How to Apply | Master of Arts

Step 1: Admission Requirements

SFU requirements:

School of Communication requirements:

  • a bachelor’s degree in Communication or an equivalent degree in a social sciences or humanities program.
  • acceptance to the program is based on the School’s Graduate Program Committee ability to find a suitable thesis supervisor.
  • students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than communication may be required to take up to two additional courses to complete their MA.

English Language Requirement

English is the language of instruction and communication in the University. Accordingly, an applicant whose primary language is not English or whose previous education has been conducted in another language must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in the chosen field. Applicants normally will be required to achieve a satisfactory score on a standardized English test acceptable to the University. This test must include a writing component. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) including reading, writing, speaking, and listening components, is acceptable for this purpose. The IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) is also acceptable. The minimum university requirements for test scores is TOEFL 88 with a minimum of 20 in each category (internet based exam), or TOEFL 570 and TWE 5 (paper based), or TOEFL 230 (computer based), and IELTS overall band score of 7.0; some graduate programs have higher requirements, as described elsewhere in this Calendar. Some graduate programs have higher requirements, as described elsewhere in this Calendar. Further details about the above tests may be obtained from the following. TOEFL and TWE – Education Testing Service, CN 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151 USA Other acceptable English tests  

Next Admission Deadline

Fall 2020 application opens October 21, 2019.


Submit Online Application

Complete the online application form and upload the following documents to the online application portal by January 3:

1. A statement of interest (1500–2000 words). Please include:

  • Academic and personal background
  • Your research objectives (research questions, potential research methods, scholarly and/or practical significance, and bibliographic references)
  • How your background and objectives fit with the school and potential research supervisors.

2. A concise abstract (not to exceed 250 words) describing your research area, including 5 key words.

Note: the abstract should be entered in the space provided under the "research" tab of the online application form.

3. Two samples of scholarly writing, research reports, or other material.

4. Resume or academic CV.

5. References from three persons (at least two of whom should be familiar with the applicant’s academic work).

*For applicants whose primary language is not English, a satisfactory score on a standardized English test acceptable to the University (SFU's Graduate English language requirements).


Submit in Hard Copy

Original official transcripts for all post-secondary degrees should be mailed to:

Graduate Coordinator
Simon Fraser University
School of Communication
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6



CDN $90 for students with Canadian transcripts

CDN $125 for students with international transcripts

The full application fee is due in 7 days after your application is submitted and your application will not be considered until the full payment has been received. 

How to pay your fees


Step 4: Submit Your Application and Monitor Results

After you submit your application, you will receive an application number which you can use to log on and review your application status.

All applicants will be notified before the end of March. Students will normally be expected to enter the program in the fall semester of the year they apply. 


Jason Congdon

Graduate Program Coordinator 
(MA and PhD)

T: 778-782-3595
Room: K9669