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The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies

Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
170 - 6371 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z2

Computer Science (MSc) - Master of Science in Computer Science

   
Program Information
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree: Master
Field of Study: Computer Science
Description The UBC Department of Computer Science, established in May 1968, is one of the top computer science departments in North America. Recognized internationally for excellence in research and teaching with a conscious focus on interdisciplinary programs, the Department encourages diversity both within its community and areas of study, and plays a leadership role in research, teaching and outreach activities to champion the understanding and integration of Computer Science within all aspects of society. For those students contemplating advanced studies in computer science at UBC, completing a master's degree before continuing to the PhD program confers several advantages. The two-year period of the master's first helps students decide whether a research career is the right career choice for them. If it is, taking this time helps give them the skills needed to pursue independent research. Second, the research experience gained can be very valuable as student work toward picking a PhD topic, as most professors in the department prefer that students shoulder this choice on their own. Third, a student who completes a master's degree and decides to work in industry prior to embarking on the full PhD has the opportunity to apply his or her skills and master's level education in the field and to take advantage of jobs that have attractive starting salaries. Our faculty have research collaborations across the department, across the campus, and internationally. Although the department is large, its research group structure gives our faculty and graduate researchers a strong sense of community and encourages collaboration. UBC has one of the strongest graphics groups in the world. It has had significant impact in the entertainment games and movie industry. The Department of Computer Science consistently fields a top team for "the Battle of the Brains", the Association for Computing Machinery's world programming contest.
Website: Computer Science (MSc) - Master of Science in Computer Science at The University of British Columbia - Vancouver - Faculty of Graduate Studies
Areas of Research: Artificial intelligence; computer graphics; data management and mining; formal verification and analysis of systems; human computer interaction; networks, systems and security; scientific computing; software practices; theory.
Thesis Based? Yes
Course Based? Yes
Requirements
Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%): 76
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 100] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 100] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 81]

Applicants whose degrees are from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission.

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Statement of Research Interests

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Last Updated: September 18, 2017