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
Application fee of $100 CAD (make payable to McMaster University)
Cheques drawn on Canadian banks should also include a $15 processing fee for a total of $115.
If applicable, an official copy of your TOEFL or IELTS report form. (The minimum score on TOEFL is 580 or 92, the minimum score on IELTS is 6.5). The institution code for McMaster is 0936, the code for the ECE Department is 66.
GRE is not required, however results are accepted.
Applications are accepted on an on-going basis for January, May, and September entry. There is no deadline. Applications are processed and considered for the next session available.
For all other information regarding Graduate Applications and Procedures, please click here.
From the date of application, it may take between 1-3 months for processing in the ECE Department. PLEASE check your application status online before contacting the department. The large volume of applications take considerable time to process. Please allow sufficient time for your material / status to be uploaded. If you are still concerned about your application after a suitable length of time, you may wish to contact the department. Your patience is appreciated.
Inquiries about Offers will not be answered.
CURRENT ADMISSION NEWS:
The September to December 2013 session is now closed. Any new applications that arrive will be considered for January 2014 and September 2014.
Applications in progress: Any application material received after December 20, 2013 may not be posted until approximately January 24, 2014. This is due to the university closure for the Christmas holiday, as well as preparation for January 2014. All material will be updated on the online application system as soon as possible - please check there for the current status of your application.
Please do NOT email or phone the department to check the status of your application between January 2 - January 24, 2014.