Computer Science Admission Category

Students in computer science will learn how to design software, develop computer applications such as databases and graphics and investigate mathematical problems. They will train to meet an increasing demand for graduates with scientific knowledge and creative skills to excel in the industry. A computer science degree will introduce students to tomorrow's technological world. 

Things You Need to Know

OUAC Admission Code: TAD (Computer Science)

Supplementary Application Form Required: Yes 

Admission Category Prerequisites: English and Calculus 

Approximate Admission Range: Low 90s 


Supplemental Application for Computer Science Admission Category 

The supplemental application will be found in applicants’ Join U of T account after they have applied through the OUAC.   

  • It comprises four short-answer questions  
  • Applicants will be asked to reflect on personal experiences and qualities  
  • The questions are not specific to computer science  
  • It is not timed 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and submit all requested documents, including the supplemental application, as early as possible. See the recommended early application deadline here

New! Students applying to the Computer Science admission category in the Faculty of Arts & Science have the option of selecting an alternate admission category for consideration on the JOIN U of T portal after completing their OUAC application.  

Selecting an alternate category does not affect students’ eligibility to their first choice of admission category. Rotman Commerce is not available as an alternate choice. Students can select from the four other admission categories at Arts & Science: Mathematical & Physical Science, Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities. 

Admission is subject to space availability — once all first-choice applicants have been considered. Please note: Choosing an alternate admission category does not guarantee admission. 

Transfer students 

Due to the program’s limited capacity, Computer Science will not be considering applicants seeking to transfer from other post-secondary institutions, U of T faculties or U of T campuses other than the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George Campus. 


Admission Requirements by Curriculum:

Admission to the Computer Science admission category is not the same as the Computer Science program of study. Students apply to a program of study, or programs, of study at the end of first year. 

However, all students admitted to the Computer Science admission category are guaranteed admission in the Computer Science specialist, major or minor program of choice after first year, provided that they meet the conditions of the first-year guarantee. 

Step 1: Search for your desired program of study (e.g. major in data science) in the table below 

Step 2: Find the high school subject prerequisites for your desired program of study listed under Subject(s) Required in Addition to English  

Step 3: These prerequisites subjects allow you to enroll in introductory first year courses needed for your program of study selection at the end of first year. You can find these courses listed under Program Area in the Academic Calendar 


Program List

After first year, you can apply to one of the two programs listed below. Whichever path you choose, you’ll be on the cutting edge of in-demand fields like artificial intelligence, game design, statistics, human-computer interaction and more.  

Legend: C: Calculus and Vectors

Program Subject(s) Required in Addition to English
Computer Science C
Data Science C


Why Study Computer Science at Arts & Science?

computer science student studying on her laptop

A Path to Success

Within two years of graduation, 96% of graduates who are in the labour market are employed. The demand for computer scientists is expected to rise in new and emerging fields like artificial intelligence, data science, cloud computing and analytics — just to name a few. Learn more about careers in Computer Science using Career Navigator.   

upper year computer science students work on research project with faculty

Gain Hands-On Experience

Eligible Computer Science students can apply for the Arts & Science Internship Program after first year and gain 12-20 months of relevant, paid work experience and specialized professional development training. As an undergraduate student, you’ll also have the opportunity to work closely with a professor on a research or development project.

Professor Steve Engels discusses class materials with students

Award-Winning Faculty and Research

Computer Science research is ranked #1 in Canada and our faculty is globally renowned. We’re home to two Turing Award winners and to members of acclaimed computing societies, including five Association of Computing Machinery fellows and seven Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.