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Master of Engineering (M.Eng. Co-op Optional)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

The M.Eng degree is a course-based program where students are required to complete a number of courses

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 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.

Our Master of Engineeing (MEng) program has two related goals. First, it seeks to enable students to enhance their knowledge and skills in key areas of electrical and computer engineering to a level at which they will be able to lead the implementation the technologies of today. Second, it seeks to enable them to develop an understanding of the principles that underlie these technologies, so that they will be able to critically evaluate future advances in the state-of-the-art, and to lead creative applications of these advances to develop innovative products and services that address the needs of local, national, international and global communities. This program, which offers a wide range of specializations, requires a successfully complete seven graduate half courses or equivalent.

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

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 a program of 7 graduate half courses (or equivalent), of which at least four must be 700-level and up to two 600-level courses approved by the department; these courses may be taken on a part-time basis. Two of these 600-leel courses can be taken in the final undergraduate year at McMaster for graduate credit. For full time students, this program can be finished in a year and a half.

Please check the Graduate Calendar to see all courses offered at the 600-/700-level.

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 from the School of Graduate Studies website.
  • 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).

          Interim Policy in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic:-

    Duolingo English Proficiency test scores (ONLY UNTIL December 20, 2020):
          115 for English Language Proficiency
          125 for Spoken English Proficiency
    (test report forms must be completed/uploaded before submitting application, if applicable)

    The Duolingo scores will be accepted only for the purpose of review by the Graduate Admissions Committee and for making an initial offer to applicants. Enrollment in our graduate programs will be contingent on completing a satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS test. If an applicant is admitted to the program in ECE, the applicant has to complete a TOEFL or IELTS that meets the standards above no later than 30 days before the start of the admitted term. In the case of failure to clear the TOEFL/IELTS condition 30 days before the term, in additional to all other conditions as stated in the offer letter, the offer will be considered as a declined offer status.

  • 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 $110 CAD, to be paid by credit card on the online application system. 

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.

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