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Electrical and Computer Engineering (MEng, MASc, PhD)

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECE) offers the following three post-graduate degrees:

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree is primarily intended for those seeking to enhance their depth and breadth of engineering knowledge beyond the bachelor's level. This degree program is project-based and requires completion of 7 courses (21 credits) and the seminar course ECED 6900. A final project is also required, including an oral defending presentation for your project report at the end of the program.

The Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree is research- or thesis-based and requires completion of 4 courses (12 credits), a seminar course and a research thesis. Many MASc students are expected to publish their papers in the peer-reviewed conferences. The Master of Applied Science degree is normally one of the requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program.

The most extensive exposure to research is provided through the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree. Students accepted to the PhD program normally have an MASc degree indicating "excellent" knowledge and research ability. This degree program requires the completion of 4 courses (12 credits), a seminar course and a research dissertation (if candidate already has a research Master's degree; otherwise the candidates have to complete 12 courses, a seminar course and a research dissertation). The dissertation is expected to contain original research and many of the candidates are expected to publish their research work in peer-reviewed journals. You are expected to study and work under supervision and guidance of at least a faculty member in a specific area of research. Information about all faculty members can be found under Faculty. Applicants are strongly encouraged to indicate their specific area of interest when applying.

Length of programs

  • MEng - typical time to complete is 12-18 months
  • MASc - typical time to complete is 18-24 months
  • PhD - typical time to complete is 3-4 years

Research areas

Areas of research include:

  • Applied Electromagnetics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Microelectronics
  • Optics/Photonics
  • Power and Energy Systems
  • Robotics
  • Signal Processing

Learn more about our research areas.

Funding and scholarships

Limited financial aid in the form of scholarships, research and teaching assistantships may be available, depending on:

  • an applicant’s request in his/her application
  • excellence of the applicant
  • availability of funds.

Applicants are encouraged to explore the possibility of obtaining financial support or scholarships from other sources such as NSERC scholarships and Killam scholarships, or personal funds.

Admission requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements as established by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Engineering. In addition to these, the Electric and Computer Engineering department has more specific requirements as described below.

For admission to the Master's degree program:

In order to be admitted to an academic program, an applicant must meet the admission requirements set up by the Dalhousie Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Engineering. In addition to these, the ECE department has more specific requirements as described below.

  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by Dalhousie, in which the language of instruction is English, and in a country where English is the principal language, or
  • Four years of full-time post-secondary instruction at a university where English is the primary language of instruction and in a country where English is the principal language, or
  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by Dalhousie with a satisfactory score on an approved English language examination such as TOEFL (Test of English as Foreign Language). The departmental requirement for TOEFL is 580 (Paper) or 237 (Computer). Other language test requirements can be found on the Graduate Admissions page.

For admission to the Doctoral degree program

  • Possession of a research Master’s degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by Dalhousie, in which the language of instruction is English, and in a country where English is the principal language, or
  • Possession of a first-class non-thesis Master’s Degree, in a country where English is the principal language, may be considered for admission to the PhD program where evidence of independent research can be clearly demonstrated, such as a major research paper, presentation at scholarly conferences, publications in journals, etc. Such candidates may also be admitted into a Master’s program with the possibility of transferring to the doctoral program, or
  • Possession of a research Master’s degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by Dalhousie with a satisfactory score on an approved English language examination such as TOEFL. The Departmental requirement for TOEFL is 580 (Paper) or 237 (Computer).

International students may be required to enter the MASc program as a qualifying period prior to consideration for the Ph.D. program.

In order to be admitted to an academic graduate program, you must be accepted by a professor into his/her research program, in addition to meeting all the above requirements for admission. For information regarding research areas, see our Faculty listing.  

How to apply/application deadlines

Application forms can be found under Dalhousie admissions for graduate studies.

Please note that in the "Statement of Purpose" with your completed application, you need to indicate three research areas in electrical and computer engineering that interest you the most for your proposed graduate studies.

Application deadlines:

Term Canadian Applicants Non-Canadian Applicants
September Admission June 1 April 1
January Admission November 15 August 31
May Admission February 28 December 31

Contact information

Subject Code: ECED
Tel: 902-494-1288
Email: gsr@dal.ca
Address: Faculty of Engineering, Graduate Studies & Research Office, Sexton Campus, 1360 Barrington Street,
Halifax, NS, Canada, B3J 2X4
Graduate Coordinator: Jacek Ilow
Graduate Coordinator Tel: 902-494-3981
Graduate Coordinator Email: J.Ilow@Dal.Ca