Graduate Studies

Welcome to Graduate Studies in the Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering. Through our three degree programs—the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), the Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)—we offer qualified students the exciting opportunity to pursue advanced study and research in all aspects of electrical & computer engineering (ECE).

ECE spans a wide range of topics, dealing with the theory and applications of electricity and electromagnetic fields, microelectronic devices and circuits, computer hardware and software, systems control, signal processing, telecommunications, photonics, biomedical engineering, and much more. Through advanced courses and research, our graduate students are exposed to cutting-edge knowledge in the field, delivered by a world-renowned faculty. Among the more than 75 professors in our department are 30 Fellows of the IEEE, 14 Fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and 10 Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada. Our graduates go on to prominent careers, not only in engineering, but also in business, medicine, and many other fields. Some students even decide to pursue a path towards the commercialization of their research: since 2012, some 14 new start-up companies have been founded by professors and students from our department.

The M.Eng. program in ECE is designed to provide professional training beyond the undergraduate level, and to accelerate careers with specialized engineering expertise needed in business, government, and industry. While the M.Eng. is a course-based program, some students complete their degree by pursuing an advanced engineering project in lieu of three technical courses. We offer a very rich collection of graduate courses covering all aspects of ECE. Some of our graduate courses—often delivered by industry experts—are tailored exclusively to students enrolled in the M.Eng. program, providing them with the advanced knowledge upon which a rewarding engineering career can be built.

The M.A.Sc. and the Ph.D. programs constitute the research stream of Graduate Studies in ECE. Many of the ground-breaking discoveries and developments that have emerged in ECE have been based in large part on research projects carried out by graduate students. Research-stream students do take courses, but they are also expected to conduct research leading to a Master’s thesis or Doctoral dissertation. Many research projects are carried out in collaboration with industry; indeed, the department counts over 75 leading companies as Corporate Partners. Many research collaborations also exist between ECE and other departments and institutes at the University of Toronto including those in the fields of computer science, physics, mathematics, materials science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, and biomedical engineering. Graduate student research is often published in leading journals and presented at the top conferences in the field. As described here, students in the research stream who are in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress receive a financial package for a specified duration of their studies. The financial package covers all university fees and assists with living expenses. Many students also supplement the basic financial package by working as teaching assistants.

Much more information about our graduate programs can be found by exploring the links on the left. Another excellent source of information about the department, including in-depth articles about many of our exciting ongoing research projects, is our annual report ANNUM, which may be downloaded here.

Frank R. Kschischang
Professor and Associate Chair, Graduate Studies