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Applicants: Graduate Programs

Application Process Step-by-Step

This online application system is for use by applicants applying to Graduate Diploma, Master’s and Doctoral programs only. Students applying for Bachelor degrees please go to: http://www.sfu.ca/prospectiveundergrads/

1 using the online application system

  • in order to use our online application system, you will need to pay the application fee of $75 CAN by credit card (Master Card or Visa)
  • if you are unable to pay the application fee of $75 CAN by credit card, or are applying as a non-degree or exchange student, or would like to reinstate your previous program of study, please contact the department to which you intend to apply for a print-based application

2 plan and prepare

  • check the university admission requirements
  • check the website of the department of your choice of study for the application deadline, supporting documents and any requirements that must be fulfilled prior to submitting an application
  • check the admission guide for international applicants, if you are applying as an international student
  • Admission to SFU's graduate programs is highly competitive. Many students may find that the research in the discipline they wish to pursue is conducted in many departments across SFU. For example, faculty members whose research involves molecular biology can be found in the Departments of : Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Biological Sciences: Chemistry; Computing Science; and Kinesiology plus others.

    Therefore, students are encouraged to apply to more than one program. 

3 what you need to apply online

  • credit card (MasterCard or Visa) to pay the $75 application fee
  • test scores (if required by department)
  • list of 3 referees who can comment on your academic and/or professional skills and prior experience

4 check your computer settings

  • Windows Users:
    1. Internet Explorer with the following browser settings:

      Turn off Pop-up Blocker
      Internet Explorer -> Tools -> Pop-up Blocker -> Turn off Pop-up Blocker.

    2. Mozilla Firefox with the default browser settings.
  • Mac Users:
    1. Safari with the following browser settings:

      Set browser cookies to ALWAYS
      Safari menu -> Preferences -> Security -> Accept Cookies -> Always

      Turn off Pop-up Blocker
      Safari menu -> unselect Block Pop-up Windows

5 once you've applied: status of your application

  • check the status of your application at any time by accessing our application system
  • you will also be notified in writing by the Registrar of Graduate Studies if you have been accepted into a program and the conditions of your acceptance
  • accept or decline the offer as soon as possible by informing us in the online application system and/or contacting the department in person
  • notes: official letters of acceptance are only valid for the academic year indicated in the letter; if you are unable to accept in the term offered, the department reserves the right to reconsider your acceptance


Apply for graduate studies online with SFU's Student Information System.


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