Electrical and Software Engineering

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

Expected completion time 20 months; 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.

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

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    Diwakar Krishnamurthy

    Accepting Inquiries
    Performance evaluation of software systems
  2. Picture of Dr. Leung in the Robotics and Sensor Networks Lab

    Henry Leung

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    Signal and Image Processing, Autonomous Systems, Machine Learning, Internet of Things and Wireless Communications
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    Ethan MacDonald

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

    Om Malik

    Accepting Inquiries
    Electric Machines and Power Systems
  5. Brent Maundy

    Brent Maundy

    Accepting Inquiries
  6. Geoffrey Messier Photo

    Geoffrey Messier

    Accepting Inquiries
    Data Science for the Services Provided to People Living with Homelessness, Mental Health Disorders and Addiction
  7. martin mintchev

    Martin Mintchev

    Accepting Inquiries
  8. Kartikeya Murari

    Kartikeya Murari

    Accepting Inquiries
    Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation
  9. Jorgen Nielsen

    Jorgen Nielsen

    Accepting Inquiries
    signal processing of wireless and vision systems
  10. Michal Okoniewski

    Michal Okoniewski

    Accepting Inquiries
    RF and mm-wave antennas and circuits

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.

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Reference letters


Test scores


For the software engineering specialization

At least one year of experience in software development.

Background knowledge and interest in software engineering methods and concepts, and their applications.

An ability to design and develop software systems in either an academic or industrial setting.

Knowledge of object-oriented design and human-computer interaction.

4 courses and an applied software engineering project written up as a Master of Science thesis.


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.


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

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Schulich School of Engineering

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

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