M.Sc. in Computing & Data Analytics

MSc in Computing & Data Analytics


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IDC states that the data we create is growing by 40% annually and by the end of 2020, 90% of large enterprises will generate revenue from data-as-a-service.  In fact, data will affect almost every aspect of our lives. With these staggering levels of growth, there is a huge demand for data-savvy professionals with the ability to analyze, communicate, and innovate in a data-centric economy.  Simultaneously, the demand for conventional computing expertise (computer programming, product development, quality engineering, etc.) also continues to rise.

Saint Mary’s Master of Science in Computing & Data Analytics (MSc CDA) is a graduate-level, 16-month professional program that balances its focus on these two growth areas:

  • Software design, development, customization, and management
  • Analytics and Business intelligence: the acquisition, storage, management, and analysis of huge amounts of data to improve efficiency, innovation, and decision making

MSc CDA’s primary focus is to develop highly qualified computing and data analytics professionals who will drive innovation and organizational success. MSc CDA prepares students for rewarding careers through experiential learning opportunities and intensive industry interaction.

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Benefits of the MSc CDA

  • Develop in-demand skills and practical experience applying industry-relevant technologies, methods, and data sets to solve real-world problems.
  • Outstanding careers – since the program’s launch, nearly 100% of graduates have received full-time job offers from Fortune 500 firms, SMEs, and start-ups alike. Meet our Graduates
  • Study with award-winning instructors from Saint Mary’s Faculty of Science and the Sobey School of Business, the largest Canadian business school east of Quebec
  • Build your professional network through interaction with industry instructors, paid internships, sponsored projects, industry workshops, expert guest speakers, hackathons, and special events
  • Choose from three applied learning choices:
    • group-based, industry-sponsored projects
    • internships
    • a research thesis

Admission Requirements

The MSc CDA follows the general admission requirements and procedures of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, as outlined in the .

In addition, applicants must meet or provide evidence for the following criteria:

  • Applicants require a four-year Bachelor of Science in Computing Science degree (or equivalent in a quantitative field) with a cumulative GPA equal to 70%
  • Letter of Intent describing how the program will benefit your educational and career goals
  • An up-to-date CV
  • Applicants must successfully complete a programming test administered by Saint Mary’s University
  • Applicants must successfully complete a technical interview

Students whose first language is not English, and who have not attended an English language secondary school or who do not hold a degree completed entirely in English, must meet Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research language requirements.


How to Apply

Applications are now open for our next available intake, September 2021.

Before Applying

As the first step in our application process, prospective applicants are required to complete a programming test to ensure they possess the background computing knowledge to be successful in the program. The test is a take home assignment that requires you to write two programs to demonstrate your programming knowledge / expertise.

You can access the Guide to the Programming Test and the Test Questions. Please review the sample problems and solutions and when you are ready, please submit your Test results to cda.test@smu.ca.

1. After successfully completing the test, fill in the online application form.

2. After submitting the online application and application fee, you will be prompted to submit the following required documents:

  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Letter of intent
  • Three (3) recommendation forms
  • Official proof of English language proficiency

3. As soon as all required documents are on file, we conduct an initial review and if your application meets admission requirements, you will be contacted for a technical interview.

4. If you are successful in the interview, the Admission Committee will recommend one of the following:

  1. Early Admission – granted to exceptional candidates
  2. Regular Admission: you will be added to a pool of candidates that will be re-evaluated against the number of spaces available. If chosen for the cohort, you will be contacted by the Admission Committee.

5. The Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, issues the official decision letter.

6. If offered admission, students must complete a Seat Deposit Form and pay a non-refundable deposit of $5,000. Once payment is received, a student’s seat is confirmed and the student can register for the program.

Application deadlines

The deadline to file your online Application is February 1 2021. All required documents must be received by the university by February 28 2021.

When the program reaches capacity, incomplete applications will be closed and we will no longer accept new applications until admission opens for the next available cohort.


Estimated tuition fees

  • Canadian Students $19,000
  • International Students $37,000

The university also charges Mandatory Fees and Medical & Dental insurance. Tuition and Fees are paid in four instalments at the beginning of each term (Sep 2021, Jan 2022, May 2022, Sep 2022). Please refer to FGSR for graduate tuition and fees.


Contact Information

MSc CDA Secretary
Neelam Pal
neelam.pal@smu.ca


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