Electrical and Computer Engineering

Program Overview

The Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate courses and research opportunities in three programs of study. The Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are research-based degree programs and require the completion of a thesis. The Master of Engineering (MEng) is a course-based degree program and may be taken on a full-time or part-time basis.

The MASc program provides students with an opportunity to pursue advanced studies in the particular field of major interest and an opportunity to engage in research. The program requires full-time study for a minimum of one year, coursework, and a thesis on a research project.​

The MEng program is designed to provide professional training beyond the undergraduate level and to accelerate careers with specialized engineering expertise needed in business, government, and industry. The degree requirements, consisting of courses and an optional MEng project, are structured to be completed in one year by a full-time student.

The PhD program is designed for those exceptional individuals who intend to pursue a career in fundamental or applied research. The program requires coursework and the successful completion of a research thesis.

The department offers research in the following areas:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electromagnetics
  • Electronics
  • Energy Systems
  • Photonics
  • Systems Control​​

Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MASc, PhD:

8-Jan-2020

MEng:

16-Mar-2020

MASc, PhD:

8-Jan-2020

MEng:

16-Mar-2020

Supporting documents deadline MASc, PhD:

8-Jan-2020

MEng:

16-Mar-2020

MASc, PhD:

8-Jan-2020

MEng:

16-Mar-2020

Minimum admission average MASc, MEng:

Mid-B  in the final year

PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

MASc, MEng:

Mid-B  in the final year

PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

Yes (minimum A-minus average in bachelor’s degree)

PhD:

Yes (minimum A-minus average in bachelor’s degree)

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MASc, PhD:

Before

MASc, PhD:

Before

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MASc, PhD:

Applicant

MASc, PhD:

Applicant

Program length (full-time only) MASc:

6 sessions

MEng:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years if entering directly from bachelor’s

MASc:

6 sessions

MEng:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years if entering directly from bachelor’s


Master of Applied Science​

Program Description

The MASc provides students with an opportunity to pursue advanced studies in the particular area of interest and an opportunity to engage in research.
 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering or its equivalent from a recognized university.

  • High academic standing equivalent to a mid-B or better, normally demonstrated by an average grade in the final year or over senior-level courses.

Program Requirements

  • Each student's program of study must receive the approval of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and, in general, shall consist of a research or design project on which a thesis must be submitted.

  • During Year 1, students are required to attend the ECE Colloquium and complete JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE).

  • Coursework. Normally, completion of 2.5 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) or five half courses. Students whose undergraduate preparation does not include the study of subjects deemed to be necessary for research in the chosen area will be required to complete additional courses.

  • Thesis. This thesis shall demonstrate the student's ability to do independent work in relating, organizing, and extending existing techniques where required, and in suggesting and developing new approaches to problems in an area of applied science and engineering.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics or Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Master of Engineering​

Program Description

The MEng program is designed to provide professional training beyond the undergraduate level and to accelerate careers with specialized engineering expertise needed in business, government, and industry.

The MEng program can be taken on a full-time, extended full-time, or part-time basis.
 

Full-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering or its equivalent from a recognized university.

  • High academic standing equivalent to a mid-B or better, normally demonstrated by an average grade in the final year or over senior-level courses.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Normally, completion of 4.5 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) or nine half courses for applicants with adequate undergraduate preparation. At least 2.5 graduate FCEs or five half courses must be drawn from graduate courses offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • Students may choose to complete an engineering project with an equivalent value of 1.5 FCEs. Students choosing the project option will be required to complete a total of 3.0 FCEs in addition to the project. In order to pursue the project option, the student must secure a professor who will act as the supervisor throughout the project.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Analytics; Biomedical Engineering; Communications; Computer Engineering; Electromagnetics; Electronics; Energy Systems; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE); Identity, Privacy and Security (IPS)​; Photonics; Robotics and Mechatronics; Sustainable Energy; or Systems Control as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

3 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years
 

Extended Full-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering or its equivalent from a recognized university.

  • High academic standing equivalent to a mid-B or better, normally demonstrated by an average grade in the final year or over senior-level courses.

Program Requirements

  • Students are expected to complete the requirements in six sessions (two years) and are limited to six half courses per year and three half courses per session.

