Master of Science (M.Sc.)

  • Admission Requirements
    • Admission into a Master’s program in Computer Science is restricted to candidates holding at least a Bachelor degree (major in Computer Science or Computer Engineering) with a minimum average of 75% overall. When circumstances warrant, this requirement may be waived on the recommendation of the Head of the Department. Applicants should also refer to the Qualifications for Admission given under the Regulations Governing the Degree of Master of Science within the School of Graduate Studies section of the current Calendar. International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit results of the (general) Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test.
  • Programs
    • Option 1 - Thesis Route
      • Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours in graduate program courses, 9 of which must be in Computer Science (excluding COMP 601W and COMP 6999).
      • Students must obtain a mark of 65% or higher in each course to remain the program. In addition, a mark of 75% or higher in each course is required to maintain baseline funding from the School of Graduate Studies.
      • Full-time students are expected to complete their course work within their first year of studies. Part-time students are expected to complete their course work by the end of the seventh semester in program.
      • Each candidate is required to submit an acceptable thesis. The thesis project may involve a theoretical investigation and/or the development of an original, practical system. Each candidate is required to present a tentative outline of his/her proposed research to the Supervisor, with a copy to the Department Committee on Graduate Studies, by the end of his/her third semester in the program (sixth semester for part-time students). A fifteen minute oral presentation of the proposal is to be scheduled and given within four weeks of the submission date.
      • Prior to submission of a thesis, normally in the last semester of the program, candidates are required to present a seminar on the thesis topic, methods employed and research results.
    • Option 2 - Course/Project Route with Work Term
      • Candidates are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours in graduate program courses, of which, at least 18 credit hours must be in Computer Science.
      • Students must obtain a mark of 65% or higher in each course to remain in the program.
      • Within this credit requirement, a student must take the following courses:
        • COMP 6999 (Master’s Project)
        • One course in Software Engineering (COMP 6713 or COMP 6905)
        • One course in Algorithms (COMP 6743 or COMP 6783 or COMP 6901 or COMP 6902)
      • Additionally, students must complete one co-operative education work term (COMP 601W). Under normal circumstances, students will undertake their work term in the spring semester.
        • The dates for starting and finishing each work term are shown in the University Diary.
        • Students must successfully complete at least 12 credit hours (four courses) prior to beginning their work term.
        • Students will conduct job searches through the University’s Co-operative Education Services Centre (CESC) in cooperation with the Department of Computer Science. Students who do not wish to accept a work term job arranged by CESC shall be responsible for finding an alternative. Such jobs must be confirmed by letter from the employer and approved by the Head of Computer Science and by the CESC on or before the first day of the work term. Work term jobs may be outside St. John’s and possibly outside Newfoundland and Labrador.
        • Each work term placement will be supervised by the candidate’s program Supervisor, the on-site Supervisor assigned by the employer and the CESC Co-ordinator. The overall evaluation of the work term is the responsibility of the program Supervisor, on-site Supervisor and CESC Co-ordinator. The work term shall consist of two components:
          • On-the-job Student Performance as evaluated by the on-site Supervisor and CESC Co-ordinator, in consultation with the program Supervisor.
          • A Work Report graded by the program Supervisor in consultation with the on-site Supervisor.
        • Evaluation of the work term will result in the assignment of one of the following final grades:
          • Pass: Indicates that PERFORMANCE MEETS EXPECTATIONS in both the work report and work performance.
          • Fail: Indicates FAILING PERFORMANCE in the work report and/or the work performance. If a failing grade is assigned, the student’s Masters program will be terminated.
  • Other Regulations
    • Students from either option 1 or option 2 may request to transfer between both options once during their studies. The transfer requires an approval from the Department Head.
    • All candidates are expected to take an active part in seminars and other aspects of the academic life of the Department of Computer Science.
    • The Department of Computer Science Graduate Student Research Forum takes place in the winter term of the academic year. All M.Sc. students must present at the Research Forum at least once during their program.
    • Full-time students are expected to complete all program requirements in two years. Part-time students are expected to complete all program requirements in four years.


Department of Computer Science

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000