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There is no general admission at the graduate level at SFU; you must apply directly to the Global Humanities MA Program. Applications are accepted through the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies online application system beginning October 1.
In order to upload the required documents to complete your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of $90 CAD (domestic students with Canadian credentials only) or $125 CAD (domestic and international students with international credentials) by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).
Criteria for Admission
Undergraduate Degree and Grade point average
Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) in the humanities; or in humanistic disciplines such as classics, history, art history, philosophy, English, and women's studies; or social sciences such as geography, sociology, anthropology, or political science.
Note: applicants must also meet the minimum requirements for admission to an SFU master's program, namely at least a 3.0 GPA or its equivalent.
Competency and available supervision
Applicants must satisfy the Global Humanities Graduate Program Committee (GPC) that they are prepared academically to undertake graduate level work in Global Humanities.
Qualified students will be accepted into the program only if, in the opinion of the GPC, a suitable Senior Supervisor is available. Senior Supervisors are selected only among Global Humanities Faculty, faculty members who have joint appointments in Global Humanities and another department, and Global Humanities Associate Faculty.
Note: acceptance into the program is highly dependent on the suitability of a potential Senior Supervisor. Applicants must, therefore, review the list of available supervisors before applying and indicate an intended Senior Supervisor within their application package.
Contact information for three referees
Email requests will be sent by the system inviting referees to submit letters of reference electronically.
Sample of scholarly work
Only one sample of applicant's scholarly work will be accepted. A substantial essay is expected. This paper may be either a graduate or undergraduate paper, drawn from the last two years of any BA program, or a paper written specifically for the purpose of applying to the MA program.
Statement of interest
A written statement describing the applicant's current interests and prospective research if accepted into the Global Humanities MA Program.
Updated curriculum vitae
Added to the cirriculum vitae (CV) should be a note indicating whether an application for SSHRC (open to Canadian students only) or other external funding has been made.
Post-secondary official transcripts
In addition to the online application, submit one copy of the official original transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions you have attended directly to the Department of Global Humanities. These are the only original hard-copy documents you are required to submit. Transcripts must be in sealed envelopes bearing a university seal.
Please send directly to the Graduate Program Assistant at the address below:
Carolyn Richard, Graduate Program Assistant
Department of Global Humanities
Simon Fraser University
AQ 6196 - 8888 University Drrive
Canada V5A 1S6
Note: applications are submitted through SFU's online application portal (after submission, you will receive an email with instructions on where to upload the required documents).
Admissions are for Fall intake only. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by January 15 in the year of admission.
Note: admission to the Accelerated Master's Program can occur in any semester.
Department Admission Procedures
Applications for admission are adjudicated by the Global Humanities Graduate Program Committee (GPC) in consultation with appropriate members of the Department.
When an application is completed, it is reviewed by the GPC. Admission decisions will be based on materials submitted within the application.
Generally speaking, the GPC will make one of the following recommendations:
- Applicant is admitted into the program (with or without conditions).
- Applicant is admitted as a Qualifying Student. The applicant may be required to take up to 12 hours of additional work in the Global Humanities Undergraduate Program. The GPC will specify these requirements to the incoming student.
- Application for admission is rejected.
- The GPC can require further information from the applicant and delay its decision.
Note: all applications are subject to final approval by the University’s Senate Graduate Studies Committee, and Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will send out all final offer letters.
- Applicants must meet both the University and Department requirements to be considered for admission.
- The Global Humanities MA Program will only admit applicants with clearly defined research project proposals that alight with faculty expertise.
- All applications, including writing samples, must be completed in English.
- It is not possible to acknowledge receipt of applications; however, you may check your application status online during the application period as this information is updated regularly.
- Incomplete files and applications will not be reviewed.