What will I learn?

Program Requirements

This program replaces the M.Eng. Electrical Engineering-Thesis program as of January 1, 2020.

The Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (Thesis) is research oriented, and the thesis is expected to involve a thorough examination of a topic of current interest in the research area within the Department. Undertaking this program at McGill University provides students with an opportunity to conduct intensive research under the supervision of researchers who are leaders in their field. The program is an ideal preparation for a Ph.D. degree or an industrial research career.

The M.Sc. Thesis program must be completed on a full-time basis in no more than three years. The following requirements must be met:

Thesis Courses (27 credits)

ECSE 691 Thesis Research 1 (3 credits)
ECSE 692 Thesis Research 2 (4 credits)
ECSE 693 Thesis Research 3 (4 credits)
ECSE 694 Thesis Research 4 (4 credits)
ECSE 695 Thesis Research 5 (4 credits)
ECSE 696 Thesis Research 6 (4 credits)
ECSE 697 Thesis Research 7 (4 credits)

Students who choose the thesis option must register for all 27 credits during the three terms of residency.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering

Study options

Full Time (45 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$18,661.48 (US$ 14,848) per year
CAN $622.05 per credit hour. This fee is for 2021-2022 year, and it may be subject to change in the coming year.
Application deadline

1 August 2022, 15 December 2022

Start date

31 August 2022, 4 January 2023, 30 August 2023


McGill University

Downtown Campus,

845 Sherbrooke Street West,


Quebec (QC),

H3A 0G4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The applicant's undergraduate record must meet the minimum general requirements of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, which includes a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a high "B" standing in undergraduate studies.

For international students

The applicant must be the graduate of a recognized university and hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, as determined by McGill, in Electrical, Computer, or Software Engineering or a closely related field. An applicant holding a degree in another field of engineering or science will be considered, but a qualifying year may be required to make up any deficiencies. The applicant must have a high academic achievement: a standing equivalent to a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0, or a GPA of 3.2 out of 4.0 for the last two full-time academic years or equivalent.

English Language Scores:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum acceptable scores are: The CBT is no longer being offered. CBT results will no longer be accepted as ETS no longer reports these results. N.B. an institutional version of the TOEFL is not acceptable. IBT (Internet-Based Test): 86 overall, no less than 20 in each of the four component scores.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): a band score of 6.5 or greater (Academic module).

Application Deadlines: For Fall Term: Dec. 15 and for Winter Term: Aug. 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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