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  1. This is not a problem as long as the referee can mail the sealed and signed reference letter to our department in a timely manner. We usually recommend courier with tracking so that it doesn't get delayed or lost in the mail.
  2. Yes this is true. Not all universities will offer a tuition waiver at the master's level, however, most students should receive some level of guaranteed funding. However, you may have to work to get your funding as often times Teaching Assistantships are included in the funding package. Generally Ontario offers the highest funding compared to other provinces.
  3. Strictly depends on the program. Some schools require you find a potential supervisor prior to application, while other schools admit students directly to the program for course work first before finding a supervisor within the department. That being said, for PhD students, the chances are much better if you know a faculty member that wants to work with you since often, PhD students receive financial support through their supervisors. If no one wants to work with you, the department can't fund you most of the time. Also since PhD research is more subject/topic specific, it is important
  4. I can't speak for all programs, but for our program, I think it depends on the reviewer but GPA is very important. If you are not in the A range (high 80s to 90s), it's difficult to be considered since there are so many applicants with high scores. If you do have excellent grades, then letter of recommendation and statement are also very important. Also, if English tests such as the IELTS is required, not meeting the minimum requirements may significantly damage your chances. I am speaking from a strictly computer science department point of view. As in the MSc, engineering depart
  5. They look at published top school rankings for each country. Some schools also have a compiled list by country of top performing schools (for example in computer science). Other times, if schools have faculty from a specific country, for example China or India, those professors use the rankings but also their own experience.
  6. I would like to provide some information regarding the reality of getting admitted to top 5 ranked Canadian graduate schools in the Computer Science Program. I work in the field and it appears to me that many applicants are not aware of some of the basic requirements to be admitted that are not overtly stated but definitely required. Unfortunately, I am unable to reveal my university or position as I wish to remain anonymous. Most of the time, you MUST have previous degree from a top school of your country, especially for students with a degree outside of Canada/USA/UK. This is extreme
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