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Dates & Deadlines
Clinical Psychology Graduate programs:
|Online application system:||CLOSED; the opening application date for the Fall/Sept. 2025 intake is TBA in Summer 2024|
|Clinical applicants interview||January 2024 for the Fall 2024 intake|
Psychology Graduate programs:
|Online application system:||October 3, 2023
||December 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST (Dec. 2 at 2:59 AM EST)
Our deadline is strict. The complete application along with all supporting documentation (including references) must be uploaded by the application deadline.
- If your transcripts do not clearly state your CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) on a 4.0 or 4.33 scale, then you MUST convert your grades by using one of the CGPA converters (more information under Transcripts).
- Applicants with a CGPA under 3.5 are unlikely to be accepted to the graduate programs in Psychology.
GRE General AND Subject Tests are waived for those applying to the Fall 2024 intake. Please do not include your GRE in any application material.
*** The Psychology Graduate programs at Simon Fraser University are strongly committed to promoting diversity with respect to culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, among others. We welcome applicants from students who are Indigenous and from other minority groups. ***
The Department of Psychology admits graduate students once a year in the Fall term (September) and usually receives over 300 applications, typically accepting 15-20 students each year. The Department considers all information provided by the student, including their personal statement and relevant research experience, in the admission process. Candidates may also be interviewed in person, by telephone, or via videoconference prior to final selection. The Department reserves the right to admit only those students for whom research space and an appropriate faculty supervisor are available (see here for faculty members currently recruiting graduate students).
Students admitted to our graduate programs are expected to have an undergraduate Major or Honours degree in Psychology. Experience in a research lab is highly recommended. Incoming students must have a solid understanding of methods and statistics used in Psychology, as they will take advanced courses in both in their first year. They also need a foundation in theory and a solid understanding of the literature associated with their research in psychology.
The Clinical Neuropsychology Stream and the Cognitive and Neural Sciences stream may consider applicants with undergraduate degrees in Cognitive Science, Behavioural Neuroscience, or Neuroscience, assuming significant coursework in research methods and statistics and in areas of Psychology relevant to the stream.
The minimum for admission to any graduate program at SFU is an undergraduate CGPA of 3.0 for consideration. Applicants with a CGPA under 3.5 are unlikely to be accepted to graduate programs in Psychology. While applicants generally have CGPA of 3.5 minimum, the average accepted applicant to our clinical program is about 3.9 (based on a 4.33 scale). Our programs are competitive - the Clinical Psychology Program admission statistics can be found here.
We sometimes accept students into our PhD program who have completed a comparable Psychology master's program elsewhere that included a thesis in Psychology that was successfully and publicly defended. Applicants who have completed equivalent graduate coursework may request credit after receiving and accepting an admission offer.
Students accepted into the Clinical Psychology program must complete a Criminal Record Check prior to program entry.
Incoming students are provided with a minimum guarantee funding; we generally have offered a minimum guarantee funding of about $20,000.00 (or more) for the first year and $13,000.00 (or more) for the second year.
Students can view tuition and fees here. Students can also view estimated costs for domestic and international students. Please note that tuition is the same for domestic and international students, and students from our graduate programs are considered full-time and pay a per term fee.
If you have admission inquiries, please contact the psychology graduate program assistant at email@example.com.
1) Applications with a CGPA under 3.0 will not be reviewed or considered.
2) Applicants whose transcripts are not on a 4.0 or 4.33 MUST complete the CGPA converter (more details under Transcripts), as well as self-report their Cumulative Average on a 4.0 or 4.33 grading scale. Applicants who do not will not be reviewed. If you are unable to use the CGPA converters due to no letter grades or percentage grades, please review recommendations under Transcripts.
Note: If you need to update your self-reported CGPA, please contact the graduate program assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) Applicants with a CGPA of 3.0 - 3.49 will have the opportunity to provide a compelling argument explaining any relevant special circumstances that have impacted their CGPA. A statement may be included by uploading a document under Optional Documents in the graduate application.
