Application Information

Important Dates:

Clinical Psychology Graduate programs:

Online application system: October 1, 2021
Application deadline:
November 9, 2021
Supporting documentation deadline: November, 15, 2021
Clinical applicants interview CLOSED

Psychology Graduate programs:

Online application system: October 1, 2021
Application deadline:
November 24, 2021
Supporting documentation deadline: December 1, 2021

UPDATE: GRE General AND Subject Tests are waived for those applying to the Fall 2022 intake. Please do not include your GRE in any application material.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your transcripts do not clearly state your CGPA on a 4.0 or 4.33 scale, then you MUST convert your grades by using one of the CGPA converters (available to download under Transcripts).

Applicants with a CGPA under 3.5 are unlikely to be accepted to the graduate programs in Psychology.


Please note that our deadline date is very strict (the complete application along with all supporting documentation must be uploaded by the deadline - including reference letters). 


For those applying to the Clinical Psychology Graduate programs, please note the following:


1) Applications with a CGPA under 3.0 will not be reviewed or considered.  


2) Applicants who do not complete the CGPA converter (more details under Transcripts), as well as fill in the Cumulative Average and Grading Scale (4.0 or 4.33) field in the graduate application will not be reviewed.  


3) Applicants with a CGPA of 3.0 - 3.4 will have the opportunity to provide a compelling argument explaining any relevant special circumstances that have impacted their CGPA. A statement may be included in either the comments section or by uploading a separate document under Additional Documents in the graduate application.


If applicants with a CGPA 3.0 - 3.4 do not provide a compelling argument, these applications will not be evaluated.

*** The Psychology Graduate programs at Simon Fraser University are strongly committed to promoting diversity 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 research 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). In terms of research interests, make sure to choose the faculty supervisor who is a good match for you.

Students admitted to our graduate programs typically have a Psychology Honours degree (prefer) or a Psychology Major with a strong research experience in psychology, and strong background in psychology methodology and statistics. Experience in a research lab is highly recommended. Applicants who have completed graduate coursework may petition the Department for equivalent course credit upon receiving and accepting an admission offer. Students accepted into the Clinical Program must complete a Criminal Record Check prior to program entry.

We sometimes accept students into our PhD program who have completed a comparable MA elsewhere (e.g., an MA that included a thesis in Psychology that was defended). However, most often students enter our MA program as there are coursework requirements specific to SFU Psychology. 

The minimum University requirements is an undergraduate CGPA of 3.0 for consideration for admission to any graduate program at SFU. Applicants with a CGPA under 3.5 are unlikely to be accepted to the graduate programs in Psychology. While applicants generally have CGPA of 3.5 minimum, the average accepted applicant to our clinical program is about 3.9 (based on a 4.33 scale). Our programs are competitive - the Clinical Psychology Program admission statistics can be found here

If you have admission inquiries, please contact the Psychology Graduate Program Assistant at

Online application:

Applicants are required to write a brief list of their research interests (max. 40 words) and to expand on their research interests (max. 400 words) under the Research Interests Statement.

Applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee before they can upload the required supporting documents. You will not be able to upload your supporting documents until your payment has been received and processed. Please allow 2-3 business days for payment to process.

Please keep in mind that the application deadline is the last day for applicants to apply. We recommend that you apply at least a week prior to the application deadline. You have until the supporting documentation deadline to upload your supporting documents.

For more information about the application process, please review here.

Please note applications are locked after they have been submitted; applicants will be unable to make any changes after submission. If you have any additional information you wish to add to your application, you may upload an optional document or an additional PDF page to one of your document files to explain. The review committee will evaluate all the items you uploaded. Your application will not be negatively affected.

Supporting documents required for application:

Please note that applicants are responsible to have all their supporting documents (including reference letters) uploaded by the supporting documentation deadline. Incomplete applications are not considered for admission. In addition, we do not accept late applications.

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.

Curriculum Vitae

Include relevant experiences (e.g., volunteer activities, presentations, and research experience) and research publications (if applicable).

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, the referees will receive an email with a secure link where they can enter or upload their letter of reference.  For more information about references, please review here.

Please note that referees have until the supporting documentation deadline to upload their letter of reference. It is the applicant's responsibility to inform their references of the application and supporting documentation deadline.


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. Also, applicants must fill in the Cumulative Average and Grading Scale (4.0 or 4.33) field in the graduate application. If your transcripts do not have credits/units earned, then please enter 1 under the Credit Hours column for each row of course entered.

Please note the following if you are unable to use the CGPA converters:

If you cannot convert your grades to letter grades or percentage grades and use our CGPA converters, then please consider the following: 

1) Using WES to do a Course-by-Course evaluation of your transcript.

2) Add a comment under the comment section of your graduate application to explain why you cannot use the CGPA converter, and if the faculty advisor has any questions, they can contact you directly.

3) Please reach out to the specific faculty that you are interested in working with to determine whether your course and research experience is sufficient.

English Language Proficiency

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, TOEFL or IELTS, which includes a writing component. Information on both tests can be obtained from the Educational Testing Service ( Please see International + English Language Requirements for minimum scores required by the University for admission consideration.

If it is after the supporting documentation deadline, please e-mail your unofficial test results to The unofficial test results will be replaced by the official test results once they are received by SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.