The School of Computing Science offers programs leading to the M.Sc. and PhD degrees (see degree requirements). Graduate courses are offered in three terms/semesters (fall, spring, and summer) per year. 

PhD and M.Sc. thesis students are research-oriented and they are provided with financial support by the School, pending satisfactory progress. Graduate research may be conducted in a diverse set of research areas under the supervision of Computing Science faculty members

Students interested in taking graduate courses to obtain an M.Sc. degree are recommended to consider our Professional Master of Science in Computer Science (see below). All graduate students can participate in the graduate co-op program and in some cases, earn academic credits towards their degree.

Several exciting and innovative programs, including Big Data and Visual Computing, are designed to meet the interests and needs of current and prospective graduate students.

PhD Program

To qualify for admisttion to the PhD program, a student must satisfy the university admission requirements for the doctoral program as stated in Section 1.3.4 of the graduate admission section of the SFU calendar.

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M.Sc. Thesis Program

To qualify for admission the M.Sc. program, a student must atisfy the University admission requirements for our master's program as stated in Section 1.3.3 of the graduation admission section of the SFU calendar.

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Professional Master of Science in Computer Science

The Professional Master of Science in Computer Science program is ideal for students who wish to work in industry upon graduation. Students can choose from a specializtion in Big Data or Visual Computing. This cohort-based program trains computational specialists who can construct models, develop algorithms, and write software using state-of-the-art graduate-level knowledge and techniques.

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Accelerated M.Sc. Program

The Accelerated M.Sc. Program is a program that top SFU CS undergraduate students (GPA higher than 3.67) are eligible to apply to. With up to three courses counted towards both BSc and M.Sc. degrees, a student achieves a faster M.Sc. degree completion.

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SFU-ZJU Graduate Dual-Degree Program (GDDP)

Launched in September 2010 the GDDP is a unique program in Canada, and the first of this kind, jointly developed by Simon Fraser University (SFU) and Zhejiang University (ZJU), China. The program builds on the highly successful and award-winning SFU-ZJU undergraduate dual-degree program (DDP) and allows students to experience graduate studies in both China and Canada. 

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