24 months
3892 CAD/year
3892 CAD/year
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The Humanities MA program offered by Simon Fraser University is designed for students wishing to pursue specific cross-disciplinary, text-based research projects. First and foremost, our program aims to guide students in the research and writing of a high quality MA thesis.


Our faculty’s research interests and expertise include: classical, medieval, and Renaissance thought and culture; modernity and critique; social and political thought; religion and culture; cross-cultural translation; humanities and citizenship; Chinese literary and cultural studies; and, humanities and the environment.


The Simon Fraser University Humanities MA prepares students for far more than just doctoral work. Our graduates will be competitive in a wide range of careers, including secondary and college education, editing and publishing, media industries, and public and civil service. Through its rigorous training in critical thinking, interpretive and documentary methods, effective writing, and reasoned judgment, the SFU Humanities MA program cultivates skills essential to almost every profession.

Students also have access to generous funding in the form of teaching assistantships, tutor-marker positions, research assistantships, graduate fellowships, and other scholarship opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories and Methods in the Humanities
  • Reflections on Reason and Passion 
  • Research Development Seminar
  • Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


26 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • a bachelor’s degree from SFU or its equivalent from a recognized institution
    • a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.33 scale, or 3.33 on a 4.33 scale (B+) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered.
    • submitted evidence, usually references from qualified referees, of the applicant’s ability to undertake advanced studies in the area of interest.
    • proof of English Language proficiency
    • In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted with lower formal qualifications when there is significant experience relevant to the proposed area of scholarship.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3892 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1946 CAD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    3892 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1946 CAD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Burnaby

1600 - 2700 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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