Application Information

The Application period for September 2017 admission is NOW CLOSED.

Applications will be accepted starting September 1 of each year for the following year fall admission applications are considered once a year. 

If you would like to be considered for Fall 2017 admission you must submit your application and all supporting documentation (including references) by *January 15, 2017.

* Please note the date listed above is subject to change.

Application Process

Applications are accepted online through the Dean of Graduate Studiesm OASIS online application system. In order to use the online application system, you will need to pay an application fee of $90 CAN (domestic students with Canadian credentials only) or $125 CAN (domestic as well as international students, with international credentials) by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).

If you encounter any difficulties with the online application system please contact the Dean of Graduate Studies Office at gradap@sfu.ca and the staff there will be happy to assist you.

View Process / Apply Online Now

Before You Apply

Cumulative GPA:

Our minimum C.G.P.A requirement is 3.25, however, in order to be competitive in the program and be eligible for internal and external funding you should aim for a C.G.P.A of 3.50.

Academic Background:

For the Masters Program, while you do not have to have a Bachelors or BA Honours Degree in the discipline that you are applying to for;  however, it is important that you have a strong background in both advanced sociologial or anthrpological theories and sociological or anthropological methodologies in order to be considered for admission. For Doctorate programs you must have a background in the discipline that you are applying to.

Supervision:

Before applying to the program it is highly recommended that you peruse the web pages of the department faculty members and their research interests, and make contact with faculty members who could potentially act as your senior supervisor.  

While you do not have to secure a senior supervisor before you are admitted into the program, there must be a faculty member who has similar research interests and is willing to supervise you as a graduate student.

Contacting Potential Supervisors:
Once you've identified one or two potential supervisors, you should contact them by email. Here are some items to include in your initial brief contact email.

  • Your name
  • Academic background (your GPA must be over 3.0, or equivalent)
  • Academic awards or highlights
  • Research experience
  • Why you wish to enter graduate studies
  • Why the faculty member's area of research will match with your research goals (cite the faculty member's publications if relevant)
  • Make it clear that you are familiar with their work and how their research interests mesh with your own (if there is a research idea in one of their papers that you would like to explore in your work, explain that briefly)
  • A research proposal, if appropriate
  • Ask them specifically if they are accepting new graduate students for the coming academic year.

To find faculty members who are recruiting graduate students for the next academic year please click on the "Finding a Senior Supervisor" tab below.

Finding a Senior Supervisor

Supervision:

Before applying to the program it is highly recommended that you peruse the web pages of the department faculty members and their research interests, and make contact with faculty members who could potentially act as your senior supervisor.  

While you do not have to secure a senior supervisor before you are admitted into the program, there must be a faculty member who has similar research interests and is willing to supervise you as a graduate student.

Contacting Potential Supervisors:
Once you've identified one or two potential supervisors, you should contact them by email. Here are some items to include in your initial brief contact email.

  • Your name
  • Academic background (your GPA must be over 3.0, or equivalent)
  • Academic awards or highlights
  • Research experience
  • Why you wish to enter graduate studies
  • Why the faculty member's area of research will match with your research goals (cite the faculty member's publications if relevant)
  • Make it clear that you are familiar with their work and how their research interests mesh with your own (if there is a research idea in one of their papers that you would like to explore in your work, explain that briefly)
  • A research proposal, if appropriate
  • Ask them specifically if they are accepting new graduate students for the coming academic year.

Unavailable Faculty Members:

Please note: The following is a list of current faculty members who are  NOT currently recruiting graduate students for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Dr. John Bogardus
Dr. Suzanna Crage
Dr. Noel Dyck
Dr. Karl Froschauer
Dr. Stacy Pigg
Dr. Jane Pulkingham
Dr. Amanda Watson

Available Faculty Members:

Please note: The following is a list of current faculty members who are currently recruiting a limited number of graduate students for the 2017-2018 academic year under specific topics. Please review the list prior to contacting potential faculty members as some faculty members are only accepting students at the masters (MA) level and some are accepting students at the doctoral (PhD) level.

