Applying for Admission

You are invited to complete an official online application provided that you meet the entrance requirements. The application fee is non-refundable. The Department does not make preliminary evaluations of applications.

The Graduate Admissions & Records Office will initially evaluate the file based on the unofficial documents you upload to your online application. If it meets minimum entrance requirements, their office will then forward the application to the Department for further evaluation by respective faculty members. All graduate students must have a supervisor and in this department the individual faculty member will review the applicant list and make an admission offer. Supervisors receive numerous emails from prospective applicants and they may not be able to respond, due to the huge volume of enquiries that they receive.

Acceptance to the graduate program in the Computer Science Department is dependent on an individual supervisor selecting an applicant and making an offer of admission. 

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We receive many qualified applications every year but limits of space and funding and available supervisors prevent us from accepting as many students as we would like. 

Masters requirements: 

  • We require a BA, BSc with a minimum B+ standing (typically in computer science / computer engineering / software engineering or its equivalent)  

PhD requirements:

  • We normally require a master's degree in Computer Science, or the equivalent, with a first-class standing (A-).

Document requirements:

All applications should include the following:

  • Application form (online)
  • Academic transcripts from previous institutions
  • Two assessment reports (from academic or professional references who are familiar with your work)
  • CV / resume
  • English language proficiency (if applicable). Official test score reports must be sent directly to UVic from the testing agency
  • Statement of intent (brief explanation of career goals and areas of research interest)
  • GRE (optional, but highly recommended for international students)

Applicants should refer to the Submission of Documents from the Graduate Studies' website which also includes general admissions information.

Learn more about International applicant info.

Learn more about English language proficiency.
Official test score reports must be sent directly to UVic from the testing agency.

MADS program - Application Deadline

MSc and PhD - Application Deadlines:

September is the main entry point. The MSc Industrial program is only available with the September entry and the students should arrange their own financial resources for both living and educational expenses. In order to be considered for a particular term, it is strongly recommended that your application be complete well in advance of the deadlines in order for faculty members to conduct a review of a full application.


Domestic and International applicant deadline
Computer Science - Master of Science and PhD

SEPTEMBER Completed application before DECEMBER 15th
JANUARY Completed application before JUNE 15th
MAY Completed application before OCTOBER 15th