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How to Apply
Step 1: Admission Requirements
School of Communication requirements:
- Masters Degree or an exceptional record of undergraduate and/or graduate work in a relevant area of study.
- acceptance to the program is based on the School’s Graduate Program Committee ability to find a suitable thesis supervisor.
- students with previous degrees in disciplines other than communication may be required to take up to two additional courses to complete their PhD.
For applicants whose primary language is not English, a satisfactory score on a standardized English test acceptable to the University
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 – Director, Graduate Records and Admissions, Barry Williamson (email@example.com)
Step 2: APPLY ONLINE
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 (2000–3000 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.
Note: the online application system will ask for a "succinct statement of interests and goals together with an account of relevant academic and personal background" as well as a "dissertation proposal & bibliography" – these may be uploaded as separate documents or integrated into a single document.
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. 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 Transcripts in Hard Copy
Original official transcripts for all post-secondary degrees should be mailed to:
Simon Fraser University
School of Communication
8888 University Drive
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6
Step 3: APPLICATION FEE
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.
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.