Applications for Admission


The following are instructions for applying to the Master's and Doctoral programs in Computer Science. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Graduate Program Assistant at gradprogram@cs.usask.ca

Admission Requirements

Master's Program

All students must meet the minimum admission requirements set forth by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Applicants will have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in Computer Science with high standing. Students with other backgrounds may also be considered for admittance in exceptional circumstances, but will be required to make up background deficiencies through additional courses. Applicants can also be guided in the appropriate selection of preparatory courses that would qualify them for admission consideration.

All international applicants will be required to provide proof of an adequate level of English Language Proficiency prior to admission, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. This Department does not allow the remedial minimum noted on the CGPS website. Note that the English language proficiency requirements, below, supersede the minimum requirements of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The applicants must demonstrate:

  • An aggregate TOEFL score of at least 94 (IBT), with no individual score below 20; or
  • An aggregate IELTS score of at least 7.0, with no individual score below 6.5; or
  • An acceptable score from another approved ESL proficiency test.
  • The Department of Computer Science does not accept letters from your universities stating the medium of instruction is English.

Although not compulsory, GRE results can be submitted and may enhance your application.

We strongly recommend that applicants have at least the minimum requirement before they apply. Applicants with less than the above requirement may apply at their own risk. 

Doctoral Program

All students must meet the minimum admission requirements set forth by the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. To be admitted to the Ph.D. program an applicant must hold a thesis-based M.Sc. in Computer Science (or an equivalent background) and a University of Saskatchewan equivalent grade point average (GPA) of 80%. The applicant must show an ability to work independently and engage in original research. In addition, all applicants must satisfy the regulations for admission to the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies as set out in the University Calendar. 

All international applicants will be required to provide proof of an adequate level of English Language Proficiency prior to admission, regardless of their citizenship status or country of origin. This Department does not allow the remedial minimum noted on the CGPS website. Note that the English language proficiency requirements, below, supersede the minimum requirements of the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. The applicants must demonstrate:

  • An aggregate TOEFL score of at least 94 (IBT), with no individual score below 20; or
  • An aggregate IELTS score of at least 7.0, with no individual score below 6.5; or
  • An acceptable score from another approved ESL proficiency test.
  • The Department of Computer Science does not accept letters from your universities stating the medium of instruction is English.

Although not compulsory, GRE results can be submitted and may enhance your application.

We strongly recommend that applicants have at least the minimum requirement before they apply. Applicants with less than the above requirement may apply at their own risk. 

Application Instructions


Applications for September 2017 are closed. Applications for September 2018 will be accepted between September 15, 2017 and January 15, 2018. A non-refundable application fee of $90 is required before your application will be processed.

Only applications completed by the deadline will be considered for September 2018 and therefore all documents must be received by  January 15, 2018. It is your responsibility to ensure that your online application with payment and all required documentation is submitted before the application deadline. 

To apply for admission to a graduate program in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Saskatchewan, you must complete the online application form found on the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website.

For further information, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant by e-mail.

Required Documents

After you have submitted your online application and paid the non-refundable application fee of $90, you will receive an email with instructions on how to upload your documents. Please note that it may take 1-2 business days for you from the time your application fee has been processed to receive this email. 

After you receive the email, you will be able to upload all of the documents required for your application. It is your responsibility to ensure that your documents are readable. Do not mail any application materials to the Department of Computer Science. You must upload a PDF copy of your required documents as described below! Failure to do so will delay the processing of your application. 

Only applications completed by the deadline of January 15, 2018 will be considered. The graduate committee is unable to process incomplete applications. It is your responsibility to ensure that your online application with payment and all required documentation is submitted before the application deadline. 

Transcript(s)
  • Copies of your academic transcript(s) and degree certificate(s) from each post-secondary institution that you attended (past and/or current), showing all courses and marks are required.
  • Transcript(s) must be in the original language and include a certified translation if the transcript is not in English.
  • Only one complete file per institution should be uploaded. (e.g. do not create an individual document for each page of your transcript.)
  • Transcript(s) must display your full name, academic program and the university’s name along with transcript legends/keys/grading scales.
  • Current University of Saskatchewan students can download an unofficial transcript through PAWS.

There is no need to upload the certificates from other programs such as Microsoft certified programs.  You may list them in your resume. 

Official academic transcript(s) are only required if you are offered admission. You will be notified at that time, if this is the case.

