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.

  1. Dr. Richa Pandey

    Richa Pandey

    Accepting Inquiries
    Point of care molecular diagnostics, Wearable biosensors, Tissue engineering, Environmental sensing
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    Abu Sesay

    Accepting Inquiries
    Digital Communications, Wireless Communications and Signal Processing
  3. Mike Smith

    Mike Smith

    Seeking Students
  4. Professor Roberto Souza

    Roberto Souza

    Machine Learning and Deep Learning, Image Analysis, Inverse Problems, Data Fusion
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    Benjamin Tan

    Accepting Inquiries
    Hardware for Security, Security of Hardware, Embedded Systems
  6. Assistant Professor

    Gias Uddin

    Accepting Inquiries
    AI4SE: AI for Software Engineering, SE4AI: Software Engineering for Machine Learning Application
  7. Yingxu Wang

    Yingxu Wang

    Seeking Students
    Basic Studies in Emerging Sciences and Denotational Mathematics, Cognitive Robotics (CRs), Cognitive Informatics and Cognitive Computers, Deep Machine Learning and Cognitive Knowledge Learning, Denotational Mathematics for AI, Abstract Intelligence (aI), Computational Intelligence (CI), and Brain Informatics (BI), Big Data Algebra (BDA) for Data Science and Engineering Data Analytics, Brain Science: Formal Theories and Brain-Inspired Systems, Intelligence Science: Formal Theories and Cognitive Systems, Software Science: Theoretical Foundations of Software Engineering
  8. Huaqing Wu

    Huaqing Wu

    Seeking Students
    B5G/6G, edge computing/caching, space-air-ground integrated networks, Internet of vehicles, and artificial intelligence (AI) for future networking
  9. Svetlana Yanushkevich

    Svetlana Yanushkevich

    Accepting Inquiries
    biometric technologies, data analysis and pattern recognition, biometric system design, computational intelligence, image processing
  10. Dr. Qiang John Ye

    Qiang John Ye

    Seeking Students
    5G/6G wireless communication and networking, network slicing, SDN/NFV, AI-assisted network design, edge computing, autonomous vehicular networks, and networking protocols.

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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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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