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 Subject Test is waived from admission requirements for Fall 2021 Admission cycle.

*** 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 3.50 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:

Please note ALL GRE scores MUST BE uploaded by the December 7th deadline.  

Clinical Psychology Graduate Program applicants must complete GRE General Test. GRE Subject Test is waived from admission requirements for Fall 2021 Admission cycle.

Psychology Graduate Program Applicants must complete the General GRE Test.

*** For applicants from Mainland China and Iran, the GRE General Test at home option is not available. However, if you can take the in-person GRE General Test, please do so. Otherwise, the Admissions Committee will consider case-by-case as to whether to waive the GRE requirement. ***  

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.

Successful applicants will be required to provide official transcripts to the Department of Psychology at the following mailing address:

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

5.      GRE Results - All applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (University Code - 0999; Psychology Code - 2016):
a) Psychology Graduate Program Applicants - General GRE.
b) Clinical Psychology Graduate Program Applicants - must complete GRE General Test. GRE Subject Test is waived from the Fall 2021 Admission cycle.
c) Applicants must upload by the deadline date their unofficial GRE scores (Test Taker Score Report from the ETS website). Successful applicants will be required to submit their official GRE scores sent directly to the Department of Psychology by ETS.
d) 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. You can register for the GRE examination at the ETS siteThe GRE General Test at home option is available seven days a week through October 31, 2020, with appointments available as early as 24 hours after you register.

6.      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.