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Computer Science (Doctoral program)

Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Faculty Faculty of Science
Location UOIT, North Oshawa
Start dates September, January or May
Length Approximately 48 months, based on full-time study
Program load Full-time
Program format Courses with PhD thesis
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The PhD program in Computer Science focuses on applied research with the aim of producing highly trained researchers for industry and academia. There are four fields in the program: Digital Media, Information Science, Networks and IT Security, and Software Design.

General information

The goal of the PhD program is to produce a new breed of computer science graduates that have a broad background in information technology along with project management and people skills. Graduates of this program will not only have strong technical expertise in their particular field, but will also have the ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary teams and be able to tackle problems that require both technical and non-technical solutions.

The PhD program differs from most existing computer science programs as it concentrates on both applied research and the development of professional skills. The intention is that most of the graduates from this program will build careers in industrial research and software development. The PhD program also prepares graduates for careers in academia, but it is expected that most of the graduates from this program will select careers in industry. The program focuses on the skills required for successful careers in industry, reflecting UOIT's goals to be market-oriented and to provide high-quality professional education.

The PhD program gives students the opportunity to work in teams, develop leadership skills, and master oral and written communication skills.

Fields

  • Digital Media
  • Information Science
  • Networks and IT Security
  • Software Design

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a master's level degree in computer science, computer engineering, information technology or software engineering from a Canadian university, or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • A minimum B+ average (GPA: 3.3 on a 4.3 scale or 77 to 79 per cent).
Required supporting documents:

Please see the checklist of required documents for a list of supporting documentation that must be submitted with your application.

Additional requirements:

Admission depends on the availability of a research supervisor. It is recommended that applicants contact a potential supervisor and/or the graduate program director before formally applying.

Required test scores for English language proficiency:

See English language proficiency for the minimum required test scores for this program.


Application deadlines

Please see application deadlines for specific dates. Note that the application deadlines listed are for both the online application and all supporting documentation.


How to apply

Applications for admission to all graduate studies programs are submitted online. There are five steps you must go through to complete the application process. See application process and requirements for step-by-step instructions.

Research

Sample research areas:
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer vision
  • Data science
  • Distributed computing
  • Health informatics
  • Information visualization
  • Network design
  • Network security
  • Robotics
  • Serious games
  • Software engineering
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Virtual reality

Learn more about the research areas within this program and find research experts by visiting the faculty’s website and UOIT’s Expert Centre.

Program curriculum

For program requirements, including required number of credits for completion, program maps and course descriptions, please see the Graduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue.

Funding

Internal awards and funding

Applicants to research-based graduate programs who are studying full-time are automatically considered for some types of funding at the time of admission.

Types of funding that do not require an application:

  • Entrance scholarships
  • Minimum funding packages
  • Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and graduate research assistantships

For more details on the above funding opportunities, see graduate student awards and funding.

Please note: Part-time students are not eligible for the above funding opportunities.

External awards and funding

Graduate program applicants are encouraged to apply for external awards to help finance their education. The application process differs for each competition, so review the information carefully to determine where and when you must apply. Please note: The majority of these awards are for domestic or permanent residents only.

Fees

Tuition fees for graduate programs at UOIT are charged on a flat-fee or fee-per-credit basis and vary by program and student status.

For current, specific fees and details on flat-fee versus fee-per-credit programs, please see tuition and fees.

Contact

For more information:

Visit the program website

Contact the program:

Faculty of Science
905.721.3050
gradsecretary@science.uoit.ca

Contact the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

905.721.8668 ext. 6209
gradstudies@uoit.ca 

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