University of Alberta Electrical and Computer Engineering Program

University of Alberta

Students who have graduated from a recognized university and are qualified to take graduate courses leading to the MEng, MSc, and Ph.D. degrees are welcome to apply to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alberta.

In the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, there are 12 research areas. Graduate students can work with an advisor in one of these 12 research areas. The research in many of the fields is multidisciplinary, even though a specialized topic of study is expected. To broaden their knowledge of electrical and computer engineering and physics in general, students can make use of this opportunity. To name just a few of the fields in which ECE researchers are focusing: biomedical engineering; communications; computers; controls; electro-magnetic; energy systems; systems integration; microdevices; nanosystems; optics; photonics; signal processing; software engineering and intelligent systems; and solid-state electronics.

Admission Process at University of Alberta

An undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta or an equivalent qualification and status from a recognized institution is required for admission to the MEng or MSc programs of the Department. If you have completed more than 60 credits of graded coursework in the last two years or the equivalent, your admission GPA will be based on that total.

Minimum entrance requirements for the Ph.D. program are an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta with a minimum admission GPA of 3.3 on a 4-point scale, or an equivalent qualification and standing from another recognized school. The last 60 credits of graded coursework completed, or the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework will be used to compute the admission GPA.

In cases where English Language Proficiency is required, applicants must submit documentation of their proficiency (refer to English Language Requirement). Acceptable options include the following:

  • TOEFL score of 92 (Internet-based), with a minimum of 21 in each section, or an equivalent score.
  • IELTS band score of 7.0 with at least 6.0 on each band.
  • The CAEL requires a minimum total score of 70, with at least 60 in each subtest.
  • a minimum PTE Academic score of 62.

Another thing that students have to do is send in a Curriculum Vitae and three letters of recommendation. Students who are currently enrolled at the University of Alberta and applying for graduate admission do not need to submit references.

It is only possible to enter the Ph.D. program after earning a Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (or a closely similar field). It is impossible to enter the graduate program after earning a doctoral degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Associate Chair – Graduate Program (ACGP) makes the determination of connected subjects.

Deadlines for Submitting Applications

The following are the application deadlines for Canadian citizens and permanent residents:

  • The admission deadline is May 31st for September
  • For January admission, the deadline is September 1

Please contact the department directly at [email protected] if you need to apply after these dates.

Applicants from outside of Canada who are applying for a study permit must submit their applications by the following dates:

  • Admissions for September begin on May 1st
  • A deadline of September 1st for January admissions

Graduate courses are listed under the topic category Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Course Listings (ECE).