Electrical and Computer Engineering (MASc)

Program Overview

Admission Requirements

Graduates with an honours undergraduate degree or equivalent (typically a four-year program with full-time enrolment) from an accredited university in electrical or computer engineering, with at least a B+ average in the last two years of study, may be admitted as candidates for the Master of Applied Science program in electrical and computer engineering. In addition, those admitted must have completed the equivalent of a senior-level project course or thesis in electrical or computer engineering. Significant industrial or research experience in electrical or computer engineering coupled with an honours undergraduate degree program or equivalent from an accredited university will be considered equivalent to an undergraduate electrical or computer engineering thesis.

The following are the minimum English Language test scores (if required): Test of English as a Foreign Language 577 (paper-based) or 90-91 (Internet-based), International English Language Testing System 7, or York English Language Test 4. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test is strongly recommended, especially for applicants who did their work outside of Canada and/or the United States.

The above requirements are the minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission. The admissions committee will consider all evidence in the file and decide.

Degree Requirements
Candidates for the M.A.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering must complete three graduate three-credit courses, a full-year, six-credit research project course (CSE6400 6.0), and write and successfully defend a Master’s thesis. The CSE6400 project must be distinct from course assignments and the M.A.Sc. thesis.

Upon acceptance as a Candidate to the M.A.Sc. program, the Candidate will be assigned an Academic Advisor who will advise the Candidate with respect to the degree requirements and assist with the Candidate’s selection of a Thesis Supervisor. Students are expected to complete their degree requirements in no more than five terms (twenty months). Students also are required to submit a Progress Report on April 15 and August 15 of their first year of study.

M.A.Sc. Program Checkpoints

Checkpoint Desired Acceptable
Supervisor Selection 4 months 8 months
Courses Completed 8 months 8 months
Thesis Proposal 12 months 17 months
Thesis Examination 18 months 20 months

There is a breadth requirement on the selected graduate courses. At least one course must be from each of the two fields of specialization:

The Candidate has to choose between the Thesis or the Project option when he/she chooses Supervisor.

  • Computer Systems Engineering
  • Interactive Systems Engineering

No more than one course integrated with an undergraduate course (CSE5XXX) can be used to satisfy degree program requirements.

A Candidate must conduct approved thesis research that demonstrates his/her research ability in the selected field of specialization under the general direction of a supervisor. Typically, the thesis will include a practical demonstration or implementation of the research work undertaken.

Residency Requirements
Students must maintain a continuous registration in the Program. A year (12 months) consists of three terms: fall, winter, and summer. Students are expected to complete the Master’s Programs in no more than five terms (20 months) and the Doctoral Program in no more than twelve terms (48 months). Leaving for more than 4 weeks a term requires the permission of both the program director and the dean of FGS. According to Faculty regulations, beyond the second year of M.Sc. or M.A.Sc. study, full-time students are automatically converted to part-time, and are no longer eligible for financial support.

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Course Information
  • Course Id:Graduate

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