Below are answers to frequently asked questions about Wilfrid Laurier University online programs, tuition costs, program details, admissions requirements and more. To speak with an enrolment advisor who can help answer questions over the phone, book an appointment or call us at 888.368.0345.


 

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Computer Science

How is the online MCS offered?

Wilfrid Laurier University’s 100% online program is offered through the MyLearningSpace online portal in either a part-time model or accelerated model. In the part-time model, students can complete the program in 6 terms or two years. In the accelerated model, students take two courses at a time and complete the program in four terms or 16 months.

Is the Master of Computer Science online degree the same as the degree earned on campus?

Yes, the Master of Computer Science online degree is the same degree as is earned on campus at Wilfrid Laurier University, however the on-campus degree is called the Master of Applied Computing.

Is the Master of Computer Science online program for non-CS majors?

The Master of Computer Science online program is designed for entry-level or mid-level computer science professionals with an undergraduate degree in computer science, applied computing, computer engineering, information systems, mathematics or another related field.

What are the admissions requirements?

To be admitted to the online Master of Computer Science (MCS) program, students must meet the general admission requirements of the University and must have an honours degree in Computer Science or a closely related area that includes courses in data structure, algorithms, object-oriented language programming and software engineering. A final year average of at least B+ is usually required, along with a cumulative average of at least B+ in all computer science courses.

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee, which considers all prior university grades, letters of reference and indications of support from potential supervisors.

Applicants must submit the following paperwork:

  • All transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • A statement of intent
  • A resume
  • Two reference letters
What computer science skills, languages and techniques are studied in the program?

The online Master of Computer Science program provides an in-depth examination of advanced machine learning techniques, big data, software development, application development, data mining, penetration testing, and information security. Students are given the opportunity to improve their use of Java, Python, C/C++, SQL, Spark, Hadoop, CUDA, Kali Linus, Metasploit, Nmap, MapReduce and more.

What is the Master of Computer Science online in Canada?

The Master of Computer Science online is the only online program of its kind in Canada. Wilfrid Laurier University combines a world-class graduate education with the convenience and flexibility of learning online. Areas of focus include computer science, physics, algorithms, networked computing platforms, cloud computing, middleware systems, information theory, high-performance computing and more.

What will appear on the degree or transcript?

The online degree and transcript will appear as “Master of Computer Science” with no mention of the online delivery mode.

Why choose an online Master of Computer Science in Canada?

Wilfrid Laurier University’s online Master of Computer Science program in Canada is one of the most affordable for Canadian and international students alike. It is priced competitively with and often less than other computer science programs in Canada or the U.S. Its award-winning, distinguished international faculty have extensive practical experience in physics, computer science, middleware systems, app development, cloud computing, networked platforms, parallel programming and more.

Why is a Master of Computer Science degree in Canada important?

The Master of Computer Science degree in Canada is important because it prepares students for the 5,000 active job listings in Canada for senior positions such as Senior Data Scientist, Senior Data Engineer, Director of Information Technology - Application Development, Senior Android Development, Network Architect, Business Intelligence Manager and more.

Are Laurier’s online programs accredited?

Yes, Wilfrid Laurier University, is officially accredited and recognized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Ontario. There is no difference between receiving a degree online or on campus at Laurier.

How do I enrol in an online program I am interested in?

Whether you are interested in police training in Canada, a social work master’s, a master of public safety, a Master of Computer Science or any other online course, please call us at 888.368.0345 and speak with an advisor who can fill you in on enrollment details.

How do I enrol in an online program I am interested in?

Whether you are interested in a criminology or policing degree, a Master of Social Work, a Master of Public Safety or any other online course at Laurier, book an appointment or call us at 1.888.368.0345 to speak with an Advisor who can fill you in on enrolment details.

How does online learning at Laurier work?

Our online platform, MyLearningSpace by Desire2Learn, is available for you to log into any time, 24/7. All of your course materials are accessible at MyLearningSpace. Find out more about online learning at Laurier.

What are the advantages of learning online in Laurier’s online programs?

Online learning and programs at Laurier are flexible and offer the option to study at your own pace while you work, while still maintaining the quality and academic rigour that Laurier is known for in its on-campus programs.

What are the advantages of learning online in Laurier’s online programs?

Online learning and programs at Laurier are flexible and offer the option to study at your own pace while you work, while still maintaining the quality and academic rigour that Laurier is known for in its on-campus programs. The programs are conducted asynchronously, meaning you are free to complete your coursework at your own pace on a week-to-week basis.

Who should I contact if I’m having challenges with my online course?

When you enroll in any of our online courses you will be assigned your own, dedicated Student Success Advisor to contact for support in your course. Your Student Success Advisor will be with you every step of the way from your first class to your last class.

Who should I contact if I’m having challenges with my online course?

When you enrol in any of our online courses you will be assigned your own, dedicated Student Success Advisor to contact for support in your course. Your Student Success Advisor will be with you every step of the way from your first class to graduation.

Will the degree I earn online be a genuine Laurier degree?

Yes, you earn the same respected degree as our on-campus students; there is no designation between on-campus and online students on diplomas or transcripts.

I’m having some issues with my professor. Who should I speak to about this?

Your dedicated Student Success Advisor can help you with any issues or difficulties you are encountering with your professor or any other matter regarding your online course. Your Advisor helps you maximize all of the resources at your disposal.

Are the Wilfrid Laurier University online courses only for Canadians?

While Wilfrid Laurier University is based in several areas throughout Ontario, Canada, our 100% online programs in policing, criminology and public safety are open to citizens and permanent residents of Canada. The social work degree programs are only available to those who reside in Canada due to the field placement requirement. The Master of Computer Science program is open to all applicants within Canada and internationally.