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MASc Program

The MASc program is a research based Master’s which requires 5 courses, a research seminar, and a MASc thesis to complete. This program is ideal for students looking to gain hands on research experience to make them a competitive candidate in today’s job market and for those students looking to go on and pursue a PhD. The program typically takes about 2 years (6 terms) to finish and accepted candidates will receive full funding towards the completion of their program. Students will work closely with their faculty supervisor to find a research topic in one of our 13 areas of specialization and develop it through investigation and lab work into a thesis. There is no oral examination of the MASc thesis.

For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Calendar.

Accelerated Master’s 

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering also offers an Accelerated Master’s program which allows undergraduate students at Waterloo to fast track a Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree at the University of Waterloo.

If you are a UW undergrad and are interested in learning more, please visit the Accelerated Master’s program information page.

Program highlights

  • Complete a research based Master’s degree from one of the top 50 engineering schools worldwide and the largest Electrical and Computer Engineering department in Canada.
  • Full-time students receive guaranteed funding.
  • Focus your research on one of 13 areas of specialization.
  • Some of the largest and best equipped research facilities in Canada.
  • Work on cutting edge technology.
  • Creator owned Intellectual Property.
  • Study full or part-time.
  • Benefit from the experience and knowledge of over 90 faculty members.

Admission requirements

An applicant for the MASc program must hold a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo or an equivalent degree in engineering, applied science or mathematics from a university of recognized standing. The standard of performance in obtaining this degree, as indicated by the official transcript and letters of reference, must indicate that the candidate has academic ability sufficiently above average to be successful in and benefit from graduate work at this university. Normally, an 78% average grade in the undergraduate program is a required minimum. Students with a deficient undergraduate background, but suitable academic standing to pursue graduate studies, may be required to take a number of courses. These would be specified by the department with the candidate obtaining at least 75% before being admitted as an advanced degree candidate. For a complete list of admission requirements please see the Graduate Calendar.

How do I apply?