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Doctor of Philosophy [Ph.D] (Computing Science)

 4 years
 full time
 on campus
  Thesis Based

Offered by     Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, University of Alberta

$ 5,459 

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Program Description

  • PhD in Computing Science at the University of Alberta allows students to complete this course in 4 years.
  • It is an on-campus, thesis-based program offered on a full-time basis.
  • The student to faculty ratio for this program is 10:1.
  • PhD students are expected to have a background in computing science similar to BSc honors in the Computing Science program.
  • Normally three-year degrees do not meet the university requirements.
  • Students for the PhD in Computing Science must have an MSc degree in Computing Science or a related field.
  • Exceptionally qualified applicants having the equivalent of a First-Class Honors BSc degree may be admitted directly to the PhD program.
  • After joining this program, students will get opportunities to study research methods like
    • Algorithms and Distributed Computing
    • Machine Learning in Medical Image Analysis
    • Robotics
    • Cybersecurity
    • Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning
    • Biometrics
  • Students are required to select a research area and name up to 3 professors as potential supervisors.
  • PhD students will only be admitted if a professor agrees to supervise.
  • The Department of Computing Science encourages students to apply for scholarships, fellowships, awards, and grants both internally and externally. 
  • A degree in this program from the University of Alberta is important for students to unlocking a future with endless, rewarding career opportunities
  • Graduates may find job opportunities in a wide range of areas including Computer Systems Engineer, Computer Science Professor, Computer Network Architect, Research, and Development.
  • The average salary after this program is 65,250 USD.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Doctorate
Duration4 years
Fees$ 25,340 for 4 years
Delivery TypeFull Time
Admission Intake Fall (Deadline - Jan 15)
Language Proficiency TOEFL,IELTS,PTE
Offered by Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research, University of Alberta
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Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • Applicants are normally required to have completed a master’s degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution, recognized by the University of Alberta.
  • A GPA of 3.0/4.0 [B Grade]. based on the most recent two years of full-time study is required.

Indian Student Eligibility:

  • Students are normally required to have completed a master's degree in its academic equivalent, from an academic institution, recognized by the University of Alberta.
  • GPA of 3.0/4.0 [B Grade] based on the recent two years of full-time study (or equivalent) is required.
  • Students will need to submit school results for Class XI showing a competitive average and course registration for Class XII, or Class XII mid-year results.
  • Students in CBSE or CISCE schools, they present 75%+ on their final Class XII exams.

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.
  • Official Transcripts: Students have to submit a copy of their original official transcripts.
  • Reference letters: Students will choose letter writers that will be able to comment on their academic record as well as other experiences or relevant skill sets. 
  • Statement of Intent: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.
  • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL or other test scores.

Application Deadline

Jan 15

Scores Required

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Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

YearYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4
Tuition fees$5459$5459$5459$5459
Health and wellness$420$420$420$420
Other fees$456$456$456$456
Total fees$6335$6335$6335$6335

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Housing$ 10,800
Food$ 2,700


Academy Ranking of World Universities 2020

Ranked #51/ 500

Computer Science and Engineering [ International ]

Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
UAlberta Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship $31,188 Yes 28 Feb, 2021
Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) $8,312 Yes N/A
University of Alberta Graduate Fellowship $5,544 Yes 04 Oct, 2020
University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship $3,572 Yes 15 Apr, 2020
UAlberta Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize $3,464 Yes N/A
Debesh Kamal Scholarship $1,385 Yes 30 Apr, 2020
Ontario Graduate Fellowship $8,459 Yes N/A
Go Clean Scholarship $3,500 Yes 31 Dec, 2020
Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Scholarships Variable Yes 03 Jan, 2021
Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020
JN Tata Endowment Scholarship Variable Yes 09 Mar, 2020
Ellis R. Ott Scholarship for Applied Statistics and Quality Management Variable Yes 01 Apr, 2020
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
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VISA & Work Study


  • There is no particular visa type to study in Canada but require a Student Visa.
  • International applicants who are applying for a Student Visa are required to have TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) or eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for entry in Canada.
  • Following are the required documents for Students visa applications:
    • Application for Study Permit
    • Letter of acceptance
    • Proof of financial support
    • Passport photos
    • an Entry Visa to enter the country
    • Visa to study or work in the country
    • Resident Permit or registration after arrival in the host country

Work Study

Students from the University of Alberta can work both on-campus and off-campus.

On-Campus: Students can work on-campus. The jobs available for students are UAlberta offices like interns, assistants, receptionists, and Stores and restaurants, UAlberta bookstores, UAlberta libraries, Coffeeshops.  Students can work a number of hours per week on-campus and up to 20 hours a week.

Off-Campus: Students can also work off-campus. The jobs available for students are companies in their field of studies, Banks, Restaurants, and Stores. Students can work a number of hours per week off-campus and up to 20 hours a week.

Career and Placement after Course

Possible career opportunities for students are:

  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Computer Science Professor
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Research and Development

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