Application Information

Important Dates:

Online application system opens: October 15, 2020
Application deadline:
December 1, 2020
Supporting Documentation Deadline: December 7, 2020
Clinical interview date: TBD

UPDATE: GRE General AND Subject Test are waived from admission requirements for Fall 2021 admission cycle. Please do not include your GRE in any application material.

*** The Psychology Program at Simon Fraser University is strongly committed to promoting diversity in our graduate student program with respect to culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, among others. We welcome applicants from students who are Indigenous and from other minority groups. ***

The Department of Psychology admits graduate students once a year in the Fall term (September) and usually receives over 225 applications, typically accepting 15-20 students each year.  The Department considers all information provided by the student, including their personal statement and relevant experience, in the admissions process. Candidates may also be interviewed in person or by telephone prior to final selection.  The Department reserves the right to admit only those students for whom research space and an appropriate faculty supervisor is available (see here for faculty members currently recruiting graduate students).

Students admitted to our graduate programs typically have a Psychology Honours degree or a Psychology Major with strong research experience. Students applying with a Bachelor's degree must apply to the MA program, and if admitted, must complete all previous program requirements prior to registration in our graduate programs.  Applicants who have completed graduate coursework may petition the Department for equivalent course credit upon receiving and accepting an offer of admission.  Students accepted into the Clinical Program must complete a Criminal Records Check prior to program entry.

Students seeking admission to the Graduate Programs must submit their online application and upload all supporting documents by the deadline date stated above.  University regulations require a minimum undergraduate CGPA of 3.0 for consideration for admission to any graduate program at SFU. Students with CGPAs under 3.5 are unlikely to be accepted to the graduate programs in Psychology.  Please note that incomplete applications are not considered for admission.

For admission inquiries, please contact the Psychology Graduate Program Assistant at psycgrad@sfu.ca.

Materials required for application:

1.      Statement of Intent - Describe your research activities to date, interests in psychology, personal background, career and personal objectives, future plans, and preferred supervisor(s). This document can be no longer than two single-spaced typed pages.

2.      Curriculum Vitae - Include volunteer activities and research publications (if applicable).

3.      Reference Letters - Students must provide the names and email addresses of three academic references.  For some applicants, it may be more appropriate to provide a reference from a professional source, which is acceptable to the Department. Once the application is submitted, referees will receive an email with a secure link where they can enter or upload their letter of reference.  Please be sure to inform your referees of your upcoming application well in advance of the application deadline date (December 1st).

4.      Transcripts - please upload copies of unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, including the grading key and the CGPA converter (if applicable). Note: we will accept advising transcripts from SFU (i.e. official transcripts are not required).

CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) - If your transcript does not clearly state your CGPA on a 4.0 or 4.33 scale, then you MUST convert your grades by using one of the following converters: 

      1. Letter Grades
      2. Percentage Grades

Applicants must insert the CGPA converter (saved as PDF) as the last page of each transcript. If you are unable to use our CGPA converter due to no letter grades or percentage grades, then please make sure that there is a grading key attached to your unofficial transcript, and our Admissions Committee will try their best to interpret your CGPA.

Successful applicants will be required to provide official transcripts to SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) at the following mailing address:

Mailing address:
c/o Central Stores Mail Room, for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Maggie Benston Student Services Centre 1100
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5A 1S6

If you have questions or concerns about your official transcript (i.e. whether your official transcript has been received by the GPS Office), please contact GPS at gradap@sfu.ca. If your official transcript is sent via e-mail, please provide GPS's e-mail address to your post-secondary institution.

5.      TOEFL or IELTS - International applicants whose primary language is not English, or whose previous education has not been conducted in another language, must provide scores on a standardized English test which includes a writing component. Information on both tests can be obtained from the Educational Testing Service (www.ets.org). Please see (https://www.sfu.ca/gradstudies/apply/applying/english-language.html) for minimum scores required by the University for Admission Consideration.