Graduate Student Page

Welcome to the incoming grad MA student cohort for 2019 - we are very happy that you chose to join us!

Our MA students are focused, energetic and talented, and together with the faculty, make for a vibrant departmental life.

from Grad Studies, August 28 2020


If you are arriving from outside of Canada, the Government of Canada has implemented travel restrictions, including a 14 day mandatory self-isolation upon arrival. So if you are a student intending to travel to Canada you will need to arrange a 14-day self-isolation off-campus. We have an online guide available to support new and returning international students with this process.

If you are arriving for the Fall term from outside Canada, please register your plan with SFU. This information will help us support you before you arrive, as you prepare the correct information and documentation needed to satisfy government requirements. It will also help us support you after your arrival.


As of September 1, the U-Pass BC program will be resuming. (Since the decision was made to suspend the U-Pass BC program for the 2020 Summer semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Simon Fraser Student Society, Graduate Student Society and SFU have worked with TransLink, and the other public post-secondary institutions and student associations in Metro Vancouver, to reinstate the program with appropriate eligibility adjustments.) Deadline to apply for exemption is September 22.

Upcoming MA Defenses

Sarah Paquette will present her Professional Paper

"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"

January 29, 2021 - 10 a.m. - Via Zoom

Supervisor: Lisa Shapiro
2nd Reader: Endre Begby

Abstract: The standard interpretation of Hume on beliefs acquired through testimony reduces testimony to perceptual evidence, resulting in an account of belief formation and decision making about moral matters that fails to account for the passions and character of those involved, as well as how social relations and sympathy bear influence. I argue that this is a problem absent from Hume’s original work, as he draws a distinction between moral matters and matters of fact and presents a nuanced descriptive account.

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