Degrees

Learn about the degrees and graduate programs available in SIAT.

SIAT graduate degree programs

SIAT offers Master of Arts, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees, and a Graduate Certificate Program in Visual Analytics. Our program focuses on the technological and cultural changes that radically reshape our world today. Intellectual diversity is essential to address such change, therefore methods and practices from art, design, science, technology and the humanities inform our research community.

All SIAT grad students study research and design methods across the program and within their own specialization. They also learn how computing works and how it affects the creation of new designs and systems. Admission to the program is based on academic preparation, intended focus of study, identified fit and supervisory agreement with one of our research faculty members.

Master of Arts (MA)

The Master of Arts degree focuses on humanistic and artistic traditions of inquiry. Students typically choose topics requiring qualitative/mixed research methods and designs.

Master of Science (MSc)

The Master of Science degree is for students working within a scientific and technological area. Methods of research include the mathematical models and quantitative/mixed methods of evaluation.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The PhD is awarded for a relevant and original contribution to knowledge as expressed in a dissertation. PhD students study in an area supported by SIAT's faculty and under the direction of a supervisory committee.

Graduate certificate program in Visual Analytics

Visual Analytics is the science of analytical reasoning facilitated by interactive visual interfaces. The visual analytics graduate certificate provides Masters students from programs across SFU with the knowledge, tools, and methods that will enable them to effectively apply visual analytics to their research area.

Degree completion timelines

SIAT graduate students are expected to complete their MA or MSc degree in 5-6 semesters. PhD students are expected to finish their degrees in 11 to 14 semesters.

It is recommended that you review the coursework and thesis requirements to better understand degree completion timelines.