Registration for Fall Term
Application open (MDT Time Zone): October 1
Application deadline (International Student): April 29
Note: Domestic applicant deadline: August 1

Webinar produced by Multimedia Students and organized by International Student Services – A Video Overview of the Multimedia Master Program.

Entrance & Program Requirements

Entrance Requirements

For the general regulations of the (1) Department of Computing Science, and (2) Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alberta, visit http://www.registrar.ualberta.ca/calendar/GradStudies-and-Research/

Official transcript is required from the issuing institution. You can read the guideline here.

Minimum admission requirements for this program are a four-year undergraduate degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4 point scale, or the equivalent, in the last two years of previous relevant studies. Where applicable, a TOEFL score in required (see 203.2.4 and FGSR requirements). Students must hold a bachelor's degree in Computing Science, Computer Engineering, or in a related field in Science or Engineering with some relevant experience. Industrial experience may be considered as a factor when considering admission of students close to these boundaries. It should be noted that these are minimum requirements only.

Your application will be assessed by an admission committee for the MM Program, which is independent from the admission committee for the regular graduate program in the Department of Computing Science.

Program Requirements

The Multimedia MSc Program requires the completion of 36 credits in graduate-level study. The internship component constitutes 18 credits. Students have to submit a 4 month progress report and a final document reporting the R&D work conducted during the internship. Core courses are scheduled regularly in the Fall Term and Winter Term, and may be conducted in an intensive evening / weekend format. Courses on industrial current trends are scheduled according to instructor availability. Students wishing to maintain full-time status must register in at least 9 credits per term. Graduation requires a minimum 2.7 GPA on all Multimedia (MM) courses credited towards the degree (see 203.8.3). Students must maintain standards acceptable to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research to remain in the program.

Students take 9 course credits in the first term and another 9 course credits in the second term. In the third and fourth terms, students take 9 internship credits in each term. The graduation requirement is a minimum of 18 course credits and 18 internship credits. In each course term, students are required to maintain an average GPA of 3.0 with no course grade lower than B- (or 2.7 on a 4.0 scale).

Each student can only get a maximum of 9 MM credits per term or per 4 months period.

Most courses involve a heavily weighted course project implementation relating to practical industrial problems. Programming skills at undergraduate level in computer science or computer engineering are essential, e.g. C/C++, C#, OpenGL, MatLab, Java or Python. Script programming skill, e.g. PHP and Javascript, without more advanced programming experience will not be sufficient to handle course project implementation. Based on known programming skills, students are expected to quickly pick up a new programming language.

Students have the option of writing a paper at the end of each course, by extending or enhancing the course project work. High quality paper will be sponsored by the MM Program for submission to prestigious conference/journal.

Length of Program

The Multimedia Masters Program is designed to be completed in two years. While there is no full time residency requirement, the program must be completed within four years from admission.