Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ - Prospective Students

What kind of support and resources do SIAT graduate students get?

All students registered at SFU can obtain computing accounts. Registered students have access to library, recreation, community, health, counseling, and career services.

University and National Awards (NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR), Financial Aid, Entrance Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships, teaching and research assistantships are available on a limited basis.

Please visit the Dean of Graduate Studies website and follow the appropriate links for information on available merit-based awards (whether internal or external). For information on upcoming external awards you may wish to visit and bookmark the External Awards page.

Who should I contact to find out which faculty might be good research matches for me?

Students considering applying to SIAT are encouraged to make contact with individual research faculty to learn more about their research programs and see if they would be a good research match. In general, the best way to contact SIAT faculty is by email.

Would it be helpful to include anything (CV, work samples, portfolio etc.) to support my application?

At the time you make your application please include only the elements indicated in the instructions. Note that these include a letter describing your research interests and career goals.

All admission information submitted should be uploaded through the online application system as individual PDF formatted documents to expedite the processing of your application. An official hard-copy original of each transcript submitted must also be received in order for your application to be considered official and complete. It is possible that during the admissions process you may be contacted and asked to submit samples of your work or provide additional information to the admissions committee.

View the application steps on our admissions page.

Can I meet with someone in person to talk about the graduate program at SIAT? Who should I contact?

Please contact us at siatgrad_admissions@sfu.ca with administrative questions. In-person appointments are not available at this time.

Please contact research faculty members for academic related questions.

How much are the tuition fees for graduate studies at SFU?

Tuition and student fees for graduate students at SFU can be viewed on the Dean of Graduate Studies Fees & Tuition Page, SIAT is a Research based program, please be sure to use the "Reseach Programs" fees for your calculations. In addition to the per term fee you need to add student fees as outlined at the bottom of the page.

Please note that the School of Interactive Arts & Technology graduate program operates on a per term basis, with three terms per academic year and tuition must be paid for each term.

How long does it take to complete a Masters degree? A PhD degree?

SIAT Graduate students typically take 6-7 semesters to complete their MA or MSc degree, and 12 semesters for a PhD.

For more information visit the Dean of Graduate Studies website.

What do I need to know as an international student?

As an international applicant considering continuing your education at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University you will find SFU International to be a great source of information regarding international student life.

At Simon Fraser University international graduate students pay the same tuition fees as domestic students do.  For more information regarding tuition costs refer to that question in our FAQ.

Please note that if you are recommended for admission to our program it can take a few months to obtain your student visa.  Please ensure that you apply early enough in the admission period to leave enough time to obtain your Visa and arrive in Canada before the semester begins.

Is there student housing on campus?

There is no student housing on the Surrey Campus of Simon Fraser University.  For information regarding on-campus housing for the Burnaby Campus, as well as links to external housing sources, please visit SFU Residence and Housing.

FAQ - Current Students

Who do I contact if I need something?

If you have questions or need assistance please use the appropriate contact information listed below.

Questions regarding your progress/status: contact your Senior Supervisor/Interim Advisor

Admissions: contact the SIAT admissions office: siatgrad-admissions@sfu.ca

RAships: Desiree Nazareth: djn@sfu.ca

TAships: Valerie Moorman: vhm@sfu.ca

Thesis Completion: Tiffany Taylor: t_taylor@sfu.ca

You can also find the answers to most of your questions through one of these links:

Transcript Requests

Confirmation of Enrollment Letters

SFU Dean of Graduate Studies

SFU Graduate Regulations

SFU Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

SFU Library - Thesis Assistance

SIAT Departmental Forms

If after exploring all avenues listed above you still have questions contact Joyce Trammell: siatgrad-office@sfu.ca.

Why can't I register for my courses?

The No. 1 reason why students experience difficulties in registering for their courses is because they do not have their student account in a positive balance. Ensure you have double-checked your student account balance is $100 or greater before seeking registration assistance from program staff. Visit the Dean of Graduate Studies website for instructions on how to do this.

How much are my tuition fees?

Tuition and student fees for graduate students at SFU can be viewed on the Dean of Graduate Studies Fees & Tuition Page, SIAT is a Research based program, please be sure to use the "Research Programs" fees for your calculations. In addition to the per term fee you need to add student fees as outlined at the bottom of the page.

Please note that the School of Interactive Arts & Technology graduate program operates on a per term basis, with three terms per academic year.

Can I take a leave for a semester?

Yes,

All SFU graduate students are required to register for all three terms; if you do not, you are considered as withdrawn from the program.  If you have extenuating circumstances that will prevent you from registering in courses for a term you can apply for On Leave status.

On Leave is a registration just like any other and as such it falls into the normal registration deadlines.  On Leave status is only valid for one term at a time so if you are currently On Leave and wish to extend your On Leave status to the next semester you will need to complete a new On Leave application form before the deadline.  As well as the On Leave application form you must also provide electronic proof that your account is in a positive $100.00 balance in order for the Dean's office to approve your request.

Please visit the Dean of Graduate Studies Leaves & Withdrawals page which provides a guide to students who wish to interrupt their graduate studies, and to students who wish to withdraw from a course part way through a term. It also provides a guide on how we will deal with requests for retroactive change of status.

Is there a guide or handbook for graduate students?

Currently the SIAT Graduate Handbook is undergoing a major revision. Please stay tuned.

Where are the SIAT Graduate Forms?

You can find many forms related to graduate studies on our centralized Forms page. For awards and scholarship forms visit the Dean of Graduate Studies funding page, and for administrative forms such as registration, supervisory committee, thesis, etc visit the Dean of Graduate Studies forms page.

Is there a graduate student association I can join?

Yes. The SIAT Graduate Student Association (GSA) serves the graduate community by advocating for graduate students and graduate issues, acting as a liaison between students, faculty, and administration, and facilitating events that foster community growth and collaboration.

Visit the SIAT Graduate Student Assocation website.

I have been selected to present at a conference, is there any funding help for me?

Yes, SIAT has a limited annual budget to help fund students who are presenting at conferences. This funding is on a matching basis, as such you will need to request matching funds from your senior supervisor. To allow time for processing we ask that you submit your application at least one week before your travel, if you would like to apply for an advance for the funding you must submit your application no later than 6 weeks prior to your travel date. Please note that funding is not guaranteed: decisions on funding are made based on academic merit, the significance of the conference, and fund availability. For more information and the application form please see the “SIAT Graduate Travel Award” document on our Forms page.