Master of Applied Science (MASc)

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A Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree is ideal for the recent graduate or professional who wishes to expand their engineering knowledge through advanced study and research in a major fieldApplicants are not required to have a supervisor at the time of application.

Program details

  • 5 courses
  • Original research
  • Thesis
  • 2 years (6 terms)
  • Full-time and part-time study available
  • Choose from 14 areas of specialization, or apply to the collaborative programs in Nanotechnology or Quantum Information.
  • Current UW Undergraduate students also have the option of taking the Accelerated Master's program. The Accelerated Master's program allows students to fast track a Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree at the University of Waterloo.

    Students will get to take up to two graduate level courses during their final year of undergraduate studies: one course in 4A and one in 4B or during your work term. They will have the opportunity to undertake research during their final co-op term(s); such experience can be a foundation for their MASc work.

    UW Undergraduate Students interested in applying for the Accelerated Master's program in ECE should obtain the application form and submit it by the end of their 3B term. More details on how to apply can be found here.

Admission requirements

  • Honours Bachelor of Applied Science or equivalent degree (4 year)
  • Applying with domestic credentials:
    • Minimum 75% overall standing in the last two years of a four-year Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Applying with international credentials:
    • Minimum 75% overall standing in a four-year Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent

Documents required

NOTE: Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores are not an application requirement for our graduate program, but can be submitted as part of your application package.

Application deadlines

Finding a supervisor

Every MASc applicant must be accepted as a candidate under the supervision of an Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty member in order to be recommended for admission. Applicants are not required to have a supervisor at the time of application.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to spend time reviewing the profiles of our faculty members within your proposed area(s) of specialization to determine which faculty members are a good fit for your proposed research, and to familiarize yourself with their work.

When completing your application form, we recommend that you list the faculty members you are interested in having as a potential supervisor in the "Potential Supervisors" field on the application form. Electrical and Computer Engineering does not require you to communicate with a faculty member in order to list their name as a potential supervisor.

Once you have submitted a complete application package, contact potential academic supervisors conducting research in your area(s) of specialization. You are not limited to contacting only those you have listed on your application. It is your responsibility bring your performance and record to the attention of those faculty members under whom you would like to work.


Please visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ) web page which answers many common questions regarding admission into an Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate program. 

For any questions not answered on the FAQ page, e-mail the admissions coordinator. If you have submitted an application, please remember to include your 8-digit Waterloo ID Number in all correspondence.

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