We are excited about the new PhD Track within our MSc program that we have recently created. Admission to the PhD Track is limited and highly competitive.
For full details on the PhD Track within our MSc program, see the PhD Track Program.
Purpose of PhD Track MSc
The purpose of the PhD-Track MSc is to give exceptional applicants who would normally enter our MSc program a fast-track to the PhD program. It is targeted at candidates with an MSc degree from outside of North America, and exceptional BSc students.
How it Works
Unlike our regular-track Master's students, PhD Track Master's students will be admitted by a specific supervisor, and expected to work with their supervisory team on a research project over several months during their first year in the MSc program. At the end of this period they will take their Research Proficiency Evaluation (RPE), just as direct entrants to our PhD program do. Students admitted to this track of our MSc program are eligible for a one time sign-on bonus of $2000 on top of any other support they receive, making their financial support the same as our PhD entrants.
Subject to successfully passing the RPE, the student will be automatically placed in the PhD program.
Students who decide at any point before the RPE that they would prefer to stop at the Master's, and/or do not pass the RPE, will continue in the regular Master's program. There are thus clear benefits to this approach: direct PhD entrants, who are also required to take the RPE, do not have the option of reverting to a MSc program.
Apply to our regular Master's program, and on the CS online application, select "yes" for the PhD Track program.. Selected exceptional Master's applicants will be offered a choice of admission to either the PhD Track or the regular Master's program. Students who apply to our PhD Track program will also be considered for our MSc program.
What is the duration of the program?
Students are expected to either transfer to PhD program after passing RPE or decide to remain in the MSc program. For students starting in September, we expect students to pass RPE the following October (year 2). For students starting in January, we expect student to pass RPE the following February (year 2).
What courses do I have to take for the PhD Track program?
Upon entering the PhD track program, students will need to submit the Comprehensive Course Requirement proposal for satisfying the Comprehensive Course Requirement. Once the proposal is approved, student will take courses according to the plan. Students who decide at any point before the RPE that they would prefer to stop at the Master's, and/or do not pass the RPE, will continue in the regular Master's program. Students can refer to our Master's program requirements and options.