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What will I learn?

If you want to construct and model systems that represent the meaning of natural language, then you will be interested in this program. Study elements of computing, linguistics, cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence.

The School of Computing Science and the Department of Linguistics offer this joint major.

Computing Science Concentrations:

Artificial intelligence

Computer Graphics and Multimedia

Computing Systems

Information Systems

Programming Languages and Software

Theoretical Computing Science

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

Data Scientist
Embedded Software Engineer
Natural Language Processing Engineer
Research Linguist
Speech Scientist
Voice User Interface Designer


  • Theoretical Computing Science
  • Programming Languages and Software
  • Information Systems
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Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 units)

Tuition fees
CAN $1,029.70 per unit
Start date

Expected September 2022


Simon Fraser University

Burnaby campus,

8888 University Drive,


British Columbia (BC),

V5A 1S6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: A minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based).

For international students

Applicant must have completed Year 12 High School or its equivalent to Canadian High School.

Linguistics Admission Requirements:

An overall 2.25 cumulative GPA and a minimum C+ grade in LING 220 are required for admission to the Linguistics major and all Linguistics joint major programs.

Computing Science Admission Requirements:

Entry into computing science programs is possible via

direct admission from high school
direct transfer from a recognized post secondary institution, or combined transfer units from more than one post secondary institution
internal transfer from within Simon Fraser University

Obtain a satisfactory score on one of the following English language proficiency tests.

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5 on the Academic Modules with no part less than 6.
  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language internet based test) with an overall score of 88 or better with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four components (listening, speaking, writing, reading)
  • TOEFL CBT (Test of English as a Foreign language computer based test) with a minimum score of 230 including a minimum essay score of 4.5
  • TOEFL CBT with a minimum score of 250.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) with an overall score of 70, with no part less than 60
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) with an overall score of 65, with no part less than 60

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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