How to Apply

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 (FGS) for full details on admissions for graduate students at Dalhousie University.

Non-Canadian applicants whose first language is not English require a TOEFL score of at least 92 (IBT) or IELTS score of 7.0. For clarification and acepted testing, please refer to the FGS language requirements for clarification.

If your institution is unable to submit transcripts electronically, hard copies must be mailed to:

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

Please note, we do not process any applications received after the deadlines stated below. Any applications received by the deadline must be received by the deadline.

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 unofficial transcripts, reference letters, language test scores for international students, etc. 

  • At a minimum, applicants must have a 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.
  • 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. 

Master of Computer Science (MCS)

  • Applicants must have a strong Grade Point Average (GPA) among their technical courses and a four-year undergraduate degree in computer science or a related technical discipline. Applicants with a GPA at or below 3.4 generally need a connection with a faculty member or need relevant industry experience for their application to succeed.
  • Applicants are expected to have a knowledge base equivalent to our third-year core computer science undergraduate curriculum.

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.
  • Please note: The MDI program has a single annual intake starting in September. Please follow the application deadlines for September.

PhD in Computer Science

  • Applicants must have a strong Grade Point Average (GPA) in a master's degree in Computer Science or a related technical discipline.
  • Applicants should provide evidence of research experience, such as publications and thesis summaries.
  • Applicants will only be admitted with the support of a supervisor. We encourage applicants to identify and connect with faculty members before applying to the program.
  • Applicants are expected to have a knowledge base equivalent to our third-year core computer science undergraduate curriculum.

PhD in Computer Science, Post-Bachelor

A PhD, Post Bachelor is reserved for outstanding graduates of a four-year program with demonstrated research experience and/or excellent research potential.

  • Students must have a strong Grade Point Average (GPA) in Computer Science or a related technical discipline. 
  • Applicants should provide evidence of research experience, such as publications and thesis summaries.
  • Applicants will only be admitted with the support of a supervisor. We encourage applicants to identify and connect with faculty members before applying to the program.
  • Applicants are expected to have a knowledge base equivalent to our third-year core computer science undergraduate curriculum.

 

Application process

Applications are a three-stage process.

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. 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

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.
  •  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 (waived for MDI applicants – please upload a blank document to move our application forward)
    • Your English test report, for international students
    • Your unofficial transcript for each post-secondary institution that you have attended
  • Your application will not be reviewed until all your documents are uploaded in our GradApp System
  • 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 materials

Electronic copies of additional supporting material are accepted as follows:

Official transcripts:

  • Please review the information on when and how to submit official transcripts on the FGS webpage.
  • Hard copies are not required.
  • Official transcripts from Dalhousie are not required.

Official English Proficiency test score (for international students):

  • Your unofficial IELTS and TOEFL score can be uploaded as part of your document upload. We can confirm directly with IELTS and TOEFL for verification purposes. 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 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 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

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 unofficial 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 information for international students


  

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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Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Email: graduate@cs.dal.ca