If applicants with a CGPA of 3.0 - 3.49 do not provide a compelling argument, these applications will not be evaluated.
Applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee (domestic transcripts $110.00 CDN and international transcripts $150.00 CDN) before they can upload the required supporting documents. You cannot upload your supporting documents until your payment has been received and processed. Please allow 1-2 business days for payment to process. You can review here on how to pay for the application fee.
Note: the department does not waive the application fee upon request.
Please keep in mind that the application deadline is the last day for applicants to apply and upload all supporting documentation (including references).
We recommend that you apply at least a week prior to the application deadline.
For more information about the application process, please review here. There is no final submission button, and you can consider your application as complete when all the required supporting documentation is uploaded.
Note: Applicants can upload or replace their CV and statement of intent until the application deadline; the applicant can upload the files under Upload Materials, and the new file will replace the previous file uploaded. The timestamp of the previous files cannot be removed or erased.
If the applicant needs to replace their transcripts and/or update self-reported CGPA, please contact the graduate program assistant (email@example.com) to do so.
In addition, the applicant can upload multiple documents under Optional or Additional Documents, however, the files cannot be removed. If you wish to remove a document under Optional or Additional Documents, please contact the graduate program assistant.
Please note that applicants are responsible for having all supporting documents (including reference letters) uploaded by the application deadline. Incomplete applications are not considered for admission. In addition, we do not accept late applications.
Statement of Intent
Describe your interests in psychology, research activities to date, research interests, research plans, personal background, career and personal objectives, future plans, and preferred supervisor(s). This document can be no longer than two single-spaced typed pages.
Include relevant experiences (e.g., volunteer activities, presentations, and research experience) and research publications (if applicable).
Students must provide the names and email addresses of three academic references. For some applicants, it may be more appropriate to provide a reference from a professional source, which is acceptable to the Department. However, it is best that the referees chosen can best speak to your abilities as they relate to an academic program which is why academic references are encouraged.
The applicant will be able to enter their referee's information after the non-refundable application fee is paid and processed, the referees will receive an email with a secure link where they can upload their letter of reference. For more information about references, please review here.
Applicants can review the information here on how to update referee information in their application.
Please note that referees have until the application deadline to upload their letter of reference. It is the applicant's responsibility to inform their references of the application deadline.
Please upload copies of unofficial transcripts (in progress or awarded) from all post-secondary institutions attended, including the grading key and the CGPA converter (if applicable). We will consider the CGPAs of all post-secondary degrees.
Note: we will accept advising transcripts from SFU (i.e., official transcripts are not required).
CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) - If your transcript does not clearly state your CGPA on a 4.0 or 4.33 scale, then you MUST convert your grades by using one of the following converters:
Applicants must insert the CGPA converter (saved as PDF) as the last page of each transcript or upload under Optional or Additional Documents. Also, applicants must fill in the Cumulative Average and Grading Scale (4.0 or 4.33) field in the graduate application. If your transcripts do not have credits/units earned, then please enter 1 under the Credit Hours column for each row of course entered.
If you cannot convert your grades to letter grades and percentage grades on a 4.0 or 4.33, or use the CGPA converters, then please consider the following options:
1) Using WES (World Education Services) to assess and convert your CGPA on a 4.0 grading scale.
2) Upload a document under Optional or Additional Documents of your graduate application explaining why you cannot use the CGPA converter, and if the faculty advisor has any questions, they can contact you directly.
3) Please reach out to the specific faculty that you are interested in working with to determine whether your course and research experience is sufficient.
English Language Proficiency
International applicants will not be required to complete an English language test if they have completed a bachelor's degree or higher at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language.
Please see International + English Language Requirements for minimum scores required by the University for admission consideration, countries that are exempt from taking the English test, and information regarding on how to mail your scores to the University.
Please note that the English test results must not be older than 2 years.
If you are unable to take the English language proficiency test and upload the test results prior to the application deadline, please upload a document under Optional or Additional Documents to explain.