Graduate Studies Application Information

Important Dates:

Online application system opens: October 15, 2017
Application deadline:
(including supplementary documentation)
December 1, 2017
Clinical interview date: January 26, 2018
Online application: Please click here

***Please note ALL GRE scores MUST BE uploaded by the December 1st deadline (official scores from ETS can arrive after December 1).  Clinical Psychology Graduate Program applicants must complete BOTH the General GRE Test AND the Subject GRE Test in Psychology.  Psychology Graduate Program Applicants must complete the General GRE Test.***

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 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 3.25 are unlikely to be accepted to the graduate programs in Psychology.  Official transcripts, GRE scores and, if applicable, TOEFL or IELTS results must be mailed to the Department.  Please note that incomplete applications are not considered for admission.

Mailing address:
Graduate Program Assistant
Psychology Department
Simon Fraser University
RCB 5246 - 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC   Canada   V5A 1S6

Materials required for application:


  1. Statement of Intent - Describe your research activities to date, future plans, and preferred supervisor(s). This document can be no longer than two single-spaced typed pages.
  2. Curriculum Vitae - Include volunteer activities (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.  It is advisable to inform your referees of your upcoming application well in advance of the deadline date.
  4. Transcripts - One copy of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions must be mailed directly to the department. Note: we will accept advising transcripts from SFU (i.e. official transcripts are not required).

    In addition, please upload a copy of all official transcripts and include the grading key and the grade conversion sheet for that institution.

    CGPA (cumulative grade point average) - If your transcript does not clearly state your CGPA on a 4.0 or 4.33 scale you must convert your grades using one of the following converters:

    a) letter grade to CGPA converter - Office 2007 or newer is required

    b) percentage grade to CGPA converter - Office 2007 or newer is required

  5. GRE Results (University Code - 0999; Psychology Code - 2016) - All applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores:
    1. Psychology Graduate Program Applicants - General GRE Test
    2. Clinical Psychology Graduate Program Applicants - must complete BOTH the General GRE Test AND the Subject GRE Test in Psychology
    3. Applicants must upload their unofficial GRE scores (Test Taker Score Report from the ETS website) by the deadline date. Official copies of GRE test scores must also be sent directly to the Department from ETS.
    4. Results are most likely to be received by the application deadline when applicants have completed their examinations by October. Early registration is encouraged as the scheduled exams fill up quickly.

  6. TOEFL or IELTS - International applicants whose primary language is not English, or whose previous education has 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 ( ). Please see ( ) for minimum scores required by the University for admission consideration.

    Please note:  We do not confirm receipt of official transcripts and GRE scores, but will be in direct contact with applicants who are missing these documents.