How to Apply

Program status for September 2022 and January 2023

We are currently are catching up on an application processing backlog caused by a staffing shortage, please bear with us as we clear this. 

Admissions for September 2022 and January 2023 remain open.  Although fewer admission offers than normal have been made for September 2022, the number of applications that we are seeing suggests that our September 2022 admissions are nearing capacity. Remaining complete applications received for September admission will be automatically considered for January admission. Individuals whose applications are explicitly declined for September 2022 will not be considered for January admission.

We will continue to consider complete January 2023 applications on a rolling basis. Find out more about our application process.

Admission requirements 

To be considered for a graduate program within the Faculty of Computer Science, all applicants must have the equivalent of a four-year undergraduate university degree, a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0, and meet the following program-specific admission requirements. Visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies for full details on admissions for graduate students at Dalhousie University.

Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS)

Please note, we do not process any applications received after deadline stated below and any applications received by the deadline must be complete and include your official transcript. By complete application packages, we mean that all components of the application must be received by the deadline, including but not limited to transcripts, reference letters, language test scores for international students, etc. 

  • Admission into this program is competitive. Applicants must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0 among their technical courses and a four-year undergraduate degree. 
  • Applicants are expected to have a knowledge base equivalent to our second-year core computer science undergraduate curriculum. If applying from a non-CS background, qualifying year courses may be necessary.
  • Applicants who have been away from academia for a few years should demonstrate industry experience that has maintained or improved their technical skills.
  • Non-Canadian applicants whose first language is not English require a TOEFL score of at least 92 (IBT) or IELTS score of 7.0
  • Please note
    • MACS applicants are required to complete an admissions interview
    • If you are invited to an admissions interview and do not respond to a scheduling request within 1 month, your application can be closed
    • MACS program does not accept students for the summer term. Applicants should follow the application deadlines for September and January. 

Application process

It is a three-stage process to apply to a graduate program in the Faculty of Computer Science.

1. Submit your online Graduate Studies Application. (We recommended that you first type the required information into a text file and copy and paste into the online application form)

  • Supporting documents include:
    • 2 reference letters:
      • Academic references: You must enter the university email address of your academic referee in your online application. Once your application has been submitted, your academic referee will receive an email within one week requesting that they submit their reference letter online. This is the preferred way to receive references. If your referees are unable to submit through that system, we can accept letters through graduate@cs.dal.ca. These letters must come from their institutional or company email address and be written on official letterhead. Ensure your referees provide your Banner ID in the email subject line.
      • Non-academic references: All non-academic referees must submit their reference letters in PDF format to graduate@cs.dal.ca. These letters must come from their institutional or company email address and be written on official letterhead. Ensure your referees provide you Banner ID in the email subject line. Please note: All paper letters should be mailed to the address below in a signed and sealed envelope.
    • Application fee of $115

2. Complete the form in the Faculty of Computer Science GradApp System:

  • You will receive an email (5-7 business days) after you apply and pay your application fee with a username and password to log on to our GradApp System to submit your supporting documents.
    • Please allow 5 business days to receive the email with your GradApp System login details, after you've applied and paid your application fee.
    •  The supporting documents include:
      • Your curriculum vitae (CV)
      • Your research proposal  (MCS and PhD programs) or statement of intent (MACS and MDI)
      •  Your worksheet of computer science course equivalents
      •  Your English test report, for international students
      •  Your unofficial transcript for each post-secondary institution that you have attended        
    • We require that you upload your documents in our GradApp System before we can review your application.
  • Applications that remain incomplete for more than 2 months can be closed. Applications that have the applicant’s supporting documents but not their reference letters are considered incomplete.

3. Electronic copies of additional supporting material are accepted as follows:

Official transcripts:

  • We accept electronic file-transfers from issuing institutions and from services such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eScript-Safe, or Transcripts Network. One official copy of your transcript from all institutions previously attended is required and can be sent to graduate@cs.dal.ca
  • PDFs can sent by email directly from the issuing institution. These emailed transcripts are to be sent to graduate@cs.dal.ca. You will need to provide us with a link to the institution’s page that displays the email address of the PDF sender.
  • Official transcripts from Dalhousie are not required.

Official English Proficiency test score (for international students):

  • Your unofficial IELTS score can be uploaded as part of your document upload. We can confirm directly with IELTS for verification purposes. The applicant must ask their testing centre to make their results available to Dalhousie Univesity. Students will not be able to register for classes until their scores are verified. If a different English Language Score provider is used, the testing center can email the results to graduate@cs.dal.ca.
  • If your institution or English Language provider cannot submit electronically, the hard copy documentation must be mailed to:

            Faculty of Computer Science
            Dalhousie University
            6050 University Avenue
            Halifax, NS B3H 1W5
            Canada

If your application has been rejected during the current admission cycle, you may want to consider taking a year to improve your application before reapplying.

4. Admissions Interview

Applicants are required to participate in a short interview that will include an assessment of your oral and written communication skills, as well as problem-solving and programming skills. You will need access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection and webcam to participate.  

Details will be communicated to you before your admissions interview.

Application deadlines

The following deadlines are in effect. 

Please note, we do not process any applications received after the stated deadline and any applications received by the deadline must be complete and include your official transcript. By complete application packages, we mean that all components of the application must be received by the deadline, including but not limited to transcripts, reference letters, language test scores for international students, etc. 


Deadlines for applications from Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents
September admission January admission

May admission (by special arrangement)

Master of Applied Computer Science May 1 
October 1 N/A
Master of Computer Science June 1*  October 1 N/A
PhD June 1*  October 1 February 28
Master of Digital Innovation June 1 N/A N/A

Deadlines for international applications
September admission January admission May admission (by special arrangement)
Master of Applied Computer Science March 1 
August 1 N/A

Master of Computer Science April 1* August 1 N/A
PhD April 1* August 1 December 31
Master of Digital Innovation April 1 N/A N/A

*Consideration for funding is done on a rolling basis starting on November 30. As such, all applicants are encouraged to submit their complete application as early as possible.

Please note:

  • There is only September admission for the Master of Digital Innovation.
  • Admission for the Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) is in September and January, there is no admission in May.

Additional requirements for international students

  • Official TOEFL test scores as listed above by program or International Degree Equivalencies.
  • Applicants with bachelor's degrees in computer science or engineering from Indian universities are encouraged to submit their JEE or GATE scores. 
  • Applicants will send verifiable ESL test results as PDF documents to graduate.@cs.dal.ca. The applicant must ask their testing centre to make their results available to Dalhousie University. If the Faculty of Graduate Studies is unable to verify your ESL test scores they will notify you in your acceptance letter. Students will not be able to register for classes until their ESL scores are verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  
  • Our institution code for TOEFL is 0195, department code 78.
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Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Email: graduate@cs.dal.ca