Applications & Admissions

1. CHECK ELIGIBILITY

Minimum Academic Requirements
4-year Undergraduate Degree or Equivalent

Applicants for the M.Sc in Computing Science must have a four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent. Undergraduate programs completed should be similar to our B.Sc. Specialization in Computing Science program. Normally three-year degrees do not meet the university requirements. If an applicant is admitted to our graduate program, they may have to take some of our undergraduate courses to complete background requirements. Successful applicants will be advised about their background requirements prior to registration.

Applicants for the Ph.D. in Computing Science must have an M.Sc. degree in Computing Science or a related field. Deficiencies must be addressed by taking appropriate undergraduate courses.

Further information on minimum background admission requirements for both the M.Sc and Ph.D programs can be found in Programs & Admissions . Information for Students from Other Disciplines can be found in the M.Sc. Programs page.

 

Undergraduate Degree or Equivalent - In Progress

Students may begin applying for graduate programs even if they are nearing completion but have not yet finished their degree. During the online application process, transcripts would be submitted up until the current semester.

 

GPA

A 3.0 GPA is typically the minimum GPA for acceptance in an MSc or PhD program. However, we may consider slightly lower GPAs in exceptional circumstances or due to small discrepancies in international GPA conversion rates. 

Meeting the 3.0 GPA minimum requirement does not guarantee admission. Our department admissions process is highly competitive and the Admissions Committee often selects students with a 3.5 GPA or higher. 

Students are responsible for converting their GPA into the 4.0 scale used at the University of Alberta. AGPA is typically calculated using the past two years of post-secondary study or the last 20 half courses. If your GPA is not calculated using a 4.0 scale, please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information on how to convert your GPA.

We do not pre-screen applications or make preliminary evaluations of applications. It will be up to the Admissions Committee to review your complete application and scores to determine if you are a suitable candidate for our graduate program.

English Language Test

English Language Proficiency Tests ARE NOT required for the following: 

 
Canadian or US Degree - English Language Exemption

Applicants who have obtained a degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution within Canada or the United States are not required to submit any English proficiency tests.

International Degree - English as a Medium of Instruction

Applicants who have obtained a degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution outside Canada or the United States, in which English is the Medium of Instruction, are not required to submit any English proficiency tests. 

If your degree is from an institution listed as a Recognized English Language Countries & Institutions, you do not need to send any additional documented proof of English as a Medium of Instruction. 

If your degree is NOT from an institution listed as a Recognized English Language Countries and Institutions, you must submit an official letter from your institution stating the language of instruction is English. Transcripts/marksheets that clearly indicate English as the Medium of Instruction are also an acceptable form of official proof. 

 

English Language Proficiency Tests ARE required for the following: 

 
International Degree - Foreign Language

Applicants who have obtained a degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution outside Canada or the United States, in which the medium of instruction is not English, must provide results of an English language proficiency examination as part of their application. Accepted English tests and minimum requirement scores are listed below. Tests must be completed within 2 years from the time of admission offers which are made Feb-Apr.

 

Minimum English Language Test Score Requirements

Minimum English Language requirements are listed below. Applicants whose English language test scores are slightly lower than listed below may be considered in exceptional circumstances. 

 

The Department of Computing Science reserves the right to require a demonstration of English language proficiency (ELP). Please note our minimum ELP test scores are higher than the FGSR minimums as departments can set their own standards.

TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language 
TOEFL Minimum Required English Score
 Minimum score Paper Based  600 
 Minimum score Computer Based  250
 Minimum score Internet Based  100
 Minimum score Per Section  21

*For the 2022/23 academic application season, TOEFL At-Home will also be accepted due to circumstances surrounding Covid-19. Minimum TOEFL requirements listed above still apply. 

  

IELTS (Academic) - International English Language Testing System
IELTS Minimum Required English Score
 Overall band score  7.0
 Minimum test band score  6.0

 

Duolingo English Test 
Duolingo Minimum Required English Score
 Overall minimum score  120
 Minimum subscore  100

 

CAEL - Canadian Academic English Language Assessment 
CAEL Minimum Required English Score
 Overall minimum score  70
 Minimum subtest score  60

 

PTE - Pearson English Language Test 
PTE Minimum Required English Score
 Overall minimum score  68

 

MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery
MELAB Minimum Required English Score
 Minimum score  90

 

GRE

The GRE (General) is NOT required for application to our graduate programs, however it is highly recommended for applicants who have received their degree outside of Canada. It is also beneficial for applicants who do not have a degree from a well-known North American university or with a lower GPA.  

If you would like to upload your GRE, please do so in your GARS application. Electronic scores are not required.

