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Computer Science (GrDip)

Program type
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
1 year
31 credits
Start term

Program overview

The Graduate Diploma in Computer Science is offered to university graduates from diverse backgrounds who wish to obtain expertise in computer science fundamentals. Students will obtain qualifications similar to a bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Upon completion of the diploma, those who wish to pursue their studies may apply for admission to the 45-credit master's program in Computer Science. Graduate students in computer science and software engineering have access to a wide range of laboratories that encompass database and information systems, distributed systems, computer networks, 3D graphics, computational mathematics, pattern recognition and machine intelligence, computational linguistics, fungal genomics and usability testing. The department also allows extensive use of the university’s central computing systems.

Program structure

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 31 credits.

Please see the Computer Science and Software Engineering Courses page for course descriptions.

Computer Science Graduate Diploma (31 credits)


credits of Required Courses

COMP 5201 Computer Organization and Assembly Language (4.00)
COMP 5361 Discrete Structures and Formal Languages (4.00)
COMP 5421 Advanced Programming (4.00)
COMP 5511 Principles of Data Structures (4.00)
COMP 5461 Operating Systems (4.00)
COMP 5531 Files and Databases (4.00)
COMP 5541 Tools and Techniques for Software Engineering (4.00)
ENCS 6721 Technical Writing and Research Methods for Scientists and Engineers (3.00)

Admission requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree with above-average standing.
  • Completion of COMP 248 Object-Oriented Programming I or equivalent courses in an object-oriented language such as C++ or Java prior to entry into the Diploma program. Equivalence will be determined by the Diploma Program Director.

Proficiency in English

Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Application process

Application deadlines

All applicants: Canadian / International / Permanent Resident


April 1 (all applicants)





Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.

International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.

Tuition & funding

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees of the program may depend on your student status, among other key factors. Estimate these costs based on the most common situations.

Awards and funding

Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. Course-based students may be eligible for a number of donor awards, and may consult with their department for program-specific opportunities.

Out-of-province students

Get $2,000 in special funding for graduate diploma programs. Learn more

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