Your referees can also submit their references for you here, too.

1. Start your online application

All SFU programs use the same application page, so consult the FHS procedures and requirements, as well as SFU’s overall requirements.  

2. Pay your non-refundable application fee

We cannot access your online application until you submit your non-refundable application fee. For Canadian transcripts, the fee is $90 CAD. For applications with any international transcripts, the fee is $125 CAN. Payment is accepted by credit card only (MasterCard or Visa).

3. Submit your supporting documents online (see below)

It is your responsibility to submit all supporting documents on the online system, ensuring they are complete and legible. The documents are outlined at the bottom of this page—read instructions carefully.

4. Mail hard copies of your official transcripts (after offer of admission)

If you receive an offer of admission, you need to submit transcripts for any institutions you’ve attended. If you have international credentials from a non-English speaking institution, you must send transcripts in their original language with certified literal English translations AND official degree certificate in the original language with certified literal English translation.

Supporting documents

It is your responsibility to ensure all uploaded documents are complete and legible, and meet admission requirements. Here’s what you need:

Three academic or professional references

Your referees should comment on your academic and/or professional abilities and suitability to a graduate program in Health Sciences. They will submit their references directly through the application system.

Your CV or resume

Outline your academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work and/or volunteer experience.

A statement of intent

Explain your reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of 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. Your statement should be no more than two double-spaced typed pages.

Electronic official transcripts

Submit copies of official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended (including SFU, if applicable), scanned in PDF format.

  • We will not accept screenshots or photographs of transcripts taken with a camera, smart phone, or tablet.
  • If documents are two-sided, please upload scanned copies of both sides.
  • If you have international credentials from a non-English speaking institution, you must upload transcripts in their original language with certified literal English translations AND official degree certificate in the original language with certified literal English translation.

If offered admission, mail one official physical copy of your transcript for each post-secondary institution you have attended

We require one physical paper copy of your transcript from all post-secondary institutions you have attended, sent in sealed and endorsed envelopes.

  • If you have international credentials from a non-English speaking institution, you must send transcripts in their original language with certified literal English translations AND official degree certificate in the original language with certified literal English translation.
  • We will accept notarized copies of original transcripts and degree certificates if you are unable to obtain multiple copies of original transcripts.

 

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

 

 

Unofficial copy of TOEFL or IELTS results (if applicable)

At SFU, we teach and communicate in English. If your primary language is not English, you must demonstrate a sufficient command of English by completing either the TOEFL or IELTS exam. Your test scores are valid for two years from the date of the test.

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

  • You might be exempt if you 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. See a list of these countries.

  • If documents are two-sided, please upload scanned copies of both sides.

Credential evaluation report from WES Canada or ICES (if applicable)

If you have credentials from an institution outside of Canada or the United States, you must submit a credential evaluation report from WES Canada (course-by-course report) or ICES (comprehensive report).

If you attended a Canadian or American university but studied at an international university while on exchange/study abroad, you do not need to complete a credential evaluation report.

Credential reports take an average of 3–4 weeks to come from WES or ICES. Start this process early to meet the application deadline.

When you submit your report, be sure to upload scanned copies of both sides of any two-sided, printed documents.

In addition to uploading your report, you must also arrange for an official physical paper copy to be mailed to our office.

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

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

Proof of statistics course (MPH applicants only)

Upload a syllabus of the statistics course you completed demonstrating it meets our statistics requirement.

If you have not completed the 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. More information.

Optional additional documents

You can submit optional supporting documents as indicated in the online admissions system.

International and out-of-province students

What to expect when you’re applying from outside of British Columbia:

Are graduate students from out-of-province or from outside Canada required to have health insurance?

Yes. All students are required to have medical insurance. Health services in Canada can be very expensive if you don’t have complete medical coverage. There are two levels of medical insurance coverage in Canada: primary and secondary medical insurance. Together, these plans work to help you avoid unexpected health costs. For more information, please visit SFU’s comprehensive medical insurance website.

Where can I go if I have general questions?

The International Services for Students office provides support and services for all students seeking information regarding a variety of international learning opportunities.

International student advisors can help you with the following:

  • Study permit and temporary resident (entry) visas

  • On-campus employment regulations

  • Social insurance numbers (SIN)

  • Co-op, post-graduation, and off-campus work permits

  • Visitor visas and work permits for spouses/common-law partners

  • Health insurance and the Canadian medical system

  • US visitor visas

  • Personal, cultural and academic transition

  • Any other non-academic questions or concerns

You can visit the office in person, call 778-782-4232, or send an email to intl_advising@sfu.ca. The pre-arrival guide and welcome guides may also help you prepare for your studies at SFU.

Can international students get a job while studying at SFU?

Yes. International students with valid study permits can obtain employment. There are various employment options available. However, a Social Insurance Number (SIN) is required. Eligible students may apply for an SIN at a Service Canada office. If approved for a teaching assistantship or research assistantship, students will require a letter from us confirming information required by Service Canada. Contact the graduate program to request this information.

Is housing available on campus?

Yes. SFU Residence and Housing manage all student residences on campus. Residences include dormitories, family apartments, townhouses, towers, and a dining facility.

What kind of support does SFU provide for students who want to live off campus?

Off Campus Housing Services is a free service that helps SFU students who prefer to live off campus. SFU students seeking housing can review a variety of types of property, post a personal profile and search for potential roommates. Information is reviewed and posted daily, so you know your housing information is always up-to-date.

If I live off campus, will I need a car to get to the university?

No. From SFU, students can access the city of Vancouver, North Burnaby, Coquitlam and New Westminster using public and rapid transit (Bus and Skytrain). To help keep student transportation costs to a minimum, SFU has a U-PASS program that gives you access to area transit facilities: you can enroll with your name, photo, and an indication of your enrollment status. The program is available to all eligible SFU students and provides unlimited, all zone access to public transit in Metro Vancouver (the GVRD), including unlimited access to TransLink Bus (including Community Shuttles and West Vancouver Blue Buses), SkyTrain and SeaBus services (all zones), and discounts on West Coast Express Train fares.

What kind of services can I expect from the library?

The SFU Library is dedicated to providing access to collections, services and facilities in support of the teaching, learning and research goals of the SFU community.

Graduate students also receive additional support from from the library with dedicated space and programs to support you throughout your degree. More information can be found  on our current students page.

What kind of study space does the library have?

There are a limited number of offices in the Bennett Library that are available to graduate students on a semesterly basis. Offices are awarded to applicants through the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies (Maggie Benston, Room 1132. 778.782.6568).

Learn more about the SFU Library services here.

Questions?

Before getting in touch, please carefully review the admission requirements and application information. We’ll do our best to get back to you quickly, but responses may be delayed up to two weeks during peak periods.

Note: We do not confirm the receipt of electronic or hard-copy application documents. You must monitor your application checklist on a regular basis. We will not accept late documentation.

Master of Public Health: Jen Van Rassel
fhsgrads@sfu.ca
1-778-782-7036

MSc/PhD: Margaret van Soest
fhs_programs@sfu.ca
1-778-782-8450