Below are the minimum scores of strong applicants who choose to write the GRE: 

GRE Minimum Scores

 

 Minimum score - Quantitive  155
 Analytical writing section  4.0

*GRE At-Home will be accepted for the 2022 Fall Intake due to ongoing complications from Covid-19. Prospective students should clearly indicate whether it's an at-home or "normal" score.

2. MEET DEADLINES

Important Dates

Fall 2022 Admission

We have only one intake per year in the Fall term. We do not admit in Winter, Spring or Summer terms.

 

Fall 2022 Graduate Admission Deadlines
Application Opens
Application Closes
Program
DISCONTINUED INDEFINITELY DISCONTINUED INDEFINITELY MSc Course-Based
Oct 1, 2021 Jan 31, 2022 - 11:59pm * MSc Thesis
Oct 1, 2021 Jan 31, 2022 - 11:59pm * PhD
Oct 1, 2021 Jan 31, 2022 - 11:59pm * MSc (Thes) / PhD - Statistical Machine Learning
Oct 1, 2021 Feb 28, 2022 - 11:59pm MSc - Internetworking (MINT)
Oct 1, 2021 Mar 31, 2022 - 11:59pm MSc - Multimedia

 

*Applications will begin being evaluated on the first Monday of January. Applicants who submit all materials by January 31, 2022 at 11:59 MST will be given full consideration. Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the graduate admissions committee. 

3. PREPARE APPLICATION

Transcripts / Marksheets

Please do not send paper copies of transcripts/marksheets to apply. Only electronic PDF copies of transcripts/marksheets are required to be uploaded to an online application. These are considered to be unofficial documents.

All applicants must provide transcripts or individual semester-wise marksheets for all post-secondary education completed, including undergraduate and graduate studies, even if studies have been discontinued or if courses were completed but not part of a program.

If an applicant is currently active in their program and it is not yet completed, we only require up-to-date transcripts or individual marksheets at the time of application, from the start of their program to the current semester.

Acceptable transcripts/marksheets must include the following criteria:

  • Issued to the student by the post-secondary institution OR a transcript/marksheet/student record obtained from self-serve web system of the post-secondary institution and must include URL and print date
  • PDF format
  • Clear and fully legible
  • Both front and back pages scanned
  • Full name of applicant
  • Name of post-secondary institution
  • Academic program
  • Grading scheme / scale legend
  • Names and numbers of courses
  • Year and term of attendance
  • Grade received
  • Credits received

Transcripts provided to support a degree that has been conferred must cover the entire period of the degree.

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

For further information visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies Research, Application Requirements for Academic Documents.

If you are admitted, the most updated official transcripts must be uploaded to your GSMS application. If admitted, FGSR will notify you to submit these documents. You will only have to mail official documents if you are admitted.

Up-to-date official transcripts are defined as transcripts of all studies dated or issued in the fall/winter session of the year of application (if currently registered) or after the last term completed (if not currently registered). Since recent or current undergraduate or graduate studies may not have been completed, up-to-date transcripts may not include new entries or grades.

 
Canadian Graduates
  • Scan and upload transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended in Canada.
  • If the transcript is issued in French by a Canadian institution, then no English language translation is required.
US Graduates
  • Scan and upload transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended in the US.
  • If the transcript is issued in a foreign language, include all transcripts in original language and English translation, issued by the institution or a certified translator.
International Graduates
  • Graduates from Pakistan & India:
    • Scan and upload individual semester-wise marksheets from all post-secondary institutions attended in India & Pakistan. Consolidated transcripts will not be accepted. If your university does not supply these required documents, please send a message through the GSMS Applicant Portal and we will make a note on your application.
    • English as Medium of Instruction: No translation of transcripts required.
    • Foreign Languages: Include all individual semester-wise marksheets in original language and English translation, issued by the institution or a certified translator.
  • All other international graduates:
    • Scan and upload individual semester-wise marksheets or transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended internationally.
    • English as Medium of Instruction: No translation of transcripts required.
    • Foreign Languages: Include all semester-wise marksheets or transcripts in original language and English translation, issued by the institution or a certified translator.
English Translations

Applicants who received their post-secondary education from an international institution where the medium of instruction was not English, must submit individual semester-wise marksheets or transcripts translated into English. English translation of individual semester-wise marksheets or transcripts must be provided by the issuing institution or by a certified translator.

Translations must be literal word-for-word, 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. 

We do not accept documents notarized by a notary public or endorsed by a lawyer, professor or judge.

Degree / Certificate

Please do not send paper copies of degrees and/or certificates. Only electronic PDF copies of degrees and/or certificates are required to be uploaded to an online application. Official documentation is only required if you are accepted into the program.

 
Undergraduate Degree or Equivalent - In Progress

If an applicant is currently active in their program and has not yet completed it at the time of application, they must submit a PDF version of their transcripts/individual marksheets up to the current semester.

