Admission Requirements

Application deadlines

Applications for the MPH program will open on October 1, 2018 and will close on February 1, 2019.

The last day to initiate the FOUR STEP application for the MPH program is January 28, 2019.  The application completion deadline is February 1, 2019.  We must have all electronic  and hard copy documents by this date or your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Applications for the MSc and PhD programs will open on October 1, 2018 and will close on January 15, 2019.

The last day to initiate the FOUR STEP application for the MSc/PhD program is January 11, 2019.  The application completion deadline is January 15, 2019.  We must have all electronic  and hard copy documents by this date or your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Please be aware that all documents received prior to October 1, 2018 will be discarded.

 

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet the requirements outlined below in order to be considered for admission.  However, admission to all programs is offered on a competitive basis, and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. 

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We suggest that you apply well before the deadline to avoid any issues with the processing of your application.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documentation and fees, including references, and official copies of transcripts have been submitted and will be received by the application deadline as mentioned above.  Late documentation will not be accepted, and applications will be considered incomplete and ineligible as a result.

Applicants with international credentials:

Credential evaluation requirement

All applicants with credentials from institutions outside of North America (Canada & US) are required to submit a credential evaluation report from WES Canada (course-by-course report) or ICES (comprehensive report). 

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In the case of two-sided, printed documents, please upload scanned copies from both sides of the report.  Applicants who have attended an international university while on exchange/study abroad are not required to complete a credential evaluation report.

It takes an average of  3-4 weeks for the credential evaluation to be completed by WES or ICES, so it is highly recommended to start early with the process in order to meet the application deadline.

Program specific requirements

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Completed baccalaureate degree

Completion of a recognized baccalaureate degree in any field. Your degree must be academically equivalent to an SFU 4-year bachelor's degree, from any accredited post-secondary institution. 

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Your degree can be in progress at the time of the application deadline, but all courses required for the completion of your degree must be completed before the MPH program begins.

Academic standing of a minimum GPA of 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate coursework at the time of the application deadline.  Graduate coursework will also be considered. 

English language competency

Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies at SFU through the completion of an English language competency examination with the below minimum scores:  

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Examinations must be taken within two years of the application deadline, and results must be valid at the time of the deadline.

IELTS Academic Test (International English Language Testing Service):
A minimum overall score of 7 is required with a minimum score of 6.5 in each section of the academic (NOT general) test.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
A minimum overall score of 93 is required for the internet based test with a minimum score of 20 in each section; a minimum score of 580 is required for the paper based test

For more information, please refer to SFU Graduate General Regulation 1.3.12.

Proof of statistics course

All applicants must provide evidence that they meet the statistic prerequisite at the time of application to the MPH program.

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The MPH program requires all applicants to have completed an undergraduate or graduate statistics course, prior to entry into the program.  If applicants have not completed the statistics prerequisite at the time of application but are recommended for admission, admission will be conditional on the successful completion of this prerequisite prior to the start of the program and before you will be able to register in courses. More information.

Applicants who meet the statistics prerequisite but wish to complete a refresher may be interested in the Introduction to Statistics online module offered by UDACITY. Note that this module does not fulfill the prerequisite requirement - it is a suggested refresher only.

MPH applicants:

Acceptance into our program requires a competitive GPA, strong references, a good statement of intent and clear evidence of both interest and involvement in public health (issues). One of the things we look for in evaluating applications is the extent to which a prospective student has shown a clear and consistent interest in public health. This is normally demonstrated by academic history,  involvement in activities that have a health focus, such as participating in the work of an NGO, having studied, worked or volunteered, in a developing country, having worked for an international agency – particularly if it has a health focus - or having other voluntary activities in Canada that involve public health issues.

Other factors influencing admission may include the quality and quantity of applications received and available seats. Health practitioners and professional applicants with substantial experience as practitioners in health or a related field applying into the MPH program will be evaluated in part on their academic credentials and in part on their career accomplishments.

Completed baccalaureate degree

Completion of a recognized baccalaureate degree in any field. Your degree must be academically equivalent to an SFU 4-year bachelor's degree, from any accredited post-secondary institution. 

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Your degree can be in progress at the time of the application deadline, but all courses required for the completion of your degree must be completed before the MSc program begins.

Academic standing of a minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0/4.33 (B), or a grade point average of at least 3.33/4.33 (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered.

You will also be required to submit evidence, usually references from qualified referees, of the your ability to undertake advanced work in the area of interest. 