Dr. Yildiz Atasoy is accepting PhD students only. Topics: Global political economy;neolibralization; agrifood systems; commodification; agricultural transformation; and Turkey.
Dr. Wendy Chan is accepting both MA and PhD students. Topics: Feminist and critical criminology; racism, racialization, and criminal justice; racialized practices in immigration enforcement; poverty and social exclusion, welfare fraud; gender, crime and mental health; and violence against women.
Dr. Dara Culhane is accepting two MA, and one PhD student only. Topics:  Experimental ethnography, sensory ethnography, arts-based methodologies, performance ethnography.
Dr. Parin Dossa is accepting one MA student only. Topics: Refugees, and gender and structural violence.
Dr. Lindsey Freeman is accepting both MA and PhD students. Topics: Sociology of culture; sociology of art; sociology of memory; experimental ethnography, and space/place.
Dr. Michael Hathaway is accepting MA students only. Topics: Indigeneity; social movements; and human-nonhuman relations.
Dr. Dany Lacombe is accepting MA and PhD students. Topics: Risk and governance; moral regulation, moral panic, see faculty page for other research areas.
Dr. Sonja Luehrmann is accepting both MA and PhD students. Topics: Anthropology of religion; post-socialist Eurasia; politics of reproduction.
Dr. Kathleen Millar is accepting MA students only; topics: Brazil, Latin America, economic anthropology, work and labour.
Dr. Barbara Mitchell is accepting one MA and one PhD student only; topics: families, health and aging, gender or youth/young adults.
Dr. Cindy Patton is accepting MA students only; topics: media studies, social studies of health and medicine, Asian pop culture or Asian education or social movements, American social movements.
Dr. Nicholas Scott is accepting both MA and PhD students. Topics: Environmental sociology; urban sociology, and mobilities.
Dr. Pamela Stern is accepting MA students only. Topics: Circumpolar North, especially Inuit, as well as employment and citizenship.
Dr. Kendra Strauss is accepting both MA and PhD students. Topics: Labour studies, labour politics and the labour movement, precarious employment and topics concerning migrant workers, welfare state restructuring and/or occupational pensions, unfree labour, forced labour and trafficking.
Dr. Gary Teeple is accepting MA students only; topics listed under this faculty's page.
Dr. Ann Travers is accepting one student only (either MA or PhD); topics listed under this faculty's page.
Dr. Jie Yang is accepting MA students only. Topics: Mental health; gender studies, and linguistic anthropology.

International/US Students

The Dean of Graduate Studies Office has a detailed page dedicated to International and US students. There is information on the following:

* Admission Requirements by Country

*English Language Requirements (which must be met even if your insitution taught in English)

* Tuition Fees

University Requirements

Please review Simon Fraser University's Dean of Graduate Studies admission requirements (including the English language requirements), as well as the Dean of Graduate Studies website.

Department Requirements

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology has certain requirements beyond the Dean of Graduate Studies regulations, namely 3.25 C.G.P.A. for admission.

In order to complete the application, the department requires you to submit the following 5 items:

Submit online (Note: after you have submitted your completed online application, you will receive an email providing instructions as to where to upload documents 2, 3 and 4).

  1. The contact information for three referees. Email requests will be sent by the system inviting referees to submit letters of reference electronically;
  2. A sample of the applicant's scholarly work, (e.g. a term paper for M.A. applicants; an MA thesis or some comparable graduate work for Ph.D. applicants);
  3. A written statement about current interests and prospective research. How well the applicant's proposed research coincides with the research and teaching interests of the faculty is an important admission consideration;
  4. An updated Curriculum Vitae;

Submit hard copy

        5.  In addition to the online application, official transcripts from all academic institutions you have attended must be sent directly to the graduate program assistant at the address below:

Graduate Program Assistant
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive, AQ 5054
Burnaby, BC   CANADA   V5A 1S6

If you had applied for the previous academic year, and your transcripts have not changed, we may still have your transcripts on file. Please contact the Graduate Program Assistant at gradsecsa@sfu.ca to inquire.  

Please use the checklist to ensure that you application is complete.

It is not possible to acknowledge receipt of applications; however, you may check the status of your application materials online during the application period, as this information is updated continuously. Incomplete files will not be reviewed.

Questions?

If you have any questions that are not answered by visiting our website, please feel free to contact the Graduate Program Assistant by email: gradsecsa@sfu.ca, telephone: 778-782-3518, or fax: 778-782-5799. Long distance telephone phone calls cannot be returned.

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