Computer Science

International applicants:  The Fall 2017 cycle is now closed.  The Fall 2018 cycle will open in November 2017.  Please note that your application will not be reviewed unless it is complete, which includes: transcript, proof of degree, proof of English language and three references.  
Domestic applicants: We are still accepting Fall 2017 applications.  Please contact our office at gstudent@lakeheadu.ca on how to apply for Fall 2017.

Computer science combines the intellectual challenge of a young discipline with the excitement of an innovative and rapidly expanding technology. 

Computer science has been an active area at Lakehead University for over 25 years. The department resides in the University's Advanced Technology and Academic Centre (ATAC), a striking building that houses many of the University’s computing activities. Faculty, staff, and students are equipped with state-of-the-art computing facilities including smart lecture rooms, labs, and a variety of computing technologies (e.g. Virtual Reality, Parallel Computing).

The Master's program in computer science provides an opportunity to explore the breadth and depth of advanced knowledge in the discipline. Students benefit from a selection of advanced courses and a chance to pursue research that aligns with their interests and aspirations.

Two program options are available to students; each option maintains a balance between coursework and research:

  • Master's by Thesis, which requires fewer courses and involves a more substantial research project
  • Master's by Course, which involves more courses and includes a limited research component

All computer science students can further their industrial experience through available Co-op placement opportunities.

MSc Computer Science Co-operative Program Option

A graduate student will normally be admitted to the co-operative program option after completion of three full graduate courses for a starting date in May.

To satisfy the co-op requirement of the degree, students must successfully complete their co-op employment for a minimum of 8 months (two terms); however, students may be employed on co-op for up to a maximum of 16 months (four terms) as part of the program.

Students interested in a co-op placement should inform the Department's Co-op Advisor at least four months in advance of the proposed date of the placement (e.g., by late December for placements beginning in May). The Department's decision as to the suitability of each candidate will be based primarily on academic performance. Successful candidates will work with the Student Success Centre and the university Co-op Coordinator in their search for suitable employment.

Upon completion of the co-op placement, the student will either complete a thesis (Thesis Program option) or complete the Project Program option requirements including the required project course.

NOTE: Students in this program must complete all requirements within six terms (2 years) of continuous registration.

The Winter 2018 Intake will NOT be offered this year.

Students applying for the Winter term starting in January are required to submit a research proposal as part of their Winter application package. Applications will not be considered without the proposal.

Requirements: 

Admission Requirements for Masters

Applicants for admission must be graduates of a recognized university, college, or institute as well as show evidence of scholarly achievement. Except where otherwise stated in the Admission Requirements of a particular program, degree students must have a four year bachelor's degree or its equivalent with at least second class standing (B) based on their last 20 half courses or equivalent.

An applicant holding a degree other than one in the discipline area to which admission is sought will be considered on the basis of courses taken and academic standing. A Qualifying Year at the undergraduate level may be required to meet the admission standards. Courses taken as part of a Qualifying Year can not be used as credit towards a graduate degree.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission. No candidate will be admitted unless the academic unit recommends admission. All applicants will be advised by the Office of Graduate Studies in writing of their admission status.

Program Specific Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for Master programs, the following minimum requirements also apply:

  • A student entering the Master's program is expected to have at least a "B" average in an Honours Computer Science program or equivalent from an accredited university and the necessary undergraduate prerequisites for the graduate courses to be completed.
Additional Application Information

Use the following form to provide a background of your Computer Science experience. Please submit this form with your application.

The Winter 2018 Intake will not be offered this year.

NOTE: Students applying for the Winter term starting in January are required to submit a research proposal as part of their Winter application package. This document can be uploaded to the unofficial transcript section of the application profile. According to the research proposal, a supervisor will be allocated to the student if admission is recommended for the Winter term. Students who do not submit a research proposal for the Winter term should apply to the Fall start term starting in September.

How to Apply: 

Required Application Documents

Although applications are accepted on a continual basis, to be considered in the initial Admission & Funding decisions for the Fall (September) semester, your are encouraged to apply by FEBRUARY 1.

Supervisor Information

Interested students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors directly and before submitting an application for graduate study.

The first step in the application process is to complete the online graduate studies application form.

After you have submitted the online form along with the required $100 CAD application fee, you will be provided with an online account where you can complete the remaining steps of the application process which include uploading the required supporting documents and monitoring the status of your application.

Click here to Apply to Graduate Studies

After you have applied 

After you have submitted the online application form, you will be provided with instructions by email on how to log in to myinfo, where you will be able to review and upload the remaining and required supporting documents.

Graduate Studies Reference Form (3 forms required)
  • An electronic reference form will be automatically sent by email to the references you identify on the graduate studies application form
  • This form is requested in support of the applicant's ability to undertake advanced study and research
Official Transcript
Proof of Degree
Program Specific Supporting Documents (If required)
  • For a list of program specific documents, please see this program's Additional Application Information section (if required, see above)
Official English Test Results (If required)
Next Steps: 

Next Steps

Registration Procedures

Before Registering!

Check to make sure all of your course selections are currently being offered by referring to the University Course Calendar and the University Course Time Tables.

University Graduate Studies & General Regulations & Policies

Funding: 

Program Specific Funding Opportunities

General Funding Opportunities

Funding Source Value Deadline
Graduate Student Professional Development Bursary $500.00 November 1, 2017