Application Process

For admission in September 2019, the application deadline is JANUARY 15th, 2019.

To view course outlines through Summer 2020, click here.

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Applications are accepted online through the Dean of Graduate Studies online application system.  In order to use the online application system, you will need to pay an application fee of $90 CAN (domestic students with Canadian credentials only) or $125 CAN (domestic as well as international students with international credentials) by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).  If you cannot apply online please contact the Graduate Program Assistant.

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University Requirements

Please review Simon Fraser University's Dean of Graduate Studies admission requirements, as well as the Dean of Graduate Studies website.

Department Requirements

The Department of English has certain requirements beyond the Dean of Graduate Studies regulations, namely a minimum 3.5 CGPA (cumulative grade point average) and, for international students, either a degree from an English-speaking post-secondary institution or top scores in any of the acceptable English language tests, i.e. TOEFL Paper (650+), TOEFL Computer-Based (280+), TOEFL Internet-Based (95+), or IELTS (8.5-9).

In order to complete the application, the department requires you to submit the following items:

Submit online (Note: after you have submitted your completed online application, you will receive an email providing instructions as to where to upload documents 2, 3, and 4).

  1. The contact information for three referees.  Email requests will be sent by the system inviting referees to submit letters of reference electronically.
  2. sample of the applicant's scholarly work: One (1) sample only. A substantial literary essay is expected. This paper may be either a graduate or undergraduate paper, drawn from  the last two years of any B.A. program, or a paper written specifically for the purpose of applying to the M.A. or Ph.D. program.
  3. written statement about current interests and prospective research. How well the applicant's proposed research coincides with the research and teaching interests of the faculty is an important admission consideration, and this is especially true for doctoral applicants.
    • Ph.D. applicants must include a dissertation prospectus of 1-2 pages in addition to a proposed bibliography.
    • M.A. applicants must include a concise statement (no more than one page) about their intended course of studies.
  4. An updated C.V. (curriculum vitae).  Added to the C.V. should be a note indicating whether an application for SSHRC (open to Canadian students only) or other external funding has been made.
  5.  In addition to the online application, official original transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions you have attended must be submitted directly to the Department of English.  These are the only original hard copy documents you will be required to submit. Transcripts must be in sealed envelopes which bear a university seal. One copy only of each transcript. Please send directly to the graduate program assistant at the address below:

Christa Gruninger, Graduate Assistant
Department of English 
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive, AQ6129
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5A 1S6
(778) 782-4614

Note:  Before applying to the program it is highly recommended that you peruse the web pages of the department faculty members and their research interests, and make contact with faculty members who could potentially act as your senior supervisor.

Please use the checklist to ensure that your application is complete.

It is not possible to acknowledge receipt of applications; however, you may check the status of your application materials online during the application period, as this information is updated continuously.  Incomplete files will not be reviewed

If you have any questions that are not answered by visiting our website, the graduate program assistant, Christa Gruninger, will welcome your emails (to or phone calls (778.782.4614).  Please note that long distance calls cannot be returned.