Mathematics Graduate Program Admission

Application information for SFU’s graduate program in mathematics


Online application opens: October 21, 2019
Application deadline: January 15, 2020

Applications must be complete - all documents uploaded and all references submitted - by the January 15, 2020 deadline to be considered for Fall 2020 admission. Start your application early to ensure that your referees will have sufficient time to submit their references.

Incomplete applications will not be considered and the application fee will not be refunded.


Entrance Requirements

If you are applying to the MSc program, you should have completed a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 or equivalent.
If you are applying to the PhD program, you should have completed a Master’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.5 or equivalent.
In some rare cases, you may be permitted to transfer to the PhD program before your MSc is complete if you are already working towards your MSc at Simon Fraser University.

For more information, see the Dean of Graduate Studies resource on minimum equivalent academic requirements for admission, by country.


Graduate Programs

We offer three programs in Mathematics at both the Master’s and PhD levels. Follow the links below for more information on requirements, program length, and course work.

Scholarships and Funding

Tuition and Fees

Full-time Fee for Research programs as of Fall 2018:
$1,834.63 per term or $5,503.89 per year.

Visit the Dean of Graduate Studies site for details.
In our Mathematics MSc and PhD programs US and international students pay the same fees as domestic students.


It is our Department policy that all graduate students in the Mathematics Department should have financial support, either from scholarships, teaching appointments, professors’ research grants or some combination thereof.

  • We fund all of our Masters students a minimum of $21,000 per year for the first two years.
  • We fund all of our Doctoral students a minimum of $23,000 per year for the first four years.

We also offer limited number of Major Entrance Scholarships for exceptional students.
You may be nominated for a Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship, valued between $1,000 and $5,000, paid in the admitting term.
If you wish to be nominated for an entrance scholarship, submit your application for admission by January 15, 2020. Failure to submit your application for admission by this deadline will decrease your chances for consideration in the annual Entrance Scholarship Competition to be held in February.

Steps to Apply

Step 1. Complete your Application for Graduate Studies at SFU
Upload all documents to the online application. We will not evaluate documents sent as email attachments before you apply.

Step 2. Submit your non-refundable application fee
Fees are $90 for students with Canadian transcripts or $125 for students with international transcripts, payable by credit card only (MasterCard or Visa). This application fee is charged by the university and is non-refundable.

Step 3. Upload your transcripts
Unofficial transcripts suffice for consideration of admission, but once an offer is made, we cannot admit you until an original official transcript is submitted.

Mail one set (hard copies) of each of your official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, in an envelope sealed by the originating institution—coming either directly from the educational institution or mailed by you—to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at the following address:

Graduate Admissions
Department of Mathematics
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6

Step 4. Select three referees
Select three referees and include their email addresses when you submit your application. Referees will receive a link via email to a secure form on which they provide a confidential reference.

Guidelines for references:

  • At least two referees should be persons familiar with your academic achievements.
  • For MSc applicants, letters should address your ability to undertake advanced work.
  • For PhD applicants, letters should address your ability to undertake substantial original research.


Step 5. Submit TOEFL or IELTS scores if your first language is not English

  • IELTS: The University minimum requirements for English proficiency is an overall band score of 7.0 of the academic (NOT general) test with a minimum of 6.5 in each section.
  • TOEFL: The University minimum requirement for the internet-based exam is a total score of 93, with a minimum score of 20 in each category. For the paper-based TOEFL test, the University normally requires a score of 580, with TWE 5.

Learn more about minimum University requirements and how to submit your scores.

Step 6. Optional: Submit any GRE General Test Results & GRE Mathematics Subject Test Results
These are recommended but not mandatory. The Graduate Record Examinations provide standardized tests of skills relevant to graduate students. These allow us to better evaluate your application.

Step 7. Optional: Request a Supervisor
You will be matched with a supervisor who shares your research interests. You do not need to determine a supervisor prior to applying. However, if you would like to work with with a specific person, you may contact them to see if they will be taking on students in the upcoming admission cycle. Note: They cannot promise you admission. You must still go through the formal application process.

Questions about the admissions process? Email the Graduate Program Assistant

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