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COMPUTER SCIENCE

THE MASTER OF APPLIED COMPUTING (MAC) DEGREE

The Master of Applied Computing is a professional program that will provide students with a solid foundation and knowledge of industry-oriented practical aspects of Computer Science, which will enable them to take up positions in the growing software industry in Canada and around the world.


Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the program, a student must hold a 4-year bachelor degree in Computer Science or related discipline with a minimum major average of 70% or an average of 77% or better in the last 2 years of study. Applicants are required to include a 'statement of interest' (maximum 2 pages) with their application that includes a description of a major technology project they have undertaken in the past 3 years.

Students with a 4-year bachelor degree in other non-Computer Science disciplines will be eligible for admission if they are accepted into and complete the University of Windsor’s one-year Bachelor of Computer Science for University Graduates program with a 70% average or better.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have a demonstrated background in computer science and mathematical foundations, advanced programming, hardware architecture and systems concepts. Admission is highly competitive and preference will be given to applicants who exceed the minimum requirements and who have demonstrated work experience in the field. Candidates who lack the recommended background may be considered for admission on a case by case basis.

Candidates must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting or exceeding an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent). If an applicant receives an IELTS English language proficiency score of less than 6.5 (or equivalent) they may be offered a conditional letter of acceptance pending successful completion of an approved English Language Training program, such as the University of Windsor’s Centre for English Language Development’s English Language Improvement Program (ELIP).

International applicants to graduate programs in Computer Science must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting or exceeding an IELTS overall score of 6.5 (or equivalent), with no more than one band scores of 6.0, and no band score below 6.0 (or TOEFL of 92).

Applicants must pass a successful interview with a representative or agent acting on behalf of the University of Windsor and submit two letters of reference.

Degree Requirements

Total courses: 30 credit hours (8 courses – 3 credit hours each; plus COMP-8997 (Project/Internship), which is worth 6 credit hours)

(a) COMP-8117. Advanced Software Engineering Topics
COMP-8157. Advanced Database Topics
COMP-8347. Internet Applications and Distributed Systems
COMP-8547. Advanced Computing Concepts
COMP-8567. Advanced Systems Programming
COMP-8677. Networking and Data Security
COMP-8997. Project/Internship (6.0 credit course)

NOTE:
The above courses, except COMP-8997, may be offered in an accelerated 4 or 6 week format.

(b) Two of the following:
BSMM-8120. Finance in a Global Perspective
BSMM-8140. Marketing
BSMM-8130. Managing Employees
COMP-8XXX: Any graduate level lecture course offered by the School of Computer Science, excluding COMP-8100 (Literature Review and Survey) and COMP-8900 (Directed Special Studies).

Stream: students may specialize in Artificial Intelligence, if they successfully complete COMP-8700, COMP-8790 and the COMP-8997 project/internship course on an approved topic in Artificial Intelligence. For these students, a special annotation will be made on their transcripts, stating that they were in the Artificial Intelligence stream.

Suggested Program Sequencing

Term 1: Fall Semester (September - December)

COMP-8157. Advanced Software Engineering Topics
COMP-8547. Advanced Computing Concepts

One of the following four: BSMM-8130: Managing Employees, BSMM-8140: Marketing, BSMM-8120 Finance in a Global Perspective, COMP-5xxx: Any graduate level lecture course offered by the School of Computer Science, excluding COMP-8100 (Literature Review and Survey) and COMP-8900 (Directed Special Studies)..

Term 2: Winter Semester (January - April)
COMP-8157. Advanced Database Topics
COMP-8567. Advanced Systems Programming

One of the following four: BSMM-8130: Managing employees, BSMM-8140: Marketing, BSMM-8120 Finance in a Global Perspective, COMP-5xxx: Any graduate level lecture course offered by the School of Computer Science, excluding COMP-8100 (Literature Review and Survey) and COMP-8900 (Directed Special Studies)..

Term 3: Summer Semester (May - June)
COMP-8347. Internet Application and Distributed Systems
COMP-8677. Networking and Data Security
COMP-8997. Project/Internship (2 terms)

Term 4: Fall Semester (July - December)
COMP-8997. Project/Internship (2 terms)

NOTE: Course sequencing may change (except COMP-8997), particularly for Term 2 and Term 3.


Project/Internship Requirements
Students will be required to complete an approved software development project, with an industry partner or a faculty supervisor, as part of the COMP-8997 course. Students working with an industry partner may be required to work off-campus for their internship. Students will receive credit for the course COMP-8997 (worth 6 credit hours) upon successful completion of a two semester internship.

Standing Required for Continuation in the Program
Students must maintain an average of 70%. Students may be permitted to have at most two course grades between 60-69%, on a case by case basis, based on recommendation from the MAC program committee.

Standing Required for Graduation
In order to graduate, students must have an average of 70%. Students may be permitted to have at most two course grades between 60-69%, on a case by case basis, based on recommendation from the MAC program committee.


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