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As a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, you’ll be part of a vibrant community of researchers who are focused on finding practical solutions to real-world problems.  

Our department is known internationally for its leadership in biomedical engineering, radio systems, software engineering, micro- and nano-scale systems, power energy and control systems research. We have 40 full-time faculty members, 7 research chairs, nearly 200 graduate students and over 450 undergraduate students. Download our grad studies brochure.

Why choose Graduate Studies in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Schulich?

Rich student experience, quality research teams, and funding support are some of the benefits of the Schulich graduate experience.

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What degree programs are offered?

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD is a research-based degree that usually takes three to four years of full-time study following a master's degree or five to six years following a bachelor's degree.

Master of Science

The MSc is a research-based degree that usually takes two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

Master of Engineering (course based)

This MEng program is often taken on a part-time basis and usually takes four to six years of part-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

What are the program requirements?

PhD program requirements

This program requires six to eight graduate half-courses beyond the bachelor's degree or two to four graduate half-courses beyond the master's degree. At least half of these courses must be in the departmental program.

MSc program requirements

This program requires four to six graduate half-courses. At least three of these courses must be in the area of specialization/research.

MEng program requirements

This program requires 10 to 12 half-courses are required. At least seven of these must be graduate courses in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

What areas of specialization are available?

*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.

In addition to the official specializations listed above, 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 Electronics, Image Processing, Computer Engineering, Power Electronics, Control Systems, Power Systems and Biomedical Engineering.

Learn more about active research activities of individual faculty members.

What are the admission requirements?

Grade Point Average (GPA)

PhD

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Schulich School of Engineering has the following minimum requirements:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in a BSc degree and GPA of 3.50 in an MSc degree on a four-point scale or equivalent.
  • MSc degree or transfer from MSc program or, in exceptional cases, a BSc degree or equivalent.
  • Transfer from MSc to PhD program is allowed only after the successful completion of all courses required for the MSc degree with a minimum GPA of 3.50 on a four-point scale or equivalent.
  • Holders of MSc or equivalent degrees in science, medicine, kinesiology or other engineering, if accepted, may be required to take additional senior undergraduate engineering courses. These courses will not count for credit toward their doctoral program.

MSc

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Schulich School of Engineering has the following minimum requirements:

  • A University of Calgary four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary.
  • Applicants with non-engineering degrees or engineering degrees in other fields are required to complete make-up courses for background preparation to start their graduate program.
  • A GPA of 3.00 or higher (on the University of Calgary four-point system) is required. This is based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree, consisting of a minimum of 10 full-course or 20 half-course equivalents.

MEng

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Schulich School of Engineering has the following minimum requirements:  

  • A University of Calgary four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary.
  • Applicants with non-engineering degrees or engineering degrees in other fields will be required to satisfactorily complete make-up courses for background preparation to start their graduate program.
  • A GPA of 3.00 or higher (on the University of Calgary four-point system) is required. This is based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 10 full-course or 20 half-course equivalents.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, students who do not meet the entrance requirements but have BSc degrees in the same or equivalent engineering discipline and a GPA of at least 2.70 may be considered for admission after upgrading requirements have been met. These include a minimum of 6 make-up half-courses, or 3 make-up half-courses if they have acceptable industry experience. Students require a minimum grade of 3.00 on a four-point scale in each course. At least 4 or 2 of these half courses, respectively, must be graduate level courses. 

The department receives applications from more students than can be admitted. Only the most qualified are considered, and in most cases only students with first-class academic standing are admitted. Our experience indicates that applicants must have academic backgrounds within the general requirements listed below:

Canadian and American universities

Students require a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point system during the last two undergraduate years or 20 courses, whichever is greater. If you have taken less than 20 courses in the last two years, we count back in increments of one term. All courses in a term must be used and not simply the best 20 courses. You cannot split a term to obtain a total of 20 courses.

International universities

Find information about international admissions on the Graduate Studies website.

Language requirements


Students whose primary language is not English are required to provide proof of proficiency in English by passing the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination with a score of 560 minimum (paper-based) or 86 (Internet-based) with no section less than 20. Applicants may also provide a proof of proficiency in English by passing the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination with a minimum of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0. Students with scores that are more than two years old must rewrite the examination. Full admission will not be granted before the Faculty of Graduate Studies receives the official or verified test score.

