Electrical and Software Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Master of Engineering (MEng)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

PLEASE NOTE: This program is not currently accepting applications

People with a bachelor degree who want to advance their careers by boosting their skills should consider the Electrical and Computer Engineering (MEng Thesis) degree. The research-based program usually takes two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor’s degree, placing students in a vibrant community of researchers who are focused on finding practical solutions to real-world problems. As a professional degree that is purely course-based, the program helps students get the credentials they need to work in high-tech companies. Positions can include research and development engineer, system/network architect, system designer, system engineer, application engineer, application developer and software architect.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Topics may include virtual environments, data mining, intelligent control, VLSI and SOC, multidimensional signal processing and more.
  • Professional Development Courses: Students take two professional development courses on communication styles, presentation skills and more.
  • Software Engineering Specialization: Topics may include modelling and measurement of software performance, advanced software testing and more.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.



Electrical energy, electronics, control, and instrumentation, telecommunications, information and communications technology, computer, software, oil and gas, medical, biomedical, automotive.

A master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering will give you the pre-requisite for a PhD.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.


Four to seven graduate level courses 

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full-time; four years maximum; part-time available


A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

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


Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.

  1. Headshot

    Hatem Abou-Zeid

    Seeking Students
    6G Networking & Communications, Safe and Robust Machine Learning, Immersive Multi-Sensory Communications, Sustainability using AI and Optimization, Industrial Internet-of-Things
  2. Dr. Ann Barcomb

    Ann Barcomb

    Accepting Inquiries
    Software engineering, open source software, human and social aspects of software engineering, human factors, research methods, collaboration, community management
  3. Leo Belostotski

    Leo Belostotski

    Accepting Inquiries
    RF and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits and Systems
  4. Colin Dalton

    Colin Dalton

    Electrokinetic Microsystems, Microneedles, Brain-machine interfaces
  5. Picture of Lorenzo De Carli

    Lorenzo De Carli

    Accepting Inquiries
    Network Security, Software Security, Usable Security
  6. Vahid Dehghanian

    Vahid Dehghanian

    Accepting Inquiries
    Signal Processing, Indoor Positioning, Wireless Positioning, Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM)
  7. Gouri Ginde Deshpande

    Gouri Ginde Deshpande

    Accepting Inquiries
    Software Engineering, Requirements Engineering, Machine Learning, NLP, Data Analytics
  8. Steve Drew Portrait

    Steve Drew

    Seeking Students
    Distributed Learning Systems, Edge Computing, Container orchestration systems and AIOps, Blockchain Services
  9. Abraham O Fapojuwo

    Abraham O. Fapojuwo

    Accepting Inquiries
    5G and Beyond Wireless Networks, IoT Networking, Wi-Fi Networking, Vehicular Networking, Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer
  10. Behrouz Far

    Behrouz Far

    Accepting Inquiries
    Distributed software systems, Intelligent analytics

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, or equivalent from a recognized institution.

Work samples




Reference letters


Test scores


For the software engineering specialization

At least one year of experience in software development

A background of C/C++

Knowledge of object-oriented design and human-computer interaction

English language proficiency

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

  • TOEFL score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
  • IELTS score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version)
  • MELAB score of 80, or higher
  • PTE score of 59, or higher (Academic version)
  • Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of B,C,C (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency)


PLEASE NOTE: This program is not currently accepting applications

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

ICT (Information and Communications Technology) 402
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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