Masters program

To qualify for admission to the MASc program, a student must meet the University admission requirements under the SFU Graduate General Regulations (Section 1.3) and

* must have a bachelor's degree or the equivalent in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Science or a related area.

PhD program

To qualify for admission to the PhD program, a student must satisfy the University admission requirements stated in section 1.3 of the Graduate General Regulations and

  • must have a Master's degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, computer science or a related field,
  • have submitted evidence that he or she is capable of undertaking substantial original research in Engineering Science, and
  • have identified a faculty member willing to act as Senior Supervisor.

International Applicants are also encouraged to review the information found on the Dean of Graduate Studies website.

English Language Competency

The University admission requirements stated in section 1.3 of the Graduate General Regulations state that if your primary language is not English or your previous education has been conducted in another language, an Applicant must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in the chosen field.

  • At the time of application, the Applicant will need to submit a current TOEFL/IELTS score that meets minimum requirements.
  • Applications that do not meet the minimum requirement will not be considered.
  • Please note that in order for your application to be complete, you must have your (unofficial) score available for upload into the application system. Examination scores received after the end of the application deadline will not be accepted.

Typical Costs: Tuition and Fees

The MASc and PhD programs are both classified as Research Programs. The M.Eng. program is classified as Premium Fee Programs. Please see the following website for information about Tuition and Fees a graduate student is expected to pay as well as the Typical Costs of being a graduate student as SFU:

Financial Assistance

If a recommendation of admission is made, financial support in the form of a research assistantship (RA) may or may not be offered by the faculty member who will be acting as the graduate student's senior supervisor. A successful applicant may also apply for a teaching assistantship position (TA), however, a student is not normally offered a TA position in the first semester of enrollment. When a student has successfully completed 2 engineering science courses (not including directed studies courses), he or she may apply for a graduate fellowship.

Applicants should review our Dean of Graduate Studies website for more information about Entrance Scholarships. Some are by nomination only and others can be applied for by current students or applicants, but the majority are competition-based and the School can only nominate 1-2 students. It is highly encouraged to Applicants that THEY NOT budget for the successful receipt of these scholarships.

Information about bursaries, which are awarded to those in financial need, can be found at

Please remember that students who are not Canadian citizens and who require financial assistance to attend SFU must seek such assistance in their country of origin before arrival in Canada. Many of the outside awards offered to students at SFU (for instance, NSERC) are restricted to Canadian citizens or permanent residents.