Funding & support

Students with funding

Applicants who want to be considered for external scholarships like the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship must apply to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Harmonized Scholarship program by January 15. You can, and are encouraged to, apply to the harmonized scholarships even before you apply to the university itself; material that you develop for the scholarship application, like the research proposal, can then be re-used for the university application.

All PhD applicants, in particular, should consider applying to the harmonized scholarships.

Master of Computer Science 
Strong Master of Computer Science applicants who are connected with, or who we are able to connect with, a supervisor  are considered for Faculty funding. Faculty funding is based on merit and availability: about 20-25% of admitted MCS students receive funding. Those who are admitted with funding and who are making satisfactory progress are funded for tuition (excluding international differential fees) plus $8,000 to $12,000 per year. Students are expected to complete their degree in five terms.

PhD in Computer Science
PhD students making satisfactory progress are fully funded for tuition and school fees, plus a minimum of $18,000 per year for at least four years. This funding commitment includes a requirement to be a teaching assistant for two terms each year.

Please note: All financial commitments are made on an individual basis and the terms of funding support will be set out in the offer and/or admission letter that students receive.

Financial Amounts

The following table displays how much will be received by a funded student making satisfactory progress within the master's or PhD in computer science programs.

Fund Opportunities

What's covered

Income after tuition & fees                


Master of Computer Science
(eligible for funding, but not guaranteed)


Tuition + fees*

$8,000 - $12,000 per year

4 - 5  terms 

PhD in Computer Science
(all are admitted with funding)

Tuition + fees*

$20,000 per year

4 - 5 years

Funded fellowship opportunities in: 

  • Human-Computer Interaction, Visualizations & Graphics
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems, Networks & Security
  • Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • Ocean Analytics
  • Algorithms & Bioinformatics


Tuition + fees*


Dependent on program (see above)


*Fees include

  • Student Service fee
  • Student Union fee
  • University bus pass fee
  • Society fee
  • Dalhousie Student Union health plan
  • Differential fees for international students

Where does your funding come from?
Funding for MCS and PhD students is a mix of:

Students without funding

There are currently no Faculty-level entrance awards for the Master of Applied Computer Science.