Electrical and Computer Engineering

Master of Science (MSc)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

Students with a bachelor degree who aspire to grow their talents will enjoy the Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSc Thesis) program. The research-based degree usually takes students two years of full-time study beyond a bachelor’s degree, placing them at the heart of a group of like-minded researchers who are looking at challenging, real-world problems to find innovative, practical solutions. Successful students can go on to work in high-tech companies in positions such as 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 courses including three in the area of specialization

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. Prof Yaoping Hu

    Prof. Yaoping Hu

    Seeking Students
    Human-Computer Interaction within Virtual Environments
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    Yani Ioannou

    Seeking Students
    Sparse Neural Networks, Efficient Deep Learning, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence
  3. Hadis Karimipour

    Hadis Karimipour

    Seeking Students
    Anomaly Detection in Smart CPSs, AI and IoT/OT Monitoring/Security , AI-enabeld Smart Grid Analysis, Machine Learning and Its Applications
  4. Kangsoo Kim

    Kangsoo Kim

    Accepting Inquiries
    eXtended Reality (Virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality), Virtual Avatars and Agents, Embodied & Multimodal Interaction, Perception and Cognition, Human-Computer Interaction
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    Diwakar Krishnamurthy

    Accepting Inquiries
    Performance evaluation of software systems
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    Ethan MacDonald

    Accepting Inquiries
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Big Data and Machine Learning, Next Generation Artificial Intelligence
  7. Om Malik

    Om Malik

    Accepting Inquiries
    Electric Machines and Power Systems
  8. Brent Maundy

    Brent Maundy

    Accepting Inquiries
  9. Geoffrey Messier

    Geoffrey Messier

    Accepting Inquiries
    Wireless and Digital Communications Networks
  10. martin mintchev

    Martin Mintchev

    Accepting Inquiries

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 (ELP)

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


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 31 application deadline
  • International students: Jan. 31 application deadline

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Apr. 30 application deadline
  • International students: Apr. 30 application deadline

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

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Schulich School of Engineering

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

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