Admission Requirements

Applicants meeting the minimum University requirements for admission are not assured admission into any graduate program. Most graduate programs have admission requirements in addition to the minimum which can be found on their program website. In addition, programs must restrict admission to students whose interests are compatible with available resources and faculty expertise.

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Minimum University admission requirements

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Graduate Certificate or Diploma

Admission to a graduate certificate or diploma require a minimum of:

  • a bachelor’s degree from SFU or its equivalent from a recognized institution
  • a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.33 scale or 2.67 on a 4.00 scale
  • Proof of English Language proficiency

Master's Program

Admission to a master’s program require a minimum of:

  • a bachelor’s degree from SFU or its equivalent from a recognized institution
  • a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.33 scale or 3.33 on a 4.00 scale (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered.
  • submitted evidence, usually references from qualified referees, of the student’s ability to undertake advanced studies in the area of interest.
  • Proof of English Language proficiency

In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications when there is significant experience relevant to the proposed area of scholarship.

Doctoral Program

Admission to a doctoral program require a minimum of:

  • submitted evidence, usually references from qualified referees, of the student’s ability to undertake advanced studies in the area of interest.
  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • a master’s degree from SFU or its equivalent from a recognized institution

OR

  • a bachelor's degree, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5/4.33, or a grade point average of at least 3.67/4.33(A-) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. Students admitted directly from a bachelor's degree must complete at least 50% of the course work units required for the relevant department's master's program if no course work is required as part of the doctoral degree;

OR

  • completion of at least 75% of the course work units required for the relevant department’s master’s program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.

International Admission Requirements

If you attended a post-secondary institution outside of Canada, the majority of programs will not require a credential evaluation service to be used.  A guideline of international credential requirements by country can be found using the drop down list.

Most three-year, Bologna-complaint degrees from research intensive universities are acceptable as a basis of admission for admission to graduate diplomas, certificates and master’s programs at Simon Fraser University.

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Not meeting the minimum requirements?

If after reviewing the university and program minimum requirements, you do not meet the minimum requirements it may be possible to be admitted as a qualifying student or as a conditional admission. Please contact your program of interest to discuss these options further.

Qualifying Admission

Qualifying admission may be offered to applicants who are deemed not yet ready to begin their graduate work. The applicant normally will have completed a bachelor's degree but may have a cumulative grade point average well below the University minimum admission requirements, or may have substantial deficiencies in their academic preparation for direct admission to the program.

Qualifying students will typically be working to make up deficiencies in their background to begin graduate work in their area of interest. An offer of qualifying admission must be accompanied by a set of expected requirements to be completed within one year. The requirements will consist of between 12 and 30 units of specified undergraduate courses to be taken at SFU and will include the required grade for each course.

If these requirements are met within the stipulated time-frame then the qualifying student will be admitted to the degree program for which the qualifying offer of admission was given. If the student fails to complete the specified courses or to achieve the required grades, either additional courses will be required or admission to the graduate program will be denied.

Conditional Admission

An applicant may be offered admission to a graduate program, conditional on the completion of certain requirements. Sometimes this may be used for technical purposes (for example, for an international student who needs extra time to have transcripts sent from an overseas institution).

If an applicant does not meet university or program minimum requirements, it is possible that additional graduate course work is required, or the student may be asked to achieve certain results in the first few terms. These conditions and deadlines will be included in an offer of admission.

If these requirements are not met the student is not able to enroll in future terms and may be required to withdraw for the university. If these requirements are met, the condition is lifted, and the student remains in their graduate program.