What will I learn?

Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate students have the opportunity to work with an advisor in one of twelve research areas in the department. While a specific topic of focus is expected, the research conducted in many of the areas is interdisciplinary. This gives students experience with other facets of electrical and computer engineering, and engineering physics. The twelve areas of research in ECE include: biomedical engineering; communications; computer engineering; control systems; electromagnetics and microwaves; energy systems; integrated circuits and systems; microsystems and nanodevices; photonics and plasmas; signal and image processing; software engineering and intelligent systems; solid state electronics.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of ★18.5 in coursework and a thesis.

Coursework

Six ★3 graduate-level courses

Course requirements depend upon individual circumstances and must be approved by the Associate Chair – Graduate Program.
Emphasis is on research leading to a thesis of high calibre.
The student’s supervisory committee will recommend courses to be taken by the student to make up for course deficiencies and to support thesis research.

ENGG 600 (★0.5)- Engineering Ethics and Integrity
Additional coursework may be required

Thesis

Registration in 900-level THES

Ethics Requirement

Engineering students meet their ethics requirement through ENGG 600 and the FGSR Graduate Ethics Training (GET) course.

Professional Development Requirement

Engineering students must meet their Professional Development requirement through the completion of two courses, registration for which is through eClass. Contact the Department for further information.

Candidacy Exam

PhD students must undergo a Candidacy exam. The Candidacy exam must be held within two years from the initial registration in the program. All course requirements must be completed before the exam takes place.

Academic Standing Requirement

Students in the doctoral program are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher before proceeding to their candidacy examinations.

Failure to maintain the required cumulative GPA will normally result in a recommendation by the Associate Chair – Graduate Program to FGSR that the student be placed on academic probation or required to withdraw.

Students whose average is above 3.0 but below 3.3 may be recommended for change of program category into the MSc program.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is two academic years of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

The time required to complete the program will vary with the individual candidate; however, four to five years is typical.

The maximum time to complete the PhD program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (The time required to complete the program will vary with the individual candidate; however, four to five years is typical.)

Tuition fees
CAD$9,250.00 (US$ 6,990) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

6 January 2020

Venue

Faculty of Engineering

Donadeo Innovation Centre,

9211-116 Street NW,

EDMONTON,

Alberta (AB),

T6G 1H9, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants are normally required to have completed a master’s degree, or its academic equivalent, from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. An admission grade point average of 3 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your most recent two years of full time study (or equivalent) is required. A satisfactory score on one of the following approved English language examinations: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum score of 550 (paper-based), or a total score of 88 with a score of at least 20 on each of the individual skill areas (internet-based); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) - Minimum score of 85; International English Language Testing System (IELTS); Minimum overall band score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 on each band (Academic); Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Overall minimum score of 60, with at least 60 on each subtest; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Overall minimum score of 59.

For international students

The Department's minimum requirements for admission to the PhD program are an undergraduate degree with an admission GPA of at least of 3.3 on the 4-point scale from the University of Alberta, or an equivalent qualification and standing from a recognized institution. The admission GPA will be calculated on the last 60 of graded coursework completed, or on the equivalent of the last two years of full-time graded coursework.

Students with a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (or a related discipline) are only eligible for admission into the PhD program, and students with a doctoral degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (or a related discipline) are ineligible for admission into the graduate program. The determination of related disciplines is made (on a case-by-case basis) by the Associate Chair - Graduate Program.

English Language Proficiency

  • a minimum TOEFL score of 92 (Internet-based) with at least 20 in each section or equivalent;
  • an overall band score of 7.0 on IELTS with at least 6.0 on each band;
  • a minimum score of 90 on MELAB;
  • a minimum overall score of 65 on the CAEL with at least 60 on each subtest;
  • a minimum score of 62 on the PTE Academic.
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