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Welcome to the Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at McMaster University!

M.Eng Students

Congratulations!  Your acceptance has been through a very competitive selection process! 

We are proud to welcome you to the ECE Department, which is one of the best in Canada, with 33 full-time faculty members (5 Canada Research Chair holders, 6 IEEE Fellows, 3 Funded Chairs, 2 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, 2 University Professors).

 

Contacts

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints, please feel free to contact:

Graduate Administrative Assistant - Cheryl Gies (https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/ece/people/staff)

Your project supervisor (if there is one) - (https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/ece/people/faculty)

Associate Chair for Graduate Studies - Dr. Ian Bruce (https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/ece/people/faculty)

Graduate Advisor for M.Eng students - Dr. James Chen (https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/ece/people/faculty)

Department Chair - Dr. Tim Davidson (https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/ece/people/faculty)

Graduate Student Handbook

The 2018/2019 Graduate Student Handbook can be found here

This handbook goes into depth on information for graduate students in ECE, such as safety and security, administrative information, course requirements, course selection, and more.

Courses

The term 1 course list can be viewed here.

The term 2 course list can be viewed here.

Course descriptions can be found here.

All M.Eng students have to do the Ethics course "SGS-101".

M.Eng students take 7 courses.  There are 2 options for this - either 7 regular (lecture-based) courses, or 6 regular courses and the project course "ECE 701" and the seminar course "ECE 790" (a poster presentation).

Up to 2 courses may be at the 600 Level.  600 Level courses are courses common to both graduate & undergraduate students - they have 4-digit course codes beginning with "6" (i.e. 6EM4).  Regular graduate level courses have 3-digit course codes, beginning with "7" (i.e. 701).  Permission may be given to take these courses in other departments at McMaster, or at other Ontario universities (only if similar courses are not offered by our department).

Students recently graduated from an Undergraduate program at McMaster University can apply to have up to 2 courses credited towards their M.Eng degree.  This request must be made in the first term of your program.  The courses eligible for approval are listed in the Graduate Calendar.  Application is to be made through the School of Graduate Studies, using a Petition for Special Consideration.

Project Course "ECE 701":  this is a term project under the guidance of a professor in ECE.  You need to talk to professors and identify one that is willing to supervise you and guide your project.  There is no guarantee that your chosen professor will be available to supervise your project.  If you cannot find a professor willing to supervise you, take 1 more regular course to meet the requirements.  The scope of the project is defined during discussions between you and the professor. A project report is due at the end of the term (there is no thesis defence).  This course is available in all 3 terms (Fall, Winter, and Summer).  If doing the project course, you must enroll for Seminar Course "ECE 790" as well.

Project Course "ECE 701 (2)": enrolling in this course during the Winter Term is the best situation, as it gives you time to familiarize yourself with courses, professors, and the system.

Most instructors will have an organizational meeting during the first week of the term.

Discuss the course selections with the Graduate Advisor or your Project Supervisor. 

You graduate when you meet the program requirements.

 

Enrollment / Registration

Enroll online using Mosaic.

Be aware of our strict deadlines (generally, the deadline to Add courses is in the end of September, the deadline to Drop courses is in early October). 

Internships

Internships are strongly recommended for M.Eng students.

Apply directly to companies (i.e. IBM, Celestica, Ontario Power).

We can provide supporting letters/references.

You must apply for a Leave Of Absence from McMaster, which is usually up to 12 months, though under exceptional circumstances up to 16 months.

Return to complete your degree after the internship.

Significantly improves your career options.

Career Planning

Graduate students in the M.Eng program are required to:

1) complete a career planning exercise within your first academic year (September to August)

2) book a planning session with a career specialist within the faculty (bookings are to be made through the Graduate Administrative Assistant).

3) produce a report before the end of the first year.  This report may be of any length and must be submitted to the Graduate Advisor before the end of August in your first year.  Students entering in May of any given year may choose to submit the report in the second academic year instead of the first.

 

Things To Remember

If you fail a course, you may get a warning, but the failing grade will remain on your record / transcript.

If you fail 2 courses, you will be automatically withdrawn from the program.

If you run into difficulties, talk to your Graduate Advisor or your Project Supervisor before the Drop deadline date.

Read and follow the Academic Dishonesty Policy, and the Student Code of Conduct Policy in the Graduate Calendar's regulations affecting graduate students (https://graduate.mcmaster.ca/).

