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What will I learn?

Students in this graduate dual degree program (GDDP), jointly developed by Simon Fraser University and Zhejiang University (ZJU), China, will acquire two graduate degrees. Graduates will receive a doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree from Simon Fraser University, and a second doctor of philosophy (PhD) degree from Zhejiang University. Students will study and conduct research at both universities.

The language of instruction at Simon Fraser University is English, while at Zhejiang University, it is either English and/or Chinese.

Program Requirements

All students will demonstrate a breadth of learning in computing science by completing at least one of

CMPT 705 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms (3)
CMPT 710 - Computational Complexity (3)

-2 Elements of the Theory of Computation (ZJU course)

Additional requirements vary for students without or with a master of science degree.

SFU students without an MSc in computing science or an equivalent must complete at least 12 units at each university. Of those units, at least nine from each university must be chosen from the courses listed in groups I, II, and III. At Zhejiang University, the approval of the student's supervisor and the Zhejiang University graduate program director are required for the student to complete courses that are not listed in groups I, II, and III.

SFU students with an MSc in computing science or an equivalent must complete at least six units at each university from the courses listed in groups I, II, and III.

ZJU students without an MSc in computing science or an equivalent must complete at least 12 units at Simon Fraser University and at least 14 units at Zhejiang University. Of those units, all but three from Simon Fraser University must be chosen from the courses listed in groups I, II, and III. At Zhejiang University, these students must complete courses , , , and at least four additional Zhejiang University courses in groups I, II, and III.

ZJU students with an MSc in computing science or an equivalent must complete at least six units at each university from the courses listed in groups I, II, and III. At Zhejiang University, these students must complete courses , , .

All students must complete at least one course in each of the groups and at least one of these courses must be chosen from CMPT 705, CMPT 710, and . At most two special topics courses at Simon Fraser University (two of CMPT 829, 881, 882, 885, 886, 888) may be used to meet the breadth requirement, except with permission from the graduate program director at Simon Fraser University.

All Zhejiang University students must complete additional research seminars as specified by Zhejiang University.

In special circumstances, with the approval of the student's supervisors and the graduate program director at the partner ( home) university, up to three of the units at the partner (home) university may be completed at the home (partner) university.

A Simon Fraser University course and a Zhejiang University course are deemed to be similar if the two courses overlap substantially. Students with credit for one of two similar courses may not complete the other course for further credit. Simon Fraser University's graduate program breadth committee and the corresponding Zhejiang University committee will decide on the list of similar courses.

At most, two of the following Simon Fraser University special topics courses may be completed to fulfill the breadth requirement, except with permission from Simon Fraser University's graduate program director.

CMPT 829 - Special Topics in Bioinformatics (3)
CMPT 881 - Special Topics in Theoretical Computing Science (3)
CMPT 882 - Special Topics in Artificial Intelligence (3)

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Within six years)

Tuition fees
CAN $1,946.94 per term
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby campus,

8888 University Drive,

BURNABY,

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

Students must be admitted to one university, and then apply and be admitted to the other university.

To qualify for admission, students must satisfy the usual admission requirements as specified by each university. The university of first admission will be referred to as the student's 'home' university. Students whose home university is Simon Fraser University are called SFU students while those whose home university is Zhejiang are called ZJU students.

The minimum University requirements for admission to a doctoral program are as follows.

i) a master’s degree from Simon Fraser University or its equivalent from a recognized institution;

ii) a bachelor's degree, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5/4.33, or a grade point average of at least 3.67/4.33(A-) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered. Individual graduate programs may set a higher admission grade point average. Students admitted directly from a bachelor's degree must complete at least 50% of the course work units required for the relevant department's master's program if no course work is required as part of the doctoral degree;

iii) completion of at least 75% of the course work units required for the relevant department’s master’s program, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.

Applicants normally will be required to achieve a minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS - the academic NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6.5 in each section. The Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) may be used as an equivalent test provided a score of 93 or better is achieved with a minimum of 20 in each section (TOEFL-internet based exam), or TOEFL 580 and the Test of Written English(TWE) 5.0 (paper-based).

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

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