The Departmental Policy is non-waiver of the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement. As such, students whose primary language is not English must fulfil the ELP requirement to be considered for admission, regardless whether students have done their previous studies in English.

How do I apply?

Application deadlines

Completed applications must be submitted by the following dates:

  • January 31 for September admission
  • April 30 for January admission

Note: The preferred starting date for the PhD degree program is September.

Supporting Documents

  • A non-refundable application fee for each application to a graduate degree program. $125 for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, $145 for international students with a study permit. Cheques or money orders must be made payable to the University of Calgary. Applications will be processed only if the fee has been paid.
  • Two references are required. Each reference must include:
    • the completed University of Calgary Reference form from referees able to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
    • Both the Reference Form and Letter of Reference must be submitted online by each Referee. 
  • Upon submission of your application, each Referee will receive instructions for completing a reference for you. Referees must NOT send a hardcopy of the completed Reference Form and Letter of Reference to the Department.
  • Two official sets of transcripts (and degree certificates from those institutions that do not indicate the awarding of degree on the transcript) from all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of the number of courses taken or the amount of time spent there. Transcripts and degree certificates issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified, word-for-word English translations. To be considered official, all academic records must be received in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution.
  • A copy of Permanent Resident Card (Front and Back), if applicable.

Send all original supporting documents to:

Graduate Admissions
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary, ICT 402
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

Graduate admission inquiries

Contact us at ecegapp@ucalgary.ca

Apply online

Prospective graduate students must apply online. The application fee payment can be made through the online application. Only completed applications will be processed.

FAQs

Download the departmental FAQ document for prospective graduate students.

For more information

Graduate Program Administrator
Mrs. Ella Lok
Phone: (403) 220-7596
Fax: (403) 282-6855
Email: ecegapp@ucalgary.ca

Associate Head, Graduate Studies

Dr. Abraham Fapojuwo
Phone: 403-220-8524
Email: fapojuwo@ucalgary.ca

Visit the University of Calgary Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

What degree programs are offered?

Doctor of Philosophy

The PhD is a research-based degree that usually takes three to four years of full-time study following a master's degree or five to six years following a bachelor's degree.

Master of Science

The MSc is a research-based degree that usually takes two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

Master of Engineering (course based)

This MEng program is often taken on a part-time basis and usually takes four to six years of part-time study beyond a bachelor's degree.

What are the program requirements?

PhD program requirements

This program requires six to eight graduate half-courses beyond the bachelor's degree or two to four graduate half-courses beyond the master's degree. At least half of these courses must be in the departmental program.

MSc program requirements

This program requires four to six graduate half-courses. At least three of these courses must be in the area of specialization/research.

MEng program requirements

This program requires 10 to 12 half-courses are required. At least seven of these must be graduate courses in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

What areas of specialization are available?

*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.

In addition to the official specializations listed above, 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 Electronics, Image Processing, Computer Engineering, Power Electronics, Control Systems, Power Systems and Biomedical Engineering.

Learn more about active research activities of individual faculty members.

What are the admission requirements?

Grade Point Average (GPA)

PhD

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Schulich School of Engineering has the following minimum requirements:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 in a BSc degree and GPA of 3.50 in an MSc degree on a four-point scale or equivalent.
  • MSc degree or transfer from MSc program or, in exceptional cases, a BSc degree or equivalent.
  • Transfer from MSc to PhD program is allowed only after the successful completion of all courses required for the MSc degree with a minimum GPA of 3.50 on a four-point scale or equivalent.
  • Holders of MSc or equivalent degrees in science, medicine, kinesiology or other engineering, if accepted, may be required to take additional senior undergraduate engineering courses. These courses will not count for credit toward their doctoral program.

MSc

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Schulich School of Engineering has the following minimum requirements:

  • A University of Calgary four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary.
  • Applicants with non-engineering degrees or engineering degrees in other fields are required to complete make-up courses for background preparation to start their graduate program.
  • A GPA of 3.00 or higher (on the University of Calgary four-point system) is required. This is based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree, consisting of a minimum of 10 full-course or 20 half-course equivalents.