Training (required)

All M.Eng students have to do the online training modules for Health & Safety, AODA, and Violence & Harrasment Prevention, all due by the end of September.

Computers

You may use the computers on the first floor of Thode Library.

Get Wi-Fi access on your laptop with MacID.

Beyond M.Eng

M.Eng can be followed up with PhD, but the preferred route to PhD is MASc.

MASc and PhD Students

Congratulations!  Your acceptance has been through a very competitive selection process (~1200 applicants per year; ~75 offers per year)! 

We are proud to welcome you to the ECE Department, which is one of the best in Canada, with 33 full-time faculty members (5 Canada Research Chair holders, 6 IEEE Fellows, 3 Funded Chairs, 2 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, 2 University Professors).

 

Contacts

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints, please feel free to contact:

Graduate Administrative Assistant - Cheryl Gies (https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/ece/people/staff)

Your project supervisor (if there is one) - (https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/ece/people/faculty)

Associate Chair for Graduate Studies - Dr. Ian Bruce (https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/ece/people/faculty)

Graduate Advisors for MASc and PhD students - Dr. Shiva Kumar and Dr. Dongmei Zhao (https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/ece/people/faculty)

Department Chair - Dr. Tim Davidson (https://www.eng.mcmaster.ca/ece/people/faculty)

Graduate Student Handbook

The 2018/2019 Graduate Student Handbook can be found here

This handbook goes into depth on information for graduate students in ECE, such as safety and security, administrative information, course requirements, course selection, thesis procudure, and more.

Courses

The term 1 course list can be viewed here.

The term 2 course list can be viewed here.

Course descriptions can be found here.

 

Discuss your course selections with your Advisor!

Students in both the MASc program and the PhD program must take:

1) "ECE 790" Graduate Seminars in Electrical & Computer Engineering (this course has a poster presentation at the Graduate Day)

2) "SGS 101" Ethics course (you will get an email about completing this when it's available)

 

Students in the MASc program must also take:

3) 4 other courses, 2 of which must be from the ECE Department at McMaster

4) a thesis, with at least one paper at a prestigious conference

 

Students in the PhD program must also take:

3) 4 other courses, beyond the Masters level, 2 of which must be from the ECE Department at McMaster

4) a thesis, with at least one full paper in a prestigious journal

Enrollment / Registration

Enroll online using Mosaic.

Be aware of our strict deadlines (generally, the deadline to Add courses is in the end of September, the deadline to Drop courses is in early October). 

Training (required)

All  students have to do the online training modules for Health & Safety, AODA, and Violence & Harrasment Prevention, all due by the end of September.

Any student who will be a Teaching Assistant (TA) must complete the Lab Safety training.

Being a TA

Being a TA (Teaching Assistant) for the ECE Department is a responsible job, providing valuable training.  Your financial aid might include TA work (maximum of 130 hours per term). 

The Graduate Administrative Assistant will email you if you have been assigned TA duties.  Contact her for details, and refer to our TA page for more information. Once you have been assigned to a course, contact the instructor immediately to discuss your duties (lab supervision, grading, tutorials, etc.).

New TAs must attend a 5 hour workshop.  Details will be provided by the Graduate Administrative Assistant.

It is very important to be prepared before your TA session in the laboratory, classroom or office.

Develop a friendly relationship with the undergraduate students, and address their concerns immediately!  They are our customers!

TA duties may include the following (discuss the duties with the instructor before the term begins):

1) being a tutorial instructor, which provides valuable experience in teaching and presentation skills (present problem solutions, take up assignments, develop and post tutorial problem solutions on the course website...)

2) being a laboratory assistant (assist undergrads in performing labs).  Safety is a primary concern.  Students should never be left unattended in the lab. Security is very important, labs should never be left open and should be properly locked when the lab is finished.  Appropriate equipment should be powered off.  It is important that you do the lab work yourself before the session begins, so that precious time is not wasted in the students lab time, and so you are able to help them.

3) Grading of exams, midterms and lab assignments.

Career Planning

Graduate students in Masters or Doctoral programs are required to complete a career planning exercise within your first academic year (September to August).  Make an appointment with a career specialist through the Graduate Administrative Assistant. 

Produce a report of any length.  It must be submitted to the ECE Graduate Advisor before the end of August in your first year.

Students entering in May of a given year may choose to submit the report in the second academic year instead.