Undergraduate Degree or Equivalent - Completed

If an applicant has completed their degree program, they must submit a PDF version of their degree and/or certificate if applicable with their application.

A Degree Certificate must accompany transcripts that DO NOT clearly indicate:

  • that a degree has been conferred/awarded/granted; and
  • the date on which the degree was conferred.
    • Degree certificates must include the date of issue, registrar's signature, and a post-secondary institution stamp or seal.

You may have an interim transcript that does not yet indicate that a degree has been conferred and the date that degree was conferred. However, FINAL transcripts from all North American and many international institutions will include this information, in which case there is no need to submit a Degree Certificate.

For further information visit the Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, Application Requirements for Academic Documents.

 

English Translations

Applicants who received their post-secondary education from an international institution where the medium of instruction was not English must submit degrees and/or certificates translated into English. An English translation of degrees and/or certificates must be provided by the issuing institution or by a certified translator.

Translations must be literal word-for-word, 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. 

We do not accept documents notarized by a notary public or endorsed by a lawyer, professor or judge.

Curriculum Vitae
Submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV). Must include all post-secondary education history.
Letters of Reference

Applicants must submit three reference names and emails for their application to be completed.

An email with a secure link will only be sent to your referees after you submit and pay for your FGSR/GSMS application. Referees must then upload a PDF letter to the online application system.

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 references, then it is up to you to determine the best references to list under your circumstances.

Reference letters must include the following criteria or they will not be accepted:

  • Referee's full name, title, email address, signature (ink or digital acceptable)
  • Student applicant's full name
  • PDF format
  • Up-to-date for current application year
  • Submitted directly from referee
  • Official letterhead of referee's institution/company**

**Due to the ongoing challenges surrounding COVID-19, we will still accept letters of reference if they cannot be obtained on official letterhead.**

Reference letters missing any of the above criteria (with the exception of being on letterhead) will be rejected. If not corrected and resubmitted properly, an application may be rejected in its entirety due to reference letter non-compliance of the above stated criteria. If an applicant wishes to update or change reference information, they may submit up to three additional references as needed.

Statement of Purpose & Abstract
M.Sc. Applicants

M.Sc. applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose in GARS.  

Ph.D Applicants

Ph.D applicants are required to submit a statement of purpose and an abstract of their M.Sc Thesis in GARS. Your statement of purpose should outline your research goals in relation to the research being done by the Computing Science faculty member(s) listed on your application.

 

Research & Supervision
M.Sc Applicants

M.Sc applicants are NOT required to have a supervisor prior to admission. They have the opportunity to investigate our 14 different research areas, and various projects happening in each of these areas, during the first six months of their program.

 

Ph.D Applicants

Ph.D. applicants are required to select a research area and name up to 3 professors as potential supervisors when applying. Ph.D. applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly through our people directory to discuss funding and supervision. Students will only be admitted if a professor agrees to supervise.  

English Language Proficiency

Please refer to English Language Test above to determine which ONE of the following applies to you:

  • You are exempt from English language testing. No further proficiency tests required. 

       OR

  • You must submit an official declaration from your academic institution stating English as a Medium of Instruction. Please upload a letter in PDF format to your online application. If your transcripts/marksheets clearly indicate that your academic program was with an institution with English as the Medium of Instruction, this is also an acceptable form of official proof. No further proficiency tests are required. 

        OR

  • You must submit English Language Testing scores along with your application. We do not require electronic scores to be sent. Please upload your PDF test scores to your online application.

4. APPLY ONLINE

Application Fees

Fall 2022 Admission Fees

Fall 2022 Admission Fees
Online Application System Fee
FGSR / GSMS $135 CAD
GARS No cost

 

Application fees are non-refundable. Payments can be made using a valid credit card only. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discovery Card.

 

Fee Increase

Please note that as of Sept 1, 2021, the fee for all applications to graduate programs has increased from $100 CAD to $135 CAD.

Fee Exemptions

The University of Alberta is no longer offering any fee exemptions, however the Department of Computing Science was able to dedicate some funding to support application fee waivers for a small number of students from underdeveloped countries.

For more information including criteria and how to apply, please visit 2022/23 Fee Waiver Application for Computing Science Graduate Program.

Submit Application

NOTE: The M.Sc (Course-Based) program is no longer offered as of July 2021.

 

To apply for the following graduate programs in the Department of Computing Science, click below to submit an application to both FGSR/GSMS and GARS online systems:

  • M.Sc - Thesis
  • Ph.D
  • M.Sc, Ph.D - Statistical Machine Learning

  Apply to FGSR/GSMS

  Apply to GARS

 

To apply for the following graduate programs in the Department of Computing Science, click below to submit an application only to FGSR/GSMS online system:

  • M.Sc Internetworking (MINT)
  • M.Sc Multimedia

  Apply to FGSR/GSMS

 

If you intend to be considered for more than one graduate program, you will need to complete individual applications for each program. 

