Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

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Computer Science

Carleton University - Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Faculty:School of Computer Science
Field of Study:Computer Science
Areas of Research:The Ph.D. areas of specialization are: Software Engineering, Theory of Computing, Computer Applications, and Computer Systems
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $6,933
National: $6,933
Careers:Software EngineerVideo Game Programmers


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science degree is a joint program offered by the School of Computer Science (SCS) at Carleton University and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa under the auspices of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Computer Science (OCICS) and the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering. Learn more about Ottawa-Carleton Joint Institutes.

The PhD program provides graduate students with an opportunity to conduct in-depth research in their area of specialization and become technical experts in the domain. PhD students can augment their expertise by combining coursework with their research in a wide range of areas, e.g., algorithms, computer security, distributed and parallel computing, computer gaming, computer graphics, bioinformatics, robotics and GIS.


Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 86] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Letter(s) of Reference
Admission to the Ph.D. in Computer Science requires a Masters in Computer Science with thesis, or equivalent including demonstrated significant research ability. In exceptional cases, students who are currently in the M.C.S. program and who have completed all course requirements with a grade of no less than A in each course may be permitted to transfer into the Ph.D. program.

* 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.

Modified on September 01, 2022