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 Digital Innovation (MDI)

  • Applicants can have an undergraduate degree or graduate degree in a diverse range of disciplines including computer science, business, law, health, or other related programs. We will also consider a combination of education and relevant work experience.
  • Courses in introductory programming are recommended but not required.
  • Non-Canadian applicants whose first-language is not English require a TOEFL score of at least 92 (IBT) oe IELTS score of 7.0.
  • Please note: The MDI program has a single annual intake starting in September. Please follow the application deadlines for September.

Changes to admissions in response to COVID-19

Unofficial document acceptance

We are making temporary allowances for applicants living in regions experiencing school, test centre and/or postal service closures. If this affects you, we will accept the following through our Faculty of Computer Science GradApp System:

  • Unofficial copies of current English language test score reports (e.g., IELTS, TOEFL) or applications with no test scores for conditional admission. You will need to provide official test score documents before the start date of your program. Please note you do not need to provide a hard copy of IELTS as we can confirm directly with IELTS.

Submitting official documents

  • Electronic file-transfers from the issuing institution and from services such as Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eScript-Safe, or TranscriptsNetwork. Electronic transcripts are to be sent to
  • PDFs sent by email directly from the issuing institution. These emailed transcripts are to be sent to  You will need to provide us with a link to the institution’s page that displays the email address of the PDF sender.
  • Applicants will send verifiable ESL test results as PDF documents to The applicant must ask their testing centre to make their results available to Dalhousie University.  Students will not be able to register for classes until their ESL scores are verified.    

Submitting references

  • Electronically: Dalhousie’s electronic reference system remains our preferred way to receive references for graduate applications.
  • Email: If your referees are unable to submit through that system, we can accept letters through and begin processing your application. Please note: 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.

Mailing official documents

The deadlines to receive official documentation is evolving to help support our incoming students. Deadlines will be updated soon for receiving the following official documentation:

  • Transcripts
  • Reference Letters
  • English Language Test Scores

Mailing address:

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

Please note

We are experiencing delays in mail deliveries and processing.

Visit Dalhousie's Graduate Studies for answers to more frequently asked questions.

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. They can choose to submit the letter in paper form instead. For full details on how to submit academic reference letters, read 'application process' on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.
      • Non-academic references: All non-academic referees must submit their reference letters in paper form.
      • 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 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 form 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. Send hard copies (in addition to submitting scanned copies under step 2) of the following:

  • Official transcripts:
    One official sealed copy of your transcript from all institutions previously attended must be mailed to the address below.
    • Official English Proficiency test score (for international students):
      Hard copy of English Language Score must be mailed directly from the testing center to the address below. Please note you do not need to provide a hard copy of IELTS as we can confirm directly with IELTS.

      All hard copy documentation must be mailed to:
      Faculty of Computer Science, Dalhousie University
      6050 University Avenue
      Halifax, NS B3H 1W5

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.

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.

Your document checklist

  • Graduate Studies Application
  • Faculty of Computer Science online form
  • Two confidential reference letters
  • CS Background Worksheet (MACS, MCS & PhD applicants only)
  • Statement of Intent
  • General resume
  • Official transcripts mailed directly from all institutions previously attended.
  • Official English test scores
  • Evidence of research experience, such as publications and thesis summaries (PhD applicants only)
  • Graduate studies application fee. The application fee is currently $115.
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