What is the application deadline?
The application deadline for the MScAC program is January 31, 2017.
Please note that at the department's discretion some admission offers may be made prior to the closing date for applications. Therefore, we strongly encourage earlier submissions, as space in the program is limited. Applications will be reviewed, and acceptances sent out, as soon as possible after materials are received.
What is the difference between the MScAC and the “regular” MSc degree?
The MScAC degree is intended for students wishing to apply current research in real-world situations. The MSc degree is designed for students wishing to produce original research.
Is the GRE required?
Unless you have (or about to get) a degree from a Canadian university, then we would like to see your GRE scores, and even though it is not mandatory to do so, we strongly encourage you to send them. Good scores will strengthen your application. If you choose not to send GRE scores, please explain why in your "Statement of Purpose".
The average scores based on percentile are about 80%- Verbal, 95%- Quantitative. Official verification of reported grades is not required until an offer is made.GRE Institution code - 0982 / Department code - 0402
Do I need to send English test scores?If you have completed a degree (or will have completed a degree by the summer preceding the academic session you wish to start in) in which the primary language of instruction and examination was in English, then you are not required to take an English language proficiency exam. If you are admitted to our graduate program, we may ask you to provide an official statement from your university/college that the language of instruction and examination was in English.
Otherwise, you are required to provide proof of English proficiency through an exam such as IELTS or TOEFL. Scores may be added to your application even after the deadline (we'll process your application on the assumption that you can show satisfactory scores), but the University will not allow us to make you an offer, not even a conditional one, until we have the official notice of your scores.
Please note that exam scores are valid for two years from the test date. Scores must be valid at the time of application for admission to graduate studies. Scores more than two years old cannot be verified and the applicant will be required to re-take an English language proficiency test.
The minimum IELTS (Academic) requirements score: 7.0 overall with at least 6.5 for each component.
The minimum TOEFL requirements for Physical Sciences (including Computer Science) are:
- Paper-based Test and TWE: Overall score 580 TWE 4
- Internet-based (IBT): Overall Score 93 writing/speaking 22
Do I need to send official paper transcripts of my previous university records?Our DCS online application form asks for you to upload unofficial electronic scans or summaries of your transcripts, and that's what we base our admission decision on. If we make you an offer, then we will need official paper copies of the transcripts; an offer of admission is conditional on us receiving and authenticating your transcripts. Since it often takes quite some time for transcripts to be sent, especially from overseas, you should be prepared to respond quickly if asked, and you might wish to have them sent to us without waiting for an offer.
How much are tuition fees? Are MScAC students eligible for any Scholarships or awards?Please note that we can only provide an approximate rate based on the current tuition and fees rates. For the September 2016 program start date, tuition and incidental fees for the entire 16-month program are estimated at $18,500 CDN for domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) and $40,500 CDN for international students.
MScAC students are not eligible for departmental funding, provincial or federal research based awards; domestic applicants can, however, apply for OSAP.
We cannot guarantee remuneration for your internship but to date we have been successful in placing students in paid internships that more than offset the tuition and fees costs.
Are internship placements guaranteed?
The internship is a requirement for the MScAC program. To date, the department reported a 100% success rate for students placement within industry and with an average total salary of $45K over their eight month internship. We cannot guarantee remuneration but this is a reasonable expectation based on our experience to date.
How are tuition fees paid?Tuition fees are paid at your bank using your student account number. A minimum tuition amount is due by the end of August, in order to officially register with the University. This will be detailed on your ROSI/ACORN account. Any unpaid Fall term tuition fees must be paid by the end of September. Service charges on outstanding items for the academic year begin in October. Accounts with an outstanding balance are subject to a monthly service charge of 1.5% compounded (19.56% per annum) assessed as of the 15th of every month. Accounts must be paid in full by April. If someone else pays your fees, it is your responsibility to ensure that person knows the requirements. For more information on how to pay fees, please visit the Student Accounts website.
I already have Masters Degree from another university, am I still eligible to apply to this program?YES.
My marks do not meet the stated minimum requirements, but I have industry experience, am I acceptable?
