We no longer accept applications for the Fall 2019 intake. Applications for the Fall 2020 intake will open in October 2019.  

"Without big data, you are blind and deaf and in the middle of a freeway.” – Geoffrey Moore



Big data refers to the massive amounts of information becoming available as people use the internet and computers more.

This data can generate powerful insights in domains ranging from business and entertainment to politics and healthcare.

However, the amount of data being captured today is ever-increasing and extends beyond the storage and analyzing capacity of traditional applications.



Across the world, industries are experiencing a shortage of data scientists who can resolve the challenges associated with the collection, storage, and analysis of big data.

SFU's School of Computing Science offers a cutting-edge Professional Master of Science in Computer Science with a specialization in Big Data. With its paid co-op practicum, the program prepares students to become data architects capable of generating powerful insights that enlighten and inform decision-makers.


SFU has been one of the top-three ranked universities in Canada, recognized by Maclean’s magazine every year since 2008. 

The School of Computing Science at SFU is home to more than 50 top-notch researchers and instructors in database systems, data mining, operating systems, and algorithms. Recently, the School was ranked as one of the top 50 computer science departments in the world and the third in Canada (2014 ARWU University Ranking).

SFU's Burnaby campus is located in cosmopolitan Metro-Vancouver, an area known globally for its high quality of life.