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Joint Program (3+1+1) in Computer Science and Software Engineering

Dalhousie University and Northeastern University

Overview

A student who successfully completes this program of study, will be awarded a Bachelor of Engineering by Northeastern University (NEU), and either a Master of Computer Science or a Master of Applied Computer Science by Dalhousie University (DAL), Halifax, Canada.

Phase 1 at NEU – Years 1 to 3

For students in the NEU Software Engineering (Regular) program
Semester Course No. Course Name Credits GPA
1 B080101010 Introduction of Computer Programming (C Programming Language) 4 U
  B080311111 or B080311313 College English (1) or College English (3) 5 U
  B150100011 Advanced Mathematics (1)  5 U
  B150100161 Advanced Algebra (1) 2.5 U
  B161500020 Cultivation of Ethic Thought and Fundamentals of Law 3  
  B180100221 Physical Education (1)  1.8  
  B240100030 Mental Health Education of College Students  1.5  
2 B080100100 Discrete Mathematics  4 U
  B080103000 Logic and Digital System  3 U
  B080103100 Java Programming  2.5 U
  B080109001 Practice for Procedure-Oriented Programming 3 U
  B080302012 Japanese (2) 4  
  B080303012 Korean (2) 4  
  B080311212 or B080311414 College English (2) or College English (4) 5 U
  B150100012 Advanced Mathematics (2) 5.5 U
  B150100162 Advanced Algebra (2)  2.5 U
  B161100010 Summary of Chinese Modern History  2  
  B161500034 Situation and Policy (1) 1.5  
  B180100222 Physical Education (2) 1.8  
3 B080101030 Principles of Computer Organization  2.5 U
  B080101040 Computer Network  3 U
  B080103110 Object-Oriented Programming and Design  3 U
  B080103200 User Interface Design and Evaluation  1 U
  B080109002 Practice for User Interface Design 2 U
  B080302013 Japanese (3) 4  
  B080303013 Korean (3) 4  
  B080311313 or B080311515 College English (3) or College English (5) 5 U
  B161200010 Basic Principles of Marxism  3  
  B180100223 Physical Education (3) 1.8  
  B210100010 Military Theory  2.3  
4 B080101050 Data Structure  4 U
  B080101060 Operating System  2.5 U
  B080101070 Principles of Database  2.5 U
  B080103302 JSP and Servlet Techniques  2.5 U
  B080109003 Practice for Network Application 2 U
  B080311414 or B080311616 College English (4) or College English (6) 5 U
  B150100070 Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics  3.5 U
  B150100310 Numerical Analysis  3.5 U
  B161500035 Situation and Policy (2) 0.5  
  B180100224 Physical Education (4) 1.8  
5 B080101080 Software Engineering  4 U,G
  B080103010 Telecommunications Essentials  2 U,G
  B080109010 Course Design for Data Structure 2 U,G
  B161300010 Introduction to Mao Tse-tung Thought and Socialism Theoretical System with Chinese Characteristics 6  
6 B080103210 Software Requirements Analysis and Design  3 G
  B080103230 Software Testing  2.5 G
  B080109004 Practice for Database Application 2 G
  B080109020 Enterprise Project Training 10 G
    ELECTIVES AS REQUIRED BY NEU    
For students in the NEU Software Engineering (Japanese International) program
Semester Course No. Course Name Credits GPA
1 B150100011 Advanced Mathematics (1) 5 U
  B150100161 Advanced Algebra (1) 2.5 U
  B080101010 Introduction of Computer Programming (C Programming Language) 4 U
  B080301911 Basic College English (1) 5 U
  B161500020 Cultivation of Ethic Thought and Fundamentals of Law 3  
  B180100221 Physical Education (1) 1.8  
  B240100030 Mental Health Education of College Students 1.5  
2 B080100100 Discrete Mathematics 4 U
  B150100012 Advanced Mathematics (2) 5.5 U
  B150100162 Advanced Algebra (2) 2.5 U
  B080301912 Basic College English (2) 5 U
  B080103100 Java Programming 2.5 U
  B080109001 Practice for Procedure-Oriented Programming 3 U
  B161100010 Summary of Chinese Modern History 2  
