How to Apply


STEP 1: Plan and Prepare

Applications for Fall 2023 will open October 18, 2022.

When you start your application, you will need to enter your personal information, your academic history, and your three (3) references names, occupations, and email addresses. This can take approvimately 45 minutes.

Applications are due January 15.

Students are normally admitted to the program only if they have found a potential Supervisor. You are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members who have research interests similar to your own to see if there is a possibility of gaining admission. Please note that only Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors can be supervisors. Find out whether they are interested in supervising your project and are currently taking new students. Discuss your research interests and potential funding opportunities. In order to facilitate communication between you and potential supervisors, here is a list of faculty members.

You will need to indicate your preferred supervisor(s) in your application.

Applications open October 18, and are due January 15 for entrance the following September.

(October 2022 applications, January 2023 due date, September 2023 program start)

Step 2: Pay the non-refundable application fee

Application requires a fee of $90 CDN (applicants with Canadian transcripts) or $125 CDN (applicants with international transcripts), paid by credit card (Master Card or Visa). The application fee can take 3-5 days to process. 

Note: Referees should contact the Archaeology Graduate Program Assistant at if they have any questions about the online reference process.

Step 3: Upload all supporting documents

The document deadline is January 15. Please upload your supporting documents as soon as your payment is processed.


Upload scans of your transcripts, or PDF downloads from each post secondary institution that you have attended. These are considered unofficial transcripts. International applicants must provide both original language transcripts and degree certificate, and certified English translations.

If you receive an offer of admission you will be required to supply official copies of academic transcripts before you can enroll in the program.

Statement of Research Interests

Please be concise. We recommend no more than one page.

The online application form will ask applicants to fill out a section on their proposed area of research, in addition to the Statement of Research Interests. Applicants can copy and paste the first part of their statement into the online application form.

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Provides a summary of your research interests, and lists of your research experience, publications, academic awards and achievements and research skills.

Proof of English Proficiency

Applicants from countries where English is not the primary language must provide English language test results. The results should be submitted electronically from the testing company directly to SFU.

Please visit the SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for more details on language requirements.

Optional Uploads

List of Publications

If applicable.

Writing Sample

For example, the abstract and first few pages of a thesis, or a paper you did well on.

Learn more about the application process on SFU's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies webpage.

Need assistance with the application process?  Contact the Graduate Program Assistant at

International Applicants


International students considering graduate studies at Simon Fraser University should check with the Canadian Embassy or Consulate [] for information on current immigration requirements.

If you are accepted to the Archaeology graduate program, you will receive a formal letter of admission from the Registrar's Office, specifying the annual stipend from research funds and teaching assistantships.


SFU International Services for Students (ISS) provides initial and on-going support services and programs for international students on campus. Visit the ISS website for details.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts will only be required if you are extended an offer of admission. They must be official documents sealed by the institution of issue and sent directly to Simon Fraser University. You may also submit sealed official transcripts that you received from your institution, as long as the seal and all official notation remains untouched and intact on the institution's original envelope. Transcripts must be in English or French, or an official translation must be supplied.

Transcripts may be sent electronically via a secure delivery service, such as Parchment, directly from official institutional email addresses (your institution of study must have such a service in place for this to be possible). SFU's email address for receipt of electronic transcripts is

Please send any paper transcripts directly to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) at:

Maggie Benston Student Services Centre 1100
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5A 1S6