The assessment of an applicant's likelihood of success can be carried out in a variety of ways. Students will be expected to hold a B.Sc. or B. Eng. degree, or equivalent, with a strong computational orientation. At the time of application, the student is expected to provide evidence (for example, transcripts of completed courses) of his or her knowledge of a modern computer language such as Fortran, and/or C and/or C++, and/or Matlab, and/or Python. Evidence of knowledge of differential equations; and/or linear algebra and/or computer graphics would be an asset. Students with an inadequate background may be encouraged to take certain undergraduate courses. The successful completion of an Honours. B.Sc. or B. Eng. degree which included a number of computer science courses is typical of a successful applicant.
Research Supervision and Financial Support
There are several stages required for admission to the program after an application is submitted through the School of Graduate Studies (SGS).
1. The application material from the SGS is reviewed by the Board of Study for Scientific Computing and determined if the applicant is deemed to be eligible. Eligibility is based on the relevancy of undergraduate (and previous graduate) courses taken, grades, letters of recommendation and statements from the applicant, all contained in the file provided to us by the SGS. See above for additional information. Normally an overall GPA of 75% (Canadian equivalent) is required for eligibility.
2. In order to be accepted into the program, a faculty member at Memorial University must agree to act as the student's research supervisor. This usually involves a commitment of some financial support from the faculty member.
It is best if applicants try to contact potential supervisors themselves. This can be done at any stage of the application process. There is a list of faculty affiliated with the program on our website, but any Memorial University faculty member can supervise students.
Applicants are encouraged to also search the lists of faculty in university departments of interest. In addition, we will also circulate a summary of your application information to our list of affiliated faculty members.
Normally, the minimum financial support for students enrolled in the thesis option is $16,000 CDN per year. Approximately $3,000 of this amount will come from the student performing duties as a Teaching Assistant, which involves three TA units per year (56 hours each).
There is not necessarily any financial support for students enrolled in the project option.
TOEFL and GRE codes
Memorial University's identification code for TOEFL and GRE tests is 0885. There is no specific code for the Scientific Computing Program; if something needs to be provided, use CMSC (which is Memorial's denotation for this program).
Admission decisions will be made by the School of Graduate Studies.