Why choose Master of Applied Computer Science at Dal?

  1. Fast track your way to industry: In a hurry, all program streams can be completed in as little as 16 months. Alternatively, take a deeper dive with a program lasting 24 months which may include an 8-month internship, entrepreneurial work term, or research project. 
  2. Experiential based learning: Complete one of three streams:
    1. Internship: Build on your classroom knowledge and gain industry work experience for your resume during a 4 or even 8 month paid internship. Internships in Canada and abroad allow you to gain valuable on-the-job technical experience and provide networking opportunities with IT professionals and potential employers.
    2. Entrepreneurship: Take courses in the technical and entrepreneurial skills it takes to get create your own software-based business. Develop your ideas in ShiftKey labs, our start-up incubation space, that offers a broad mix of technical resources, workshops, and entrepreneurial mentoring. Meet potential co-founders, gain practical experience, be inspired, and ultimately, explore what is involved in creating a software start-up in a casual, risk-free environment.
    3. Project: Complete a research project under the direction of a faculty supervisor. Gain technical experience in the context of an established research group by completing an in-depth research project.
  3. Technical strength: Get a head start for a career in the information technology industry. The Master of Applied Computer Science program is designed give you the technical skills needed for rapid advancement in the software industry.
  4. In-demand coursework: Our required courses are in high demand by industry and include mobile computing, data management, warehousing and analytics, and communications. 
  5. Learn in person: Share ideas and insights among experienced faculty members and classmates with range a of diverse backgrounds and professional experiences.
  6. Wide range of backgrounds: Whether you are an IT professional working in Canada, a student coming direct from a bachelor degree, or a foreign-trained professional, this degree is right for you.
  7. A growing network: Because computer science permeates nearly all human endeavors from business and science to entertainment and medecine, our grads have found work across all industry sectors. 

    World-class faculty


    You will benefit from working closely with our internationally recognized faculty. They provide the expertise you need to succeed in the growing field of information and communication technologies.

      Industry internships


      Paid internships give you the opportunity to network with IT professionals and potential employers, and present the opportunity of being hired by the organization you work with upon graduation.

      Active research groups


      Focus areas in Big Data Analytics, Systems and Networking, and Human-Computer Interaction allow you to find your research interest and work closely with active research groups.

        A start-up network


        Be a part of a vibrant network of students, alumni, and local companies engaged in the world of entrepreneurship, and passionate about helping you succeed in starting your own venture in Nova Scotia.