Letters of Reference
  • Three letters of reference are required. A referee should be a faculty member with whom you have studied and is able to assess your potential for graduate level study and research. References from non-academic supervisors may be accepted in certain cases. 
  • Contact your referees before you apply online to confirm their availability and their preferred email address. When you create an online application, you will enter the names and email address of your referees. Your referees will receive an automatic email notification with instructions for accessing our online recommendation system. This is our preferred method of receiving recommendation letters so please do not submit paper references.
  • It is your responsibility to follow up with your referees to ensure they have received the email and that they submit the reference before the application deadline. The email is sent from grad.applications@usask.ca with the subject line “Confidential Letter of Recommendation”. Referees may need to check their spam or junk mail folders.
  • Apply early to allow time for your referees to submit their recommendation by the deadline. 

*Adding a Referee

Once you have submitted your online application, containing email addresses for your referees, you cannot change that information. If it is necessary for you to add a new reference, please email the information to Graduate Program Assistant.

Statement of Research Interest

All applicants must submit a brief statement of research interest (approximately 1-3 pages in length). A statement of research interest outlines your academic background and other relevant information, as well as your proposed area of graduate research, identifying as much as possible your research problem, theoretical interests, and proposed data sources or methodological approach. 

Please use the FORM provided. (Signature not required)

Your Statement of Research Interest allows you to explain your personal interest in the program to which you are applying. It should include:

  • Specific areas of interest that could lead to a thesis topic;
  • A statement of education and employment history and how it relates to the proposed area of study;
  • A description of your educational and career goals; and
  • An assessment of how the graduate program in Computer Science will help achieve these goals.

Things to keep in mind when writing your Statement of Research Interest:

  • Proper spelling and grammar are important.
  • Avoid plagiarism.
  • Focus on specific points that only you could have written, and which show your unique personality. Avoid general statements.
  • Keep the language simple. Avoid quotes because the graduate committee wants to hear your words. Avoid using flowery language or uncommon words. 
  • Keep it short. Concise writing is always appreciated. Put your ideas forward in a logical manner without wasting words. Cut out any sentences that are not absolutely necessary.
Resumé
  • A Resumé for your application for admission should be a one or two page concise summary of your skills, experience and education as well as teaching and research experience, publications, presentations, awards, honours, affiliations and other details.
English Language Proficiency Test Scores
  • We do not offer conditional admission subject to English language proficiency requirement.  Applicants must meet the minimum requirement set by the department. This Department does not allow the remedial minimum noted on the CGPS website.
  • It is your responsibility to have completed a relevant test (IELTS or TOEFL) with the appropriate score before the application deadline.
  • English-language proficiency test scores must be taken within the last two years of receipt of your application.
  • Even if you meet the remedial minimum requirements, we will often recommend that you retake your TOEFL or IELTS test if there is sufficient time before admission so that you can present a passing score and do not have to take a part-time English class during your first term. 

 **The Department of Computer Science does not accept letters from your universities stating the medium of instruction is English.

Official ESL test scores may be required if you receive an offer of admission. You will be notified at that time, if this is the case.

Other Documents

GRE A GRE test score may enhance your application and PDF copy of the test score can be submitted. 

Thesis Abstract

It is recommended that applicants to the Ph.D. program submit the abstract of their M.Sc. thesis. In some cases, the admission committee may request the submission of the complete M.Sc. thesis.

Publications

It is recommended that applicants to submit any previous publications to demonstrate his or her ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research.  

Funding Sponsorship

Applicants receiving a scholarship/sponsorship from an external agency must email a PDF copy of the letter to Graduate Program Assistant detailing the duration and level of funding. Personal letters of sponsorship, such as those from family members and banks, are not required. 

Release of Information Authorization

A Release of Information Authorization must be submitted by applicants who wish to be represented in any matters related to the application process by a third party (parents, friends, etc.). Therefore, if the applicant would like someone else to inquire about their application, the form must be filled out and a PDF copy emailed to Graduate Program Assistant

 

Additional Information

Complete applications for admission to our graduate programs may be submitted at any time before the application deadline. However, applicants who apply early may increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. 

Applicants are admitted on an individual basis when a match is made between the application and an interested faculty member. This is a competitive process and as each faculty member can only supervise a limited number of graduate students, not all applicants in a given research area will be accepted into the program.

Admission decisions based on a number of criteria, including your degree, courses, grades, recommendation letters, previous experience, research capability, statement of research interest, suitability to current projects, and availability of positions in a research group. When a faculty member is interested in an application, they normally contact the applicant and conduct a semi-formal interview, either by phone, by email or in person. 

NOTE: A recommendation for admission by a faculty member who will serve as academic supervisor is required for applicants to be admitted into our graduate programs. 

For further information, please contact our Graduate Program Assistant by e-mail.

Notification of Acceptance

Once a final decision is made, you will be notified via the online application system whether your application as been accepted or declined.