University of Calgary

Minimum Admission Requirements

Submitted by admin on Tue, 06/26/2007 - 15:26.

M.Sc Requirements

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies admission requirements, the Department requires an undergraduate background of either:

  • a four-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Computer Science from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the last two years (i.e. last 20 half course equivalents) of the undergraduate program; or
  • a four-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the last 2 years (i.e. last 20 half course equivalents) of the undergraduate program. In addition, candidates must have an undergraduate course at the third or fourth year level in each of the following computer science areas:
    • Theory of Computation
    • Software Engineering
    • Systems (Operating Systems, Compilers, Distributed Systems, Networking)
    • Application (Artificial Intelligence, Graphics, Databases, etc.)

Country specific degree requirements for admission:

Most Common

COUNTRY GRADUATE STUDIES MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS DEPARTMENT MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
IRAN 15/20 16/20
CHINA 80% 83%
INDIA/ BANGLADESH/ PAKISTAN 1st class/division 60% 70%

More countries can be found on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. Please note that their requirements are less than the department's requirements.

If your GPA falls between the department's minimum requirements and the Faculty of Graduate Studies' minimum requirements, your application will still be considered, but with a reduced chance of gaining admission.

Exceptions to the GPA requirements may be considered for students with either:

  • Demonstrated research excellence; or
  • GRE General scores of at least 600 verbal and 750 quantitative and either 720 analytical (old test format) or 5.5 (new test format).

Computer Science courses taken outside of a degree may be considered to meet the GPA requirements.


Ph.D. Requirements

For students applying with a Master of Science degree, all the requirements for a Master of Science (above) apply, plus a thesis-based Master's(Science, Engineering,Tech) degree from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 3.3. Note: A master's project does not equal a master's thesis.

For exceptional students applying with a Bachelor of Science degree, all the requirements for a Master of Science (above) apply, plus a four-year Honours degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution with a minimum GPA of 3.7 and demonstrated research ability.

Excellent students who progress well at the M.Sc. level may be able to transfer directly to the Ph.D. program. Each case is considered individually. More information on Ph.D. transfers ...


Additional Requirements for both M.Sc and Ph.D

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY:

Applicants whose native language is not English are also required to provide proof of English proficiency in order to secure admission and financial support. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 600 (written test) or 100 (internet-based test), or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.5 is required.

When submitting an application, official scores must be sent directly from the testing institution and can only be reported for a period of two years from the testing date.For TOEFL: Institution code -0813; dept. code -78. IELTS please have your score sent to our office.

NOTE: Applicants who have resided in Canada (or another English-speaking country) for at least five consecutive years prior to applying to The University of Calgary may apply for exemption from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. If you have completed your Bachelor’s or Master’s in a country where English is a second language, but from an English Speaking Post-Secondary Institution please email cpscappl@ucalgary.ca BEFORE you apply to see if you are eligible for exemption from the English Proficiency Requirement. .


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