Applying

Ready to start your graduate student experience at Simon Fraser University?

There is no general admission at the graduate level at SFU, as admission is specific to each program. You may apply to as many programs as you wish within an application period.

Decisions for fall admissions are announced starting in February and continue through summer. Each program has a different review period that follows its admission deadline. For questions about decisions and offers of financial support, contact your program directly.

Explore Graduate Programs

Admission is specific to each program; you must apply to your program(s) of interest. Visit the program or department website for more information on that program and admission deadlines. After comparing programs, if you still have questions, reach out to the program through the contact information listed on the program website.

Review Admission Requirements

Even if you meet the minimum University requirements for admission you are not assured admission into any graduate program. Most graduate programs have program-specific admission requirements in addition to the minimum which can be found on their program website.

Order/Prepare Application Materials

Prepare your application information and supporting documents. Individual graduate programs will require different components and submissions. We recommend contacting potential supervisors (if required) and your referees well in advance of starting the admission application.

English language test scores, where required, are sent to us electronically, directly from the testing agency. We encourage you to release your results as early as possible, as they can take approximately 4 weeks to process onto your application.

Apply Online


The online application has 3 steps and we advise you work ahead of your program deadline:

  1. Complete/submit the application form
    Can take approximately 45 minutes. Includes identification, academic history etc.
    You will send reference requests at this step.
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee
    Submit the payment 5–7 days prior to the final deadline to allow for processing time. $90 for applicants with Canadian transcripts, $125 for applicants with international transcripts. Current SFU graduate students can request a fee waiver (email gradap@sfu.ca).
  3. Checklist (upload supporting documentation)
    Required documents depend on the program and may include transcripts, curriculum vitae, research proposal etc.

Applying for Spring or Summer 2023?

Apply for Spring 2023 or Summer 2023 here

Applying for Fall 2023 or later?

Apply for Fall 2023 or later here