Application Process

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 continuing 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.

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4-Step Application Process

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  You must apply to the program they you to pursue. Visit the program or department website for more informaiton on the program and admission deadlines. After comparing programs, if you still have questions, reach out to the program through their contacts 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.

Prepare for application as specified by program


Prepare your application documents and all other supporting documents. Individual graduate programs may require different components.   

English Proficiency Requirement
English language test scores, where required, are sent to us electronically, directly from the testing agency. Unless specifically requested, you do not need to provide copies.

Apply online


You can only apply for graduate studies at SFU online; there are no paper-based application. While completing your application, you can pause and return at any time before the application deadline. It is important that you complete and submit the application yourself.  

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When you submit your application, your referees will be automatically emailed and sent instructions for providing a reference online. 

Official transcripts should be sent to SFU directly from all the post-secondary institutions that you attended.