Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, students must have completed a research (thesis) Master's degree program in Computer Science, or equivalent and must meet the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted into the MCSc (Thesis) program with the possibility of transferring to the doctoral program within the first 15 months (subject to approval of the Graduate committee and the Faculty of Graduate Studies). Students with an honours Bachelor’s degree and strong promise in research may be admitted into the post-Bachelor PhD program.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Information pertaining to the English language proficiency requirement is given in the Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations. For admission into graduate programs in the Faculty of Computer Science those students who must supply a TOEFL, must obtain a score of at least 580 on the written TOEFL examination, 92 on the internet-based test, or 237 on the computer-based exam.

Information and Application Forms

For further information visit or contact the Chair of the Computer Science Graduate Committee at (902) 494-6438. Application forms may be obtained from:
                Registrar’s Office
                Dalhousie University
                PO Box 15000
                Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada

or on the web at

To hold your seat in the program for which you were admitted, we require a non-refundable $250 deposit (to be paid to Student Accounts) a full 30 days in advance of the starting date for the term of admittance. The $250 deposit will be applied towards your tuition.