Admissions

Important Dates

Clinical Psychology Graduate programs:

Online application system: October 3, 2023
Application deadline:
November 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM PST (2:59 AM EST)
Clinical applicants interview January 2024

Psychology Graduate programs:

Online application system: October 3, 2023
Application deadline:
December 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM PM PST (2:59 AM EST)

GRE General AND Subject Tests are waived for those applying to the Fall 2024 intake.

Please do not include your GRE in any application material.

  • If your transcripts do not clearly state your CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) 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). If you cannot use our CGPA converters due to no letter grades or percentage grades, please review the information under Transcripts for next steps.
  • Applicants with a CGPA under 3.5 are unlikely to be accepted to the graduate programs in Psychology.

Our deadline is strict. The complete application along with all supporting documentation (including references) must be uploaded by the application deadline.

*** 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. ***

Overview

The Department of Psychology admits graduate students once a year in the Fall term (September) and usually receives over 300 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 admission process. Candidates may also be interviewed in person, by telephone, or via videoconference prior to final selection. The Department reserves the right to admit only those students for whom research space and an appropriate faculty supervisor are available (see here for faculty members currently recruiting graduate students).  

Students admitted to our graduate programs are expected to have an undergraduate Major or Honours degree in Psychology. Experience in a research lab is highly recommended. Incoming students must have a solid understanding of methods and statistics used in Psychology, as they will take advanced courses in both in their first year. They also need a foundation in theory and a solid understanding of the literature associated with their research in psychology.

The Clinical Neuropsychology Stream and the Cognitive and Neural Sciences stream may consider applicants with undergraduate degrees in Cognitive Science, Behavioural Neuroscience, or Neuroscience, assuming significant coursework in research methods and statistics and in areas of Psychology relevant to the stream.

The minimum for admission to any graduate program at SFU is an undergraduate CGPA of 3.0 for consideration. Applicants with a CGPA under 3.5 are unlikely to be accepted to 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.

We sometimes accept students into our PhD program who have completed a comparable Psychology master's program elsewhere that included a thesis in Psychology that was successfully and publicly defended. Applicants who have completed equivalent graduate coursework may request credit after receiving and accepting an admission offer.

Students accepted into the Clinical Psychology program must complete a Criminal Record Check prior to program entry.

Students can view tuition and fees here. Students can also view estimated costs for domestic and international students. Please note that tuition is the same for domestic and international students, and students from our graduate programs are considered full-time and pay a per term fee.

If you have admission inquiries, please contact the Psychology Graduate Program Assistant at psycgrad@sfu.ca.

For those applying to the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program

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

2) Applicants whose transcripts are not on a 4.0 or 4.33 MUST complete the CGPA converter (more details under Transcripts), as well as self-report their Cumulative Average on a 4.0 or 4.33 grading scale. Applicants who do not will not be reviewed. If you are unable to use the CGPA converters due to no letter grades or percentage grades, please review recommendations under Transcripts.

3) Applicants with a CGPA of 3.0 - 3.49 will have the opportunity to provide a compelling argument explaining any relevant special circumstances that have impacted their CGPA. A statement may be included by uploading a document under Optional Documents in the graduate application.

If applicants with a CGPA of 3.0 - 3.49 do not provide a compelling argument, these applications will not be evaluated.  

Online Application (goGrad)

Applicants must pay a non-refundable application fee (domestic transcripts $110.00 CDN and international transcripts $150.00 CDN) before they can upload the required supporting documents. You cannot upload your supporting documents until your payment has been received and processed. Please allow 1-2 business days for payment to process. You can review here on how to pay for the application fee. Note: the department does not waive application fee upon request.

Please keep in mind that the application deadline is the last day for applicants to apply and upload all supporting documentation (including letters of reference). We recommend that you apply at least a week prior to the application deadline.  

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

Note: Applicants can update or replace their CV and statement of intent until the application deadline. If the applicant needs to replace their transcripts and update the referee's information, please contact the graduate program assistant (psycgrad@sfu.ca) to do so.

Supporting Documentation Required

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

Statement of Intent

Describe your interests in psychology, research activities to date, research interests, research plans, 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. However, it is best that the referees chosen can best speak to your abilities as they relate to an academic program which is why academic references are encouraged.

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

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

Transcripts 

Please upload copies of unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended, 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 or upload under Optional or Additional Documents. 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 and percentage grades on a 4.0 or 4.33, or use the CGPA converters, then please consider the following: 

1) Using WES (World Education Services) to assess and convert your CGPA on a 4.0 grading scale.

2) Upload a document under Optional or Additional Documents of your graduate application explaining 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 (https://www.ets.org/). Please see International + English Language Requirements for minimum scores required by the University for admission consideration, as well as countries that are exempt from taking the English test. Please note that the English test results must not be older than 2 years.

Please note that international applicants will not be required to complete an English language test if they have completed a bachelor's degree or higher at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language.

If you are unable to take the English language proficiency test and upload the test results prior to the application deadline, please upload a document under Optional or Additional Documents to explain.