- School of Computer Science
- McConnell Engineering, Room 318
- 3480 University Street
- Montreal QC H3A 0E9
- Telephone: 514-398-7071, ext. 00074
- Fax: 514-398-3883
- Email: grad.cs [at] mcgill.ca
- Website: cs.mcgill.ca
About Computer Science
The School of Computer Science is one of the leading teaching and research centres for computer science in Canada. We offer several M.Sc. programs and a Ph.D. program; all include coursework and research. In the basic M.Sc. programs, students must choose between the thesis option, and the non-thesis option, which requires a project. The Ph.D. and M.Sc. programs both include an option in bioinformatics. Students are normally funded by their adviser's research grants; in the case of scholarship students, this typically takes the form of a 'top-up' to the scholarship. Research in the School covers a broad range of areas, including:
- Theory: algorithms, combinatorial optimization, computational geometry, cryptography, graph theory, logic and computation, programming languages, quantum computing, theory of computation, and scientific computing;
- Systems: compilers, computer games, distributed systems, embedded and real-time systems, modelling and simulations, networks, and software engineering;
- Applications: bioinformatics, machine learning, robotics, computer animation, graphics, and vision.
All students must consult the graduate program website, where up-to-date information about the graduate programs is posted. Any questions concerning programs should be addressed to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
|Master of Science (M.Sc.) Computer Science (Thesis) (45 credits)|
This program is designed for students with a strong interest in research in computer science who hold at least the equivalent of an undergraduate minor in CS. This program combines a strong course component with a research thesis. It is the usual (but not mandatory) entry point for students who wish to do a Ph.D., but is also the program of choice for students who want to find challenging and exciting jobs after their master's.
|Master of Science (M.Sc.) Computer Science (Thesis): Bioinformatics (45 credits)|
Bioinformatics research lies at the intersection of biological/medical sciences and mathematics/computer science/engineering. The intention of the Bioinformatics option is to train students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyze datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases, and the use of algorithms and statistics.
|Master of Science (M.Sc.) Computer Science (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)|
This program is designed for students who want to obtain broad knowledge of advanced topics in computer science but without the requirement of a thesis. It offers an excellent preparation for the job market, but is not recommended for students interested in eventually pursuing a Ph.D.
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Computer Science|
The Ph.D. program trains students to become strong, independent researchers in the field of their choice. Our graduates take challenging positions in industry or take academic positions at universities and research labs. In order to apply to the Ph.D. program, applicants should normally hold a master's degree in Computer Science or a closely related area, from a well-recognized university, but exceptional students can be admitted to the Ph.D. program directly without a master's degree.
|Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Computer Science: Bioinformatics|
Bioinformatics research lies at the intersection of biological/medical sciences and mathematics/computer science/engineering. The intention of the Bioinformatics option is to train students to become researchers in this interdisciplinary field. This includes the development of strategies for experimental design, the construction of tools to analyze datasets, the application of modelling techniques, the creation of tools for manipulating bioinformatics data, the integration of biological databases and the use of algorithms and statistics.
Computer Science Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
The minimum requirement for admission is a bachelor's degree (cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.2 out of 4.0 or better, or equivalent) with the coursework in Computer Science as listed on our website.
The website supplements the information in this publication, and should be consulted by all graduate students.
In order to apply to the Ph.D. program, applicants should hold an M.Sc. degree in Computer Science or a closely related area, from a well-recognized university. Students who hold a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science but have an exceptionally strong academic record may be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program, but they must initially apply to the M.Sc. program. Students who are in the M.Sc. program have the option to be fast-tracked into the Ph.D. program at the end of their first academic year, contingent on excellent performance as judged by the Ph.D. committee.
McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.
The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
- Curriculum Vitae – required for both M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs
- Statement of Purpose – required for both M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE General Test) – required for degrees from outside Canada. Optional for Ph.D. program.
For further details, consult the School of Computer Science's website
Application Dates and Deadlines
Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the School of Computer Science and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.
|Application Opening Dates||Application Deadlines|
|All Applicants||Non-Canadian citizens (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange)||Canadian citizens/Perm. residents of Canada (incl. Special, Visiting & Exchange)||Current McGill Students (any citizenship)|
|Fall Term:||Sept. 15||March 1||March 1||March 1|
|Winter Term: (*Ph.D. only)||Feb. 15*||Sept. 1*||Sept. 1*||Sept. 1*|
Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.
For further details on our admission requirements, please visit our website at www.cs.mcgill.ca/academic/graduate/admission.