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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)

  • If applying from a non-CS background, qualifying year courses may be necessary
  • 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 program does not accept students for the summer term. Applicants should follow the application deadlines for September and January. 

Master of Computer Science (MCS)

  • Admission into this program is competitive. Students must have a strong Grade Point Average (GPA) and a four-year undergraduate degree in computer science or a related technical discipline
  • Non-Canadian applicants whose first language is not English require a TOEFL score of at least 92 (IBT) or IELTS score of 7.0
Master of Electronic Commerce (MEC)
  • Applicants can have a four-year bachelor's program or graduate degree in: Computer Science, Business, Law, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, Industrial Engineering, Commerce, Social Sciences, or another related discipline
  • 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 100 (IBT) or 600 (PBT) or IELTS score of 7.5.
  • Please note: MEC program has a single annual intake starting in September. With the exception of part-time or exceptional circumstances, applicants should follow the application deadlines for September. 
Master of Health Informatics (MHI)
  • Applicants must have a four-year undergraduate in a health profession or in an information technology area.
  • Courses in introductory statistics and programming are recommended, but not required
  • Non-Canadian applicants whose first language is not English require a TOEFL score of at least 100 (IBT) or 600 (PBT) or IELTS score of 7.5
  • Please note: MHI program has a single annual intake starting in September. Applicants should follow the application deadlines for September. 

PhD in Computer Science

  • Admission into this program is competitive. Students must have a strong Grade Point Average (GPA) in a master's degree in Computer Science or a related technical discipline
  • Evidence of research experience, such as publications and thesis summaries
  • GRE is recommended for international PhD applicants but not required
  • A PhD, Post Bachelor is reserved for outstanding graduates of a four-year program with demonstrated research experience and/or excellent research potential.

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. (It is 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 $100
  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.
    • We require that you upload your documents in our form before we can review your application.
  3. Send hard copies (in addition to submitting scanned copies under step 2) of the following:
    • Official transcripts:
      Two official sealed copies of your transcripts 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.

All hard copy documentation must be mailed to:

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

Application deadlines

The following deadlines are in effect. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered for admission in the next term. For preferred consideration for financial aid, please apply before November 30.

Please note:

  • There is only September admission for the Master of Electronic Commerce (MEC) or Master of Health Informatics (MHI) programs.
  • Admission for the Master of Applied Computer Science (MACS) is in September and January, there is no admission in May.
Deadlines for applications from Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents September admission January admission

May admission (by special arrangement)

Master of Applied Computer Science June 1 
October 31 N/A
Master of Computer Science June 1 (For preferred consideration for financial aid: November 30) October 31 February 28
PhD June 1 (For preferred consideration for financial aid: November 30) October 31 February 28
Master of Electronic Commerce June 1 (For preferred consideration for financial aid: November 30) N/A N/A
Master of Health Informatics June 1 (For preferred consideration for financial aid: November 30) 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 31 N/A

Master of Computer Science March 1 (For preferred consideration for financial aid: November 30) August 31 December 31
PhD April 1 (For preferred consideration for financial aid: November 30) August 31 December 31
Master of Electronic Commerce April 1 (For preferred consideration for financial aid: November 30) N/A N/A
Master of Health Informatics April 1 (For preferred consideration for financial aid: November 30) N/A N/A

Additional requirements for international students

  • Official TOEFL test scores as listed above by program or International Degree Equivalencies.
    The TOEFL score may be waived where the student has completed a degree program at an institution where the language of instruction is English and the official transcripts reflect this fact.
  • Applicants with bachelor's degrees in computer science or engineering from Indian universities are encouraged to submit their JEE or GATE scores. Applicants with high scores in these tests will have increased chance for admission and/or financial support. Please upload a copy of the test results to the online application, and mail an original paper copy.

Additional information for international students



Contact us

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Email: cs.admissions@dal.ca