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 (but not required) to submit results of the (general) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test. Master program 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 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 "PhD.D.fast-tracking" in part e) of your Statement of Interest.
Admission to the Ph.D. and M.Sc. (thesis route) programs is granted in the fall and winter semesters (start in September and January). The review of applications by the Graduate Studies Comittee begins on the 15th of January and the 1st of April; 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 before the 15th of December or the 15th of March to guarantee consideration. In exceptional circumstances (e.g., application endorsed by a prospective supervisor) decision can be made outside the specified time period and admission granted for the spring semester (start in May). In all cases, as admission decisions are contingent on a faculy member deciding to supervise an applicant, applicants are strongly encouranged to contact potential supervisors sharing their research interests once an application has been made.
Admission to the M.Sc. (course/project route) program is granted for the fall and winter semesters (start in September and January). The review of applications begins on the 15th of January and the 1st of April. Complete applications (including transcripts, reference letters, etc.) should reach the School of Graduate Studies before the 15th of December or the 15th of March to guarantee 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. Typically, Ph.D. and M.Sc.(thesis route) applicants will be notified about the admission decision after the 15th March and the 15th of May and M.Sc. (course/project route) applicants will be notified after the 1st of March and the 1st of May.