The application process to graduate studies at Carleton for all prospective students is the same and must be completed online. For complete information regarding the application process please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

Required Documents:
The following documents must be uploaded to your online application:

  1. Preference Form
  2. Statement of Intent
  3. CV/Resume
  4. Three letters of reference from individuals who are prepared to comment on your academic background and potential for graduate studies.
  5. Transcripts from all post-secondary studies. If the originals are not in English, they must be translated and signed by a notary or the school. If applicable, please include other relevant information, such as the grading and ranking policy of the university. Please follow the instructions carefully on how to upload your documents.
  • When to Submit Your Application: Candidates can apply for either fall or winter term admission. Those who wish to be considered for funding should apply by the due date(s). We do accept applications submitted after these dates. However, late applications may not be considered for funding as it is subject to availability.
    1. Fall application deadline: January 15th
    2. Winter application deadline: September 15th

*Note: Only completed applications will be considered, and therefore all required documents must be received by the due date.

If you are an international student, it is advisable to apply further in advance to ensure you allot enough time for travel arrangements if you are admitted to the program.

Additional Assistance: Please contact us by e-mail at or by calling (613) 520-2600 ext. 8751.
Notification of Acceptance: Once a decision is made, you will be notified via email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Preference Form in the M.C.S application and how do I complete it?

A: The Preference form is where Master in Computer Science applicants identify the following:

  • Thesis or Project option
  • Your preferred research area and names of potential faculty supervisors
  • Any funding required to support your studies
  • Name of the institution and completed degree most relevant to the M.C.S program
  • The 6 courses you have taken that are most relevant to the M.C.S program
  • Publications in conferences/journals and any awards/recognition received in the past 4 years

Q: What should I include when writing my Statement of Intent?

A: Please include why you want to do graduate studies in Computer Science, what your research interests are, short and long-term objectives, why you are applying to the School of Computer Science, and why you think you have sufficient background to pursue your research interests. Please be succinct.

Q: Do I need a faculty supervisor before I apply? How can I find one?

A: We encourage you to contact faculty supervisors and discuss potential research and thesis topics. Note that your chances of being admitted to the graduate program are highly dependent on whether a faculty member is willing to supervise your thesis/project.

Q: How do I determine my citizenship/residency status when applying to Carleton University?

A: Please see here under “Who may apply for exemption from International Fees?” for citizenship/residency definitions.

Q: If I am an International Student, are there specific language requirements I need?

A: As all classes are taught in English, international students must have one of the following:

  • Official transcripts proving that you have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree within the past three years in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom or any country in which the primary language is English
  • An official Language Proficiency (ESL) test score with a satisfactory test score

Q: How much money should I budget for Graduate Studies in Computer Science at Carleton University?

A: Tuition costs vary between domestic and international students and Masters and Ph.D. students. Please see the Fee Estimator to help you when creating a budget. Note that the Fee Estimator calculates fees for ONE semester and does not take into account costs of living (accommodations, food, transportation, etc.).

Q: What kind of funding is offered for the M.C.S and PhD programs?

A: Funding is typically provided as a combination of Teaching Assistant (TA), Research Assistant (RA), Departmental Scholarship and Entrance Scholarship at the time of admission.

We also encourage all our students to apply for various other scholarships including the Ontario Government Scholarship (OGS), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Scholarships (NSERC), the Vector Institute Scholarship, Ontario Trillium Scholarship, Endowment awards administered by FGPA, etc. Please consult various deadlines for these awards, as you may qualify to apply for some of them even before you are admitted to Carleton. Applications for these scholarships/awards require a research statement, recommendation letter(s), CV, list of publications, etc. Please put in the time and effort to complete your graduate application, as some of those documents will serve as basis for your scholarship/award applications.

Please be aware that the University has little funding to offer International Masters Students and is unable to cover all your expenses. As such, we ask that you please provide us with evidence on the Preference Form of how much funding is available to you to support your studying and living expenses. Your application cannot be successful unless the money we can offer you, combined with the funds available to you, cover your tuition and expenses for the duration of your program, should you be offered admission.

Q: How long does it take to complete graduate studies in Computer Science?

A: Typical duration is 6 terms for the M.C.S and 12 terms for the PhD.

Q: How many students apply each semester? What are my chances of getting admitted into the program?

A: The Master in Computer Science is a highly competitive program. Below, we have provided some admission stats from previous years:

Fall Admission Statistics: Master in Computer Science

Year International Applicants International Admissions Domestic Applicants Domestic Admissions
2016 193 42 31 21
2017 620 40 48 28
2018 974 36 46 20

Fall Admission Statistics: PhD

Year International Applicants International Admissions Domestic Applicants Domestic Admissions
2016 16 8 7 6
2017 43 11 8 5
2018 38 10 7 6

Given the increasing number of applicants, simply meeting the minimum requirement is not a guarantee of admission.

If you are an International Student, please visit the International Student Services Office (ISSO) for information and resources about living and studying in Canada as well as new student orientation!