MEng

In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the Schulich School of Engineering has the following minimum requirements:  

  • A University of Calgary four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent degree from a recognized institution. Degrees and grades from foreign institutions are evaluated for their equivalency to those of the University of Calgary.
  • Applicants with non-engineering degrees or engineering degrees in other fields will be required to satisfactorily complete make-up courses for background preparation to start their graduate program.
  • A GPA of 3.00 or higher (on the University of Calgary four-point system) is required. This is based on the last two years of the undergraduate degree consisting of a minimum of 10 full-course or 20 half-course equivalents.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, students who do not meet the entrance requirements but have BSc degrees in the same or equivalent engineering discipline and a GPA of at least 2.70 may be considered for admission after upgrading requirements have been met. These include a minimum of 6 make-up half-courses, or 3 make-up half-courses if they have acceptable industry experience. Students require a minimum grade of 3.00 on a four-point scale in each course. At least 4 or 2 of these half courses, respectively, must be graduate level courses. 

The department receives applications from more students than can be admitted. Only the most qualified are considered, and in most cases only students with first-class academic standing are admitted. Our experience indicates that applicants must have academic backgrounds within the general requirements listed below:

Canadian and American universities

Students require a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point system during the last two undergraduate years or 20 courses, whichever is greater. If you have taken less than 20 courses in the last two years, we count back in increments of one term. All courses in a term must be used and not simply the best 20 courses. You cannot split a term to obtain a total of 20 courses.

International universities

Find information about international admissions on the Graduate Studies website.

Language requirements


Students whose primary language is not English are required to provide proof of proficiency in English by passing the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) examination with a score of 560 minimum (paper-based) or 86 (Internet-based) with no section less than 20. Applicants may also provide a proof of proficiency in English by passing the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination with a minimum of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0. Students with scores that are more than two years old must rewrite the examination. Full admission will not be granted before the Faculty of Graduate Studies receives the official or verified test score.

The Departmental Policy is non-waiver of the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirement. As such, students whose primary language is not English must fulfil the ELP requirement to be considered for admission, regardless whether students have done their previous studies in English.

How do I apply?

Application deadlines

Completed applications must be submitted by the following dates:

  • January 31 for September admission
  • April 30 for January admission

Note: The preferred starting date for the PhD degree program is September.

Supporting Documents

  • A non-refundable application fee for each application to a graduate degree program. $125 for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents, $145 for international students with a study permit. Cheques or money orders must be made payable to the University of Calgary. Applications will be processed only if the fee has been paid.
  • Two references are required. Each reference must include:
    • the completed University of Calgary Reference form from referees able to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications.
    • Both the Reference Form and Letter of Reference must be submitted online by each Referee. 
  • Upon submission of your application, each Referee will receive instructions for completing a reference for you. Referees must NOT send a hardcopy of the completed Reference Form and Letter of Reference to the Department.
  • Two official sets of transcripts (and degree certificates from those institutions that do not indicate the awarding of degree on the transcript) from all post-secondary institutions attended, regardless of the number of courses taken or the amount of time spent there. Transcripts and degree certificates issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified, word-for-word English translations. To be considered official, all academic records must be received in envelopes that have been sealed and endorsed by the issuing institution.
  • A copy of Permanent Resident Card (Front and Back), if applicable.

Send all original supporting documents to:

Graduate Admissions
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Schulich School of Engineering
University of Calgary, ICT 402
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4

Graduate admission inquiries

Contact us at ecegapp@ucalgary.ca

Apply online

Prospective graduate students must apply online. The application fee payment can be made through the online application. Only completed applications will be processed.

FAQs

Download the departmental FAQ document for prospective graduate students.

For more information

Graduate Program Administrator
Mrs. Ella Lok
Phone: (403) 220-7596
Fax: (403) 282-6855
Email: ecegapp@ucalgary.ca

Associate Head, Graduate Studies

Dr. Abraham Fapojuwo
Phone: 403-220-8524
Email: fapojuwo@ucalgary.ca

Visit the University of Calgary Faculty of Graduate Studies website.