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    Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

    Minimum Requirements

    Admission to a CS Master's program will normally require a four-year Honour's degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science from a reputable university, college or institute with an average of at least 70% (or the equivalent grade point average) as determined by the Department. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

    Applicants for admission to the PhD program must possess an MSc degree in Computer Science from a reputable university, college or institute. At least a 70% average (or the equivalent grade point average) in the MSc program as determined by the Department is required. However, meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

    Since we receive so many applicants who meet our minimum requirements, each year we must turn away many well-qualified students. For the most part, it is unrealistic to expect that you will be admitted with an average less than 78% (based on the grades of the last two academic years). Please note that in the past few years, most of the accepted MSc students have had over 82% average and most of the accepted PhD students have had over 85% average.

    Entry into MSc Program for Applicants with non-CS Undergraduate Degrees

    If you do not hold a four-year Honor's degree in Computer Science, to be eligible to apply for admission into the MSc program you must have the equivalent of the following:

    • A 4-year Honor's-level Bachelor's degree with very high standing from a reputable university, college, or institute. As admission to our graduate program is highly competitive, only very strong students interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research will be considered.
    • Computer Science 2212 (Introduction to Software Engineering), Computer Science 3340 (Analysis of Algorithms I), plus two additional Computer Science courses at the third-year or fourth-year level.

    If you do not have the equivalent of the above you may register as a special under graduate student. Information concerning the general requirements for admission as a special undergraduate student is specified in the UWO Academic Calendar.

    Entry into PhD Program for Applicants with non-CS Undergraduate Degrees

    If you do not hold a four-year Honor's degree in Computer Science, to be eligible to apply for admission into the PhD program you must have the equivalent of the following:

    • A 4-year Honor's-level Bachelor's degree with very high standing from a reputable university, college, or institute. As admission to our graduate program is highly competitive, only very strong students interested in pursuing interdisciplinary research will be considered.
    • Computer Science 3305 (Operating Systems), Computer Science 3307 (Object Oriented Design and Analysis) or 3342 (Organization of Programming Languages), Computer Science 3331 (Foundations of Computer Science I), Computer Science 3340 (Analysis of Algorithms I).
    • One Computer Science course at the third-year or fourth-year level, different from those listed above.
    • Two additional Computer Science courses at the fourth-year level.

    If you do not have the equivalent of the above courses, you may register as a special undergraduate student. Information concerning the general requirements for admission as a special undergraduate student is specified in the UWO Academic Calendar.

    Direct Entry into PhD from BSc

    For those who have a BSc in Computer Science with a very high average and wish to be admitted to the PhD program without having a MSc degree, they can only apply to a CS thesis MSc and if they academically prove themselves within the first three terms, they can ask to be transferred to a CS PhD program without completing their MSc degree. If this request is approved by their supervisor and the Graduate Executive Committee, all credits collected during the MSc program will be automatically transferred toward the PhD degree.

    English Requirements

    If your mother tongue is not English and you have not attended a university or college in a country whose official language is English, then you must take TOEFL and achieve a score of at least 92 with a minimum score of 20 in each section. The TOEFL test date must be within two years of the first term of registration at The University of Western Ontario. We also accept the results of the following tests as proof of proficiency in English.

    • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council; (the minimum acceptable score is 6.5 out of 9)
    • The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan; (students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85).
    • The Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment; (the minimum acceptable score is 60 out of 100)

    You should arrange for the testing agency to send us an original copy of your score. Western`s TOEFL identifier is 0984. Permanent residents may be required to submit proof of proficiency in English.

    Contact Information

    If you still have questions regarding admission requirements, you may want to visit the CS Graduate studies FAQ page. If you still have more unanswered questions, please direct all correspondence concerning our Graduate Programs in Computer Science to:

    Graduate Office
    Department of Computer Science
    Middlesex College
    The University of Western Ontario
    London, ON Canada N6A 5B7
    Tel: (519) 661-3564
    Fax: (519) 661-3515
    E-mail: gradsec@csd.uwo.ca