MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering


Program Description

The degree of Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.Sc. in ECE) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which includes taught courses as well as a thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of electrical and computer engineering and associated disciplines. The M.Sc. in ECE gives candidates the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in the broad field of ECE and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research.

Candidates for this degree are taught and supervised by experienced faculty and are expected to demonstrate initiative in their approach and innovation in their work. In addition to successfully completing the taught course component of the program, candidates prepare and present a thesis on their chosen area. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.


A student graduating with the M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve advanced electrical and computer engineering problems through the application of modern tools and techniques and advanced knowledge of mathematics and engineering science.
  2. Acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of electrical and computer engineering.
  3. Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze, interpret data and make decisions.
  4. Conduct research and document and defend the research results.
  5. Function on teams and communicate effectively.
  6. Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.


Overall structure and requirements

The M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses (including 3 credits of engineering mathematics courses), 12 credits of Program Elective courses, and 12 credits of ECE Master’s Thesis work.  A student may organize the selection of the elective courses and the master’s thesis topic to follow a specialization track within the broad field of ECE.  In such cases, the track will be noted on the student’s transcript.  The table below presents a summary of the MSc in ECE degree program structure and requirements.  All the M.Sc. in ECE program courses, with the exception of the Seminar in Research Methods and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Summary of M.Sc. in ECE Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 12
Seminar in Research Methods 0
Program Electives 12
ECE Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0, or equivalent (e.g. upper second-class honors in a UK-style degree, from a reputable accredited institution).
  • A minimum level of English proficiency in the form of either:
    • iBT TOEFL (internet-based test) score of 91 or equivalent, or
    • Overall academic IELTS score of 6.5, or
    • 1550 EmSAT English score.
  • A minimum quantitative score of 150 in the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to all programs, with the exception of Master of Engineering in Health, Safety and Environment Engineering and the Master of Arts in International and Civil Security, where a minimum threshold is not set. Applicants for all programs should attempt all three sections of the GRE.
  • A minimum of two referee recommendations (provided via online form).
  • Statement of purpose (500-1,000 words).
  • Admission interview.
Last updated May 2020

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