Coursework for the PhD Track Program

PhD Track students are required to submit the proposal to satisfy the Comprehensive Course Requirement by the end of the first month.  The objective of the comprehensive course requirement is to ensure that the student obtains a breadth of knowledge of computer science, as well as sufficient depth in a specific field. Students should indicate what courses they will be taking or have taken that can satisfy the breadth and depth components of the comprehensive course requirement. If the student has taken courses outside the department that can satisfy the breadth requirement, s/he must contact the faculty in the research area for approval. Once the comprehensive course proposal is approved, the student can take the courses in accordance with the proposal.

PhD Track students are recommended to take 5-6 courses during the first two terms of their study. When deciding on the number of courses to take during the first two terms, students should be aware of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies policy for transferring from Master to PhD. 

  • Hold a bachelor's degree, and have completed a minimum of one year of study in a master's program with 9 credits at the 500-level or above and of first class standing (80% or better).
  • Students entering the doctoral program after partial completion of the master’s degree must, during the first two years of study at the graduate level, complete a total of 12 credits with a first-class average (of which at least 9 credits must be at the 500-level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first-class standing) to maintain registration as a doctoral student.

Faculty members assigned as temporary advisors to grad students will assist the students in the selection of appropriate courses and in choosing the right number of courses each term.

Form:  Comprehensive Course Form

Faculty of Graduate & PostDoctoral Studies: Transfer from Masters to Doctoral Programs without Completing Masters


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