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1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MSc), thesis-based
Master of Engineering (MEng), thesis and course-based

All programs may be completed on a full-time or a part-time basis. For details, see the Calendar section on Schulich School of Engineering.


  • Software Engineering*
  • Energy and Environment (Interdisciplinary)**
  • Environmental Engineering (Interdisciplinary)**
  • Energy and Environmental Systems (Interdisciplinary)**

For a list of other supported research areas, please see section 15.

*The Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a specialization in Software Engineering are offered jointly through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science.

**See the Calendar section on Interdisciplinary Specializations for further information.

2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Schulich School of Engineering requirements, the Department requires:

Master of Engineering and Master of Science

A bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering.

Master of Science, Specialization in Software Engineering

a) At least one year of experience in software development.

b) Background knowledge in C or C++.

c) Knowledge of object-oriented design and human-computer interaction.

Note: Applicants with degrees in other disciplines may be considered, but additional undergraduate courses in electrical engineering may be required prior to admission.

Doctor of Philosophy

A master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or software engineering.

Note: Transfer to the doctoral program without completing the master’s degree may be approved for exceptional students whose BSc degrees are in electrical engineering, computer engineering or software engineering.

3. Application Deadline

The preferred starting date for all graduate degrees is September.

Deadlines for submission of complete applications:

January 31 for September admission
April 30 for January admission

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as part of another completed degree/diploma or for courses taken to bring the grade point average to a required level for admission or for grades below "B".

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Schulich School of Engineering requirements, the Department requires:

Master of Engineering (course-based)

a) Ten to twelve half courses of which at least seven must be graduate courses in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Students are encouraged to include Electrical Engineering 698 - Graduate Project in their programs. Normally Electrical Engineering 698 is taken as the last course, or concurrently with the last courses of the program. A copy of the Procedures and Guidelines is found on the departmental website.

Master of Engineering (thesis-based)

a) Normally, four to seven graduate half courses.

Master of Science

a) Normally, four to seven graduate half courses of which at least three must be in the area of specialization.

Master of Science, Specialization in Software Engineering

a) Two full-course equivalents selected from a specified list of courses.

b) An applied software engineering project written up as a Master of Science thesis and examined by an examination committee as specified in the Faculty regulations.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) Normally, six to nine graduate half courses beyond the bachelor's degree, or two to five graduate half courses beyond the master's degree with no fewer than half the courses in the Departmental program.

b) A written and an oral candidacy examination.

6. Additional Requirements

While studying full-time in the MSc or PhD program:

a) Students will be required to attend only two semesters of Electrical Engineering 605/607 at the beginning of their graduate studies program.

b) Students in the PhD program who completed the course in the MSc program will not be required to take the Electrical Engineering 605/607 for the second time.

c) Students who are required to take Electrical Engineering 605/607 must successfully present two seminars.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Where appropriate, and with approval of the supervisor and the Department, fourth year undergraduate courses (a maximum of two half courses for the Master of Science and one half course for Doctor of Philosophy) may be taken for credit toward a graduate degree.

8. Time Limit

Expected completion time is 20 months of full-time study for the Master of Science and four years for the Doctor of Philosophy. The maximum completion time is four years for the Master of Science and the Master of Engineering (thesis-based) and six years for the Master of Engineering (course-based) and the Doctor of Philosophy.

9. Supervisory Assignments

In all programs, a supervisor to provide guidance to the student is normally selected at the time of admission.

10. Required Examinations

See "Engineering Programs".

11. Research Proposal Requirements

Master of Science and Master of Engineering (thesis-based)
As required by the supervisor.

Doctor of Philosophy
The research proposal is approved during the candidacy examination.

12. Special Registration Information


13. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance in the form of scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships may be available through the Department. International students may be eligible for reimbursement of the tuition fee differential. Applications for scholarships must be submitted by January 15.

14. Other Information

Students enrolled in any of the engineering graduate programs may opt, in addition to their normal required course load, to undertake an international project outside Canada. The duration of the project should be between four and six months.

Details of research, courses, and financial assistance and other information are on the Departmental website.

15. Faculty Members/Research Interests

In addition to the official specializations listed in section 1, students enrolled in the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in the Department may also conduct research in the following areas: Telecommunications, VLSI and Microelectronics, Image Processing, Computer Engineering, Power Electronics, Control Systems, Power Systems and Biomedical Engineering.

The active research interests of individual faculty members can be found at