Undergraduate FAQ

Please note that the following is subject to change. You should also refer to SFU guidelines

Program Requirement

Required UD units for the CMNS Major changed from 45 to 44. How many UD units do I need to do?

Students who are declared into the CMNS Major program in Spring 2016 (1161) or earlier are required to complete 45 UD credits. Students who are declared into the CMNS Major program in Summer 2016 (1164) or later are required to complete 44 UD credits.

I have taken CMNS 260 and/or CMNS 261 and/or CMNS 262, will they count towards my lower division CMNS course requirement?

These are the previous lower division research courses in Communication. CMNS 260 has been changed to CMNS 201, CMNS 261 is no longer offered, and CMNS 262 has been changed to CMNS 202. The Academic Progress Report (APR) on goSFU may only recognize CMNS 201 AND CMNS 202, however students who have completed any of CMNS 260, 261, 262 can count these courses toward their lower division CMNS course requirement. 


There is space in the lecture, but I can’t enroll

There may be several reasons:

A.    The course has tutorials, and the tutorial you selected is already full.

Solution: Look for another tutorial that works for your schedule and still has space. If it still has space, you will be able to enroll through that tutorial. Otherwise, please add yourself to the wait list. If the wait list is full, please monitor the number closely and try again when a space becomes available.

Important note:

When a course has both a lecture and tutorials, you need to have a spot both in the lecture and in one of the tutorials to be enrolled in the course. If you are on the wait list for a tutorial, you are NOT enrolled in the course, even if there is still space in the lecture.

B.    There is a reserve on that course, and you don’t meet the reserve requirement.

For example, All J100 courses are NOW courses, and are served 100% for NOW students until Open Enrollment. The NOW program is open for student working 30 or more hours per week to apply. If you are not part of the NOW program, please add yourself to the wait list and wait. When the NOW reserve gets lifted (at Open Enrollment), and space permitting, a CMNS advisor will enroll in the wait listed CMNS students first, before opening up the course to all other students.

A few other CMNS courses have a small amount of seats reserved for students from another program. It may, for example, has 5 seats reserved for faculty of ENV students, and 20 seats for CMNS students. If 20 CMNS have already enrolled in the that course, no more CMNS student can still enroll, even if there is still space in that course.   

The class starts tomorrow, but I’m still on the wait list. What shall I do?

The last day to drop a course with 100% tuition refund is on the 7th day of the semester. Because of this, most course drops happen during the first week of classes. If your wait list position is within the top 10% of the class capacity, we encourage you to go the first lecture and talk to your prof.

If any drops occur, priority will be given to students who haven’t missed any lecture content.


Another student who was initially wait listed behind me got enrolled, but I’m still waiting. What would be the reason?

The wait list engine runs several times a day. When a drop occurs and a space becomes available in a course, under normal conditions, the #1 student waiting will get automatically rolled into the course from the wait list.

However, if any of the following conditions applies, the waitlist engine will skip the student and roll in the next student on the list. Unfortunately, the system does NOT notify the skipped student.

  • The student’s chosen tutorial is still full – if there are tutorials. It is therefore better to wait in for a tutorial with less students
  • There is a schedule conflict

Students enrolled in Distance Education courses, please pay special attention to the exam times

  • Credit Load Override – FCAT students are allowed a maximum of 18 credits per semester.

Therefore, students waiting for a 3-credit course can only be enrolled in 15 credits or less. And students waiting for a 4-credit course can only be enrolled in 14 credits or less.

  • The student has fees owing


I’m an International student, and I need a Credential Completion Letter (CCL) in order to apply for my Post-Graduation Work Permit. When can I get this letter?

Before we can issue a Credential Completion Letter, two conditions must be met:

1). You must have applied and paid for your graduation

2). Your final grades must all be in and you meet the all requirements for graduation

As soon as you have your final grades, please check your graduation application status on goSFU. If your status is ‘Approved’, you can run the Credential Completion Letter by yourself on goSFU.

If your Status is ‘In Review’, and you have successfully completed your final courses, please contact us at cmnsgen@sfu.ca to request for an earlier issuance of the CCL for you. Please do not contact us for the CCL if you still have grades pending.

If you have successfully completed all requirements for graduation, we will issue you your CCL within 2-3 business days.

I would like to invite my family and friends from oversees to attend my convocation.

The SFU Convocation webpage has a useful link for this. Please see here.