The department’s minimum academic requirement is a B+. Students must meet the University of Toronto minimum academic requirement for admission to a master's program (mid-B). That said; we consider all aspects of the application including industry experience, which is an important aspect of the application. In exceptional circumstances, the department can support a request to the School of Graduate Studies for non-standard consideration.
Can I supply Non-Academic References?
Yes you can as we accept both academic and professional references. Please ensure that a minimum of one of your references is academic.
I have a three-year Bachelor's degree from a North American university. Will it be acceptable?
Applicants from Quebec will qualify with two-years CEGEP plus three-year degree. However, many North American 3-year degree holders may not have sufficient depth and normally are asked to complete an upgrading year (one full year of senior-level undergraduate courses as specified by the graduate unit). Eligibility cannot be determined until a complete application is submitted.
Are three-year Bologna compliant degrees acceptable?
Qualified applicants with three-year Bologna-compliant bachelor's degrees (and 3-year UK degrees preceded by the GCE A-levels which are considered equivalent) are considered admissible and are encouraged to apply. In addition to the University’s minimum admission requirements, there are several factors that will be taken into consideration while assessing these degrees: requirements for gaining admission to the degree; content of the degree and duration of the degree, among others. Eligibility cannot be determined until a complete application is submitted.
I have a four-year Bachelor's degree from an Ontario community college. Will it be acceptable?
Applications to graduate studies at U of T from graduates of four-year community college bachelors programs may be considered admissible and are encouraged to apply. In addition to the University’s minimum admission requirements, there are several factors that will be taken into consideration while assessing these degrees: the degree of affinity between the applied degree and the program to which the applicant is seeking admission; the academic content of the third and fourth year courses; and other indicators that the applicant is adequately prepared for the MScAC degree.
How many students get admitted each year?
The growth of our program has been carefully planned and monitored, with an eye to allowing the program to grow slowly. This ensures considerable personal interaction for students in the program. We began in September 2010 with a cohort of six.
Year Cohort Size
What kind of Visa or permit do I need as an international student?
The internship is a required component of this program of study and you will need a Co-Op Work Permit in addition to a Study Permit to fulfill this requirement. You are permitted to accept employment either on or off campus for a co-op, internship or for professional experience. To be eligible for the Co-Op Work Permit you must:
- have a valid study permit and
- obtain a letter from your faculty indicating that employment is an integral part of your degree program.
- Guide (IMM 5553)
- Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay or Remain in Canada (IMM 1249)
- Document Checklist [IMM 5583]
Can I go on to a PhD from the MScAC?
It is not expected that students who complete the MScAC will go on to pursue a doctoral research program, but MScAC graduates are welcome to apply the PhD program.
My referee does not have an institutional e-mail address required by the School of Graduate Studies application site.
If your referee’s institution or organization does not issue employees an institutional email address, leave the *email address boxes* blank for that referee and continue the application. Once you have paid the application fee and moved to “Documents Pending” status, you must contact the Department of Computer Science at email@example.com with the referee’s email address. ==
The website says that I will take 6 half courses (CSC2701, CSC2702, plus four electives) and an 8 month internship. What will my schedule look like?
During the first 8 months of the MScAC program, students complete their four electives. The 8 months are broken up into two four month terms (Fall – September to December and Winter – January to April). Students are advised to balance out their course schedule with two electives in the Fall and two electives in the Winter, however some students may prefer to do more or less in a given term depending on courses availability. The first required course, CSC2701 begins with a few introductory courses late in the Fall term, then resumes mid-Winter and runs until April. The second required course, CSC 2702 beings in May, right about when your internship starts and meets every two weeks until the end of your internship (December).
On the Department's Application site, it says, "we strongly encourage earlier submissions, as space in the program is limited. Applications will be reviewed, and acceptances sent out, as soon as possible after materials are received." Does that mean you make offers on a first-come-first-served basis?
At the department's discretion, some admission offers may be made prior to the closing date for applications.
Can I speak to someone?
For more information on the M.Sc.A.C. program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.