English language competency

Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies at SFU through the completion of an English language competency examination with the below minimum scores:  

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Examinations must be taken within two years of the application deadline, and results must be valid at the time of the deadline.

IELTS Academic Test (International English Language Testing Service):
A minimum overall score of 7 is required with a minimum score of 6.5 in each section of the academic (NOT general) test.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
A minimum overall score of 93 is required for the internet based test with a minimum score of 20 in each section; a minimum score of 580 is required for the paper based test

For more information, please refer to SFU Graduate General Regulation 1.3.12.

Confirmed supervision

Prior to submitting your application you will be required to have an FHS faculty member as your senior supervisor. You can find supervisors who are actively recruiting students here, or view the full list of our faculty here

It is your responsibility to reach out to prospective supervisors, and confirm their supervision prior to the application deadline.

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Applicants who do not have a confirmed supervisor by the application closing date will not be considered. 

You must ensure you identify your confirmed senior supervisor in your application. You should also explain in your application how your educational, research and/or career experiences have prepared you for your selected area of study, research in the program, and align with your senior supervisors research interests. While you are required to describe the general area(s) of research interest, a research proposal is not required per se.

MSc applicants:

Admission to the MSc program is offered on a competitive basis.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.  Other factors influencing admission may include an assessment of whether the applicant's educational and career interests are complementary to the research strengths of the Faculty, available seats, and the applicant's specific preparation for graduate study at the master's level in Health Sciences.

Did you know we offer an accelerated MSc program?

If you are excelling in your bachelor's degree at SFU, you might be eligible for the accelerated master's program in FHS.  The program allows you to take up to 10 units of graduate level course work during your bachelor's degree and apply the units to both programs. Learn more.

Completed master's degree or equivalent experience

The university requires you to evidence both your academic achievement, and experience to gain entry to this program:

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You must have either:

  1. A master’s degree from Simon Fraser University or its equivalent from a recognized institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5/4.33
  2. A bachelor's degree, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5/4.33 or a grade point average of at least 3.67/4.33(A-) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered. Individual graduate programs may set a higher admission grade point average. Students admitted directly from a bachelor's degree must complete at least 50% of the course work units required for the relevant department's master's program if no course work is required as part of the doctoral degree
  3. Completion of at least 75% of the course work units required for the relevant department’s master’s program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. All graduate courses, whether completed at this University or at an equivalent post-secondary institution, shall be considered in the calculation. A student wishing to be admitted under this category (transferred to PhD) must have completed all of these requirements and initiated the transfer request within the first 6 semesters at SFU. As per graduate general regulation (GGR) 1.12.3, initial enrollment in the doctoral program will be the initial enrollment as a master's student.
As well as submitted evidence that you are capable of undertaking substantial original research. Normally, such capability will be judged from letters of reference from qualified referees, and the completion of a master’s thesis or other scholarly work.

English language competency

Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies at SFU through the completion of an English language competency examination with the below minimum scores:  

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Examinations must be taken within two years of the application deadline, and results must be valid at the time of the deadline.

IELTS Academic Test (International English Language Testing Service):
A minimum overall score of 7 is required with a minimum score of 6.5 in each section of the academic (NOT general) test.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
A minimum overall score of 93 is required for the internet based test with a minimum score of 20 in each section; a minimum score of 580 is required for the paper based test

For more information, please refer to SFU Graduate General Regulation 1.3.12.

Confirmed supervision

Prior to submitting your application you will be required to have an FHS faculty member as your senior supervisor. You can find supervisors who are actively recruiting students here, or view the full list of our faculty here

It is your responsibility to reach out to prospective supervisors, and confirm their supervision prior to the application deadline.

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Applicants who do not have a confirmed by the application will not be considered. 

You must ensure you identify your confirmed senior supervisor in your application. You should also explain in your application how your educational, research and/or career experiences have prepared you for your selected area of study, research in the program, and align with your senior supervisors research interests. While you are required to describe the general area(s) of research interest, a research proposal is not required per se.

PhD applicants:

Admission to the PhD program is offered on a competitive basis.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.  Other factors influencing admission may include an assessment of whether the applicant's educational and career interests are complementary to the research strengths of the Faculty, available seats, and the applicant's specific preparation for graduate study at the doctoral level in Health Sciences.

Questions?

Questions regarding admission to the MPH program can be directed to fhsgrads@sfu.ca.

Questions regarding admission to the MSc and/or PhD programs can be directed to fhs_programs@sfu.ca.

Applying to these programs

If you would like to apply to any of these programs please view the step by step application process for our graduate programs here.