Graduate Studies Guide

The SA Graduate Studies Guide outlines the program requirements, policies, procedures, practices, and forms that are specific to the Sociology & Anthropology Department.

This guide is not a substitute for the ‘Graduate General Regulations’ but is intended to supplement the description of the university program with a description of the departmental program and the degree requirements and expectations within the Sociology and Anthropology Department.

 As these regulations are subject to change at any time, the department strongly recommends that students refer to the web version regularly. This document provides comprehensive information about Graduate Studies at Simon Fraser University -- in terms of general structure, degree requirements and regulations, guidelines for supervisor-graduate student relations, procedures and requirements for going on leave and funding available to graduate students.

All students and faculty should read the ‘Graduate General Regulations’ produced by the office of the Dean of Graduate Studies (DGS). This is available at:  

 SFU International Services for Students (ISS)

  • The International Services for Students (ISS) website provides a lot of information for incoming international students. Including permit and documentation information, housing and employment information, and additional resources.

Effective Fall 2018

  • GGR 1.9.1 & 1.9.3 on examination committees were completely restructured for clarity.
    • These GGR also now forms the basis of the new terminology we will be using within Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, on a Master's examination of a thesis (or project examined as a thesis) what used to informally be known as the "internal examiner", is now just an "examiner". This reflects that is at a master's level examining committee that this person may be internal to the department/faculty/university or external.   
    • For doctoral defences there will be an "examiner" and an "external examiner". The same logical applies for the "examiner" where they may be internal to the department/faculty/university or even external. 
  • GGR 1.9.5 incorporates best practices that have already been in place for external examiners that are acting in absentia
  • GGR 1.10.2 reorders the classification of thesis for clarity. There also as an addition to this regulation that now states " Upon a successful completion [of the defence], the thesis must be submitted to the library no later than the end of the subsequent term." This will mean that if a student defends in December 2018 they must submit their thesis no later than the end of Spring 2019. Please remember that if a student is submitting outside the term of defence they may need to enroll in their thesis course for subsequent terms. 
  • GGR 1.10.4 clarifies that one the thesis/project is submitted to the library that this is considered final. Only the changes requested by the Library's Assistant for Theses (formatting in nature) will be permitted. 

Effective Spring 2018

  • GGR 1.4.3 minor clarification on what occurs when a student does not maintain continuity of enrollment

Effective Fall 2016

1.12 Time Limit for Program Completion- Please review the G.G.R's as well as the SA Departmental Procedures.

Archival SA Graduate Studies Guides.