Computing and Data Analytics, MSc

The Master of Science in Computing and Data Analytics (M.Sc. CDA) program is a graduate-level, professional program available to both full-time and part-time students.  The program is founded on established principles of mathematics and computing science for industry and business analytics. It combines two essential aspects of computing and data analytics:

  1. hardware and software platform design, development, customization, and management; and
  2. Analytics, business intelligence and knowledge discovery: the acquisition, storage, management, and analysis of large amounts of data to improve efficiency, innovation and decision making.

It is an interdisciplinary applied program built on a solid foundation gained through a Bachelor of Science in Computing Science (or equivalent).  The Program offers individuals the unique opportunity to gain a deeper technical skill set and a broader understanding of current and future trends in business and information technology (IT). The principles of business and industry practices are interwoven throughout the program. 

The M.Sc. CDA is a rigorous graduate-level program that features innovative cross-disciplinary classes taught in a stimulating environment with opportunities for interaction with industry practitioners. The option of Internships or Projects elements following completion of the required courses provides flexibility in meeting students’ goals. Under special circumstances with the permission of the Program Coordinator, students may combine internship and project options.

Project Management Training

Project management is an important component of the program. Students will have informal exposure to elements of project management in the first two semesters, which will be supplemented with formal instructions in project management during the completion of one of the two options:

  1. project
  2. internship

The project training will include seminars on project management from leading experts. The students will use these more formal principles of project management in one of the two options:

  1. project
  2. internship

Admission Requirements

The minimum Admission Requirements 1.a through 1.e (inclusive) as listed in the Academic Regulations section of this Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research (FGSR) Academic Calendar apply, with the following additional requirements:

  1. a four-year Bachelor of Science in Computing Science degree (or equivalent) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.3 (B). 
  2. a minimum score of 70% on a programming test followed by a technical interview administered by the M.Sc. CDA Program;
  3. the Admissions Committee will also look for personal qualities, such as technical experience, leadership and motivation, which are important for success as a professional in Computing and Data Analytics.

Procedure for Admission

Potential students who meet the minimum FGSR admission requirements and the M.Sc. CDA additional requirements as listed above are invited to apply according to the Procedure for Admission as listed in the Academic Regulations of this FGSR Academic Calendar, plus additional procedures as outlined below. A complete application includes:

  1. a completed online application including the application fee:
  2. a personal statement that includes a description of the applicant’s expectations of the program and how this program would benefit the applicant.  Applicants are encouraged to describe any qualities, accomplishments, or motivation they possess which they deem are important for success as a computing and data analytics professional.
  3. official transcripts for all universities and colleges attended;
  4. a curriculum vitae;
  5. three completed Recommendation Forms sent directly from referees (at least one from an academic referee);
  6. agreement of the applicant to a telephone, in person or online interview.

Only complete applications will be considered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that their application is complete. Application deadline is April 1 for International applicants and June 1 for Canadian applicants.