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.
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 Masters Program in Big Data (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, are designed to meet the interests and needs of current and prospective graduate students.
The first of its kind in Canada, the Professional Master's Program in Big Data develops data architects who apply a deep knowledge of computer science to find value in the vast amounts of information generated today. The program is currently offered as a cohort special arrangements program* through SFU's Office of Graduate Studies.
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.
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.
*Cohort Special Arrangement (CSAR) programs are delivered by SFU to prototype unique programs.