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 your program of interest. Visit the program or department website for more information on the 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.

Prepare for application as specified by program


Prepare your application information and supporting documents. Individual graduate programs will require different components and submissions.   

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

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While completing your application, you can pause and return at any time before the application deadline. You must complete and submit the application yourself.

Once you complete and submit your application information:

  • Your referees will be automatically emailed and sent instructions for providing their reference online.
  • You will need to pay the non-refundable application fee of $90 CAN (students with Canadian transcripts only) or $125 CAN (students with one or more international transcripts) by credit card (Mastercard or Visa).

Once your application fee has been paid and processed, you will be able to upload the required documents to complete your application.

Watch this video demonstrating the application process

Note: This video only includes captions; it does not include sound.

Note: Current SFU graduate students who are applying to another graduate credential are not required to pay an application fee.