2016-2017 Admission Cycle
Applications for the MSc and PhD
Open: Monday, October 17
Close: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Applications for the Applied program M.Sc.A.C.
Open: Monday, October 17
Close: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Application to the Department of Computer Science begins with an application to the School of Graduate Studies. Following that you will receive instructions to fill out the Department's supplemental application form by email in 24-48 hours.
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Determining Your Eligibility
|M.Sc. and M.Sc.A.C. Degree programs
|Ph.D. Degree program
If you wish to pursue a Ph.D. degree but do not already have a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, you should note the following:
- Students with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science or related discipline (e.g., computer engineering, mathematics) are strongly encouraged to apply to the M.Sc. program
- Our M.Sc. program is not a 'terminal' program. Quite the opposite, many of our Ph.D. students completed their M.Sc. degree here
- We do have a direct entry program i.e. Ph.D.-U. Minimum undergraduate equivalent of A- is required for consideration.
For Non-Computer Science Applicants
It is certainly possible to apply to our program with a Bachelor's degree in a discipline other than Computer Science; successful applicants have also applied with degrees in related disciplines such as the Mathematical Sciences or Computer Engineering. You must; however, possess a demonstrably strong background in Computer Science or Computer Engineering, and a basic background in Mathematics - as evidenced by an employment history in the CS field, or through grades in advanced undergraduate courses, equivalent to: CSC 343H: Introduction to Databases, CSC 369H: Operating Systems, and CSC 373H: Algorithm Design, Analysis & Complexity
Also, note that course grades are only one component of an application.
Along with a statement of purpose that demonstrates your meaningful commitment to the study of computer science, applicants must obtain letters of reference from at least three referees:
- Prospective students applying to the MSc or PhD research stream will require 3 references; 2 of which must speak to your ability to conduct independent research at the graduate level
- Prospective students applying to the MScAC applied research stream will require 3 references; at least 1 of which must speak to your academic potential.
It is not possible to evaluate a prospective applicant's background in the department's graduate admission office. Graduate admission evaluation is performed by a committee of faculty from all research areas. Admission to the programs are very competitive and it is not possible to evaluate any application in isolation. The committee reviews applicants within the context of the application co-hort for a given admission cycle. Please do not email the department's graduate office with questions about whether your background is sufficient for our graduate program. All applicants have the opportunity to include supplemental information to their application through the final section of the application form which asks for Additional Information. If you feel there are special considerations regrading your application, the committee will be able to review your statement.
International & Exchange ApplicantsFor information on degree equivalencies, please use the University's International Degree Equivalencies Tool found on the School of Graduate Studies International & Exchange Students website.
Applicants from outside Canada are encouraged to submit scores from the GRE General Test, and are encouraged to also submit scores from the GRE Subject Test in Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related discipline.
English Language Requirements
You must provide proof of English language facility if:
- Your primary language is not English and you have graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination is not English
- You completed a degree (or will have completed a degree by summer of 2017) in which the language of instruction and examination was in English
- You are a Canadian citizen who studied at a Canadian university where the language of instruction is French.
Required scores on accepted English Language Examinations
|Accepted English Language Examinations
|Overall Score 580, TWE 4
|Overall Score 93, with a minimum of 22 on both the Writing + Speaking sections
| IELTS (Academic Test)
||7.0 (overall) with at least 6.5 for each component
Applicants must arrange for their scores to be reported to the University of Toronto Enrollment Services by the following means:
- For TOEFL: report electronically by the testing agency. The institution code for U of T is 0982. There is no need to specify a department.
- For IELTS: report electronically by the testing agency.
- For MELAB: Send scores to the following address:
172 St. George Street
***MELAB does not send scores to institutions electronically, therefore you must consider the time it takes for mail to be sent by post.
Please visit the School of Graduate Studies official English-Language Proficiency Testing webpage for more details.
- Statement of Purpose: Provide a one or two page personal essay that discusses your career goals, why you want to do research, the areas of research that interest you, and your skills or qualifications. Describe any original research you have done – the results, their importance, and your particular contributions. If you have specific research plans, outline them here. Include the names of any faculty that you are particularly interested in working with. Be concise and use specific examples rather than vague general statements.
Résumé/CV: Provide a resume or CV detailing your education, professional, and other experience. List any publications with a full reference including all authors, the publication venue, date, page numbers, and whether it was peer-reviewed.
Official academic transcripts: Note, we only require applicants to upload a copy of their documents during the application process. ONLY after receiving an offer will we ask prospective students to submit hard copies of final transcripts.
Names and email addresses of three referees; they will receive email asking them to submit their reference letters to us online in .pdf format ONLY. Emails are expected to include at least part of the referee's name and affiliated institution in the address, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org; however, we understand that this might not always be the case. If your referee does not have an affiliated address, you may include a link to your referee's contact webpage in the Additional Information section of the on-line application form.
English Language Examination Scores (if required)
- Optional (though strongly encouraged for applicants from outside Canada): GRE and GRE Subject Test Scores (GRE institution code - 0982 Department code - 0402)
The online graduate application process involves three steps. We cannot issue an admission decision until all three have been completed.
*Please note that you will not be required to provide referee information at this point.
Step 2: Complete the Department of Computer Science online application form.Please note that in order to complete this form, you will needyour SGS application number. This form also requires some basicinformation about your academic background already provided in step 1.You will therefore be asked to enter some of this information a secondtime. You will receive the instructions for this application via e-mail, after we have received your SGS application.
- You will be required to select your primary and secondary research interests during this step. Find out about our research areas and research interests here.
- You will also be required to provide your referee information on this application.
Step 3: If applicable, please arrange to send your English language test scores/GRE scores electronically to the University of Toronto (Enrollment Services).