How to Apply

PhD students are admitted only in the Fall semester (September). We strongly recommend the prospective applicants to take a preliminary assessment prior to applying to the program.

Instructions on applying online can be referenced through the Dean of Graduate Studies Office. Please complete the Application Checklist. Students seeking admittance to the program for Fall 2017 must submit all supporting documents.

The Minimum Admission Requirements are as follows.

a) Either i), ii) or iii)

    i) a master’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution

    ii) a bachelor's degree, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5/4.33 or a grade point average of at least 3.67/4.33(A-) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered. Individual graduate programs may set a higher admission grade point average. Students admitted directly from a bachelor's degree must complete at least 50% of the course work units required for the relevant department's master's program if no course work is required as part of the doctoral degree

    iii) completion of at least 75% of the course work units required for the relevant department’s master’s program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5. All graduate courses, whether completed at this University or at an equivalent post-secondary institution, shall be considered in the calculation. A student wishing to be admitted under this category (transferred to PhD) must have completed all of these requirements and initiated the transfer request within the first 6 semesters at SFU. As per graduate general regulation (GGR) 1.12.3, initial enrolment in the doctoral program will be the initial enrollment as a master's student.

b) submitted evidence that the applicant is capable of undertaking substantial original research. Normally, such capability will be judged from letters of reference from qualified referees, and the completion of a master’s thesis or other scholarly work.

c) The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Our minimum requirement is a total score of 600 and 5 on the analytical writing. It is recommended that applicants place above the 80th percentile on the test scores. (Code: 6G8N356)

Students must satisfy any further requirements set by the graduate program committee. Students whose native language is not English may be required to satisfy the University and the graduate program committee as to their capability in English. (See also 1.3.12)

Please contact Joanne Kim, PhD Program Administration at or 778.782.6796  for more information.

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At a Glance

  • Hybrid program (course and mentor-based)
  • Full time (length: 4- 5 years)
  • Early match with supervisors
  • Guaranteed financial support

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