Applications and Admissions

The Department of Computing Science only accepts new graduate students for the Fall semester. We do not admit students in Winter, Spring or Summer terms. We are accepting new applications from October 3 to January 15.

We encourage early submission of applications. Admission decisions will begin in February but the decision process will go until the end of April.

Canadian students who hold major scholarships may contact the Department at any time via email (csgrad@ualberta.ca) - even if it is after the application deadline. Please attach a copy of your transcript.


Specializations

Applying for Graduate Admission

  1. Minimum requirements
    • Make sure you meet the background and minimum requirements for application. (M.Sc.Ph.D.).
  2. Gather the required documents
  3. Select a research area and a supervisor (Ph.D. applicants only)
  4. Review the requirements for acceptance of uploaded transcripts
  5. Apply to FGSR
  6. Submit the Computing Science Supplementary Information form
    • This form cannot be saved. 
    • You will require your Admissions Number from your FGSR application in order to proceed.
      • Admissions Number: An 8-digit admissions number beginning with "160" can be found on your application
      • Student ID: Your 7-digit student ID number may take a few business days to be assigned and will appear on your applicant portal once available.
        This is no longer a required field.
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  7. Wait for a decision. Refer to the applicant portal for your application status.
    ** NOTE: Your application will not be reviewed until both your U of A FGSR application (5) and CS Supplementary Information form (6) are COMPLETE (this includes the submission of all necessary documentation). **

  8. If you are admitted, send official documents to FGSR
    • Official documents (transcripts, degree certificates, etc.) may be required upon receiving the conditional offer of admission letter. 
    • Documents must be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research office.
    • If you have questions related to sending official documents to FGSR, please contact grad.admissions@ualberta.ca.
  9. Obtain your study permit
    • To study in Canada, you must obtain a study permit from the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission, or Consulate.
    • Depending on your country of origin, you (and your spouse and children) may also need to obtain a visitor visa. You will need to apply for these documents before you arrive in Canada. 
    • To apply for a Study Permit, you will need to wait for your official letter of admission (from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research) and a letter of financial support (provided by us, the Department of Computing Science). 
    • We suggest that you contact your nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate for more information immediately after submitting your application. 
    • Application to Study in Canada, Study Permits

Required Documents

Following is the list of documents and information required on your application.

Three Letters of Reference

  • Two of the referees should hold academic positions at an institution from which you graduated.
  • If you have lost contact with your former professors or you are not able to obtain two academic reference letters, then it is up to you to determine the best reference letters to send under your circumstances.

English Language Proficiency

You must have a degree from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta in which the language of instruction is English. Otherwise you must take one of the following English Language Tests. (ELP exemptions)

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    Minimum score = 600 paper, 250 computer based, 100 internet with a minimum score of 20 per section.
    • TOEFL Code: 78
    • Institution Code: 0963
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery)
    Minimum score = 90.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    Overall band score of 7.0, with a score of at least 5.5 on each test band.
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment)
    Overall minimum score of 70 with at least 60 on each subtest.
  • PTE (Academic)
    Overall minimum score of 68.

The Department of Computing Science reserves the right to require a demonstration of English language proficiency. 

We do not require a paper copy. Please scan and upload the official paper to your FGSR application.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Upload your CV.

Transcripts

  • Scan and upload official marksheets/transcripts from all the post-secondary institutions that you have attended, in the original language and in English.

Final Degree Certificates (if applicable)

  • Scan and upload final degree certificates in original language and in English. (See FAQs below for more about acceptable English translations.)
  • Graduates from North American Universities are not required to submit degree certificates. 

Additional Documents for Ph.D. Applicants

In addition, Ph.D. applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Statement of Purpose: This statement outlining research goals and their relation to the research of Computing Science faculty member at the University of Alberta.
  • Abstract of M.Sc. Thesis

Optional Documents

GRE

  • The GRE is not required, however, for applicants who have received their degree outside of Canada, we highly recommend taking the GRE (General).
    • It can help your application if you do not have a degree from a well-known North American university. 
    • It can help if your GPA is not very high.
  • Strong applicants obtain a minimum score of 155 on the quantitative and 4.0 on the analytical writing section.
    • GRE Code: 0402
    • Institution Code: 0963

We do not require a paper copy. Please scan and upload official paper to your FGSR application.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is an acceptable English translation?

    Official Certified English translations of original language documents must be literal word-for-word translations presenting the same order of information and format as the original.

    No information may be left out, altered, or added. This means that all grades, comments, dates, and discussion must be included.

    The translation must convey the information and format of the original.

  • What is an official document?

    An official document is issued by the institution awarding the degree and has been certified by an authorized official of that institution. 

    If official transcripts cannot be obtained, applicants should supply certified true copies of official transcripts and certified statements confirming degrees awarded and academic standing achieved. Certification of transcripts and degrees must be effected by imprinting them with the official seal of the institution or by endorsing them by hand with the original signature of the responsible university officer (eg, Registrar, Admissions Officer, President). Photocopies that are not certified in this way are not acceptable for official admission purposes. 

    Copies of transcripts certified by a notary public are only accepted in exceptional circumstances and never from a North American institution.

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