Degree Requirements

Psychology Graduate Program

In addition to the following, students must participate in area research seminars during their M.A. and Ph.D. programs, and complete the requirements for their area of research specialization.

MA Level Requirements


Students admitted to the M.A. program are required to achieve satisfactory performance in PSYC 824 (Research Issues), PSYC 910 & PSYC 911 (Research Design I & II), two breadth courses, a minimum of two area courses, a M.A. thesis proposal (PSYC 895), and complete a M.A. thesis (PSYC 898).

Note: Students from the HQT and CNS track are not required to register in PSYC 824.


Ph.D Level Requirements


Upon successfully completing the M.A. degree requirements, students may apply for admission to the Ph.D. program. Students who are admitted to the Ph.D. program with an M.A. degree from another university must meet the equivalent of all the requirements of the SFU M.A., and may be required to undertake additional work to ensure this.

Students in the Ph.D. program complete a minimum of two area courses, three comprehensive examinations (PSYC 991, 992 and 993), a Ph.D. thesis proposal, and a doctoral thesis.  The required courses and comprehensive exams must be completed within two years of entrance to the Ph.D. program.


Please also review the Psychology MA/PhD Academic Calendar.