Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

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Computer Science

Western University - School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Science
Field of Study:Computer Science
Thesis Based:Yes
Length:4 Year(s)
Careers:Software EngineerVideo Game Programmers


The Department of Computer Science offers a four-year graduate program leading to a PhD in Computer Science. This program provides a high quality, leading-edge education on Computer Science that produces highly capable and sought after researchers and professional leaders. PhD students have the opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research in computer science with some of the best researchers in the world.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    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.

    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.

    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.
    Application Notes : See requirements at http://www.csd.uwo.ca/prospective_students/graduate_students/admission_requirements.html

    * 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 November 11, 2022