Graduate Admissions FAQS
What is the application deadline?
Do you accept applications for January admission?
No; regular students are admitted in the fall semester only. If you are applying for our special MA for school teachers, you will be applying for the May intake.
Do you permit part-time study?
Whom should I contact for a graduate studies application and information package?
Application material can be found at this location: http://www.sfu.ca/history/gradapplication.htm
Where do I send my completed application?
The application is an online form where documents are uploaded. You can find instructions for transcript submission over here.
NB: We cannot be responsible for materials sent to any other department in the university.
Does the Department require forms for referees?
How many copies of transcripts are required?
One official copy; this only needs to be submitted if/after an offer of admission has been made.
Can my transcripts arrive before my application?
Yes, but we will not consider applications until all documents are received.
Should my writing sample be a clean copy, or can I submit a copy with the instructor's comments on it?
Either is acceptable, but be sure to choose writing sample that best displays your skills as an historian.
What should my "proposed program of study" contain?
This portion of the application is used for two purposes: to decide whether the research project can be supervised with available department resources, and to indicate the applicant's skills in locating and defining a research problem.
How do I apply for fellowships or other funding?
All applications received before 15 January automatically receive consideration for internal fellowships and other funding.
When are admissions decisions made?
How long does it take to complete the MA Program?
The MA is designed as a two-year thesis-based program.