Graduate Admissions FAQS

What is the application deadline?

January 15th.

Do you accept applications for January admission?

No; admission is in fall semester only.

Do you permit part-time study?


Who should I contact for a graduate studies application and information package?

Application material can be found at this location:

Where do I send my completed application?

The application is an online application form where documents are uploaded.  Original transcripts must be submitted to:

Graduate Program Assistant
Department of History - AQ6021
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
778-782-3740 or email

NB: We cannot be responsible for materials sent to any other department in the university.

Does the Department require forms for referees?


How many copies of transcripts are required?

One official copy

Can my transcripts arrive before my application?

Yes, but we will not consider applications until all documents are received.

Should my writing sample be a clean copy, or can I submit a copy with the instructor's comments on it?

Either is acceptable, but be sure to choose writing sample that best displays your skills as an historian.

What should my "proposed program of study" contain?

This portion of the application is used for two purposes: to decide whether the research project can be supervised with available department resources, and to indicate the applicant's skills in locating and defining a research problem.

How do I apply for fellowships or other funding?

All applications received before 15 January automatically receive consideration for internal fellowships and other funding.

When are admissions decisions made?

Approximately mid-March.

How long does it take to complete the MA Program?

The MA is designed as a five-semester program, although students can finish in a minimum of twelve months.