ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
 

PhD Program

To qualify for admission to the PhD program, a student must satisfy the university admission requirements for doctoral program as stated in Section 1.3.4 of the graduate admission section of the SFU calendar.  Students must also hold a master's degree or the equivalent in computer science or a related field.

The School's Graduate Admissions Committee may offer, at its discretion, PhD admission to exceptional students holding only a bachelor's degree and without a master's degree or equivalent in computer science or a related field. In this case, the student should have obtained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 (on a scale of 0.0 - 4.0) or the equivalent, and demonstrated strong competence for entering a PhD program.

MSc Program

To qualify for admission to the MSc program, a student must satisfy 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.  Students must also hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent in computer science or a related field, with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a scale of 0.00 - 4.33) or the equivalent.
The School's Graduate Admissions Committee may offer, at its discretion, M.Sc. admissions to exceptional students without an undergraduate degree in computer science or a related field.  Students must demonstrate, at a minimum, competence in computer science at the third year level equivalent to CMPT 300 (Operating Systems 1), CMPT 307 (Data Structures and Algorithms) and CMPT 354 (Database Systems and Structures).

Professional Master's Program in Big Data

In 2014, the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University launched the Professional Master's Program in Big Data. This hands-on program is intended for students with some programming experience who wish to learn more about the state-of-the-art in data analysis. The M.Sc. in Big Data is geared towards students who wish to prepare for an exciting, well-paid career in the data science industry.

Please see the Admission Requirements page for more information.

SFU-ZJU Graduate Dual-Degree Program (GDDP)

Applicants must be admitted to one university, and then apply and be admitted to the partner university.

To qualify for admission, students must satisfy the usual admission requirements as specified by each university. The university of first admission will be referred to as the student's 'home' university. Students whose home university is SFU are called SFU students, while those whose home university is Zhejiang University are called ZJU students.

Once admitted to the home university, the student may then apply for admission to the graduate dual degree program, normally within 18 months of admission to their home university graduate program. The program application requires the support and involvement of the student's supervisor at the home university. The graduate program committee at the home university decides whether or not to recommend the student for admission to the GDDP. A recommended individual's application will then be forwarded to the partner university. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of that partner university.

Accelerated Master's 

Students enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at SFU are qualified to be admitted into the Accelerated Master's program in the School of Computing Science provided that they have satisfactorily completed at least 90 credits of undergraduate work with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.67/4.33 including at least 24 credits of upper division CMPT course work.

To be admitted to the program, the student must submit evidence, usually reference letters, from qualified referees demonstrating the student’s ability to undertake advanced work in the area of interest.  Students must also satisfy typical admission requirements set by the graduate program committee.

Please refer to this page for more details.

MSc to PhD Transfer

Students currently enrolled in the MSc program in the School of Computing Science may apply to transfer to the PhD program after two semesters in the M.Sc. program; the school's evaluation procedure for such applications is the same as that used for outside applicants.

For information on other types of admissions to the School of Computing Science, e.g., as a qualifying student or visiting student, please refer to the Dean of Graduate Studies page on general admission requirements.

English Requirements

Section 1.3.12 of the gradute admission section of the SFU calendar states that:

English is the language of instruction and communication at the University (SFU). Accordingly, an applicant whose primary language is not English must demonstrate command of English sufficient to pursue graduate studies in the chosen field. Applicants normally will be required to achieve a minimum score of 7.0 on the International English LanguageTest System (IELTS - the academic and NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6.5 in any section.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) may be used as an equivalent test, where the minimum requirement is a score of 93 or better with a minimum of 20 in each section (TOEFL - internet based exam) or a score of 580 for the paper-based TOEFL plus the Test of Written English (TWE) 5.0.

Any equivalent test must include a writing component and all test scores are valid for a period of two years from the date of the test.

International applicants whose primary language is not English will not be required to complete an English-language test if they have completed a degree at an institution where the language of instruction and examination was in English in a country where English is the primary language.