Admission to the Graduate Program

Simon Fraser University is waiving the application fee for citizens of the eight countries affected by the U.S. travel ban.  This waiver is available to new applicants only and cannot be applied retroactively.  

Thank you for your interest in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology Graduate programs. Applications for the Fall intake will be accepted starting on November 1, 2018 until January 15, 2019.

Decisions on applications will be made by the admissions committee beginning in January and applicants will be notified of the decisions as they are made.  Notification will be sent to the email address you have provided in your application form. If your email address has changed please update your information online AND notify us via email at

What can you expect to do at SIAT?

SIAT MSc., MA, and Ph.D. students develop and apply innovative cognitive, social, and humanities research methods to explore the broader implications of advanced information and media technologies. Guided by these studies, they design new technology and media experiences that are responsive to individual, organizational, and societal goals and values. SIAT’s infrastructure includes state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus, combined with the capabilities of our many university collaborators and partner organizations in the public and private sectors.

Our program’s unique focus at the intersection of media arts, science, and computing prepares graduates for diverse careers in the technology sector and in academia. SIAT alumni hold leading positions in industry and academic ones in institutions around the world.

Admission to the program is competitive and depends largely on prior academic preparation, intended focus of study, and academic supervisory availability.

Who can you expect to work with at SIAT?

The School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary school with a focus on technology and the human experience. Research in the School is characterized by the four major themes of Computing, Media, Design, and People.

Our faculty members are looking for students in a number of different research areas.  While you can contact any of our research faculty members to inquire about working under their supervison the members listed below are actively looking for qualified students in the areas specified.

Robert Woodbury
Computational design. Interacting with alternative design solutions. Parametric modeling. Generative design.

Wolfgang Stuerzlinger
3D User Interfaces, Virtual & Augmented Reality, Human-Computer Interaction, Visual Analytics

Bernhard Riecke
Virtual and Augmented Reality, Designing for Transformative Experiences in VR, Gamified Research, Spatial Cognition, Self-Motion Illusions, Overview Effect, Telepresence/operation

William Odom
Interaction Design, Research through Design, Slow Technology, Domestic Computing, Digital Memories, Tangible Computing, Digital Fabrication

Marek Hatala
Learning analytics, online learning, learner modelling, learning dashboards

Diane Gromala
VR pioneer Dr. Gromala & collaborators in medicine, CS&E & neurotech seek designers & developers at all levels to build innovative health tech. 

Brian Fisher
Design and testing of user interfaces for the use of complex health data

Jim Bizzocchi
Video Art, Generative Video, Narrative, Computational Narrative

Alissa Antle
Interaction design for children, tangible and embodied computing, brain computer interfaces.

Gabriela Aceves-Sepulveda
Media history, Art and design practice

Admission Process

The application and admission process is through an online admission system.  You must upload all required documents into your application. See the "SIAT Application Checklist" further down this page for a list of required documents. The only hard copy document to be submitted is your official transcript(s) from your previous degree(s). Please note you must also upload your unofficial transcript into the application system.

Once a decision has been made on your application we will contact you, if you have not heard from us then a decision has not yet been reached.  Our method of contact will be the email address you provided on your application form.

Out-of-Cycle applications for outstanding PhD applicants can be considered on a case by case basis. If you wish to  be considered as an out-of-cycle applicant you must first consult with our research faculty to ascertain a research match and identify a Senior Supervisor.

Official Transcripts (as well as official TOEFL or IELTS reports if the testing centre cannot submit them electronically) must be mailed from the issuing institution as hard-copy originals to:

School of Interactive Arts and Technology
Graduate Admissions
Simon Fraser University Surrey
250 - 13450 102 Ave.
Surrey BC V3T 0A3 CANADA
Fax:  778.782.9422

Additional Notes:

  1. Your name must be noted on all documentation.
  2. Applications are only considered active once the application fee has been paid.
  3. SIAT offers one intake per annum (fall semester only). However, exceptional doctoral students will be considered throughout the year.
  4. The Admissions Committee may, in its sole and absolute discretion, deny admission to any applicant notwithstanding that the applicant meets the minimum standard entrance requirements.