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Study Computer Science courses in Canada

Computer Science graduates are in high demand in the global job market

As one of the most popular subjects pursued by international students, Computer Science, though a relatively new field of study, is gaining huge momentum because of the extensive prospect it offers. Students from across the globe are now looking at successful careers in this field. 
Canada is one of the most sought-after destinations for pursuing higher studies. Computer Science courses in Canada tenders focus on both theory and mathematics, algorithms, problem-solving, hardware and programming languages. 

Advantages of pursuing computer science from Canada

Canada is famous for housing some of the top-ranked universities across the globe that have a long history of excellent academic performances and high graduate employability rates. Here are some of the top reasons to choose Canada:

  • You can easily get admission into Canadian institutions 

  • Acquiring student visa is relatively simpler than other countries

  • The computer science curriculum is supported by a strong theoretical background and is at par with the latest industrial trends

  • Apart from the core subject, you will also have to learn subjects like mathematics, statistics, engineering, business, among others


The criteria for admission vary between universities but in general, you will need the following: 

  • For Diploma: It's mandatory to complete higher secondary school along with a good IELTS score

  • For Undergraduate Courses:  A minimum of 12 years of formal education along with a good IELTS score

  • For the Postgraduate Diploma/Master's Program:  An undergraduate degree from a recognised university along with a certificate in Computer Science. Few universities/colleges may require prior work experience as well as a good IELTS score

  • English proficiency: Clearing IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0 or 6.5 is a must for international students to show they can manage in Canada

Upcoming intakes

Most universities have their upcoming intake scheduled in September for bachelors and doctorate degrees. While for master's, admission in most universities is also in September while few have theirs in August. 

Read more: Canada application timeline

How to choose the right university 

While choosing the right university to pursue your higher education, it's important to keep a few pointers in mind. These are:

  • Check the ranking of the university

  • Look for international accreditations

  • Go through the curriculum properly

  • The university should have proper infrastructure 

  • Teaching faculty should be good that can be checked by looking up their qualifications

  • Placement opportunities in the university and job prospects in the city

  • Cost of studying and scholarships available

Read more: Find your best-fit university with IDP

Cost of studying 

The applicable tuition fees on the available Computer Science courses in Canada differ across cities and universities, but on an average fall in the given bracket:

  • Bachelor's: CAD 14,000 – 55,500 year*

  • Master's: CAD 15,000 – 52,500 year*

Course duration

Generally, a bachelor's degree takes around four years for completion, master's program demands nearly one and a half to two years of your time and doctorate spans for three to four years.  
Available scholarships 

If you wish to study Computer Science in Canada, there are several Canadian Government scholarships available like:

  • Canada Graduate Scholarships – Master's program

  • International Development Research Centre Research Awards 

  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program

  • Non-governmental scholarships like the Trudeau Scholarships and Fellowships can also be availed

Read more: Undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships to study in Canada

Top career options 

While pursuing Computer Science courses in Canada, you not only get adept at technical skills like programming but also develop non-technical skills like problem-solving and leadership qualities. Computer graduates can easily find jobs in industries viz software, healthcare, communications, financial, and even government agencies. Below are a few of the roles that any computer science graduate can easily fit into:

  • Software engineer

  • Game developer

  • Information security analysts

  • Web developer

  • Finance programmer

  • Systems analyst

  • Information technology consultant

  • Product manager

  • Cybersecurity consultant

Work visa after course completion

Once your course is complete, you will have to apply for the post-graduation work permit within 180 days. Your student permit should also be viable during that period. It is mandatory to complete a minimum of 8 months of full-time study from a recognised Canadian college/university while applying for this visa. 
Studying in Canada could be one of the best decisions you ever make. Known for being one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse countries in the world, Canada gives you a chance to meet a heterogeneous mix of people that not only help you in self-development but also aid in network building. If you feel stuck or overwhelmed at any point, feel free to reach out to IDP’s international education specialists and we will be happy to help you.               

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Updated on March 3, 2022

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