Application Process


Students interested in applying to the MBB program must meet the following criteria in addition to the General Admission Requirements listed on the SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

  • Applicants must have completed a BSc with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.33 scale). International students should check the Academic Requirements.
  • TOEFL score greater than 100 for international students from countries where English is not the primary language OR IELTS score of 7.0.


  • Applicants must have found a Supervisor who has agreed to consider your application in order to be considered for admission to the program.


A key part of your graduate experience is your relationship with your supervisor. Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree. Please do not spend the on-line application fee until you have found a supervisor (see Guidelines in Finding a Supervisor) who has agreed to take you into their lab.

Applicants should contact MBB Faculty members or MBB Associate/Adjunct Faculty members directly to discuss their research interests and confirm the availability of funding and space in their research group. This does not mean that you have simply e-mailed/contacted a professor. The proposed supervisor will have reviewed your transcripts, research experience and interests (and possibly references) and agreed to take you into their lab.

Our Supervisor Info 


The Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry accepts new students throughout the year.

Deadlines for receipt of complete online applications, including supporting documents, are:

  • October 1st for Spring (January 1st) term
  • February 1st for Summer (May 1st) term
  • June 1st for Fall (September 1st) term

Applications will not be considered until you have found a potential supervisor.

  1. Apply online at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies site. Note that there is an application fee which you must pay by credit card (Master Card or Visa) in order to apply online.
  2. You have to upload the following supporting materials online:
    • Copies of official transcripts from all Post-Secondary Institutions attended.
    • A current copy of your Curriculum Vitae. Be sure to include any publications you may have.
    • 3 strongly supportive Letters of Reference are required. The online admission system will instruct you on how to request the reference letters.
  3. You have to mail the following supporting materials:
    • One set of official transcripts from all Post-Secondary Institutions attended (must come either directly from the educational instituion or in a sealed envelope mailed by you; please do not send opened transcripts)
    • Evidence showing completion of BSc/MSc degree(s). If the degree is not complete at the time of application, evidence of its completion is required at time of registration.
    • Official TOEFL or IELTS score (for students whose first language is not English). Exams must have been taken in the last two years and be sent directly from the testing centre. Photocopies will suffice during the application process but in order to be admitted official copies will be required. SFU's institution code is 0999 and MBB's department code is 034. International applicants whose primary language is not English will not be required to complete an English-language test if they completed a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language.
    • For PhD only - Evidence of your ability to undertake substantial original research is required (i.e. a copy of your BSc/MSc thesis, particulars about research work over the past 18 months, who you have been affiliated with, copies of research reports or papers authored or co-authored).

Please send materials, that are requested to be mailed, to:
Simon Fraser University
Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Maggie Benston Centre 1100
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC
Canada V5A 1S6

Graduate Program Assistant

Office: SSB 8172
Tel: (778) 782-5631


Admissions Handbook

The Graduate Student Handbook provides useful information about the policies and procedures you will need to know as a graduate student at Simon Fraser University.