 

Technical Issues

Our application forms require the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari. We recommend clearing your browser cache before initiating our application forms.

FGSR/GSMS - For technical issues please send a message through the Applicant Portal for assistance.

GARS - For technical issues please send a message to support@gars.ualberta.ca for assistance.

Specializations

The Department of Computing Science offers the following specialization programs:

 

M.Sc - Statistical Machine Learning (SML)

Applicants for the Masters of Science (M.Sc) - Statistical Machine Learning should apply to the Masters Thesis-based program. You can indicate your interest in SML in your application when you choose your area of interest. We are not able to admit students directly into the SML program at the time of admission to the CS graduate program. Whether a student is eventually admitted into the SML program is conditional on their ability to find a supervisor in SML after arriving on campus. Applicants must submit an application for M.Sc - Statistical Machine Learning on both FGSR/GSMS online system and GARS online system.

 
Ph.D - Statistical Machine Learning (SML)

Applicants for the Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D) - Statistical Machine Learning should apply to the Ph.D program. Students are accepted into the Ph.D - Statistical Machine Learning (SML) program at admission time or, with their supervisor's support, can apply to transfer to the Statistical Machine Learning program if their thesis will be in an area related to statistical machine learning. Applicants must submit an application for Ph.D - Statistical Machine Learning on both the FGSR/GSMS online system and GARS online system.

 
M.Sc - Internetworking (MINT)

Please see program requirements and application procedure for more information. Submit application for Masters in Internetworking (MINT) on FGSR/GSMS online system only.

 
M.Sc - Multimedia

Please see program page and application procedure for more information. Submit application for Multimedia on FGSR/GSMS online system only.

5. MONITOR APPLICATION

Pending Action Required
FGSR/GSMS Applicant Portal

All applicants should monitor their FGSR/GSMS application for any actions required by logging in to the GSMS Applicant Portal.

After your application has been received, it will be placed in queue for document compliance screening according to the application submission date. Applicants will not be able to view any pending actions required at this stage.

Once document compliance screening has been completed, any documents requiring attention will be marked as incomplete / action required. Applicants must log in to the GSMS Applicant Portal to complete requested action. After all required documents have been received and are deemed acceptable, the application will be put up for review.

Document statuses will show as:

  • PENDING: Document has been received and is awaiting review by admissions staff.
  • INCOMPLETE / ACTION REQUIRED: Document has been reviewed and deemed unacceptable. Required actions will be noted with further detail such as delete, replace or add documents like degrees and/or certificates, correct versions of transcripts or marksheets or include English translations if needed. Applicants must upload the requested document, after which the document status will change from incomplete to pending. Please allow 5 - 7 business days for your document status to be updated.
  • COMPLETE: Document has been reviewed and deemed acceptable. Status will change from pending to complete. Due to high volumes of applications received, it may take 4 - 6 weeks for documents to be reviewed and deemed acceptable.

 

GSMS Document Status Definitions
Document Status What It Means 
Pending Document awaiting review by dept; student can delete or replace document
Incomplete / Action Required Applicant must delete, replace, or add requested document
Complete Document reviewed and accepted by admissions staff
 

Any applications with incomplete documentation not submitted by the final deadline will be rejected.

 

Technical Issues/Errors

Applicants may message admissions staff directly through the GSMS Applicant Portal with questions or concerns. For technical issues or errors with the GSMS Applicant Portal please contact grad.webadm@ualberta.ca .

  

GARS Applicant Portal

For technical issues or errors with the GARS Applicant Portal please contact support@gars.ualberta.ca. 

Application Status

Applicants can determine their application status on the GSMS Applicant Portal. Official notification regarding the final outcome of student applications will be communicated through the GSMS Applicant Portal.

We review applications and make admission decisions on a rolling basis from February to April.

Please note that due to large volumes of applicants who apply each year, we are unable to provide individual feedback as to why an applicant was not accepted.

6. ADMITTANCE

Send Official Documents

Sending official documentation is only required for applicants who have been offered admission. Applicants who have received a conditional offer of admission may also be asked to send official documents.

An official document (transcripts, degree certificates, etc) 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.

 

For authentication purposes, official documents must be sent directly from the post-secondary institution to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the following address:

Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research
2-29 Triffo Hall
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2E1

 

If you have questions related to sending official documents to FGSR please contact grad.admissions@ualberta.ca.

Obtain 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 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. Please visit Application to Study in Canada, Study Permits.

For questions related to your study permit, visa, or any other immigration-related matters, please contact International Student Services at advising@international.ualberta.ca.