Master of Science in Computer Science (MSc)
The UBC Department of Computer Science, established in May 1968, is one of the top computer science departments in North America. Recognized internationally for excellence in research and teaching with a conscious focus on interdisciplinary programs, the Department encourages diversity both within its community and areas of study, and plays a leadership role in research, teaching and outreach activities to champion the understanding and integration of Computer Science within all aspects of society.
For those students contemplating advanced studies in computer science at UBC, completing a master's degree before continuing to the PhD program confers several advantages. The two-year period of the master's first helps students decide whether a research career is the right career choice for them. If it is, taking this time helps give them the skills needed to pursue independent research. Second, the research experience gained can be very valuable as student work toward picking a PhD topic, as most professors in the department prefer that students shoulder this choice on their own. Third, a student who completes a master's degree and decides to work in industry prior to embarking on the full PhD has the opportunity to apply his or her skills and master's level education in the field and to take advantage of jobs that have attractive starting salaries.
What makes the program unique?
Our faculty have research collaborations across the department, across the campus, and internationally. Although the department is large, its research group structure gives our faculty and graduate researchers a strong sense of community and encourages collaboration.
UBC has one of the strongest graphics groups in the world. It has had significant impact in the entertainment games and movie industry.
The Department of Computer Science consistently fields a top team for "the Battle of the Brains", the Association for Computing Machinery's world programming contest.
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Tuition / Program Costs
|Fees||Canadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / Diplomat||International|
|Installments per year||3||3|
|Tuition per installment||$1,600.60||$2,811.98|
|Tuition per year||$4,801.80||$8,435.94|
|Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible)||$3,200.00 (-)|
|Other Fees and Costs|
|Student Fees (yearly)||$923.38 (approx.)|
|Costs of living (yearly)||starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)|
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.
Completion Rates & Times
This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.
Ascher, Uri Michael (Ultibody systems applications, multilevel methods, numerical methods for differential equations with constraints, scientific computing)
Beschastnikh, Ivan (cloud computing, distributed systems, software engineering, software analysis)
Carenini, Giuseppe (Artificial intelligence, user modeling, decision theory, machine learning, social issues in computing, computational linguistics, information visualization)
Conati, Cristina (artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, affective computing, personalized interfaces, intelligent user interfaces, intelligent interface agents, virtual agent, user-adapted interaction, computer-assisted education, educational computer games, computers in education, user-adaptive interaction, Artificial intelligence, adaptive interfaces, cognitive systems, user modelling)
Condon, Anne (Algorithms, Molecular Programming)
Evans, William (theoretical computer science, computational geometry, graph drawing, program compression)
Feeley, Michael (Distributed systems, operating systems, workstation and pc clusters)
Friedlander, Michael (numerical optimization, numerical linear algebra, scientific computing, Scientific computing)
Friedman, Joel (Computer Science Theory, Algebraic Graph Theory, Combinatorics)
Garcia, Ronald (programming language semantics, design, and implementation, including language support for library-centric and modular software development, generic and generative programming, and domain specific languages and libraries. )
Greenstreet, Mark (Dynamic systems, formal methods, hybrid systems, differential equations)
Greif, Chen (scientific computing, numerical linear algebra, iterative linear solvers, constrained optimization, numerical solution of partial differential equations)
Gupta, Arvind (Algorithmic Issues in Bioinformatics; Constructive Combinatorics)
Harvey, Nicholas (randomized algorithms, combinatorial optimization, graph sparsification, discrepancy theory and learning theory; algorithmic problems arising in computer networking, including cache analysis, load balancing, data replication, peer-to-peer networks, and network coding.)
Heidrich, Wolfgang (computational imaging and display, an emerging research area within visual computing, which combines methods from computer graphics, machine vision, imaging, inverse methods, optics and perception to develop new sensing and display technologies)
Holmes, Reid (computer science, software engineering, software testing, software quality, open source software, software development tools, software comprehension, static analysis)
Hoos, Holger (computers and creativity, intelligent problem solving, mathematical analysis for software / problem solvers, computer music, molecular design, Music, agorithms, bioinformatics, compuational intelligence)
Hu, Alan (formal verification, formal methods, model checking, software analysis, post-silicon validation, security, nonce to detect automated mining of profiles)
Hutchinson, Norman (Computer Systems, Distributed Systems, File Systems, Virtualization)
Kiczales, Gregor (MOOCs, Blended Learning, Flexible Learning, University Strategy for Flexible and Blended Learning, Computer Science Education, Programming Languages, Programming languages, aspect-oriented programming, foundations, reflections and meta programming, software design)
Lakshmanan, Laks (data management and data cleaning, data warehousing and OLAP, data and text mining, analytics on big graphs and news, social networks and media, recommender systems)
Leyton-Brown, Kevin (Artificial intelligence, Auction theory, Game theory, Machine learning, Algorithms)
Little, James Joseph (Artificial intelligence, computational vision, geographic information systems, robotics)