We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2019 intake. Applications for the Fall 2020 intake will open in October 2019.


Before submitting an application, you should read carefully about:

Please note that you are required to fulfill admission requirements as laid out by both the Dean of Graduate Studies and the School of Computing Science.




In order to complete your application for the professional master's program in computer science, visual computing specialization, you are required to submit the following documents. Please note that all documents are submitted online via the application system, with the exception of the official IELTS/TOEFL score. Please do not mail any of these documents.

▪ Reference letters

Three reference letters from professors, employers, and/or mentors who can speak to your suitability for the specialization. Your referees must have a strictly professional relationship with you (no friends, family members, etc.). We are looking for evidence of your academic ability, professionalism, related work experience, and any other information that would make you a strong candidate for the professional master's program in computer science, visual computing specialization.

▪ evidence of a completed IELTS or TOEFL exam

If English is not your primary language, you must provide proof of English proficiency. Please view Admission Requirements for more information.  IELTS or TOEFL test scores need to be sent directly to SFU's Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies office by Educational Testing Service. Electronic submission is preferred.

The Graduate Studies office's address is:

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Maggie Benston Student Services Centre 1100
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6

The codes required are:  TOEFL=Institution Code 0999; Department Code=78 | IELTS= Organization name: Simon Fraser University - Graduate Studies

▪ curriculum vitae (CV)

An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) outlining your academic achievements and professional experience. You should include information about any scholarly work you have carried out. You should also include noteworthy volunteer work, scholarships and awards, and anything else that would make you a great candidate for the program.

▪ statement of purpose

Your statement of purpose is your chance to explain why you would be an excellent candidate for the visual computing specialization by highlighting your strengths, aspirations, and anything else that might set you apart from other applicants. Please indicate clearly how you have gained the knowledge equivalent to SFU's CMPT 300, 307, and 354 courses (i.e. point to equivalent courses on your transcript or to corresponding work/project experience on your CV). For descriptions of these courses, please refer to the Admission Requirements page. The statement of purpose should be no longer than two pages double-spaced.

▪ post-secondary transcripts

At the time of application, you must upload all post-secondary transcripts, including degrees not completed or in progress, in the application portal. Official transcripts are preferred here, but unofficial transcripts are also acceptable. If the transcript is unofficial, please ensure that the course titles are clearly listed.

You are only required to mail originals of your official transcripts to us if you receive an admission offer. Official transcripts should be mailed directly from the issuing institution to Simon Fraser University. If you have official, up-to-date transcripts in their original, sealed envelopes in your possession, you may send them directly to the graduate admissions committee in lieu of transcripts sent from your university. If you have attended SFU, you are still required to submit official SFU transcripts if you are accepted into the program.

SFU does not accept the following:

  • photocopies that have not been stamped, attested and endorsed by the Registrar at your home university
  • documents in envelopes that have been opened
  • documents that do not arrive in sealed envelopes endorsed by the issuing institution or certified translator
  • documents that arrive without the official seal of the university
  • photocopies notarized by a notary public
  • photocopies endorsed by a lawyer, professor, judge etc.
  • unofficial translations
  • non-literal translations

If you receive an offer, arrange for official transcripts to be mailed to:

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

E-mail us at if you have any questions about transcripts that are not answered here.


Your application and supporting documents will be submitted online. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the Graduate Studies Application Process before proceeding.

When you are ready, visit the SFU Graduate Studies online application system, create an account, and then select: 

  • Department:  Computing Science
  • Program:  Prof MSc in Computer Science
  • Specialization: Visual Computing
  • Start date/Term:  Fall 2019