Graduate Admission

Graduate Admission

Thesis-Based Masters

The minimum requirements for admittance to the Master’s program are an undergraduate degree with a major in Computing Science or equivalent, and a high upper-second class standing.

Candidates with high academic standing in an undergraduate degree other than computer science, who have some computer science background either academic or professional, may be admitted as graduate preparatory students. Preparatory students will be asked to complete up to one year of undergraduate courses to enhance their background.

In addition to academic performance, a combination of factors is taken into consideration in assessing the eligibility of a candidate for admission into graduate programs. One important such a factor is the availability of a faculty member competent and willing to supervise the academic program of studies and research of the candidate; a candidate will not be admitted to the program under any circumstance unless such a faculty member exists. Other factors include the performance of the candidate and the assessment provided by his/her referees as a measure of the likelihood that the candidate can successfully complete the course of studies and research.

Course-Based Masters

The minimum requirements for admittance to the program are an undergraduate degree with a major in Computing Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or equivalent, as well as a 70% standing.

Candidates with insufficient academic background in Computer Science may be admitted as graduate preparatory students and will be asked to complete up to one year of undergraduate courses to enhance their background.

Application procedure

The application procedure for our graduate degrees is the following two-step process:

  1. Pre-apply by completely filling in the departmental form. Note that the form is different for the two options (course-based and thesis-based).  If the form contains all the pertinent information then you will receive from the department a fairly accurate evaluation, which in most cases indicate that your official application will be successful. Pre-applications are free of charge.
  2. Once you receive a positive evaluation from the department you must go to the Bishop’s on-line application system and submit an official application (fees apply) in order to be granted official admission by the Admission Office.

Note that the two steps above can also be completed at the same time.  However, in this case the application fees will be charged irrespective of the departmental decision.

Application deadlines

Pre-applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis with no deadlines, and admission will be offered to the successful applicants at the earliest opportunity subject to the deadlines imposed to the official application by the Admissions Office.

Successful applicants for the thesis-based option admitted for Fall (September) have the option of registering for the Spring term (May) instead but they need to apply well in advance of the deadline. International applicants in particular should account for the time it takes to obtain their student authorization from the Canadian and Quebec governments.

English proficiency

Beside the requirements above, unless you have at least one year of university studies in English we require proof of proficiency in English under the form of one of the following standardized tests of English proficiency: TOEFL (minimum acceptable score: 580 (paper based), 237 (computer based), or 90 (Internet based)), IELTS (minimum acceptable score: 6.5), MELAB (minimum acceptable score: 85), Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English or CPE (minimum acceptable score: C), or Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English or CAE (minimum acceptable score: B).

In the absence of proof of English proficiency or should your score be insufficient you may be denied admission or may be required to take English language courses upon arrival at Bishop’s.

Masters Degree Requirements

Contact information (administrative)

Further inquiries should be directed to:

Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Stefan Bruda