Electrical Engineering

Power the future

Students in the Electrical Engineering program at the University of Waterloo.

Our modern world is built on electricity. Learn to harness its power to create the next generation of electronics, sensors, and information networks. Your career will be super-charged by a degree from Waterloo. We're ranked 18th in the world for electrical engineering (Academic Rankings of World Universities 2023).

You’ll study the fundamentals of electromagnetism, circuits, algorithms, and instrumentation. You will be able to specialize in a range of technologies such as power generation and clean energy, electric vehicles, Internet of Things, quantum computing, integrated circuit design, and machine learning.

You'll also gain hands-on experience starting right in first year, thanks to paid co-op work terms and some of the best student labs in North America.

When you graduate, you’ll have hundreds of career paths open to you, from designing power stations and aircraft control systems to pioneering the future of microprocessors and telecommunications systems.

Program highlights

Energize the world. Learn to design, create, and integrate more efficient and reliable technologies, like wind turbines, GPS devices, hybrid cars, communication systems, and other circuits and systems.

Smart power. With one of the largest power energy research groups in North America, Waterloo is home to leading experts in photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, and smart grids.


Why Waterloo Engineering?

With its renowned co-op program and a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem, Waterloo Engineering is one of the world’s top engineering schools. You'll have access to emerging technologies, innovative professors, and world-class facilities.

What will you learn? 

During your first year, you'll take a mix of electrical and computer engineering, math, and communication courses. In upper years, most of the classes you'll take will be Electrical Engineering courses.

Learn more about the classes you'll take for your Electrical Engineering degree.

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megaphone icon"I love the breadth and depth of content... everything from physics to CPU design! Going through the program as a class is awesome, it creates a tight-knit family among classmates which you can rely on for help - academically and personally."Kunal, second-year Electrical Engineering student

Electrical Engineering admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

Admission averages: Individual selection from the high 80s to low 90s

Previous experience in programming is recommended.

Complete the Admission Information Form once you've applied.

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How to apply

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