Admission Requirements for the PhD Program
THE APPLICATION DEADLINE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR SEPTEMBER 2008 IS JANUARY 1st 2008.
The requirements in this section must be satisfied in order to be considered
for admission. However, it must be stressed that satisfaction of these
requirements does not guarantee admission; the number of graduate students
accepted is limited and only the strongest applicants can be accepted. Read
this section carefully before downloading the application forms.
In order to apply to the Ph.D. program applicants should hold an M.Sc. degree
in Computer Science or a closely related area, from a well-recognized
university. Applicants who hold a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science should apply to
the M.Sc. program, and those with exceptionally strong academic record
have the possibility of being admitted to the Ph.D. program directly.
Students who are already in the SOCS's M.Sc. program will have the option to
transfer to the Ph.D. program at
the end of their first academic year, contingent on excellent performance as
judged by the Ph.D. committee.
Each application is considered on its individual merits. We wish to see strong
evidence that there is a potential for independent, high-calibre research. It
is crucial that in your statement of purpose you provide a clear, detailed and
original argument for why you have chosen particular areas of research to
pursue. Your application will be reviewed by a subset of specialists in these
areas, taken from your list of proposed supervisors. You must convince them
that you have given careful thought to these research fields. Other
considerations in the admission process are whether we can provide adequate
supervision for your research and whether we can provide financial support. It
is quite possible that you possess sufficient academic ability to complete a
Ph.D., but we must refuse you because of these considerations. If this is the
case, we will usually write to explain the circumstances to you.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
Applicants to the Ph.D. program are not required to take the Graduate Record
Examinations. However, we strongly suggest international applicants to take the
GRE as it will be very helpful for the Ph.D. Committee in the evaluation
Information may be obtained by contacting:
Graduate Record Examinations
Educational Testing Service
P. O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
Telephone Number: (609) 771-7670
Fax Number: (609) 771-7906
: Applicants who have NOT studied in Canada and wish to be
considered for financial aid, MUST take the GRE examination.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
International students who have not received their instruction in English
must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum
score of 600 before admission. For information about the TOEFL and
where to take it contact:
Test of English as a Foreign Language
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151
TOEFL Customer Service: (609) 771-7100
TOEFL Fax Number: (609) 771-7500
If you feel you meet our admission requirements please go to the Application Documents page. Applications must be
received by January 1st to be considered for financial support.
The final deadline for all applications is March 1st.
The School requires a list of at least 3 proposed supervisors that you would
like to work with in order to process your application.
If you do not have the background described, please do not apply. We do not
offer any qualifying program for students with weak Computer Science
backgrounds. If you wish, you can take equivalent courses to obtain the
required background and then apply.