MSc in Computer Science
The MSc in Computer Science emphasizes both academic and applied research that can meaningfully contribute to further research, industry partnerships and government programs. There are multiple research areas students can choose to study, and interaction with other disciplines is encouraged as many faculty work with industry partners and other departments at the University of Guelph.
The MSc program is a thesis-based full-time, two-year program (6 semesters, or 24 months) during which students will complete five courses, give a public seminar, conduct research and successfully defend a thesis. Applicants also have the option to apply for a collaborative specialization in Artificial Intelligence (AI) or a collaborative specialization in One Health while pursuing a thesis-based MSc degree in computer science.
We strongly encourage all applicants to get in touch with prospective Graduate Faculty Supervisors prior to applying, as finding a SoCS supervisor is mandatory for admission into the MSc.CS program. You can review SoCS Faculty Areas of Research to assist you in finding a suitable SoCS graduate faculty supervisor.
How to Apply
Please apply online at Applying to Guelph.
Available spaces in the MSc program fill quickly, so it is in your best interest to submit your application and all required supporting documentation early. Our application deadline dates for each semester of enrollment are as follows:*
- Spring 2022: February 1, 2022
- Fall 2022: June 1, 2022
- Winter 2023: October 1, 2022
*The application deadlines are for both Domestic and International applicants. We encourage International applicants to apply a minimum of 9 months in advance of these deadlines to ensure study permits can be processed in time for admission. Please see the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies Recommendations for International Applicants for suggested application timeline.
Please note: Application processing times can vary, and on average, can take approximately two to three months for decision.
Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements of both the University and the School of Computer Science (SoCS). For admission to the MSc in Computer Science program, entrants require the following:
- Four-year honors degree in computer science: Admission to the MSc in Computer Science requires a four-year honours degree in computer science, or a four-year honours degree in another discipline with a minor in computer science. Entrants who have a four-year honours degree in another discipline and a minor (or equivalent) in computer science must have taken a minimum of 10 computer science-related courses.
- A minimum B admission average: Applicants are required to have a minimum admission average of 75% (or 'B') during the previous two years of full-time university study for an undergraduate degree. For information on international degree admission requirements, please see: International Credential Evaluation and select country. Admission average needs to be equivalent to a ‘B’ at the University of Guelph.
- A faculty supervisor: Each MSc candidate will conduct thesis research by working closely with a chosen School of Computer Science (SoCS) faculty thesis supervisor. We strongly encourage all applicants to get in touch with prospective Graduate Faculty Supervisors prior to applying, as finding a SoCS supervisor is mandatory for admission into the MSc.CS program.
Finding a suitable MSc supervisor is the responsibility of the applicant. You can review SoCS Faculty Areas of Research to assist you in finding a suitable faculty supervisor. Please also review Tips for Finding a Supervisor to assist you in communicating effectively with SoCS faculty.
- English proficiency test: An English proficiency test will be required for any applicant whose first language is not English.
In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies Requirements, the School of Computer Science (SoCS) requires all of the documentation noted on the application page including:
- Academic Transcripts
- A current resume or CV
- Statement of Interest that lists specific computing science topics (3-5) that you wish to research and explains why these topics are of particular interest to you. This document will help us direct your application to the appropriate professor(s). Please refer to the faculty research areas for specific topics. The Statement of Interest should be a maximum of one page in length.
- Two Academic References
A test of English proficiency is required of all applicants whose first language is not English.*
*Please note, the test may not be more than two years old. The proof of English proficiency requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances. For example, applicants may be eligible for an English Waiver who have conferred a degree in a country where English is the native language AND in a university where English is the language of instruction (e.g. Canada, UK, USA, Australia, etc.). School of Computer Science Graduate Admissions Committee approval is required.
Fees & Funding
Please note, we will not be able to pre-evaluate any documents, and must receive all the required documentation before your application can be evaluated. If you need further assistance, please contact our Graduate Program Assistant.