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 - Work-term Route
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 (but not required) to submit results of the (general) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test if they have results that show them as outstanding applicants. Master program applicants must identify the correct option (thesis or work-term) on their application. Thesis-based applicants are required to submit two or more letters of reference from an academic supervisor, such as a thesis-supervisor or a university professor who has taught the student. The work-term route is more suitable for applicants with relevant work experience in the IT sector. For this reason, work-term route applicants are strongly encouraged to include their Curriculum Vitae (CV) and one reference letter from a former employer in 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 maximum of 3 areas. Supervisors may 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 Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. program (after a minimum of 12 months) without completing the Masters degree. If you are interested in this option, please indicate your preference with the keyword "Ph.D. fast-tracking" in part e) of your Statement of Interest.
Admission to the Ph.D. and M.Sc. (thesis-based routes) programs is usually granted for the Fall term mainly (to start in September). The review of applications by the Graduate Studies Comittee begins after the submission deadline; those applicantions that are deemed acceptable are then displayed for several weeks for viewing by potential supervisors. Complete applications (including transcripts, reference letters, etc.) should reach the School of Graduate Studies by the 15th. of January to guarantee consideration. Incomplete applications are usually deferred to the next intake deadline. In exceptional circumstances (e.g., application endorsed by a prospective supervisor), a decision can be made outside the specified time period and admission granted for the Winter or Spring terms. In all cases, as admission decisions are contingent on a faculy member deciding to supervise an applicant, thesis-based applicants are strongly encouranged to contact potential supervisors sharing their research interests once an application has been made.
Admission to the M.Sc. (work-term route) program is granted for the Fall (starting in September) or Winter (starting in January) terms only . The review of applications begins after the submission deadline. Complete applications (including transcripts, reference letters, etc.) should reach the School of Graduate Studies before the 15th. of January (Fall intake) or the 15th. of May (Winter intake) to guarantee consideration.
The admission decision is communicated to applicants in writing by the School of Graduate Studies by the notification deadlines and the department does not provide information about the status of the application before that. Typically, applicants will be notified about the admission decision shorthly after the 1st. of June (Fall intake notification deadline) or the 1st. of October (Winter intake notification deadline).