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Computer Science (MApCompSc)

Master of Applied Computer Science (MApCompSc)

Program overview

The Master of Applied Computer Science (MApCompSc) increases students' knowledge of both the theoretical and practical applications of computer science. The program is designed for those who want to reorient their careers toward computer applications in industry and commerce. The degree is full-time, with a normal duration of two years. However, candidates employed in business, government or other academic programs may study on a part-time basis. Graduates of the MApCompSc are highly sought-after as qualified professionals able to design and create new softwares, modify and test existing ones, devise efficient algorithms, and implement techniques for computerized applications in a broad range of industries. The program offers students a wide variety of stimulating core and elective courses on a complete range of computer science and software engineering topics.

Program details

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in computer science or a graduate diploma in computer science.

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.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 45 credits.

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

Applied Computer Science MApCompSc (45 credits)


credits chosen from the Applied Computer Science MAPCompSc Core

Note: All Core courses must be successfully completed within the first four terms of the program.


credits chosen from Applied Computer Science MAPCompSc Electives

Applied Computer Science MAPCompSc Core (16 credits)

  COMP 6231 Distributed System Design (4.00)
  COMP 6481 Programming and Problem Solving (4.00)
  COMP 6651 Algorithm Design Techniques (4.00)
  SOEN 6441 Advanced Programming Practices (4.00)

Applied Computer Science MAPCompSc Electives (29 credits)


credits minimum chosen from the following Topic Areas:

C01 - Developments in Computer Science

C02 - Parallel and Distributed Systems

C03 - Image Processing/Pattern Recognition and Graphics

C04 - Software Systems and Languages

C05 - Information Processing and Management

C06 - Scientific Computation and Algorithms

C07 - Artificial Intelligence and Human-Machine Communication


credits maximum chosen from the following computer science courses at the 6000 level:

  COMP 6281 Parallel Programming (4.00)
  COMP 6311 Animation for Computer Games (4.00)
  COMP 6331 Advanced Game Development (4.00)
  COMP 6341 Computer Vision (4.00)
  COMP 6371 Immersive Technologies (4.00)
  COMP 6421 Compiler Design (4.00)
  COMP 6721 Applied Artificial Intelligence (4.00)
  COMP 6731 Pattern Recognition (4.00)
  COMP 6741 Intelligent Systems (4.00)
  COMP 6771 Image Processing (4.00)
  COMP 6791 Information Retrieval and Web Search (4.00)

Remaining credits may be chosen from the topic areas and courses listed below:

C08 - Developments in Software Engineering C09 - Software Development

C10 - Software Architecture and Design

C11 - Software Maintenance and Quality

C13 - Software Engineering

C16 - Cognate Disciplines

  COMP 6971 Project and Report I (4.00)
  COMP 6981 Project and Report II (4.00)
  ENCS 6921 Industrial Stage and Training (4.00)

Students may select a maximum of five one-credit courses from the following:

  COMP 6961 Graduate Seminar in Computer Science (1.00)

E09 - Professional Leadership Skills

Please apply online. Read the how-to guide for application procedures. 

1. Submit your application and pay a $100 CAD application fee. A student ID number will be issued

2. Upload your documents online. You can also upload your documents by logging in to the Student Hub and going to My CU Account

3. A completed file that is ready to be assessed will include:

For initial assessment purposes, scanned and uploaded copies of documents are accepted. To finalize a file, once admitted, Concordia University will require official documents.

Computer Science
Canadian / International /
Permanent Resident
MApCompSc Feb. 1 July 1 Jan. 30

Sample classes

  • Algorithm design techniques
  • Computer networks and protocols
  • Database technology and applications
  • Distributed systems design


To see curriculum requirements, please visit the section above on curriculum requirements

For topic area course lists, please visit the Graduate Calendar.

For course descriptions, please visit the Graduate Calendar.


Graduate students of computer science and software engineering may apply for positions as teaching assistants within the department. All candidates must have good language skills.

Learn more about Teaching Assistantships

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