Current Graduate Students

Program Timeline and Additional Resources

MSc Program Timeline

Year 1: Term 1

  1. Initiate Research
  2. Confirm Senior Supervisor (before beginning of 2nd term)

Assocated Tasks

Submit the Approval of Supervisory Commitee Form to the Graduate Program Assistant

  • The form should have your Senior Supervisor's information, and be signed by you and your Senior Supervisor
  • Check the box that states "Senior Supervisor only appointed at this time. Other committee members appointed later"

Year 1: Term 2

  1. Confirm second supervisory committee member
  2. Develop a research plan for supervisory committee review

Assocated Tasks

Submit a Change of Supervisory Committee Form to the Graduate Program Assistant

  • The form should have your Senior Supervisor's information, and be signed by you and your Senior Supervisor
  • The form should also have the information for at least one additional Supervisor to complete your Supervisory Committee
  • Check the appropriate box that states "No change to Senior Supervisor"

Year 1: Term 3

  1. Present MSc plan, including research and any remaining course requirements, for supervisory committee approval.
  2. Students may initiate a PhD transfer request within the first six semesters at SFU, and to do so must have completed a minimum of 75% (12 units) of their MSc coursework.

Associated Tasks

Schedule an Annual Progress Review with your Supervisory Committee

  • Clilck the link above for detailed instructions for completing your Annual Progress Review

Year 2: Term 1

  1. Continue with research plan.
  2. Meet with supervisory committee if any significant
    changes to the plan are required.

Year 2: Term 2

  1. Submit research summary and thesis outline for supervisory committee approval.

Year 2: Term 3

  1. Submit complete thesis draft to supervisor for approval to defend.
  2. Defend thesis.

Associated Tasks

Visit the SFU Physics Thesis and Defence Page for detailed procedures and resources for preparing for your thesis defence.

PhD Program Timeline

Year 1: Term 1

  1. Identify potential research projects
  2. Begin developing requisite expertise in one's
    research area
  3. Confirm senior supervisor

Assocated Tasks

Submit the Approval of Supervisory Commitee Form to the Graduate Program Assistant

  • The form should have your Senior Supervisor's information, and be signed by you and your Senior Supervisor
  • Check the box that states "Senior Supervisor only appointed at this time. Other committee members appointed later"

Year 1: Term 2

  1. Develop a three-semester research plan for supervisory committee review
  2. Confirm supervisory committee members

Assocated Tasks

Submit a Change of Supervisory Commitee Form to the Graduate Program Assistant

  • The form should have your Senior Supervisor's information, and be signed by you and your Senior Supervisor
  • The form should also have the information for at least two additional Supervisors to complete your Supervisory Committee
  • Check the appropriate box that states "No change to Senior Supervisor"

Year 1: Term 3

  1. Present PhD plan, including research and any remaining course requirements, for supervisory committee approval.
  2. Begin executing research plan.

Associated Tasks

Schedule an Annual Progress Review with your Supervisory Committee

Clilck the link above for detailed instructions for completing your Annual Progress Review

Year 2: Term 1

  1. Continue with research plan.
  2. Meet with supervisory committee if any significant
    changes to the plan are required.

Year 2: Term 2

  1. Continue with research plan
  2. Document progress for supervisory committee review
  3. Develop research plan for the next three semesters

Year 2: Term 3

Present PhD plan, including research and any remaining course requirements, for supervisory committee approval.

Associated Tasks

Schedule an Annual Progress Review with your Supervisory Committee

Clilck the link above for detailed instructions for completing your Annual Progress Review

Year 3 and Subsequent Years

Complete follow the Year 2 process through completion of your PhD program.

Associated Tasks

Schedule an Annual Progress Review with your Supervisory Committee

  • Clilck the link above for detailed instructions for completing your Annual Progress Review

In the first month of your final term, please visit the SFU Physics Thesis and Defence Page for detailed procedures and resources for preparing for your thesis defence.

Additional Resources

Confirmation of Enrollment/Degree Requirements Letters

To access copies of these letters, please see the Dean of Graduate Studies Forms Website.

Immigration Canada Letters/Verfication of Employment Letters

Complete a Request for Information form for the following:

  • Employment Verification Letter (Mortgage/Credit Verification)
  • Immigration Canada Letter (Verification of Employment)

Submit the completed form to SFU payroll for processing: payroll@sfu.ca

Visa Support Letters

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Graduate Student Business Cards