MSACS Admission (Vancouver)

Admission Requirements

  1. Graduation from an accredited 4-year bachelor’s degree program with an equivalent to minimum grade point average of 2.75 (B-) on 4.0 scale.
    • Students with lower GPA can be considered for admissions after a broad-based review of their overall academic profile and in combination with related work experience.
  2. Submission of an official score report for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test taken within the last five years.
    • The GRE may be waived for applicants meeting one of the following conditions:
      • The applicant is a Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) Information Technology (IT) or Computer Science (CS) graduate with an undergraduate cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of 3.00.
      • The applicant is non-FDU Computer Science (CS) graduate with an undergraduate CGPR of 3.50. This GRE waiver policy is only applicable to applicants who graduated from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or from a recognized institution in Canada.
      • The applicant has completed a master’s degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
  3. Demonstrated proficiency in the communication of the English language (for international students whose first language is not English).

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Term: August 1
  • Spring Term: December 1
  • Summer Term: April 1

Required Documents

Copies of the documents must be submitted together with the on-line application.

  1. Attested or official transcripts, academic records, diplomas, national examination results, certificates or degrees received from all post-secondary institutions, universities, and/or professional schools. If the documents are not in English, a certified translation is required.
    • Students from India: Please note that we do not accept consolidated mark sheets. Individual mark sheets showing all attempts, failures, and retakes are required. Please submit your Backlogs Summary together with your transcripts.
  2. Three (3) recommendation letters.
  3. Proof of English Proficiency if your first language is not English or you did not complete your degree in the US, Canada, or any country listed on FDU’s exemption list. For more details please refer to the English Proficiency page.
  4. Official GRE test score results (FDU-Vancouver code 2818)
  5. Copy of information page in your valid passport.
  6. Resume (recommended).

Admission Procedures

Admission to the MSACS program is competitive and is based on the “rolling” admission model.

Applicants will be advised if they require any prerequisite courses prior to matriculation into the program at the time of admission.

An interview with the Program Advisor may be required before the decision on admission can be made. Applicants will be notified if an interview is necessary.

Applying for Transfer Credits

If you have completed master level courses at a recognized post-secondary institution within the last 5 years and you would like to apply for transfer credits, you will need to identify the courses that you want to request the transfer credits for from the list of MSACS courses. To qualify for the transfer credits you should have completed coursework that is equivalent to 3 academic credits and you should have received a grade equivalent of a B or higher (3.0 on a 4.0 points GPA scale). The course should be at least 80% similar to the equivalent course offered at FDU. FDU Course descriptions can be found on the MSACS program page.

You can apply for transfer credits by uploading the Application for Transfer Credits Consideration to your Applicant’s portal with the list of courses you request transfer for, together with the official university transcript and the course syllabus from your University. The maximum allowed number of transfer credits is 9 (3 courses).

The form and supporting documents must be submitted one week before the start of the New Students Orientation for the upcoming term.

FDU decisions regarding the granting of transfer credit are final.