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.
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
Engineering Department, and to prepare a thesis embodying the
results of the research taken on by the candidate.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
May 2016 entry - The deadline date for everyone is March 24, 2016. Please apply in the open portal. All application material must be uploaded no later than this deadline date. (If you do not get accepted for the May entry, your application will be automatically considered for the September entry.)
September 2016 entry - The deadline dates for applying for admission (includes having all application materials uploaded) are: International applicants = May 6, 2016 ; Domestic applicants = June 17, 2016.
January 2017 and May 2017 entry - The application portal will open on Monday July 4, 2016. The deadline dates for applying for admission (includes having all application materials uploaded) are: International applicants = October 7, 2016 ; Domestic applicants = October 28, 2016.
September 2017 entry - The application portal will open on Monday November 28, 2016. The deadline dates for applying for admission (includes having all application materials uploaded) are: International applicants = May 5, 2017 ; Domestic applicants = June 16, 2017.
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).
ONCE ALL MATERIAL IS SUBMITTED, AND YOU CLICK THE "SUBMIT" BUTTON, NO MATERIAL OR ANY PART OF THE APPLICATION CAN BE CHANGED.
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 here.
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).
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 $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
Gilmour Hall, Room 212
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8S 4L8
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.
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.