Do you want to understand people? Do you find yourself saying, “Why did they do that?” Do you want to unlock the mysteries of the mind and learn to help others? Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour, cognition, and emotions. We examine psychological issues at multiple levels of analysis, from the neuronal level to the broad societal context.


The Psychology program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a major and a minor and also three joint majors. You can start this program at either the Burnaby or Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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Admission requirements for Psychology

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: Psychology or (available only in Fall) Psychology - 1st yr Surrey


You may add the minor program to any major program. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Academic Advisor
  • Advertising Agent
  • Bank/Loan Officer
  • Criminologist
  • Cultural Diversity Consultant
  • Customs/Immigration Agent
  • Fundraising Specialist
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Professional Consultant
  • Psychiatric Assistant
  • Public Opinion Interviewer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Recreation Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Social or Health Policy Researcher
  • Social Worker
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Youth Counsellor