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ATTENTION: Graduate-level students are not included in the recently announced cap on study permit applications.

Why Choose MScAC

Program Overview

With concentrations in Applied Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, Computer Science, Data Science, Data Science for Biology and Quantum Computing, the MScAC program provides students with a truly unparalleled academic experience.

Not only will you have the opportunity to customize your own curriculum and learn from world-class faculty about the latest developments in cutting edge technologies, you also have the opportunity to apply that knowledge through a practical applied-research internship at one of our partner companies.

  • Four graduate research courses chosen from the course schedules offered to students in the MSc/PhD programs (concentration dependent)
  • Two mandatory professional courses: Communication for Computer Scientists and Technical Entrepreneurship
  • Eight month applied research internship
  • Four (4) Semesters (16 months)


Irrespective of the concentration you are admitted to, all students follow the same timeline. For specific course requirements, visit the Concentrations page.

Year 1
(Semester 1: Sept – Dec)
Year 1
(Semester 2: Jan – April)
Year 1
(Semester 3: May – Aug)
Year 2
(Semester 4: Sept – Dec)
CSC2701H - Communication for Computer ScientistsCSC2701H - Communication for Computer ScientistsCSC2702H - Technical EntrepreneurshipCSC2702H - Technical Entrepreneurship
2 elective graduate courses2 elective graduate coursesInternshipInternship
MScAC Internship Expo & interviewsApplied Research in Action (ARIA) Showcase;
submit final research report

Program Support

The MScAC program team is committed to supporting students in taking charge of their journey to success. As part of the next generation of world-class innovators, students are strongly encouraged to establish a solid foundation in their chosen field to make a lifelong impact in an innovative environment.

The diverse resources available to students include:

  • Personalised guidance on how to create a technical study plan that aligns with internship and career goals
  • Career exploration and skills development workshops
  • Resume review and interview training
  • Technical skills refresher training
  • Employer information sessions and industry-focused events tailored to network-building and internship-finding
  • Access to pre-approved, custom-built industrial research projects curated by our industry partners and the MScAC Partnerships Group
  • Individualized internship search support
  • One-on-one coaching   

Our Concentrations

Applied Research Internships

MScAC internships usually involve research aggregation, namely the exploration and synthesis of research results into an evaluation, study or demonstrable, industrially relevant prototype.

Some students have developed novel research and written research level papers based on their internships. This requires a higher standard of creative or intellectual exploration than would be encountered in a standard co-operative (co-op) work term.

Students are encouraged to explore how they can make an impact in a wide array of industries.

2023 Industry Internship Partners
  • 16 BIT
  • Adobe
  • Agentnoon
  • AMD
  • Apollo.io
  • Arctic Wolf
  • BenchSci
  • BlueCat
  • BlueDot
  • Canadian Indigenous Languages Technology Project
  • Centre for Global Health Research
  • CPP Investments
  • Crossing Minds
  • Double Negative (DNEG)
  • Ecomtent
  • Eureka! Research Institute
  • Geotab
  • Google
  • Hawkins Lab
  • Huawei Technologies Canada
  • Intel
  • Iteration Matrix
  • Kindred AI
  • KITE Research Institute
  • Layer 6
  • MDA
  • Metabob
  • ModiFace
  • Nureva
  • Pearson Education Canada
  • Pelmorex Corp
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • QEYnet
  • Roche
  • Samsung Research
  • Sanofi
  • Scotiabank
  • Shopify
  • Signal 1
  • SOTI
  • SpassMed
  • Tesla
  • University Health Network (UHN)
  • Ubisoft
  • Unilever Canada
  • Unmodal Research
  • Vanguard
  • Veeva
  • Vidigami
350 +
Student Internship Projects (YTD)
400 +
Number of Companies Represented (YTD)
$ 25 K
Average Internship Salary (8 mo)
50 %
Success Rate Finding an Internship

Past Internship Projects

Degree Comparison

The MScAC program is one of the most unique in North America. The below table outlines how the MScAC program requirements compare to those of a thesis-based and professional masters:

Program RequirementMScACThesis-based/Research-based MastersProfessional Program (e.g MEng)
Duration4 semesters
(16 months)
4 semesters
(17 months)
Flexible -
usually 12 months
CoursesSame course requirements as a thesis-based Masters + two professional coursesCourse requirements reflect student interestOften specialised courses
InternshipsResearch in industry, in lieu of a thesisResearch thesis/major research report in a university labCo-op placement/capstone project/no internship – courses only
Faculty SupervisionMinimal faculty supervisionIntensive faculty supervisionlittle/no faculty supervision
Industry prospects post-programMost transition to industry jobsSome transition to industry jobsMost transition to industry jobs
PhD prospects post-programSome MScAC students transition to PhDSome MSc students transition to PhDVery rare to transition to PhD

The academic supervisor is chosen according to the nature and needs of the internship project. Students meet with their academic supervisor a minimum of six times during the internship period and may benefit from more meetings.  

Students considering a PhD program may use this to deepen a connection with a faculty member.