For new and current students

On this page:
Current Award Competitions | Important Dates | Letter of Understanding | Orientation | Registration |  Thesis Submission | Research Progress Tracking

This web page is intended to provide currently registered and newly admitted Master's and Ph.D. students with a quick reference for deadlines and links to detailed information.

If you have comments or suggestions, grad.ece [at] (email) us.

Current Award Competitions

Below are award competitions currently in progress. For more information on funding available to graduate students, see Funding Opportunities.


  • FRQ-NT Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (Natural Science and Technology)

    All graduate students are encouraged to apply for Provincial Agency FRQ Awards. Some Québec residency restrictions apply.  Please visit the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for links to the agency websites and webinar presentations.
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel (GREAT) Awards

    See for details and application form.


Important dates

Key Academic Dates

For a detailed list of dates and deadlines concerning registration, lectures, exams, etc. for the academic year, see Important Dates for Students


Letter of Understanding (LOU)

PhD students are required to sign a Letter of Understanding with their supervisor (and co-supervisor if applicable). An optional Mutual Expectations Survey is available to help facilitate the discussion between student and supervisor. The LOU must be uploaded to myProgress. Master's students are encouraged to sign a Letter of Understanding with their supervisor and email the LOU to the grad.ece [at] (ECE Graduate Program Office).


Mandatory research progress tracking

The supervisor together with the student (Master's and PhD) must complete a Research Progress Tracking Form [PDF] and submit it by email to the grad.ece [at] (ECE Graduate Programs Office) no later than August 31st each year.

Further details can be found in the following documents: MSc Thesis Regulations & Policies, MEng Non-Thesis Regulations & Policies and PhD Regulations & Policies.



Orientation for all new* graduate students who are starting in Winter 2021 will be held on January 26, 2021 @ 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.  Attendance is mandatory.  For your reference, the presentations are made available: Graduate Program Director, LibraryGraduate Engineering Equity Committee and myPath.

*New students to McGill and/or McGill students starting a new graduate program.



  • Current (returning) students - must register for the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms between June 1 and August 14, 2021, inclusive, to avoid late registration fees.
  • Newly admitted students for September 2021 - must register for the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms between July 6 and August 14, 2021, inclusive, to avoid late registration fees. Detailed instructions will be emailed to students towards the end of June and subsequently posted here.
  • Newly admitted students for January 2022 - must register for the Winter 2022 term between December 2, 2021 and January 5, 2022, inclusive, to avoid late registration fees.  Detailed instructions will be emailed to students towards the end of November and subsequently posted here.


Thesis submission

Students must access myThesis to make the initial submission of their thesis. It is recommended that this process be started approximately 2 months prior to the intended date of initial thesis submission.

Detailed information on thesis preparation, submission guidelines and submission deadlines can be found on the following GPS websites: Thesis Preparation and Submission Guidelines and Thesis Submission Deadlines

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