Simon Fraser University M.Sc Computer Science Fees, Eligibility, Admission & Deadlines

    Burnaby, British ColumbiaLocation
    UniversitySchool type
    EStd 1965established year

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

    2 years
    full time
    Thesis Based

    $ 14,619 

    1st Year

    International Student Tution

    Program Description

    • MSc in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University is a 2-year or 5 term teaching program.
    • It is an on-campus, research-intensive program offered on a full-time basis only.
    • The Major components of Computing Science 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 3 options: course work, thesis, or project option for a minimum of 30 units.
    • Students get the opportunity to supplement their academic learning with co-op and study/work abroad.
    • University also provides an option of internship, which students take during their last year.
    • 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 the course option must take at least 30 credit hours of graduate work (typically 10 courses).
    • The student-faculty ratio of this program is 27:1 and the class sizes are favorable for students.
    • Students take instructional and lab courses, in a cohort, and complete work placement through SFU's co-op program.
    • SFU is a mid-sized public research institute that provides the perfect platform for a great learning experience.
    • School of Computing Science at SFU 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.
    • Job opportunities after MSc Computing Science are Network Administrator, Database Administrator, etc and the average salary goes up to 62,105 USD.

    Program Highlights

    Degree Type OfferedMaster
    Duration2 years
    Fees$ 32764 for 2 years
    Delivery Typefull time
    Admission Intakefall (Deadline - Feb 1)
    Language ProficiencyTOEFL,IELTS,PTE
    Program URL
    Average Salary (USD)62105

    Eligibility & Entry Requirement

    Academic Eligibility:

    • Students must complete a bachelor's degree in computer science or a 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.
    • A GPA of at least 3.0 (B grade) out of 4.33 is required to be eligible for the program.

    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 MSc program.
    • For the thesis-based MSc 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 a better 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 to get admission to this program.

    Required Document List

    Following are the required documents:

    • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and/or volunteer experience.
    • Online application form: Students have to submit an online application form at the official website.
    • All post-secondary transcripts: Students have to submit all official documents containing student’s grades. Thus, post-secondary transcripts refer to undergraduate, graduate, medical school, law school, or other higher education transcripts.
    • 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.
    • Personal Statement: It should include a brief overview of themselves, strengths, and any work experience and/or education that students have.
    • 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.
    • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL, or other test scores.

    Application Deadline

    Event End Date
    fall Feb 1, 2021

    Scores Required

    88 / 120

    Avg. Score in


    6.5 / 9

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    65 / 90

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    300 / 340

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    Fees & Funding

    Tution & Application Fees

    YearYear 1Year 2
    Tuition Fees$14619$14619
    Health Insurance$763$763
    Book and Supplies$1000$1000
    Total Fees$16382$16382

    Living Costs

    HeadAvg Cost Per Year
    Room And Board$ 4755
    Food$ 3330


    Academy Ranking of World Universities

    Academy Ranking of World Universities 2020

    Ranked #101 / 500

    Computer Science and Engineering [ International ]

    Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

    Name AmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
    Rotary Foundation Scholarships- Global GrantsVariableYesJun 30, 2021
    BrokerFish International student scholarship$ 1000YesDec 21, 2020
    Forktip Women’s- Innovation ScholarshipVariableYesAug 30, 2020
    VueVille Future Technology Scholarship$ 1000YesSep 30, 2020

    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 Students 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 students 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

    Following are the Job opportunities for students are:

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


    6.8 /10

    For it's highly intensive CS research program and community-centered campus.

    Course Curriculum :

    Highly research-intensive which means high competition in classes

    9 /10 academic/food
    8 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement

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