  B161500034 Situation and Policy (1) 1.5  
  B180100222 Physical Education (2) 1.8  
3 B080101030 Principles of Computer Organization 2.5 U
  B080101040 Computer Network 3 U
  B080301913 Basic College English (3) 5 U
  B080103110 Object-Oriented Programming and Design 3 U
  B080909002 Practice for Object- Oriented Programming 2 U
  B161200010 Basic Principles of Marxism 3  
  B180100223 Physical Education (3) 1.8  
  B210100010 Military Theory  2.3  
4 B150100070 Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics 3.5 U
  B150100310 Numerical Analysis 3.5 U
  B080101050 Data Structure 4 U
  B080101060 Operating System  2.5 U
  B080101070 Principles of Database 2.5 U
  B080301914 Basic College English (4) 5 U
  B080103302 JSP and Servlet Techniques  2.5 U
  B080109003 Practice for Network Application 2 U
  B161500035 Situation and Policy (2) 0.5  
  B180100224 Physical Education (4) 1.8  
5 B080101080 Software Engineering 4 U,G
  B080103120 Software Architecture and Design Patterns 2.5 U,G
  B080103130 Algorithms Analysis and Design  2.5 U,G
  B080109010 Course Design for Data Structure 2 U,G
  B161300010 Introduction to Mao Tse-tung Thought and Socialism Theoretical System with Chinese Characteristics 6  
6 B080103210 Software Requirements Analysis and Design 3 G
  B080103230 Software Testing 2.5 G
  B080109020 Enterprise Project Training 10 G
  B080109004 Practice for Database Application 2 G
    ELECTIVES AS REQUIRED BY NEU    
For students in the NEU Software Engineering (English International) program
Semester Course No. Course Name Credits GPA
1 B080301811 College English Intensive Reading (1) 3 U
  B080301821 College English Listening (1) 2 U
  B080301831 College Spoken English (1 2 U
  B150100011 Advanced Mathematics (1) 5 U
  B150100161 Advanced Algebra (1) 2.5 U
  B161500020 Cultivation of Ethic Thought and Fundamentals of Law 3  
  B180100221 Physical Education (1) 1.8  
  B240100030 Mental Health Education of College Students 1.5  
2 B080100100 Discrete Mathematics 4 U
  B080301812 College English Intensive Reading (2) 4 U
  B080301822 College English Listening (2) 2 U
  B080301832 College Spoken English (2) 2 U
  B080903100 Java Programming 2.5 U
  B080909001 Practice for Procedure-Oriented Programming 3 U
  B150100012 Advanced Mathematics (2) 5.5 U
  B150100162 Advanced Algebra (2) 2.5 U
  B161100010 Summary of Chinese Modern History 2  
  B161500034 Situation and Policy (1)  1.5  
  B180100222 Physical Education (2)  1.8  
3 B080901020 C++ Programming  3 U
  B080901030 Principles of Computer Organization  2.5 U
  B080909002 Practice for Object- Oriented Programming 2 U
  B161200010 Basic Principles of Marxism  3  
  B180100223 Physical Education (3)  1.8  
  B210100010 Military Theory  2.3  
4 B080901060 Operating System  2.5 U
  B080901070 Principles of Database  2.5 U
  B080903302 JSP and Servlet Techniques  2.5 U
  B080909003 Practice for Network Application 2 U
  B150100070 Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics 3.5 U
  B150100310 Numerical Analysis  3.5 U
  B161500035 Situation and Policy (2)  0.5  
  B180100224 Physical Education (4)  1.8  
5 B080901080 Software Engineering  4 U,G
  B080903120 Software Architecture and Design Patterns  2.5 U,G
  B080903130 Algorithms Analysis and Design  2.5 U,G
  B080909010 Course Design for Data Structure 2 U,G
  B161300010 Introduction to Mao Tse-tung Thought and Socialism Theoretical System with Chinese Characteristics 6  
6 B080109020 Enterprise Project Training 10 G
  B080903210 Software Requirements Analysis and Design 3 G
  B080909004 Practice for Database Application 2 G
    ELECTIVES AS REQUIRED BY NEU    
For students in the NEU Information Security program
Semester Course No. Course Name Credits GPA
1 B150100011 Advanced Mathematics (1)  5 U
