CS at the University of Alberta

Our computing science program offers:

  • Award-winning faculty who are active researchers, teachers and leaders in their areas of expertise
  • Outstanding research and innovative projects
  • A broad range of interests to pursue
  • An excellent education from an internationally-recognized institution
  • Well-structured and flexible undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Emphasis on collaborative work skills through group projects
  • Active student groups across campus
  • Work experience on leading-edge projects
  • An international and diverse community


Our students and faculty are pioneers in research and education. Our Department is one of the oldest in Canada, and through the years we have celebrated great accomplishments, and continue to do so:

  • Our poker program, Poki, is one of the best-selling poker programs in the world
  • Our checkers program, Chinook, won the world man-machine checkers championship, the first program to win a human world championship in any game (a feat recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records)
  • Our researchers won two of the three International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) Distinguished Paper awards, one of the top awards in artificial intelligence

Research Partnerships

Our faculty and students continue to have opportunities to collaborate with researchers from a variety of disciplines as well as companies at the forefront of industry. Such partnerships include:

University of Alberta

  • Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Humanities Computing, Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Education
  • Department of Linguistics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Psychology

Other Educational Institutions

  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge
  • Athabasca University
  • Banff Centre
  • University of British Columbia
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Regina
  • University of Manitoba
  • University of Winnipeg
  • Brandon University


  • IBM
  • Bioware

Public Health

  • Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital
  • Cross Cancer Institute
  • Tom Baker Cancer Centre (Calgary)
  • Saskatoon Health Region (Saskatoon)
  • Douglas Hospital, Mental Health University Institute (Montreal)


Our undergraduate program is regularly evaluated against the evolving standards for computing science curriculum set by Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Our program is certified by the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS).

Student Life

Computing Science at UAlberta is not just about academics. Students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of activities to complement their studies including: