ECE graduate programs offer a unique opportunity to delve into specialized electrical and computer engineering areas, conducted in state-of-the-art facilities and guided by an internationally renowned faculty. Whatever your passion within this expansive field, ECE boasts world-leading experts ready to guide and mentor you on your academic journey.

Be at the forefront of innovation and explore the latest cutting-edge research from our diverse and dynamic research groups. Visit our faculty page to discover the profiles of distinguished experts dedicated to shaping the future of electrical and computer engineering.

Now accepting applications for programs commencing in September 2024 and January 2025.

The deadlines for applicants to fully complete both School of Graduate Studies (SGS) & ECE applications, including two references, are:

MASc & PhD programs
January 4 deadline has passed

MEng program
Domestic students (Fall 2024 & Winter 2025 entry): May 31, 2024
International students (Fall 2024 entry): March 15, 2024, (Winter 2025 entry): May 31, 2024

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Please carefully review ECE's minimum admission requirements and application instructions prior to commencing an application. All ECE programs require the submission of two applications, one on the SGS Application System and one on the ECE Application System.

Our Programs

We offer three degrees: the Master of Engineering (MEng), the Master of Applied Science (MASc) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).


The MEng is a course-based master’s degree intended to provide students with the training and expertise needed to succeed in today’s information economy. MEng students can choose from an expansive list of courses, with lectures and labs from both our faculty and industry experts. Research projects supervised by our world-class faculty are also available to some students.


Our MASc program is intended to give students an opportunity to develop their research skills; in addition to taking courses, their research activity is supervised by one of our faculty members. We expect that our MASc students will finish their studies and defend a thesis within a 24-month period, during which they will receive financial support from the department and their research advisor, as long as they maintain satisfactory progress.


Our PhD program provides students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of a particular field — it is a serious commitment to a given area or topic, and students are expected to make novel and significant contributions to their area of study. In addition to conducting research under the supervision of one or more members of our faculty, PhD students take relevant courses and must complete a qualifying examination.

Unlock new opportunities by enrolling in our top-ranked MEng program

Why choose ECE for Graduate Studies?

ECE at the University of Toronto is consistently ranked the top electrical and computer engineering department in Canada and among the top 15 in the world by many ranking organizations. Among our professors are 42 Fellows of the IEEE, 7 of Optica, 10 of the Royal Society of Canada and 20 of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. ECE holds more than 50% of all U of T Engineering invention disclosures, and over the past five years we secured over 135 patents. Our collaborative relationships with industry partners such as Google, Fujitsu, Ericsson, and LG help our students contribute to the department’s history of ground-breaking discoveries, patents and many spinoffs.

Our ECE graduate students are known for their innovation and problem-solving; approximately nine out of ten of our department invention disclosures each year involve a student, and dozens of our students receive significant awards from the NSERC, CIHR and other agencies. Upon graduation, our students are primed for success in many fields, including engineering and business, health care, law and more.

We prioritize both academic excellence and mental health and wellness of our students. We actively foster a culture of caring and support, while promoting equity, diversity and inclusion.

Fellowships for Indigenous & Black Engineering Students

Indigenous and Black Engineering and Technology (IBET) Momentum Fellowships aim to address the need to provide opportunities that encourage and support the pursuit of graduate studies by equity-deserving groups traditionally underrepresented within STEM research.

Recipients will receive $25,000 a year for four years as they pursue doctorate degrees and specialized engineering research.


The academic year is comprised of three sessions: Fall, Winter and Summer.

  • The Fall session starts after Labour Day and runs from September through December. The University will be closed for a Winter Break from December 21, 2023 to January 2, 2024.
  • The Winter session starts after the Winter Break and runs from January through April.
  • The Summer session runs from May through August.

In addition to the Winter Break, the University closes for 7 or more holidays each academic year.

There will be no classes in Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering graduate courses during the reading week in each of the Fall & Winter sessions.

Please also consult registration and feescourse enrolment instructions and timetables, and SGS sessional dates for important deadlines and scheduling information.