The application period for the academic year starting Fall 2021 is now open, it opened on October 26, 2020 and will close on January 8, 2021.

We do not accept applications after the closing deadline.

Application Information

These deadlines are for admission to the following Fall (September) semester.

Application Period Opens:              October 26, 2020
Application Period Closes:              January 8, 2021
Supporting Documents Deadline:   January 15, 2021
References Deadline:                      January 15, 2021

Please submit applications using the Online Application Process

Please Note:

  • We have a single admission cycle per year.  By early January, students apply for admission in the following academic year,  starting in Fall (September) semester. We aim to make our first offers of admission 4 - 5  weeks after the references deadline and most unsuccessful applicants would be notified shortly afterwards.
  • Required courses are held during regular business hours. Requests for exceptions or special arrangements are not considered. 
  • The department adheres to SFU's English-language requirements for graduate-program admission as well as the university guidelines on admission requirements, including those for international applicants.
  • All applicants must meet minimum standards to be considered.
  • Prospective applicants are not required to find a supervisor before applying.  Admitted applicants will be assigned a supervisor.
  • GRE test results are neither required nor considered.
  • The department does not not accept qualifying studentsnon-degree students or part-time students into the graduate program, nor does it offer a post-bachelor diploma or certificate; however, it does offer second undergraduate degrees. Please contact the Statistics and Actuarial Science Advisor for further details about a second undergraduate degree in Statistics or Actuarial Science. 
  • To increase the chances of graduate admission, prospective applicants may wish to complete advanced coursework for undergraduate majors/honors in Statistics and Actuarial Science.  Such coursework can help applicants meet admission GPA requirements or establish an equivalent background to be competitive in the admissions process.  For further details, please contact the Statistics and Actuarial Science Advisor.  


  • Letters of reference - Three (3) reference letters are submitted through the online application system by the referees directly. Once your application is submitted, an automatic email will be sent to your referees with complete instructions for submitting their letters of reference.
  • Unofficial transcripts and other requried documents are to be uploaded to the online application. 
  • Official transcripts are only required when an offer has been made. If offered a place, please arrange for one copy of each official transcript from your Post-Seconday Institution(s) to be sent directly to the Graduate Studies Department, SFU, marked: 'FAO: Graduate Admissions'.
  • Please do not mail hard copies to the department (unofficial/official transcripts, cv, references, unofficial language scores).
  • Please see below for more details on submitting your official TOEFL/IELTS scores.


General Information 

US and International

Please see our Department Graduate Program Brochure for more details

Financial Support

Teaching and Research Assistantships are available to students under the following departmental policy. Most TA work is performed in our open workshop for undergraduates. There are also a number of competitive scholarships and fellowships available. However, many of them have restrictive clauses in their terms of reference which make them inaccessible to most students seeking graduate degrees in Statistics and Actuarial Science. Generally we accept only students for whom some combination of TA and RA work is available to provide full support.

For further information, please contact:

Graduate Program Secretary