A Certificate program consists mainly of regular lower division courses. Upper division courses may be included.

The Certificate may be completed on a full or part-time basis. Students in a Certificate program complete the equivalent of between one half and one full year of university study (18 to 30 units).

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers the following certificate programs:


Prospective students must apply to Simon Fraser University for admission and meet the normal admission requirements prior to undertaking a certificate program.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 calculated on all courses applied to the certificate that are taken at Simon Fraser University. Duplicate courses are counted only once.


  • Units applied to one certificate may be applied also to major or minor programs of a bachelor’s degree under the normal regulations governing those programs but may not be applied to another Simon Fraser University certificate or diploma.
  • Some of the courses have prerequisites not included in the certificate requirements. Students are responsible for satisfying the prerequisites of all courses in their programs. Prerequisite information can be found in the University calendar in the course descriptions section.
  • There are program advisors in each department or faculty for the certificate programs. Students intending to pursue a certificate should consult with the program advisor.
  • Any student admitted to a certificate program who subsequently transfers to a degree program will need to complete the WQB requirements.