Computer Science


Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.


Professors Emeriti

D. Acton, U. Ascher, K.S. Booth, D. G. Kirkpatrick, J. Little, D. Lowe, A. K. Mackworth, G. Tsiknis, B. Woodham.


G. Carenini, C. Conati, A. Condon, W. Evans, M. Friedlander, J. Friedman, M. Greenstreet, C. Greif, N. Harvey, A. J. Hu, G. J. Kiczales, L. V.S. Lakshmanan, K. Leyton-Brown, K. MacLean, J. McGrenere, I. Mitchell, T. Munzner, G. C. Murphy, R. Ng, D. K. Pai, D. L. Poole, R. Pottinger, M. Seltzer, A. Sheffer, B. Shepherd, M. Van de Panne.

Associate Professors Emeriti

E. Knorr, S. Vuong, R. Rensink.

Associate Professors

I. Beschastnikh, J. Clune, M. J. Feeley, R. Garcia, R. Holmes, N. C. Hutchinson, M. Schmidt, L. Sigal, A. Summers, A. S. Wagner, F. Wood.

Assistant Professors

W. Bowman, J. Ding, M. Lecuyer, C. Lemieux, A. Mehta, M. Park, T. Pasquier, H. Rhodin, A. Roth, V. Shwartz, D. Sutherland, R. Xiao, K.-M. Yi, D. Yoon.

Program Overview

The Department of Computer Science offers opportunities for advanced study leading to a Ph.D. and M.Sc. Fields of study within Computer Science include Bayesian statistics and applications, bioinformatics, computational intelligence (computational vision, automated reasoning, multi-agent systems, intelligent interfaces, and machine learning), computer communications, databases, distributed and parallel systems, empirical analysis of algorithms, computer graphics, human-computer interaction, hybrid systems, integrated systems design, networks, network security, networking and multimedia, numerical methods and geometry in computer graphics, operating systems, programming languages, robotics, scientific computation, software engineering, visualization, and theoretical aspects of computer science (computational complexity, computational geometry, analysis of complex graphs, and parallel processing).

Sub-Specialization in Human-Computer Interaction

See Designing for People (DFP) for more information.

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Ph.D. degree program normally possess an M.Sc. degree in computer science or related area, with clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer from the M.Sc. to the Ph.D. program is permitted under Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies regulations.

Program Requirements

All students enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Computer Science must satisfy Comprehensive Course Requirement covering a wide range of fields of study within Computer Science. All doctoral students are required to complete a comprehensive examination successfully. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

For detailed information about program requirements, see CS Graduate Admissions.

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the M.Sc. degree program normally possess a B.Sc. degree in computer science or related area, and must meet the general admission requirements for master's degree programs set by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

Program Requirements

There are three options available to M.Sc. students:

  1. 18 credits of coursework, plus a 12-credit M.Sc. thesis
  2. 24 credits of coursework, plus a 6-credit M.Sc. thesis
  3. 27 credits of coursework satisfying the Program's breadth requirements, plus a 3-credit master's essay

For detailed information about program requirements, see CS Graduate Admissions.

Contact Information

Graduate Admission
Department of Computer Science
2366 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel: 604.822.1202
Fax: 604.822.5485

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