Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • McConnell Engineering Building, Room 602
  • 3480 University Street
  • Montreal QC H3A 0E9
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-398-7344 or 514-398-1406
  • Email: grad.ece [at] mcgill.ca
  • Website: mcgill.ca/ece

About Electrical and Computer Engineering

The Department offers programs of graduate studies leading to a degree of Master of Science (thesis), Master of Engineering (project/non-thesis), or Doctor of Philosophy.

The research interests and facilities of the Department are very extensive, involving more than 50 faculty members and 350 postgraduate students. The major activities are divided into the following groups:

  • Bioelectrical Engineering;
  • Telecommunications and Signal Processing;
  • Systems and Control;
  • Integrated Circuits and Systems;
  • Nano-Electronic Devices and Materials;
  • Photonic Systems;
  • Computational Electromagnetics;
  • Power Engineering;
  • Intelligent Systems; and
  • Software Engineering.

The Department is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental laboratories and there are numerous multidisciplinary research projects, so students are provided with an ideal environment to develop new technologies, discover novel phenomena, and design revolutionary devices.

Research Facilities

The Department has extensive laboratory facilities for all its main research areas. In addition, McGill University often collaborates with other institutions for teaching and research.

  • The Centre for Intelligent Machines (CIM) is an interdisciplinary research group focused on intelligent systems. Its laboratories include research in the domains of robotics, systems and control, computer vision, medical imaging, computer graphics, and machine learning.
  • Telecommunications laboratories focus their work on signal processing, broadband communications, and networking; these laboratories form part of the Centre for Systems, Technologies and Applications for Radiofrequency and Communications (STARaCOM), a McGill University Research Centre devoted to fostering innovation in the area of communications systems and technologies via advanced research and training of highly qualified personnel.
  • The Integrated Microsystems Laboratory (iML) supports research in FPGAs, MEMS, micro- and nano-systems, VLSI architectures for digital communications and signal processing, mixed signal, RF, and microwave integrated circuits and components, simulation of integrated circuits and microsystems, integrated antennas, design for testability, reconfigurable computing, high-speed circuits, and packaging.
  • Antenna and microwave research, and optical fibre and integrated optics research are carried out in a fully equipped facility.
  • The Photonics Systems Group includes experimental laboratories with high-speed test and measurement equipment and optoelectronics; tunable, high power, and pulsed lasers; extensive optics and optomechanics supporting research in telecommunications for advance probing stations; signal processing, nonlinear optics, RF photonics, optical processors for computing and AI, and biosensing.
  • Molecular beam epitaxy infrastructure. This infrastructure can grow wafer-scale group-III nitride epilayers and nanostructures for both photonic/optoelectronic and electronic devices.
  • The Computational Electromagnetics Laboratory provides tools for numerical analysis, visualization, interface design, and knowledge-based system development.
  • For the microwave characterization research, one section of the laboratory hosts dielectric measurement probe in for the low- to high-gigahertz range.
  • Additionally, access to a complete range of commercial multi-physics simulation, design, and optimization software is available. The lab also has experimental facilities for the characterization of magnetic and small dynamometer for electrical machine measurements.
  • There is also a well-equipped laboratory for power electronics and power systems research (http://www.power.ece.mcgill.ca/).
  • Computing infrastructure for software engineering research is also available.

The Department has extensive computer facilities. Most research machines are networked, providing access to a vast array of hardware. In addition, McGill University is linked to the Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM) and the University Computing Centre.

There are three other universities in Montreal: Concordia University is the other English-language university; l’Université de Montréal, and its affiliated school of engineering, Polytechnique Montréal, is the largest francophone university; l’Université du Québec has a campus in Montreal and in major towns throughout the province.

The proximity of these schools to McGill University ensures that a rich array of courses is available to suit individual needs. McGill also collaborates on research projects with many organizations such as l’Institut de recherche d’Hydro-Québec (IREQ) and l’Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS).

