Electrical and Computer Engineering

Master of Science

Master of Science (MSc)

The Master of Science degree is a research-intensive program, usually consisting of 18 units of course weight in graduate courses, a thesis proposal course, and a thesis. Twelve of the 18 units of course weight must be from ECE courses, while the remaining six units should be taken outside of the department. A minimum period of residence for the MSc program is full-time attendance during two consecutive four-month terms. A period of two years is typically required to complete the degree.

The basic requirements of the MSc program are:

  • ENGG 600, Engineering Ethics and Integrity
  • At least five graduate-level courses achieving a minimum GPA of 3.0 (see Course Requirements)
    • A majority of these courses should be graduate-level courses offered by the Department of Electrical and Computer engineering; the remainder of the courses selected may include graduate-level reading courses or a 400-level undergraduate course with approval of the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies.
  • ECE 601, Research Project Definition, during the first winter term
  • Deliver a graduate seminar on the thesis topic
  • An MSc thesis
    • The thesis should “...reveal that the candidate is able to work in a scholarly manner and is acquainted with the principal works published on the subject of the thesis. As far as possible it should be an original contribution." (section 203.11 of the U. of A. Calendar)
Note: Supervisors may offer some financial support for MSc students.