In order to apply to the . program, applicants should hold an . degree in Computer Science or a closely related area, from a well-recognized university. Students who hold a . degree in Computer Science but have an exceptionally strong academic record may be admitted directly to the . program, but they must initially apply to the . program. Students who are in the . program have the option to be fast-tracked into the . program at the end of their first academic year, contingent on excellent performance as judged by the . committee.