Course Requirements

The most current program information can always be found at the Academic Calendar website


Internal Humanities MA Program Requirements

Successful applicants will enter the program in the fall term. With a sequenced combination of four courses and a thesis, students can complete the degree in 24 months.

While there are some course requirements, the degree is predominately writing and research-based. Candidate for the MA in Humanities must:

A. Complete a total of 26 units while maintaining at least a 3.0 CGPA, including all of

  • Hum 800-5 Theories and Methods in the Humanities (individualized course with Senior Supervisor) OR LS 800-5 Reflections on Reason and Passion (a cohort course with Graduate Liberal Studies approval) 
  • Hum 801-5 Research Development Seminar
  • Hum 803-6 MA Thesis

and two of *

  • Hum 802-5 Themes in the Humanities
  • Hum 804-5 Directed Readings (all forms MUST be submitted prior to the start of term and include a detailed syllabus and course schedule)
  • Hum 805-5 Special Topics

*please note that these courses requirements can be fufilled via accelerated undergraduate courses, directed studies, or through relevant course offerings taken in other departments/faculties

Students who have completed their coursework and/or are researching and writing their thesis will enroll in HUM 803-6 (MA Thesis). Course selection must be made in consultation with the Senior Supervisor.

B. Submit a thesis (approximately 100 pages) giving evidence of independent research and critical abilities.

For course descriptions and information on thesis proposals, thesis preparation and defence, please see the Humanities Graduate Studies Handbook and the Thesis Information for Graduate Students webpage.




External Program Requirements

Please see below for external admission and completion requirements.

A. English Language Requirements

English is the language of instruction and communication at the University. Accordingly, an applicant whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in the chosen field.

The requirements listed below are effective September 1, 2012.

Applicants normally will be required to achieve a satisfactory score on a standardized English test acceptable to the University. This test must include a writing component.

Simon Fraser University Graduate Programs accepts the following tests:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems)

Any equivalent test must include a writing component and all test scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of the test.

Score requirements can be found here

B. Application to Graduate

Graduate students should be familiar with the information on graduate regulations and graduate fees contained in SFU's Academic Calendar.

When you are ready, PLEASE apply to graduate in the second week of the start of your last semester of courses at SFU to avoid missing any deadlines.  Deadlines are posted here.

If you apply to graduate between May and the August DEADLINE, (summer application) your ceremony will take place in October. If you apply to graduate between September and the April DEADLINE (fall and spring applications) your ceremony will take place in June.  Exact deadline dates for August and April are posted here.

PLEASE note: The deadline for graduate students to apply to graduate is usually one to two weeks before the library submission deadline for theses defence.

B. Thesis Deadlines for Defence

Your thesis package must be delivered to the Library by the following deadlines and must be delivered within 3 weeks of your Supervisor signing the Supervisor Revision Memo.

For information on how to deliver the printed copy of your thesis to the library, see Deliver Your Thesis to the Library.

Thesis defence deadlines fall at the beginning or end of each term. Please refer to the Library Thesis website for more information on exact dates and formatting expectations.