  • Coursework. Normally, completion of 4.5 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) or nine half courses for applicants with adequate undergraduate preparation. At least 2.5 graduate FCEs or five half courses must be drawn from graduate courses offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • Students may choose to complete an engineering project with an equivalent value of 1.5 FCEs. Students choosing the project option will be required to complete a total of 3.0 FCEs in addition to the project. In order to pursue the project option, the student must secure a professor who will act as the supervisor throughout the project.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Analytics; Biomedical Engineering; Communications; Computer Engineering; Electromagnetics; Electronics; Energy Systems; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE); Identity, Privacy and Security (IPS)​; Photonics; Robotics and Mechatronics; Sustainable Energy; or Systems Control as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

6 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years
 

Part-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree in electrical and computer engineering or its equivalent from a recognized university.

  • High academic standing equivalent to a mid-B or better, normally demonstrated by an average grade in the final year or over senior-level courses.

Program Requirements

  • Students normally complete the requirements in nine sessions (three years). They are limited to four half courses per year and two half courses per session.

  • Coursework. Normally, completion of 4.5 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) or nine half courses for applicants with adequate undergraduate preparation. At least 2.5 graduate FCEs or five half courses must be drawn from graduate courses offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • Students may choose to complete an engineering project with an equivalent value of 1.5 FCEs. Students choosing the project option will be required to complete a total of 3.0 FCEs in addition to the project. In order to pursue the project option, the student must secure a professor who will act as the supervisor throughout the project.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Analytics; Biomedical Engineering; Communications; Computer Engineering; Electromagnetics; Electronics; Energy Systems; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE); Identity, Privacy and Security (IPS)​; Photonics; Robotics and Mechatronics; Sustainable Energy; or Systems Control as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

9 sessions

Time Limit

6 years

Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program is designed for exceptional individuals who intend to pursue a career in fundamental or applied research.

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of the University of Toronto master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering or its equivalent from a recognized university; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MASc program; or 3) direct entry for exceptionally qualified students with an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university.
 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission may be granted for applicants with a University of Toronto master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with an overall average of at least B+, or its equivalent from a recognized university.

  • ​The department must be satisfied of the student's ability to do advanced research before admission may be granted.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Normally, students who enter the PhD with a master's degree will complete 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) not previously used for other degree credit. Students may receive a course reduction of up to 1.0 FCE depending on their PhD research needs in relation to their studies at the master's level. The number of required courses will be determined by the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, in consultation with the PhD supervisor.

  • During Year 1, each student must:

    • pass a qualifying oral examination in the area of research;

    • attend the ECE Colloquium;

    • complete JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE) if they have not already done so in a previous University of Toronto master's program.

  • Thesis.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics​ or Sustainable Energy as pa​rt of their degree program. Please see det​ails in the Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years
 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

  • Admission may be granted to applicants via transfer from the MASc to the PhD program, upon completion of 2.5 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs) with an overall average of at least B+.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Normally, students who transfer from the MASc to the PhD will complete 1.5 graduate FCEs, in addition to courses completed while registered in the MASc program. Students may be required to complete up to 1.0 additional FCE depending on their PhD research needs in relation to their studies at the master's level. The number of required courses will be determined by the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, in consultation with the PhD supervisor.

  • During Year 1, each student must:

    • pass a qualifying oral examination in the area of research;

    • attend the ECE Colloquium;

    • complete JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE) if they have not already done so in a previous University of Toronto master's program.

  • Thesis.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics​ or Sustainable Energy as pa​rt of their degree program. Please see det​ails in the Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

5 years​

Time Limit

7 years
 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission may be granted by direct entry for exceptionally qualified students with an appropriate bachelor's degree from a recognized university.

  • ​The department must be satisfied of the student's ability to do advanced research before admission may be granted.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 graduate full-course equivalents (FCEs).

  • During Year 1, each student must:

    • pass a qualifying oral examination in the area of research;

    • attend the ECE Colloquium;

    • complete JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE) if they have not already done so in a previous University of Toronto master's program.

  • Thesis.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Robotics and Mechatronics​ or Sustainable Energy as pa​rt of their degree program. Please see det​ails in the Electrical and Computer Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

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