General Information

Admissions Criteria

Regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies govern admissions. Admission is approved by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, on the recommendation of the Internetworking Program Administration. Applicants must hold a degree recognized by Dalhousie University as equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, or applied sciences.

An undergraduate grade point average equivalent to a CGPA of at least 3.0 (B average) or better in the final two years is normally required.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Candidates whose first language is not English may be required to submit proof of English proficiency (see English language proficiency requirements).

Course Requirement and Delivery Structure

The Internetworking Program is a course-based degree consisting of 10 academic courses and a graduate seminar. 100% of the total course requirement and seminar must be taken at Dalhousie University.

Students can expect to complete the Internetworking Program in 5 full-time, consecutive terms. Students take two courses per term over two academic years with no scheduled breaks. Courses are five credit hours each. Courses are offered sequentially in prerequisite order. Each course length is six weeks of intensive lectures and labs followed immediately with an exam week. Weekend days may be required according to the needs of specific courses. Students are normally required to register for all courses at the beginning of a term.

Courses are offered sequentially in the following (prerequisite) order. The sequence may vary slightly from year to year:

Term 1

INWK 6111: Introduction to Computer Networks
INWK 6211: Mathematics for Internetworking

Term 2

INWK 6112: Physical and Datalink Layer Standards and Protocols
INWK 6114: Internet Communication Protocols

Term 3

INWK 6113: Telecommunication and Wide-Area Networks
INWK 6115: Network Architecture

Term 4

INWK 6119: Network Security
INWK 6117: Emerging Internetworking Technologies
INWK 6800 01: Seminar Topic

Term 5

INWK 6312: Programming for Internetworking
INWK 6912: Network Design
INWK 6800 02: Seminar Topic


The Internetworking Program is a course fee program consisting of 10 academic courses and a graduate seminar. There is no fee for the graduate seminar and there are no international differential fees applied to students in this degree program.

Further information pertaining to fees and expenses can be found online in the Tuition & Payment section of the Dalhousie Website

Financial Assistance

The Internetworking Program offers in-program academic performance scholarships to a top percentage of students in each Internetworking course. Students can compete for 10 in-program academic performance scholarships during their program of study.

Application Timeline and Forms

There is a program intake in September, January, and April/May each year if warranted. Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as the program has limited space and reaches its maximum admission offer capacity eight to ten months before an intake start date.

All applicants must submit the Dalhousie Online Graduate Application form. The application fee is $115 and must be received before an application is processed. The methods of payment are included in the online application.

Supporting Application Documents

  • An official academic transcript for each post-secondary institution attended sent directly from the post-secondary institutions you have attended, to the INWK Program Administrative Office (not required for Dalhousie University or TUNS graduates). All acceptances to this program are provisional and subject to verification of transcripts
  • Evidence of programming knowledge; preferably Python.
  • Evidence of probability and statistics knowledge.
  • Two recommendations/references; All acceptances to this program are provisional and subject to verification of references.
  • A detailed statement (resume/cv) of your Internetworking and/or relevant industrial experience (this is particularly important if your GPA < 3.0).
  • A statement of purpose outlining your interest in the program and your future career goals.
  • Applicants may be required to provide proof of funding or scholarship support. International students on a government scholarship may be required to have proof of a secondary guarantor.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement. 

Health Insurance Requirement

The Student Health and Wellness Center provides information pertaining to health insurance requirements. 

Leave of Absence

Students may formally apply for a leave of absence in accordance with the Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations Section 5.8 and in consultation and agreement with the Internetworking Program Administration.