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Psychology: Bachelor of Arts Degree - Major or Honours

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer

Study Options
  • Co-Op

Courses in this program are offered using online and/or hybrid delivery method in Winter/Spring 2021 due to COVID-19. Confirm directly with SFU about the learning method.

  • Program Start Date
    September, January, May
  • Campuses


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    City of Burnaby
  • Length
    Four Years
  • Tuition Estimate
    $7,400 per year (Domestic) / $31,600 (International)
  • Book & Supplies Cost Estimates
    $2,520 per year
  • Credential Granted
    Bachelor's Degree
  • Learning Method Options
    • Face-to-Face
    • Temporarily online/hybrid for Winter/Spring 2021

Learning Method Option:

  • Face-to-Face: Program is fully delivered in class with face-to-face interaction
  • Online: Program is fully delivered online
  • Blended (Face-to-Face + Online): Program is delivered using a combination of face-to-face and online learning
  • Off-site: All or part of program is delivered in a physical location away from regular classroom/campus

Looking for ways to fund your education? Check out SFU's financial aid and awards page.

Application Deadline Advice


Applications Open

Application Deadline

Spring (January)

August 1

September 15

Summer (May)

October 1

January 31

Fall (September)

For high school applicants only

October 1

January 31

Fall (September)

For post-secondary/transfer applicants only

October 1

February 28

Program Options

Application Fee: $81.00

1) Program Admission Requirements


1. Students must complete a minimum of 5 approved Grade 12 courses, including all required courses for admission into the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as shown below.

2. Admission is based on an evaluation of ALL approved Grade 11 and 12 courses, with greater emphasis on List A courses than List B.

3. Students must also meet the General admission requirements


*indicates required courses

*Any English Language Arts 11 or any English First Peoples 11 courses

*A language 11 or waiver (includes all grade 11 and/or 12 second language courses, including all Indigenous languages of Canada, and introductory Grade 11 language courses)

*Math 11, at least one of:

  • Foundations of Math 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11

*Science 11, at least one of:

  • Chemistry 11
  • Earth Sciences 11
  • Environmental Science 11
  • Life Sciences 11 (Biology 11)
  • Physics 11
  • Specialized Science 12

*Social Studies 11, at least one of:

  • Explorations in Social Studies 11
  • Francophone History 11
  • an approved Social Studies 12 course

Non-required, approved Grade 11 courses:
Any Arts Education 11 courses and Engineering 11


*indicates required courses

*One of:   English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, Français langue et culture 12

*At least one of


Anatomy & Physiology 12
Calculus 12
Chemistry 12
Computer Science 12
Environmental Science 12
Foundations of Mathematics 12
Geology 12
Geometry 12
Physical Geography 12
Physics 12
Pre-Calculus 12
Statistics 12

*At least one of


American Sign Language 12
French 12 or Francais Langue Seconde 12
German 12
Italian 12
Japanese 12
Korean 12
Mandarin 12
Punjabi 12
Russian 12
Spanish 12
or one additional course from List A

*At least two of:  

20th Century World History 12
Asian Studies 12
BC First Peoples 12
Comparative World Religions 12
Comparative Cultures 12
Composition 12
Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
Creative Writing 12 or Langue et Culture de la Francophonie 12
Economic Theory 12
Economics 12
Genocide Studies 12
Human Geography 12
Law Studies 12
Literary Studies 12 or Études du Cinema et de la Litterature Francophones 12
New Media 12 or Medias et Communications Numerique 12
Philosophy 12
Political Studies 12
Social Justice 12
Spoken Language 12 or Communication Orale 12
Urban Studies 12


Accounting 12
Art Studio 12
Choral Music 12 (includes Chamber 12, Concert Choir 12, Vocal Jazz 12)
Composition & Production 12
Contemporary Music 12
Dance Choreography 12
Dance Company 12
Dance Conditioning 12
Dance Foundations 12
Dance Technique & Performance 12
Directing & Scriptwriting 12
Drama 12
Engineering 12
Entrepreneurship 12 

Film & Television 12
Financial Accounting 12
Graphic Arts 12
Instrumental Music 12 (includes Concert Band 12, Guitar 12, Jazz Band 12, and Orchestra 12)
Mechatronics 12
Media Arts 12
Musical Theatre 12
Photography 12
Studio Arts 2D 12
Studio Arts 3D 12
Theatre Company 12
Theatre Production 12

*Students unable to complete the requirements in any one category due to course availability will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Note: Equivalent AP or IB courses may be used in place of the above courses.


Admission Advice:

1. Verify high school course requirements on SFU Admissions website under Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

2. Students declare a Major after completing specified credits in their first year. See the SFU Calendar for academic program requirements. 


2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy SFU's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements


One of the following (minimum scores):

  • Completion of the last three (3) years of full time secondary school education in English in Canada with a grade of 70% or a "C" in English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples or their equivalents
  • Completion of the last three (3) years of full time secondary school education in English in a country in which English is the principle language of instruction, with a grade of 70% or a "C" in senior level English 
  • Completion of the last four (4) years of full-time secondary school education in English at a recognized international school in a country in which the principal language of instruction is not English, with a grade of 70% in senior level English
  • Completion of IB Diploma Program including English A (HL/SL) or English Literature and Performance (SL) with a minimum grade of 3
  • A three unit transferable English (ENGL) course or certified writing intensive course with a minimum C- grade
  • An IELTS Academic overall band score of 6.5 with no part less than a 6.0
  • A TOEFL iBT overall score of 88 or better with a minimum 20 in each of the four components (listening, speaking, writing, and reading)
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) with an overall score of 70, with no part less than 60
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with an overall score of 65, and a minimum score of 60 in the Communicative Skills, including: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing. 

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

In addition to program-specific admission requirements, you should also be aware of the following general admission requirements for SFU. These requirements include:

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

BC Secondary School graduates who wish to be considered for admission to SFU must meet both general requirements and program-specific requirements.

Check admission requirements for BC Secondary School graduates at the BC or YK page



Out-of-Province Secondary School graduates who wish to be considered for admission to SFU must meet both general requirements and program-specific requirements.

Admission requirements for out-of-province secondary school graduates are detailed at the SFU Admissions website .





BC Transfer Student

You can be considered for admission as a BC Transfer Student if you have completed between 24 to 60 credits of course work. SFU provides information for students transferring from BC colleges, other Canadian universities, and institutions of applied arts and technology.  For complete details, please click on the Transfer Credit page.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

You can be considered for admission as an Out-of-Province Transfer Student if you have completed between 24 to 60 credits of course work.

For complete details, please click on the Transfer Credit page. You may then select the Canadian colleges or Canadian universities or Visiting student sub-tabs.


Mature Student

You may be given consideration as a mature student if you are at least 23 years old, are a Canadian Citizen or permanent resident, and have attempted less than 24 units of transferable course work.

For complete details on mature student admission, please visit the Mature Student information page.


International Student

International applicants may be admitted from secondary school, a college, or a university, or applicants may already hold a university degree.

For complete details on International student admission, click the International High School page or the International College or University page.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

For information on other student admission categories, please check Diverse Qualifications.

This category includes information on the following:

  • Indigenous students
  • Graduate Students
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Readmission/Reactivation
  • Diverse Qualifications
  • Mature Students
  • Degree Holders
  • Senior Citizen Applicants
  • Adult Graduation Diploma
  • English Bridge Program
  • Early Entry
  • Irregular Admission (Faculty of Education)
  • Concurrent Studies
  • Calculus Examination Certificate
  • Independent Schools

How to Apply

For application advice to SFU please click here.