The objective of the PhD in Computational Sciences is to produce interdisciplinary scholars who are capable of tackling emerging problems in the sciences and humanities through investigation, advanced research and application of current computer technologies.
The PhD in Computational Sciences is a fulltime, three-year program (9 semesters, or 36 months) during which you will complete the Technical and Communication Research Methodology course and any additional graded courses or modules assigned by your Advisory Committee. You will also give two public seminars, successfully complete a qualifying exam, complete the research, write a dissertation and successfully defend it at the final oral examination. Our PhD will prepare you for both academia and industry.
All future applicants are encouraged to explore faculty research interests and get in touch with prospective Graduate Faculty Supervisors. A chosen School of Computer Science Advisor and Application Discipline Co-Advisor must be established PRIOR to applying to the PhD.CSCI program.
How to Apply
Please apply online at Applying to Guelph. We will process applications after we receive proof of payment of the application fee and all required documentation.
Available spaces in the PhD 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:*
- Summer 2020: February 1, 2020
- Fall 2020: June 1, 2020
- Winter 2021: October 1, 2020
*The application deadlines are for both Domestic and International applicants. We encourage International applicants to apply a minimum of 6-9 months in advance of these deadlines to ensure study permits can be processed in time for admission. Please see the Office of Graduate Studies Recommendations for International Applicants for suggested application timeline.
Admission to the PhD program normally requires a recognized thesis-based master’s degree with a minimum 75% average or equivalent independent research experience demonstrated through publications in scholarly journals or conferences.
Each PhD candidate will conduct thesis research by working closely with two chosen thesis advisors, a School of Computer Science (SoCS) Advisor and an Application Discipline (AD) Advisor, who share equal responsibility in advising the student. At least one of the Co-Advisors must be Regular Graduate Faculty at the University of Guelph.
A chosen School of Computer Science (SoCS) Advisor and Application Discipline (AD) Co-Advisor must be established PRIOR to applying to the PhD.CSCI program.
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 (including publications)
- A Statement of Interest (maximum 1500 words):
- The applicant must identify their potential supervisors (School of Computer Science Advisor and Application Discipline Advisor) and explain their choice
- They should describe the general area of research in which they are interested
- The area must be at the crossroads between computer science and another discipline (the “application discipline”) in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, etc.
- They may also describe a specific research problem in the area and their initial ideas on how to approach it
- They should clearly explain the importance and interdisciplinary nature of the area or problem
- They should summarize the related research and refer to publications where appropriate
- As an appendix (not included in the 1500-word limit):
- An applicant without a master’s or bachelor’s degree in computer science should highlight their computational knowledge and experience (e.g., computer science courses taken; use of Matlab, Mathematica, R, Maple, Weka)
- An applicant without a master’s or bachelor’s degree in the application discipline should highlight their knowledge and experience in that discipline
- The applicant should list any other reasons why they consider themselves a strong applicant
- Three Academic References
- A test of English proficiency is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. The English language requirements for the PhD program are higher than other programs. Required scores are shown below:
- Paper-based TOEFL: 600
- Internet-based TOEFL: 100, speaking and writing 25, at least 21 in each category
- IELTS: 7.0, at least 6.5 for each component
- MELAB: 90, speaking 3, no score lower than 80
- CAEL: 70, writing and speaking 70, no score lower than 60
- University of Guelph English Language Certificate at the Advanced Level
- The proof of English proficiency requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances (e.g. Applicants who have studied full-time for two years in a country where English is the native language AND in a university where English is the language of instruction).
*Please note that the test may not be more than two years old. The proof of English proficiency requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances (e.g. applicants who have studied full-time for two years in a country where English is the native language AND in a university where English is the language of instruction). School of Computer Science Graduate Admissions Committee approval is required. If you wish to apply for a waiver, please submit a written letter (via email) requesting this to your potential PhD graduate faculty supervisor(s). We will not be able to review requests for waivers until all admission documentation has been received.
Please note, we will not be able to pre-evaluate any documents, and must receive all the required documentation before your application can be examined. If you need further assistance, please contact our Graduate Program Assistant.