Application Process

Applications are accepted online through the Dean of Graduate Studies online application system beginning October 1st.  In order to use the online application system, you will need to pay an application fee of $90 CAN (domestic students with Canadian credentials only) or $125 CAN (domestic as well as international students with international credentials) by credit card (MasterCard or Visa).  If you cannot apply online please contact the Graduate Program Assistant.

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Please review Simon Fraser University's Dean of Graduate Studies admission requirementsas well as the Dean of Graduate Studies website.


Please note that acceptance to the program is highly dependent on the suitability of a potential senior supervisor. Candidates must review HUM faculty before applying, and indicate an intended senior supervisor within their application package. The program only admits candidates with clearly defined research project proposals that align with faculty expertise. 

Applicants will hold an undergraduate degree with at least a 3.5 grade point average (GPA) in the humanities, or in humanistic disciplines such as classics, history, art history, philosophy, English, and women's studies, or social sciences such as geography, sociology, anthropology, or political science. Applicants will also have to meet the standard requirements for admission to a Simon Fraser University master's program, namely at least a 3.0 GPA or its equivalent.

Applicants must satisfy the Humanities Graduate Program Committee that they are prepared academically to undertake graduate level work in Humanities. Qualified students will be accepted into the MA program only if, in the opinion of the Humanities Graduate Program Committee, a suitable Senior Supervisor is available. Senior Supervisors are selected only among Humanities faculty members, faculty members who have joint appointments in Humanities and another department, and Humanities Associate Faculty. Applicants are advised to review the list of Humanities faculty and their areas of expertise to judge whether supervision is possible.

The Master's Program in Humanities is interdisciplinary and draws on the resources of faculty in many areas of the Arts and Sciences. It is therefore possible for the Master's student to create, in cooperation with the Humanities Graduate Program Committee, an individualized program of studies to suit their scholarly interests and goals.

A student with incomplete academic preparation for the MA program may be required to take up to 12 units of additional work in the Humanities undergraduate program. The Graduate Program Committee will specify these requirements to the incoming student.

All applications, including writing samples, must be completed in English. Please see Application Process for more information.

Submit through SFU’s online application portal (Note: after you have submitted your completed online application, you will receive an email providing instructions on where to upload documents 2, 3, and 4).

  1. Contact information for three referees.  Email requests will be sent by the system inviting referees to submit letters of reference electronically.
  2. sample of the applicant's scholarly work: One sample only. A substantial essay is expected. This paper may be either a graduate or undergraduate paper, drawn from  the last two years of any B.A. program, or a paper written specifically for the purpose of applying to the M.A. program.
  3. written statement about current interests and prospective research
  4. An updated C.V. (curriculum vitae).  Added to the C.V. should be a note indicating whether an application for SSHRC (open to Canadian students only) or other external funding has been made.
  5. In addition to the online application, submit one copy of the official original transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions you have attended directly to the Humanities Department. These are the only original hard copy documents you are required to submit. Transcripts must be in sealed envelopes bearing a university seal. Please send directly to the graduate program assistant at the address below:
        Carolyn Richard, Graduate Assistant
        Department of Humanities
        Simon Fraser University
        8888 University Dr, AQ 6196
        Burnaby, BC
        Canada V5A 1S6
        (778) 782-8934

The BC Graduate Scholarship core eligibility criteria is as follows:

  • Students must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Students must be undertaking degree programs at the graduate level.
  • Eligible degree programs will include both research-intensive and professional graduate programs, with an emphasis, but not exclusive focus, on disciplines related to Science, Technology, Trades, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship and Design.
  • Awards are NOT portable or transferable (ie., cannot be taken to another institution).

It is not possible to acknowledge receipt of applications; however, you may check the status of your application materials online during the application period, as this information is updated regularly.  Incomplete files will not be reviewed

If you have any questions that are not answered on our website, the graduate program assistant, Carolyn Richard, will welcome your emails (to or phone calls (778.782.8934).  Please note that long distance calls cannot be returned.