  B080201100 Introduction to Major and Career Planning 1  
  B080311111 or B080311313 College English (1) or College English (3) 5  
  B161500020 Cultivation of Ethic Thought and Fundamentals of Law 3  
  B180100221 Physical Education (1)  1.8  
  B240100030 Mental Health Education of College Students  1.5  
2 B150100012 Advanced Mathematics (2) 5.5 U
  B150100050 Linear Algebra 3 U
  B080201020 C++ Programming 3 U
  B080201090 Fundamentals of Electronic Technology 3 U
  B080311212 or B080311414 College English (2) or College English (4) 5 U
  B161100010 Summary of Chinese Modern History  2  
  B161500034 Situation and Policy (1) 1.5  
  B180100222 Physical Education (2) 1.8  
3 B080200100 Discrete Mathematics  4 U
  B080200160 Mathematics for Information Security 4 U
  B080201030 Principles of Computer Organization  2.5 U
  B080201050 Data Structure  3 U
  B080311313 or B080311515 College English (3) or College English (5) 5 U
  B161200010 Basic Principles of Marxism  3  
  B180100223 Physical Education (3) 1.8  
  B210100010 Military Theory  2.3  
  B080203010 Assembly Language Programming  3 U
4 B150100070 Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics 3.5 U
  B080201040 Computer Network  3 U
  B080201060 Operating System  2.5 U
  B080201070 Principles of Database  2.5 U
  B080311414 or B080311616 College English (4) or College English (6) 5 U
  B161500035 Situation and Policy (2) 0.5  
  B180100224 Physical Education (4) 1.8  
  B080203020 Fundamentals of Cryptography  3 U
5 B080201080 Software Engineering  2.5 U,G
  B080206020 Communication Overview 3 U,G
  B161300010 Introduction to Mao Tse-tung Thought and Socialism Theoretical System with Chinese Characteristics 6  
  B080203030 Computer Network Security 2.5 U,G
6 B080203050 Computer Virus and Anti-Virus Technologies 2.5 G
    ELECTIVES AS REQUIRED BY NEU    
For students in the NEU Digital Media program
Semester Course No. Course Name Credits GPA
1 B150100011 Advanced Mathematics (1)  5 U
  B080501110 Introduction to Major and Career Planning 1  
  B080311111 or B080311313 College English (1) or College English (3) 5 U
  B161500020 Cultivation of Ethic Thought and Fundamentals of Law  3  
  B180100221 Physical Education (1)  1.8  
  B240100030 Mental Health Education of College Students  1.5  
2 B150100012 Advanced Mathematics (2) 5.5 U
  B150100050 Linear Algebra 3 U
  B080501020 C++ Programming 3 U
  B080311212 or B080311414 College English (2) or College English (4) 5 U
  B161100010 Summary of Chinese Modern History  2  
  B161500034 Situation and Policy (1) 1.5  
  B180100222 Physical Education (2) 1.8  
  B080503010 Multimedia Technology Fundamentals & Applications 3 U
3 B080500100 Discrete Mathematics  4 U
  B080501030 Principles of Computer Organization  2.5 U
  B080501050 Data Structure  4 U
  B080311313 or B080311515 College English (3) or College English (5) 5 U
  B161200010 Basic Principles of Marxism  3  
  B180100223 Physical Education (3) 1.8  
  B210100010 Military Theory  2.3  
  B080503020 Introduction to Digital Art Design  4 U
  B080503030 Computer Graphics 4 U
  B080503040 Art Fundamentals of Digital Media 2 U
4 B150100070 Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics 3.5 U
  B080501040 Computer Networks  3 U
  B080501060 Operating System  2.5 U
  B080501070 Principles of Database  2.5 U
  B080311414 or B080311616 College English (4) or College English (6) 5 U
  B161500035 Situation and Policy (2) 0.5  
  B180100224 Physical Education (4) 1.8  
  B080503050 Human-Computer Interaction Technology 2 U
5 B080501080 Software Engineering 2.5 U,G
  B161300010 Introduction to Mao Tse-tung Thought and Socialism Theoretical System with Chinese Characteristics 6  
  B080503060 Computer Aided 3D Modeling 3.5 U,G
6 B080503070 Artificial Intelligence 2 G
    ELECTIVES AS REQUIRED BY NEU    