Financial Support

Graduate Assistantships: The Department awards several graduate assistantships to qualified full-time graduate students. These are normally funded from research grants or contracts awarded to individual faculty members. In return, the graduate assistant is expected to perform research-related tasks assigned by the professor from whose grant the assistantship is paid. A good part, but not necessarily all, of this work can be used for preparing a thesis. There is no special application form for graduate assistantships; all applicants who indicate a need for support on their application forms will be considered.

Teaching Assistantships: Graduate students, with the approval of their supervisors, may also undertake teaching assistantships for additional remuneration. These are awarded at the beginning of the term. The Department can make no prior commitments.

Graduate students can also receive financial aid through fellowships, loans, or bursaries. For more information, please refer to mcgill.ca/gps/funding, or contact:

  • Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, McGill University
  • James Administration Building, Room 400
  • 845 Sherbrooke Street West
  • Montreal QC H3A 0G4
  • Website: mcgill.ca/gps/contact/gps
Master of Science (M.Sc.) Electrical Engineering (Thesis) (45 credits)

** This program replaces the M.Eng. Electrical Engineering (Thesis) program as of January 2020 **

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Thesis) is research-oriented and is expected to involve a thorough examination of a topic of current interest in the research area within the Department. Undertaking this program at McGill University provides students with an opportunity to conduct intensive research under the supervision of researchers who are leaders in their field. The program is an ideal preparation for a Ph.D. degree or an industrial research career.

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) Electrical Engineering (Non-Thesis) (45 credits)

The Master of Engineering degree (project option) involves graduate-level courses and an internally examined research project. The program is oriented more toward professional development than the thesis option. The project is of significantly less scope than a thesis, and includes options such as a technical review, a design project, or a small-scale research project. Students are provided with a very solid background in electrical and computer engineering, both in terms of breadth across the entire field and depth in the area of specialty. Graduates frequently pursue careers in research and development. A part-time program is possible.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Electrical Engineering

The Ph.D. degree recognizes a significant novel research contribution that is described in an externally examined thesis. Students who are admitted to this program normally have a master's degree. Research is conducted under the supervision of a faculty member. The Department provides an excellent environment for conducting research, with supervision by internationally renowned researchers and access to state-of-the-art experimental facilities. Graduates from the program most commonly pursue research and teaching careers in academia or research careers in industrial labs.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2023-2024 (last updated Mar. 29, 2023).

Electrical and Computer Engineering Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Requirement: Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in English. Accepted English language tests and minimum test score requirements can be found on our website. Official results must be received before the application deadlines.

GRE: Submission of GRE (General Aptitude Test) scores is not mandatory. Applicants who have written the GRE are welcome to submit their scores for consideration.

Master's Degree (Admission Requirements)

The applicant must be the graduate of a recognized university and hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, as determined by McGill, in Electrical, Computer, or Software Engineering or a closely related field. An applicant holding a degree in another field of engineering or science will be considered but a Qualifying year may be required to make up any deficiencies. The applicant must have a high academic achievement: a standing equivalent to a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0, or a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 for the last two full-time academic years or equivalent. Satisfaction of these general requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to graduate studies is limited and acceptance is highly competitive.

Ph.D. Degree (Admission Requirements)

In addition to satisfying the requirements for the Master's program, candidates must hold a suitable master's degree from a recognized university. The applicant must have a high academic achievement: a standing equivalent to a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0. Satisfaction of these general requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission to graduate studies is limited and acceptance is highly competitive.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See University Regulations & Resources > Graduate > Graduate Admissions and Application Procedures > Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

The Department accepts most of its graduate students for September; the chance of acceptance for January is significantly lower.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:

Application Dates and Deadlines

Application opening dates are set by Enrolment Services in consultation with Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (GPS), while application deadlines are set by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

  Application Opening Dates Application Deadlines
  All Applicants Non-Canadian citizens (Incl. Special, Visiting, and Exchange) Canadian Citizens/Perm. Residents of Canada (Incl. Special, Visiting, and Exchange) Current McGill Students (Any Citizenship)
Fall Term: Sept. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 15
Winter Term: Feb. 15 Aug. 1 Oct. 15 Oct. 15
Summer Term: N/A N/A N/A N/A

All supporting documents must be uploaded to the online application system by the application deadlines.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2023-2024 (last updated Mar. 29, 2023).
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