Psychology Graduate FAQs


Can I meet with an advisor for general advice on the graduate programs in Psychology at SFU?

Due to the large number of inquiries, unfortunately we are unable to schedule individual appointments with potential applicants. Detailed application information is available on our website, including this FAQ page.

What are the admission requirements for graduate programs in Psychology at SFU?

Typically students admitted to our graduate programs have a Psychology Honours degree or a Psychology Major with strong research experience.

Can I apply if my GPA is below 3.0?

The minimum CGPA is 3.0 in order to apply to graduate school at SFU. Students admitted to our graduate programs are typically significantly higher (3.5 or above).

How can I increase my GPA?

Students with an undergraduate degree with a Major or Honours in
Psychology could consider the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
(http://www.sfu.ca/fass/undergraduate-students/program-options/pbd.html).

Students with an undergraduate degree with a Major in another discipline
could consider a second degree
(http://www.sfu.ca/fass/undergraduate-students/program-options/seconddegrees.html).

Is my degree from a US or International institution acceptable?

To ensure that SFU will recognize your undergraduate degree from a US or International university, please see the admission requirements (by country) on the Dean of Graduate Studies website (http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/future/international-applicants.html ).

Can I meet with an advisor to review my application and transcripts prior to submitting my application for graduate studies?

Unfortunately we are unable to review individual students’ application packages prior to application submission.

I have a Master's degree from another institution. Can I apply directly to the PhD program?

Students with a previous Master's degree can, on occasion, be admitted directly to the PhD program, but most often enter our MA program. Once admitted, students can provide outlines and syllabi for courses they are requesting waivers for. These are evaluated on a case-by-case basis and courses deemed equivalent to those offered at SFU are given waivers; this also applies to the MA thesis.

I was unable to write my GRE exam(s) before the application deadline.  Can I provide these scores at a later date?

Applications must be completed by the December 1st deadline, this includes the GRE results.  Students can upload unofficial GRE scores by the deadline and we will accept the official copies from ETS after that date.

Are there minimum GRE scores required?

No, we do not have established minimum scores but most students admitted to our program score highly on these exams.

What if I have not written the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)?

General GRE scores are mandatory for both of our graduate programs. For the Clinical Program, Subject GRE scores are also mandatory. The scheduled dates fill up quickly so students are encouraged to register as early as possible to write these exams. Please note that the Subject GRE exam is only held three times each year and should be written no later than October so test scores are available by the deadline date.

Can I write the GRE Exam after the deadline and provide scores at a later date?

No. Your unofficial GRE scores must be received by the application deadline date. The official copies from ETS can arrive shortly after to replace the unofficial copies.

What should I include in my Statement of Intent?

This statement often centers around your interests in psychology, your personal background, the reasons you are applying to a particular graduate program, and your career and personal objectives.

How many letters of reference do I need?

A minimum of three letters of reference from academic referees are required for admission to our graduate programs.

What are the tuition fees?

Our students must register in each term of their graduate program (3 terms per year) and pay the full-time fee (see www.sfu.ca/students/fees.html). Additional charges each term are: Student Activity Fee, Student Services and Recreation-Athletics Fee, and a U-Pass fee.

Does SFU provide funding for graduate students?

Incoming students with a CGPA of 3.5 or above typically receive a Graduate Fellowship (currently valued at $6,500) in the summer of their first year.  In addition, many of our students are successful in receiving external scholarships through a variety of sources (e.g. SSHRC, NSERC, CIHR, Michael Smith, etc.) to assist with funding through their graduate program.  Students also hold priority when applying for TAships during the first few terms in their MA and PhD programs (current values  MA - $5,700 / PhD - $6,725) and often receive RAships with individual faculty members.Other sources of funding are available and can be explored individually by students.

Should I indicate specific faculty who I would like to work with on my application?

You should indicate at least one faculty member from the Program and Area you are interested in on your application, but it is possible to be supervised by faculty outside the area or to have them on your Supervisory Committee.

Can I contact a potential supervisor?

You are welcome to contact potential supervisors directly. Faculty research interests are available on our website (http://www.sfu.ca/psychology/about/faculty/academic-interests.html).

How can I strengthen my application?

Applicants may want to consult with a professor or academic advisor at their own university for advice on the application process, strategy, and selection of career directions (clinical psychology vs. social work, counselling, etc.).