M.Sc. in Computing and Data Analytics

Information for Prospective Students

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Gartner projects that over 75% of enterprises will be using AI by the end of 2024, driving a 5x increase in streaming data and analytics infrastructures. 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.

MSc CDA 2022 Brochure

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, AACSB Accredited and 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 Graduate Academic Calendar.

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
  • 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.

Application Deadline

The deadline to file your online application is February 1, 2022. All required documents, including the required Programming Test, must be received by the university by February 28, 2022 to be considered for our September 2022 cohort.

To access the test, please contact cda.test@smu.ca.

Estimated Fees

Canadian Students  $21,000

International Students  $40,000

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 2022, Jan 2023, May 2023, Sep 2023). Please refer to FGSR for graduate tuition and fees.


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