Electrical and Software Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

​For students seeking to gain cutting-edge expertise in a particular area, the Electrical and Computer Engineering doctoral program will place you in a vibrant community of researchers who are focused on finding practical solutions to real-world problems. The PhD is a research-based degree that usually takes three to four years of full-time study following a master's degree, or five to six years following a bachelor's degree. Successful students go on to work in high-tech companies in positions such as senior research and development engineer, senior system/network architect, senior system designer, senior system engineer, senior application engineer, senior application developer and senior software architect. They can also work in academia as an assistant professor or instructor.

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.
  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.
  • Software Engineering Specialization: Topics may include modelling and measurement of software performance, advanced software testing and more.
  • Candidacy: Students will complete both oral and written candidacy exams.



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

A PhD in electrical and computer engineering is usually considered a final degree.

Thesis-based program

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

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Expected completion time is 4 years; six 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. Om Malik

    Om Malik

    Accepting Inquiries
    Electric Machines and Power Systems
  2. Brent Maundy

    Brent Maundy

    Accepting Inquiries
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    Geoffrey Messier

    Accepting Inquiries
    Data Science for the Services Provided to People Living with Homelessness, Mental Health Disorders and Addiction
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    Martin Mintchev

    Accepting Inquiries
  5. Kartikeya Murari

    Kartikeya Murari

    Accepting Inquiries
    Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation
  6. Jorgen Nielsen

    Jorgen Nielsen

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

    Michal Okoniewski

    Accepting Inquiries
    RF and mm-wave antennas and circuits
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    Abu Sesay

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

    Mike Smith

    Seeking Students
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    Benjamin Tan

    Accepting Inquiries
    Hardware for Security, Security of Hardware, Embedded Systems

Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system.

Minimum education

A master's degree in electrical, computer or software engineering 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

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Schulich School of Engineering

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

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