Application Information

Important Dates:

Online application system: CLOSED
Application deadline:
Supporting documentation deadline: CLOSED
Clinical applicants interview CLOSED

UPDATE: The GRE requirement for Fall 2022 admission cycle is to be determined.

*** 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 to SFU Psychology Graduate programs. 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.

Supporting documents required for application:

Please note that applicants are responsible to have all their supporting documents 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. 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.

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.

You can e-mail your unofficial test results to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS) at, and a GPS staff will upload your unofficial test results to your graduate application.