Part-Time Master's Program

The UBC Computer Science Department has recently paved the way for students in local industry to take graduate courses on a part-time basis, leading to an MSc in Computer Science. Studying part time allows students to continue to work while advancing their career and to keep their knowledge up-to-date in this fast-moving field. This page contains critical information for prospective students considering this program.  

Program Requirements

Students in the Part-Time Master's Program will fulfill the requirements of the full-time Master's Program of their choice.


Graduate courses are offered on the main UBC campus in Vancouver, in or near the ICICS/Computer Science building. Most courses consist of two 75-minute meetings per week. Currently, no courses are offered in the evenings, weekends, or via distance learning technologies.

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Research Data, Patents, Publications

UBC has a number of policies governing academic life. In particular, Policy 88 claims ownership on behalf of UBC of many forms of intellectual property created at UBC, including computer materials such as software. Should you choose to patent or commercialize research conducted at UBC, the university will provide resources and expertise to help you do so, and any resulting income will be shared equally between UBC and all of the inventors.  For detailed information, please refer to the Faculty of Graduate Studies webpage on Intellectual Property.

Tuition Fees

Like all graduate students, students in this program are required to maintain continuous registration by paying annual tuition fee in installments. This tuition fee is independent of the number of courses being taken, and for part-time master's students may be assessed tuition fees according to Schedule B. Part-time students are expected to pay at least nine installments (plus authorized student fees) before graduation. Upon program completion, any installments not assessed will be assessed. For detailed information regarding specific program fees, please refer to the Fees section of the UBC Calendar.

In addition, note that part-time students are not supported financially by the department, nor are they normally supported financially by any faculty member supervising the student's research.