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Master's Degree

A candidate for the Master's degree may proceed by one of three routes: the Research Program (M.A.Sc.), the course and project program (M.Eng.), or the M.Eng. in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering.

M.A.Sc. Degree

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.

M.Eng. Degree

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 deparment; 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. If you're uncertain, please speak to Dr. Kiruba.

M. Eng. Degree in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

This program is open to graduates who have maintained a minimum average of B in each year of the B.Eng. program in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at McMaster University. The program consists of a minimum of three consecutive terms in which the candidate is required to complete successfully six 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, followed by an independent study term. Two of these 600 level courses, Elec Eng 6BC4 and Elec Eng 6BE4 can be taken in the fourth undergraduate year for graduate credit. At the conclusion of the final term the candidate is required to submit and defend a report on an approved project which must demonstrate ability to carry out independent study and reach a satisfactory conclusion in an area of biomedical engineering.

Ph.D. Degree

The general requirements for the degree Doctor of Philosophy appear earlier in the Calendar. The minimum number of graduate courses required is four half courses (or equivalent) beyond the Master's degree, or eight half courses (or equivalent) beyond the Bachelor's degree. A candidate is also required to take the Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination which is designed to test the general knowledge of both undergraduate and graduate levels of Electrical Engineering. The Comprehensive Examination will normally be attempted no later than 24 months after a student has completed a Master's degree.

Within approximately one year of commencement a Ph.D. candidate must submit a report to the Supervisory Committee outlining the proposed line of research in sufficient detail so that the Committee can decide on its suitability.


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General Requirements

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.

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

Application Information:

September 2017 entry - This session is now closed. Please apply for the next session.

January 2018 and May 2018 entry - The application portal will open on Tuesday July 4, 2017. The closing deadline dates for applying for admission are: International applicants = October 5, 2017 ; Domestic applicants = October 26, 2017. By that deadline date you must have all material for your application uploaded and completed (that documentation includes 2 academic reference letters).

September 2018 entry - The application portal will open on Monday November 1, 2017. The closing deadline dates for applying for admission are: International applicants = Friday May 4, 2018 ; Domestic applicants = Friday June 15, 2018.

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).

When applying, use your PERSONAL email address (not your McMaster email address), so that you will be able to check the status of your application. McMaster email addresses will only work if/when you are fully enrolled.

DO NOT hit the Submit button until ALL of your application material is uploaded. NOTHING CAN BE CHANGED OR ADDED after hitting the Submit button.

Upload the following items for a complete application:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 (and the Referee will have to email the completed form to
  3. 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).
  4. Statement of Interest in pursuing graduate studies (one page).
  5. Area of Interest form - declare your Field of Study.
  6. Your CV / Resume.
  7. Record of Landing - for Permanent Residents ONLY. Scan and upload the front and back of your card.
  8. 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

Applicants who do not submit all of the above items can expect a delay in the processing/reviewing of their application.

No application material should be sent to the ECE Department unless requested by the ECE Department.

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.

Due to the large volume of applications we receive, it may take several weeks to process your application. If after 20 business days your application status has not been updated, you may wish to contact Cheryl Gies, the ECE Graduate Administrative Assistant, stating in the Subject Line "No update in status after 20 days". Your patience is appreciated.

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