How to Apply | Global Communication MA

Step 1: Admission Requirements

Students will apply directly to the program through an admissions committee at SFU chaired by the Program Co-director OR through the CUC graduate admission process. Students will be admitted to one university, and then recommended for admission to the other university.

To qualify for admission, students must satisfy the usual admission requirements specified by each university. The university of first admission will be referred to as the student’s ‘home’ university. Students whose home university is Simon Fraser University are called SFU students while those whose home university is Communication university of China are called CUC students. Following acceptance by the home university a second selection process in consultation with the partner university will establish the final list of admitted students.

A Chinese language background is NOT required for admission to the program.  

In addition to general university admission requirements, including English language proficiency requirements (IELTS preferred). Students admitted by SFU must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 CGPA
  • An application form (available online) along with the application fee ($90 CAN for students with Canadian transcripts or $125 CAN for students with international transcripts)
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be written by somebody who is familiar with the applicant’s academic work
  • All official post-secondary transcripts in sealed envelopes and copies of post-secondary degree certificates to the following address:

Global Communication M.A. Double Degree Program
School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
Room 3574, Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6B 5K3

  • A 500-600 word essay in English on goals and plans for study, together with an account of relevant academic and professional background
  • At least one writing sample in English

English Language Requirements

(From Dean of Graduate Studies)

The minimum graduate program admission requirements for test scores:

English Language Test


Internet-based TOEFL

93 with minimum of 20 in each category

Paper-based TOEFL

580 and TWE 5

IELTS (academic)

overall band score of 7.0 of the academic (NOT general) test with a minimum of 6.5 in each section

Simon Fraser University is an English language university. If you have a degree from a recognized English speaking college or university you may apply to have this requirement waived by completing an English-requisite waiver.


Admission Deadline

The next Global Communication admission deadline is:
February 15, 2019

Mandarin is not a requirement

A Chinese language background is NOT required for admission to the program.

All students admitted to SFU as ‘home’ university must complete at least two terms of non-credit instruction in conversational Mandarin during their year at SFU. This requirement will be waived if students can either demonstrate basic knowledge of spoken Mandarin through an oral interview or provide proof of having successfully completed an approved course of instruction in basic oral Mandarin.

Canadian and International Applicants

Applicants from Canada and international countries must apply to Simon Fraser University (SFU) as ‘home university’.

*Chinese language background is NOT required for admission to the program.

Applicants from China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan

Passport holders of People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan are required to pass the CUC’s national graduate entrance exam to become a CUC regular graduate student before applying to this program through CUC as home university.


Step 2: Admission Deadline

The next admission deadline is:
February 15, 2019

Step 3: Submit Your Application Online

Dora Lau

Program Manager
(Global Communication MA Double Degree)

T: 778-782-9697
Room: HCC3574