Application Procedures


The application process for the MPH program for the September 2018 intake will open on October 1, 2017 and will close on February 1, 2018.  The application process for the MSc and PhD programs for the September 2017 intake will open on October 1, 2017 and will close on January 15, 2018.  Applicants may arrange for application documentation to be sent to the Faculty of Health Sciences so as to arrive by October 1, 2017 at the earliest.  Application documentation received before this date will be discarded. 

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 the transcripts have been submitted and will be received by the application deadline as mentione above.  Late documentation will not be accepted, and applications will be considered incomplete and ineligible as a result.

Application Procedures for all Graduate Programs: PhD, MSc & MPH

  1. Complete the application to Graduate Programs on the SFU Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) website. All applicants must apply online - no paper applications are accepted.
  2. Pay your non-refundable application fee. The Faculty of Health Sciences will not be able to access your online application until the non-refundable application fee has been processed by the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS).  The non-refundable application fee for students with Canadian transcripts is $90 CAN; for students with international transcripts, the non-refundable application fee is $125 CAN.  Payment is accepted by credit card only (MasterCard or Visa).
  3. All applicants are advised to complete the online application (#1 above) and pay the application fee (#2 above) at least 3 weeks prior to the application deadline to avoid issues or delays with processing, and to ensure your references have a sufficient amount of time to submit their reports.  After your application has been submitted, you will have access to upload your supporting documentation and your referees can submit their references for you.
  4. Submit your supporting documents online in the OASIS system. Note that it is the applicant's sole responsibility to ensure that all uploaded documents are complete and legible, and meet the requirements outlined below.  We do not accept hard copies for any of the below documents, exempting transcripts and English language profiency results.
    • Three academic or professional references prepared to comment on your academic abilities and suitability to a graduate program in Health Sciences.  Your referees will provide their references directly through the application system. 
    • A CV or resume that outlines academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work and/or volunteer experience
    • A statement of intent (no more than two double-spaced typed pages), explaining reasons for pursuing studies in this program, including describing your prior experience in the area of your concentration. If you have already identified topics of special interest for a practicum experience or capstone project, please include this information in your statement of purpose.
    • An electronic unofficial transcript from each post-secondary institution (including SFU, if applicable) that you have attended, scanned in PDF format.  Photographs of transcripts taken with a camera, smart phone, or tablet will not be accepted.  Screen shots of your registration history will not be accepted.  In the case of two-sided documents, please upload scanned copies from both sides of your unofficial transcript(s).  If applicable, applicants with international credentials from non-English speaking institutions must upload transcripts in their original language and certified literal English translations AND official degree certificate in the original language and certified literal English translation.  Notarized copies of original transcripts and degree certificates will be accepted if applicants are unable to obtain multiple copies of original transcripts.
    • If applicable, an unofficial copy of TOEFL or IELTS results. In the case of two-sided, printed documents, please upload scanned copies from both sides of the TOEFL or IELTS results.
    • If applicable, 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).  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 crendential 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.
    • Optional documents. You may submit optional supporting documents; see instructions provided within our online admissions system.

    • For MSc and PhD - only
      Obtain Senior Supervisor support. Before an applicant is admitted to the program, they are required to have the support of a senior supervisor. Please review the Faculty and Research sections of the website to get an idea of each faculty member's areas of interest. For a list of Faculty members who are actively recruting MSc and PhD students for Fall 2018, please visit: http://www.sfu.ca/fhs/future-students/graduate/choose-a-supervisor.html

      To establish the support of a supervisor, applicants must provide a prospective supervisor with the following information:

      For MPH only
      Applicants are not required to confirm a senior supervisor.   Incoming students will be advised of their initial supervisor by the second term in the program.

  5. In addition to uploading your transcripts to OASIS,  you must arrange to have 2 official hard copies of transcripts for each post-secondary institution you have attended, sent in sealed and endorsed envelopes, to the attention of your chosen program at the address below.  If applicable, applicants with international credentials from non-English speaking institutions must also send transcripts in their original language and certified literal English translations AND official degree certificate in the original language and certified literal English translation.  Notarized copies of original transcripts and degree certificates will be accepted if applicants are unable to obtain multiple copies of original transcripts.

    Attention: MPH Admissions
    Blusson Hall 11300
    Simon Fraser University
    8888 University Drive
    Burnaby BC, V5A 1S6

    Attention: MSc/PhD Admissions
    Blusson Hall 11300
    Simon Fraser University
    8888 University Drive
    Burnaby BC, V5A 1S6                                                                                                       

    Due to the high volume of inquiries received during the admissions period, emails or telephone messages requesting information on documentation that has been received will not be responded to.  You must monitor your application checklist, which is updated regularly by staff.                                                                                                         

  6. Proof of English proficiency. English is the language of instruction and communication at the University.  Accordingly, an applicant whose primary language is not English must demonstrate a command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field by completing either the TOEFL or IELTS exam.  Test scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of the test.

    Results for the TOEFL test should be sent electronically from the the test centre directly to SFU using institution code 0999.  Results for the IELTS test should be sent electronically or by hard copy directly to the SFU Registrar's Office at the mailing address below.

    Registrar and Information Services
    3000 level, Maggie Benston Centre
    8888 University Drive
    Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

    International applicants whose primary language is not English will not be required to complete an English-language test if they have completed a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language. For a list of these countries please click here.

Contact Us

During the peak admission period, responses may be delayed up to two weeks due to the heavy volume of inquiries we receive. Please ensure you carefully review our website for the admission requirements and application information.  Email inquiries which can be addressed by visiting our website will not be responded to. 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all documentation and fees, including references, have been submitted and will be received by the application deadline.  We do not confirm the receipt of electronic or hard-copy application documents.  Applicants must monitor their application checklist on a regular basis.  Late documentation will not be accepted, and applications will be considered incomplete and ineligible as a result. 

MPH: Jen Van Rassel

Email: fhsgrads@sfu.ca
Phone: 778 782 7036

MSc/PhD: Margaret van Soest

Email: fhs_programs@sfu.ca
Phone: 778 782 8450