The PhD in Computer Science program leads to the highest degree offered by the Faculty and is designed to provide students an opportunity to obtain the greatest possible expertise in their chosen field through intensive research. Advancement of analytical and/or experimental knowledge through a combination of specialized courses and a research thesis under the supervision of an experienced researcher forms the main component of the doctoral program. Where possible, research of interest to industry is encouraged.
The objective of the PhD in Software Engineering program is to educate highly qualified researchers required for the expansion of fundamental knowledge and technological innovation through research and development, as well as the needs of institutions of higher learning.
Master’s degree or equivalent with high standing in engineering or computer science, or in a cognate discipline.
Holders of a bachelor’s degree will, in general, be considered for admission to a master’s program only. After completion of a minimum of two terms of full-time study, they may, upon application, be considered by the GCS Graduate Studies Committee for admission to a PhD program.
Admission on a part-time basis
Master’s degree with high standing in engineering, computer science or a cognate discipline.
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 Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
4. An admission offer will not be issued until a supervisor match has been made. Students are encouraged to review the list of faculty members' field of interests and directly contact those with whom you would like to work.
For initial assessment purposes, scanned and uploaded copies of documents are accepted. To finalize a file, once admitted, Concordia University will require official documents.
Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
Students generally receive bursary funding for each of the first three years of doctoral studies which could cover their living expenses. International students, who pay higher fees, may receive more funding.
Faculty members have a wide range of collaboration with universities as well as industry partners (e.g., Defence R&D Canada, Ericsson, Marinvent, Opal-RT). Learn about this research synergy taking place in research groups.
This program prepares graduates for faculty positions in software engineering, for research positions in industrial research and development (e.g., application areas, distributed networks, embedded/critical systems), and for leadership positions in development in both computer industry and application shops.