Electrical and Software Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Master of Engineering - Software (MEng Soft)

Course-based program

Program overview

This high-impact program enables you to complete your degree in as little as eight months – the fastest graduate degree we offer. This MEng in software engineering will equip you with the programming knowledge you need to advance your career in an increasingly digitized engineering environment. digitized engineering environment. Foundation courses are built in to the program if you have no software engineering background. These foundation courses are taken in the Spring and Summer terms, and will get you up to speed before you start the core degree courses. If this is your situation, you will complete your degree in 12 months, taking three foundation courses and 10 core courses over three terms. If you already have a software engineering undergrad, or electrical engineering undergrad with a minor in computer engineering, you could complete the 10 core courses over two terms. We designed this expedited program to meet a high market demand for software engineering expertise, as a result, it requires a full-time commitment.

For those interested in part-time MEng studies, consider our regular course-based electrical and computer engineering option.

Completing this program

  • Foundation courses: For engineers with no software engineering background, three courses make up a foundation semester to update your programming skills and knowledge.
  • Core courses: 10 courses are required to complete this degree. Core topics include: Agile Software Engineering, Software Release Planning, Software Engineering Standards and Models, Advanced Software Testing, Automated Software Engineering and more. Two of the 10 courses are a team design project.
  • General engineering courses: Students may select up to two general engineering courses as part of the 10 courses required. Topics include innovation and entrepreneurship, ethics, law and the engineering profession, project management and engineering tools.


Software Engineering

Engineering, Environmental Interdisciplinary Specialization

Engineering, Energy and Environment Interdisciplinary Specialization

Energy and Environmental Systems Interdisciplinary Specialization


Software engineer in public and private sectors, consulting industry or management.

A course-based master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering is usually considered a final degree.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Eight months to one year full-time


No supervisor is required

Fees and funding

MEng degrees are self-funded.

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A four-year baccalaureate degree in engineering, or an equivalent degree, from a recognized institution.

Work samples



One official copy of your final transcript (and degree certificate if degree is not clearly stated on transcript) in a signed, sealed envelope from the institution attended. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded to the online application for initial evaluation purposes. Admission offers, however, are conditional upon receipt of official transcripts.  

  • Official transcripts can be mailed to us directly from the institution, or they can be mailed to you directly and you can send them to us yourself
  • We will not accept unsealed official transcripts as official



Test scores


English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


We encourage you to apply early as this program receives a high volume of applications and reaches capacity quickly. We send offers to qualified applicants on a rolling basis.

For admission on May 1 (non software engineering background):

  • December 15: Deadline for International applicants
  • April 15: Deadline for Domestic applicants

For admission on September 1:

  • March 15: Deadline for International applicants
  • May 8: Deadline for Domestic applicants

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Electrical and Software Engineering

Schulich School of Engineering
ENC 205, Canadian Natural Resources Limited Engineering Complex
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

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Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

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