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Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc. Co-op Optional)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The M.A.Sc. degree is a thesis-based program where students are required to complete courses in addition to writing and defending a thesis.

Current Student Inquiries:

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Future Student Information


McMaster’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department is ranked as one of the best departments of electrical and computer engineering both nationally and internationally. Faculty members are regular award winners including the prestigious Premier Research Excellence Award (PREA), OCUFA teaching award, McMaster Students Union Teaching Award, Booker Gold Medal, and the Signal Processing Society Education Award.

McMaster’s Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering is home to The Centre for Research in Micro- and Nano-systems, a unique facility in North America offering fabrication, characterization and integration of different materials, components and devices at multiple length scales. For example, Nano-Bonding and –Interconnect System (NBIS) and Nanoimprinting Lithography System (NIL) provide fabrication and integration of nanometer scale structures and devices. Research using MNSL infrastructure spans from fundamental areas such as molecular interactions during bonding to applied relating to miniaturization of emerging systems for health and environmental applications.

In our Master of Applied Science (MASc) program, in addition to seeking to enable students to enhance their knowledge and skills, we also seek to provide an environment that fosters creativity and research excellence on an international scale in a particular field of electrical and computer engineering, and inspires students to a career of contributions to our communities through leadership of advances in the state-of-the-art in their fields of interest. The MASc program requires a candidate to successfully complete at least four graduate half courses or equivalent and to prepare a thesis embodying the results of the research taken on by the candidate.


Areas of Research

  • Biomedical information technology
  • Computer aided design
  • Optimization and Simulation
  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Image Processing & Multimedia
  • Microelectronics
  • Microwaves and Photonics-Optoelectronics
  • Networks
  • Signal Processing
  • National Microelectronics & Photonics Testing Collaboratory

Admission Requirements

If English is not your native language, to be eligible to apply to Graduate School you must complete an English proficiency test. Minimum scores are required: a TOEFL score of at least 580 or 92, or an IELTS score of at least 6.5

How to Apply

Please carefully read all instructions in the Mosaic application system. Prior to submitting your material (documents), please gather ALL required items and upload them AT THE SAME TIME, by the deadline date (the last day that the application system is open - as indicated above).


Upload the following items for a complete application:

One official transcript of academic work completed to date, sent directly from the issuing institution. If the final transcript does not show that a completed degree has been conferred, an official copy of your diploma is also required. If you do not have all grades, please provide your most recent up-to-date transcripts.
Two confidential letters of recommendation from instructors who are most familiar with your academic work. Please note that McMaster University uses the Electronic Referencing System. By entering the email address of your referee through the online application, the system will automatically send an e-Reference request on your behalf. If for some reason you are unable to use the Electronic Referencing System, you can download the Referee Report form here.
If English is not your native language, official evidence of competency in English is required. Minimum eligible scores are: TOEFL = 92 ; IELTS = 6.5 (GRE is not required, but can be uploaded).
Statement of Interest in pursuing graduate studies (one page).
Area of Interest form - declare your Field of Study.
Your CV / Resume.
Record of Landing - for Permanent Residents ONLY. Scan and upload the front and back of your card.
Application fee is $100 CAD, if paying by credit card on the online application system. If you are not paying by credit card, please make your cheque (drawn on a Canadian bank) or Money Order payable to McMaster University in the amount of $115 (includes a processing fee), and mail it to: School of Graduate Studies
McMaster University
Gilmour Hall, Room 212
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8S 4L8
For all other information regarding Graduate Applications and Procedures, please click here.

After submitting your application:
Applicants should check the status of their application themselves here. Updates from the department are not provided.

Once your application status shows "Complete" there is nothing further for you to do.

If your application is unsuccessful your application status will be marked as DENIED. Only successful applications will be notified by email.

From the date of application, it may take between 1-3 months for processing due to the large volume of applications we receive. After a suitable length of time, if your application still shows incomplete, you may wish to contact Cheryl Gies, the ECE Graduate Administrative Assistant. Your patience is appreciated.

Inquiries about Offers will not be answered.

Program Structure

Candidates for the degrees of M.A.Sc., M.Eng. and Ph.D. must present a seminar on a topic approved by the Department at least once during the course of their programs. Grading will be restricted to Pass/Fail.

The thesis or report submitted by the candidate must be defended orally at the conclusion of the study.

All graduate students are required to register for ECE 790: Graduate Seminars in Electrical & Computer Engineering.

A candidate is required to complete successfully at least four graduate half courses (or equivalent), of which at least two must be from among the 700-level graduate courses offered by the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and to prepare a thesis embodying the results of the research taken on by the candidate.

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