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Electrical and Computer Engineering

The world is built on digital and electrical technology. As a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, you’ll learn essential career skills and conduct independent research.

Our faculty and graduate students are working in research areas such as:

  • Communication, signal processing and control
  • Computers, software and networking
  • Electronics and energy
  • Electromagnetics and photonics
  • Materials and devices

Degree programs offered

The Master of Engineering in Applied Data Science program will prepare you for a high-demand career in data-driven industries. This is an intensive, course-based degree designed for motivated students and IT professionals. You’ll learn specialized knowledge in data sciences that are transforming businesses worldwide.

The Master of Engineering in Telecommunications & Information Security program will prepare you for a career in specialized industries. We’ll train you to apply critical thinking to network- and database management. You’ll learn how to develop corporate security policies and procedures. You'll gain technical skills in everything from modelling network traffic to data mining and ethical hacking.

Our MEng program is for students who want to enhance their knowledge of electrical and computer engineering without thesis-based research. You’ll be among a diverse cohort of more than 60 MEng students from around the world. You'll complete coursework and a final project under faculty supervision. You’ll defend this work in an oral examination.

Our MASc degree program is for students who want to pursue advanced research. Your work will advance knowledge in the field of electrical and computer engineering. You’ll study and work among a diverse cohort of MASc students from around the world. You will complete course work, seminars and defend your thesis in an oral examination under faculty supervision.

Outstanding undergraduate students may be able to get a head start in a Master’s program. Qualified students may enroll in graduate level courses during their fourth year. These courses are taken in addition to any undergraduate requirements.

All admission and transfer credit must meet the regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Our PhD program will develop your ability for original, independent research work. Your research will lead to significant advancement in electrical and computer engineering. This program has a diverse cohort of over 80 PhD students from around the world. You’ll complete coursework, seminars and defend your dissertation in an oral examination under faculty supervision.

Program Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
MEng Applied Data Science 1 year No Yes
MEng Telecommunications & Information Security 1 year No Yes
MEng 5 terms Yes No
MASc 2 years Yes No
PhD 3-4 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Masters, Doctorate
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
On-campus
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional

Areas of focus

  • Applied data science
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Communication, signal processing and control
  • Computer engineering and networking
  • Computer security and forensics
  • Electromagnetics and photonics
  • Electronics and energy
  • Materials and devices
  • Software engineering

Find a supervisor

Most graduate students must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • You must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • This faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission.

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you’ve found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

*MEng Applied Data Science and MEng Telecommunications & Information Security applicants do not need to find a supervisor. A supervisor will be assigned based on availability and area of research.

Alexandra Branzan Albu

Professor and Graduate Advisor Communication, signal processing and control; computers, software and networking

Amirali Baniasadi

Professor and Electrical Engineering Program Director Computers, software and networking

Ashoka K. S. Bhat

Professor Electronics and energy

Chris Papadopoulos

Associate Professor Electronics and energy; materials and devices

Daler N. Rakhmatov

Associate Professor Computers, software and networking

Fayez Gebali

Professor Computers, software and networking

Hong-Chuan Yang

Professor Communication, signal processing and control

Issa Traoré

Professor Computers, software and networking

Jens Bornemann

Professor Electromagnetics and photonics

Kin Fun Li

Professor Computers, software and networking

Levi Smith

Assistant Professor Electromagnetics and photonics; Terahertz Engineering; Optical sensing

Lin Cai

Professor Communication, signal processing and control; computers, software and networking

Makhsud Saidaminov

Assistant Professor Functional materials, solid-state chemistry, self-assembly, clean energy, perovskites, optoelectronics, solar cells, light emission, photon sensing

Michael D. Adams

Associate Professor Software, signal processing, geometry processing, education, computers, and security

Michael L. McGuire

Associate Professor and Chair Communication, signal processing and control

Mihai Sima

Associate Professor and Computer Engineering Program Director Computers, software and networking; Electronics and energy

Navneet K. Popli

Assistant Teaching Professor

Nikitas J. Dimopoulos

Professor and Lansdowne Chair in Computer Engineering Computers, software and networking

Panajotis Agathoklis

Professor Communication, signal processing and control

Peter F. Driessen

Professor Communication, signal processing and control

Poman P. M. So

Associate Professor Electromagnetics and photonics

Reuven Gordon

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nanoplasmonics Electromagnetics and photonics; Materials and devices

Riham AlTawy

Assistant Professor Security of constrained systems, Design and analysis of lightweight cryptographic primitives, Privacy and consensus mechanisms for P2P networks (Blockchains), IoT security

Sana Shuja

Limited Term Assistant Teaching Professor

T. Ilamparithi

Assistant Teaching Professor Condition monitoring electric machines, Modern Smart/Micro grids, Engineering pedagogy

T. Aaron Gulliver

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Advanced Wireless Communications Communication, signal processing and control

Tao Lu

Associate Professor Electromagnetics and photonics; Materials and devices; Software and networking

Thomas E. Darcie

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Optical Systems for Communications, Imaging and Sensing Computers, software and networking; electromagnetics and photonics

Wu-Sheng Lu

Professor Communication, signal processing and control

Xiaodai Dong

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Ultra-wideband Communications Communication, signal processing and control

Funding & aid

Graduate students registered in full-time programs are automatically considered for a fellowship. This is based on a qualifying GPA.

Individual award amounts may vary depending on the program.

UVic Fellowship Awards

  • Up to $17,500 per year (master's)
  • Up to $20,000 per year (PhD)

UVic Graduate Awards

  • Up to $10,000 per year (master's and PhD)

Eligibility

  • The minimum requirement for funding consideration is a A- average on the last two years of course work
  • Full-time registration (3.0 units) for UVic Fellowship holders and at least part-time registration (1.5 units) for UVic Graduate Award holders
  • Full-time registration for students registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) is 1.5 units

You can also join the co-op program or work as a research or teaching assistant.

Funding opportunities

Tuition & fees

Visit our tuition calculator to determine the tuition and fees for your program.

When you apply you will be charged an application fee. Your application will not be processed until this payment has been received.

  • Application fee for documents from within Canada: $129
  • Application fee if any documents originate outside Canada: $169

Application deadlines

  • Applications open one year prior to the entry term and may be submitted prior to the deadline.

You can choose to apply to the program for September, January or May entry.

* MADS and MTIS: September entry only.

International students should get their paperwork in order as soon as possible. Processing times are often lengthy and can delay your program entry.

Admission & program requirements

You must meet the minimum graduate school admission requirements.

Review the graduate admission requirements and this program’s admission requirements in the Graduate calendar.

If your first language is not English you must provide proof of language proficiency. Learn more about language requirements, including what exemptions and tests are allowed.

Ready to apply?

You can start your online application to UVic by creating a new profile or using an existing one.

Apply now    How to apply

Need help?

Contact the applicable graduate secretary:

PhD, MASc, NOND
ecegsec@uvic.ca or 250-721-8675.

MTIS and MEng
ecegsec2@uvic.ca or 250-721-8781.

Applied Data Science (MADS)
ecegsec3@uvic.ca or 250-853-3798.

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