Computer Science MSc & PhD

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Computer Science MSc & PhD

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Key Information

  • Study Level:

    Master

  • Duration:

    2 Years

  • Study Mode:

    Full Time

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Course Summary

An MSc in Computer Science from the University of Manitoba prepares students just like you for high level career in a management or leadership role in this rapidly growing discipline. Demand is even higher for specialists in ‘big data’ and the massive databases and information management systems that make big data applications possible.

Organisations in virtually all industries across the Private, Public and Not for Profit sectors are hiring Computer Science graduates in record numbers. Computer Science is one of the most sought-after graduate skill sets today. The demand for highly skilled MSc graduates is even higher because of the sheer number of IT, hardware and software specialists needed by employers. 

This program can be taken as either a thesis based or coursework based Master’s degree, or as a PhD. Any option will give you plenty of opportunities to engage in guided research of your own ideas and projects.

If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

Course Outline

There are two main degree pathways you can select from, a thesis based MSc or a coursework based MSc. 

Thesis Based Pathway

The thesis based pathway does of course include a coursework component. You’ll complete 15 credit hours of courses. Most of these will be optional, and cam be selected with your specialisation and career plans in mind. You will have to take a Research Methodologies course at the minimum, and all chosen courses must be at the 7000 level or higher to apply to your degree. 

Coursework Based Pathway

The coursework based pathway increases the minimum amount of coursework to 24 credit hours. Note, though, that only 18 of those hours must be at the 7000+ level. The remaining 6 credit hours may be taken from courses of 4000 level or higher. This is intended to be a 2 year program, and is unsuitable for students who plan to progress to a PhD program after graduation. 

Learning And Teaching

University of Manitoba relies in many standard teaching methods, including formal lectures, interactive tutorials and skills sessions and seminar style classes. It is also a major research university, and you will have plenty of opportunities to participate in that research tradition first hand, either through your thesis component or arranged research projects. The Computer Science MSc program also allows you to take advantage of several blended and online learning options. 

Career Possibilities

Not only will you have highly in-demand Computer Science, Coding and IT skills, you’ll have a wide range of general skills which could lead to a career in a completely unrelated field. Computer Science is among the top ten best paid programs listed by the Council of Ontario Universities, with a median salary of CAN$63,462 (measured 2 years after graduation). As a result, many U of M CS graduates have founded highly rewarding careers very rapidly.

Entry & Credit

Successful completion will result in a 1-2 year MSc degree.

Applicants must typically have completed a first Bachelor’s degree or the international equivalent before applying. Minimum admissions standards can be found here. 

All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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