Phase 1 at DAL – Year 4

For students in the NEU programs:
Digital Media, Information Security and Software Engineering (Regular)
Course No. Course Name Notes
CSCI 2100 Communication Skills: Oral and Written 1
CSCI 3110 Design and Analysis of Algorithms I 3,4
CSCI 3136 Principles of Programming Languages 3,4
CSCI 4192 Directed Studies 1
CSCI 8873 Honours Thesis 2
2 x free electives (2000+) 
1 x CS elective (3000+)
2 x CS elective (4000+)
3,4
For students in the NEU programs
Software Engineering (English International) and Software Engineering (Japanese International)
Course No. Course Name Notes
CSCI 2100 Communication Skills: Oral and Written 1
CSCI 3136 Principles of Programming Languages 3,4
CSCI 4192 Directed Studies 1
CSCI 8873 Honours Thesis 2
2 x free electives (2000+)
2 x CS elective (3000+)
3 x CS electives (4000+)
  3,4
Notes
  1. Must be taken in term 7 (Fall term of year 4 of the program).
  2. The thesis will be jointly supervised by a Dalhousie faculty member and a NEU faculty member, according to the standard NEU schedule for undergraduate theses.
  3. If a computer science course requires the Dalhousie Writing Requirement or any of the following courses as a prerequisite, that prerequisite will be waived: CSCI 1100, CSCI 1101, MATH 1000, MATH 1010, CSCI 2110, CSCI 2112, CSCI 2121, CSCI 2132, STAT 2060, MATH 2030, CSCI 3120, CSCI 3130, CSCI 3121, CSCI 3171.
  4. None of the following courses may not be chosen as an elective: CSCI 1100, CSCI 1101, MATH 1000, MATH 1010, CSCI 2110, CSCI 2112, CSCI 2121, CSCI 2132, STAT 2060, MATH 2030, CSCI 3120, CSCI 3130, CSCI 3121, CSCI 3171.

Phase 2 at DAL – Years 5+

The Master of Computer Science (MCS) and Master of Applied Computer Scienc (MACS) programs may both require more than one year to complete, depending on the progress of research.

Master of Computer Science
CSCI 9000: Master's Thesis
4 x CS electives(60XX)*
Master of Applied Computer Science
CSCI 7001: Research Project in Computer Science
8 x CS electives(60XX)*

* If a computer science course requires the Dalhousie Writing Requirement or any of the following courses as a prerequisite, that prerequisite will be waived: CSCI 1100, CSCI 1101, MATH 1000, MATH 1010, CSCI 2110, CSCI 2112, CSCI 2121, CSCI 2132, STAT 2060, MATH 2030, CSCI 3120, CSCI 3130, CSCI 3121, CSCI 3171.

GPA Calculation for admission to DAL

  • Maximum GPA on the DAL scale is 4.3
  • Each NEU course mark is converted to a DAL GPA according to to the table below.
  • GPA for admission to Phase 1 Year 4 at DAL is the average GPA of the courses marked U in the "GPA" column of the appropriate table of NEU courses above, weighted by credit value.
  • GPA for admission to Phase 2 is the average GPA of the courses marked G in the "GPA" column of the appropriate table of NEU courses above, together with all DAL courses.
NEU mark DAL Grade GPA
94 + A+  
89-93 A 4.0
83-88 A-  
78-82 B+  
75-77 B 3.0
72-74 B-  
69-71 C+  
65-68 C  
60-65 D 1.0
0-59 F  

Phase 1 admission – undergraduate English proficiency requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency in the form of results from standard tests. Note that the English language proficiency requirements are subject to change, so it is important that you satisfy the criteria in effect at the time you apply for admission to the Dalhousie portion of Phase 1.

Working while you study and after graduation

Under certain circumstances, the Canadian Government permits international students to work during study and after graduation.

How to Apply

Your application for admission to Phase 1, Year 4 of the program at DAL can be submitted online. To start the application process, you will create a username and password that you can use to return to your application at any time.

The online application system is generic, so although it is quite straightforward, there are some things you need to do that may not be obvious:

  • On the “Select an Application Type” page:
    • choose “Dalhousie Undergrad Group A”
  • On the "Apply for Admissions" page:
    • "Last name" is your family name (usually first in Chinese name order)
    • "First name" is your own name (usually last in Chinese name order)
  • On the "International Information" page
    • Select visa type "Study Permit (Student Visa)”
  • On the "Planned Course of Study" page
    • Select "Visiting Student - Requires Letter of Permission"
    • In the first text box enter:
      • Dalhousie/NEU Software 3+1+1/X [where X is the name of your NEU program of study, for example "Digital Media"]
        Computer Science

When you have finished, you will click a link at the end of the process to indicate that your application is complete. You will need to pay the application fee. You will get an email from Dalhousie about the documents required, which will include:

  • English test results. You need to arrange for this to be sent directly to DAL by the English language testing service.
  • Your NEU transcript (in English). You need to arrange for this to be sent directly to DAL by NEU.
  • A letter of permission from NEU.

The university may ask for other documents as well.

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When you have been admitted

You need to be supervised by a Dalhousie faculty member for CSCI 4192 and CSCI 8873, so it is important that you find a supervisor as soon as possible.

As soon as you have received your admission letter from Dalhousie:

  • Browse the web pages of faculty members in the Faculty of Computer Science to find out about their research areas and projects.
  • Email the names of the faculty members you would like to work with to international@cs.dal.ca
  • You will be introduced by email to the faculty members you have identified.