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Master of Science [M.Sc] (Computing Science)

 2 years
 full time
 on campus
  Thesis Based

$ 11,880 

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Program Description

  • Simon Fraser University offers MSc in Computing Science with a duration of 2 years (5 terms).
  • This course is offered on a full-time basis.
  • Major Components of the program are:
    • Algorithms and Complexity Theory (including combinatorics)
    • Artificial Intelligence (including logic, natural language processing)
    • Data Mining and Computational Biology
    • Computer graphics, Computer Vision, and Medical Image Analysis
    • Networks and Systems (including software systems)
  • The program consists of three options: course work, thesis or project option for a minimum of 30 units.
  • University provides an option of internship, which students can take during their last year.
  • Students are provided with opportunities to supplement their academic learning with co-op and study/work abroad.
  • Students choosing the thesis option should complete at least 15 credit hours of graduate work (typically 5 courses).
  • Similarly, students choosing the project option must take at least 24 credit hours of graduate work (typically 8 courses).
  • Students applying for course option must take at least 30 credit hours of graduate work (typically 10 courses).
  • School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University ranks 1st and 2nd according to MacLean’s 2020 and Computer Science Rankings 2020 in Canada respectively.
  • The Research Faculty of the department have received global recognition by winning awards like the Royal Society of Canada fellows, Sloan fellowship, etc.
  • Placements/Job opportunities after MSc Computing Science are Network Administrator, Database Administrator, Software Programmer, Game Developer, Application Developer, etc.
  • The average salary goes up to 62,105 USD after completing this program.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Master
Duration2 years
Fees$ 27,286 for 2 years
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake Spring (Deadline - Jul 31)
Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS,PTE
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Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • Bachelor's degree in computing science or related field from a recognized institution.
  • The related fields include a UG degree in computer engineering, engineering science, computational mathematics, applied computing, applied mathematics, computer information systems.
  • GPA of at least 3.0/4.33 (B grade).

Work Experience Eligibility:

  • Students with lower qualifications can apply for the program if they have worked in a software company before.
  • However, the work experience is more useful for students opting for the course-based M.Sc program.
  • For the thesis-based M.Sc program, admission is offered based upon publications, participation in research projects, and academic awards.


Students without related academic experience or work experience students are also encouraged to apply, given they have completed the following courses:

  • Operating Systems
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Database Systems and Structures

Indian Student Eligibility:

Indian students are eligible to apply if they meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Completed a 4-year UG degree with first class in a relevant field from a recognized institution
  • Or, completed a master degree with first class in a relevant field from a recognized institution
  • Or, completed a 3-year UG degree with a first-class from a NAAC-accredited institution 

Submission of GRE scores is not compulsory for this program, however, it is recommended to submit the scores (minimum 300) for better a chance of admission.

Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test.

Required Document List

Following are the required documents:

  • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work and/or volunteer experience.
  • Three academic or professional references: Referees (Teachers, guidance counselors, or Professors) should comment on academics and that references should submit along with the application system.
  • Statement of Intent: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.
  • Electronic Official transcripts: Submit copies of official transcripts from post-secondary institutions attended in PDF format.
  • A Credential evaluation report from WES Canada or ICES: If students have credentials from an institution outside of Canada or the United States, they must submit a credential evaluation report from WES Canada (course-by-course report) or ICES (comprehensive report).
  • Statement of research interests: Student has to fill their interesting research work area in the application form.

Application Deadline

Jul 31

Scores Required

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Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearYear 1Year 2
Tuition fees$11880$11880
Health insurance$763$763
Book and supplies$1000$1000
Total fees$13643$13643

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Room and board$ 5,670
Food$ 3,075


QS World University 2020

Ranked #101/ 600

Computer Science and Engineering [ International ]

Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
Bharat Petroleum Scholarship 2020 Variable Yes N/A
Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships Variable Yes 19 Feb, 2021
FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship $20,000 Yes N/A
Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program $150 Yes N/A
JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Variable Yes 09 Mar, 2020
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
Aga khan Foundation Scholarships Variable Yes 31 Mar, 2020
Ontario Graduate Fellowship $8,459 Yes N/A
Go Clean Scholarship $3,500 Yes 31 Dec, 2020
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VISA & Work Study


  • A Student VISA is required to study in Canada which allows to work and do research on-campus.
  • The Student VISA is usually valid for the length of the study program, plus an extra 90 days.
  • At the time of VISA application, students need to provide various documents:
    • Application form and Study Plan
    • Biometrics (fingerprints and photographs)
    • Valid Passport
    • Official SFU Acceptance Letter
    • Financial Evidence

Work Study

The Work-Study Program allows students to take part in research-based projects. Students may work on-campus and off-campus.

On-Campus: Work-Study is available during the Fall, Spring and Summer terms. Students will be awarded 140 Work-Study hours for a term. The hourly rate of pay is $15.20 per hour. It is possible to work on-campus with a work permit if the student meets the following requirements:

  • Valid study permit that includes a condition stating Student may work on campus
  • Enrolled as a full-time student

Off-Campus: Students are eligible to work off-campus and may work a maximum of 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions, and full time during scheduled breaks. Students are eligible to work off-campus without a work permit if they meet the following requirements:

  • Valid study permit that includes a condition stating student may work off-campus
  • Enrolled in a program of 6 months or more that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate
  • Enrolled as a full-time student

      Career and Placement after Course

      The career opportunities are:

      • Network Administrator
      • Database Administrator
      • Software Programmer
      • QA Tester
      • Game Developer
      • Application Developer
      • Software Marketer
      • Technical Architect

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