Graduate Program Application
The Computer Science Department at Memorial University offers the following programs
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
- Master of Science (M.Sc.)
- Option 1 - Thesis Route
- Option 2 - Course/Project Route with Work Term
Application for admission to graduate studies must be made on the appropriate form to the School of Graduate Studies (for details see here). Computer Science applicants are strongly encouraged to submit results of the (general) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test. Applicants who submit GRE score will be considered first. Master programm applicants must identify the correct option (thesis or course) on their application.
When filling your application online, in the section Statement of Interest, part e) Indicate your sub-specialty area, you must select one of the areas listed here. You can opt for a maxiumum of 3 areas. Supervisors choose students based on their research preferences.
Truly exceptional students with a completed Bachelor degree (but not a M.Sc. degree) have the option of fast-tracking into the PhD program. Such students must apply to our thesis based M.Sc. program. After demonstrating to the satisfaction of the Department their ability to pursue research at the Doctoral level, they may be transferred into the PhD program (after 12 months) without completing the Masters degree. If you are interested in this option, please indicate your preference with the keyword "PhD fast-tracking" in part e) of your Statement of Interest.
Admission to the Ph.D. and M.Sc. (thesis route) programs is usually granted only for the fall semester (start in September). The Graduate Studies Committee begins with the review of applications on the 1st of February. It is recommended that complete applications (including transcripts, reference letters, etc.) are submitted to the School of Graduate Studies before the 15th of December. Applications submitted thereafter are less likely to be sucesfull. In exceptional circumstances (e.g., application endorsed by a prospective supervisor) decision can be made outside the specified time period and admission granted for winter (start in January) or spring semester (start in May).
Admission to the M.Sc. (course/project route) program is granted for the fall and winter semester (start in September and January). The review of applications beginns on the 1st of March and the 1st of July. Complete applications (including transcripts, reference letters, etc.) should reach the School of Graduate Studies before the 15th of January or the 15th of May to guarantee a full consideration.
The admission decision is communicated to applicants in writing by the School of Graduate Studies and the department does not provide information about the status of the application before that. Ph.D. and M.Sc. (thesis route) applicants will be notified about the admission decision after the 15th of March. M.Sc. (course/project route) candidates will be notified after the 15th of April or 15th of August.
In the fall 2011 competition the acceptance rate for Ph.D. and M.Sc. (thesis route) programs was 20%. For the M.Sc. (course/project route) program the department accepted 35% of the applicants.