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Electrical & Computer Engineering



"After graduating, I moved to Toronto to pursue my Doctoral degree. While I’ve enjoyed the experience here, there are definitely times that I think back and wish that I were still at Queen’s. As a graduate student at Queen’s, you’re part of a small, tightly-knit community and you have the opportunity to connect with the faculty and students in your department in a way that is simply not possible at other universities."

Dustin Dunwell, M.Sc. (Eng), 2006


Program Contact

Ms Debie Fraser
Graduate Assistant
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Walter Light Hall, Room 424


Phone: 613.533.2179


Program Overview

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering is home to nationally and internationally recognized researchers. And because we keep our class sizes small, our students are able to interact with faculty members and learn from them in a way that is simply not possible in a larger institution. Our faculty includes 2 Canada Research Chairs, Queen’s Research Chair and 12 faculty members are either Senior Members or Fellows of the IEEE Our department is home to the Advanced Photonics Systems Lab, a national photonics and microelectronics facility unique to Queen’s, and the Energy and Power Electronics Applied Lab.

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Students in our department avail cross-disciplinary opportunities. We collaborate with the departments of Mathematics & Statistics, Physics, Computing, Mechanical Engineering and the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. The department is an active participant in the Queen’s collaborative graduate program in Computational Science and Engineering. Our students also have the opportunity to travel worldwide through summer placements and attend conferences..

Career paths – employment opportunities

Students from our department have found job opportunities in diverse setting including:

  • Academia-Professorships at UBC, Carleton
  • Bell Canada
  • Microsoft
  • RIM, Cisco Systems, General Dynamics
Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.Eng. : 2 academic terms (fall & winter) and either a project or internship (4 months)

M.A.Sc.: 2 years

Ph.D.: 4 years

Method of Completion

M.Eng.: Course work and project OR Course work and internship

M.A.Sc.: Course work, research thesis

Ph.D.: Course work, research thesis, exam


Fields of study and Supervisors

We encourage you to identify an area of research interest and contact a potential supervisor before applying.


  • Space-time codes
  • High-rate terrestrial broadband wireless communications
  • Wireless networks
  • Distributed systems

Faculty: Il-Min Kim, Steven D Blostein, Geoffrey Chan, Saeed Gazor, Mohammed Ibnkahla F.Alajaji, H. Hassanein, T.Linder, A.M Safwat, C.H.Yeh, S.Yousefi

Computer & Software Engineering

  • Computer-aided design of VLSI systems
  • High-performance clusters
  • Software tools for system-on-chip design and implementation
  • Security testing of network applications
  • Programming language design and implementation
  • Model-driven software development and quality control

Faculty: Ahmed Afsahi, Jim Cordy, Thomas Dean, Naraig Manjikian, Ying Zou, Mohammad Zulkernine

Microelectronics, Electromagnetics and Photonics

  • Integrated circuit design for Gigahertz frequencies
  • Optical signal processing
  • High Q micro-resonator for biosensing applications
  • Antennas, filters and applied electromagnetism

Faculty: Brian Frank, John C Cartledge, S Amari, Y.M.M Antar, A.P. Freundorfer, C.E Saavedra, S.Yam

Power Electronics

  • Grid-connected renewable electricity generation
  • Alternative energy power systems
  • High-frequency, high-efficiency converters

Faculty: Praveen Jain, Alireza Bakhshai, Yan-Fei Liu, P.C. Sen

Biomedical and Intelligent Systems

  • Modeling human arm dynamics and control of prosthetic arms
  • Real-time ultrasound image processing
  • Robot-assisted guidance of ultrasound probes and surgical instruments

Faculty: Michael Greenspan, G. Fichtinger, K. Hashtrudi-Zaad, Michael J Korenberg, Joshua Marshal, E.L. Morin, Parvin Mousavi, Aboelmagd Noureldin, K. Rudie

Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

M. Eng. Program does not receive funding.

M.A.Sc. students (domestic & international): $22,000. for 2 years 

Ph.D. students (domestic): $23,000 for 4 years

Ph.D. students (international): $30,000 for 4 years

The basic package consists of scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships. 

Queen’s automatically issues a $5,000 (Masters) or $7,500 (PhD - will be increased to $10,000 for the 2016/17 academic year) top-up award to federal government Tri-Council Award winners. Internal awards are also available.

Academic Prerequisites

M.A. Sc.: Bachelor degree in Engineering (any) or Science (closely related field)

M.Eng.: Bachelor degree in Engineering or closely related field (e.g. computer science, physics, mathematics)

Ph.D.: Master of Applied Science or Master of Science

Grades Required

Minimum cumulative average of 75% (from North American Universities, 80% for international students) or B+ over all 4 years

Other Requirements

Other requirements (to be sent direct to department)

  • Statement of Interest/Statement of Research
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Description of courses taken to date (optional)
  • Proof of Landed Immigrant Status for international students

Test Requirements

Please note: We do not take GRE. Please do not request that the official test score be sent to us.

If English is not your first language, we require a minimum of 7.0 on IELTS or 80% on MELAB or for TOEFL; 550 (paper based); and 88 (Internet-based) with, a minimum score in each of the components: Writing test 24/30, Speaking test 22/30, Reading test 22/30 and Listening test 20/30.

Key Dates and Deadlines

For September admission: January 31 for all students (we recommend that international students apply early).

For January admission: August 15 for all students (We recommend that international students apply early).

Notification of Acceptance: For September admission: Mid February to end of April for international students. May 31 for domestic students.

Learning Outcomes

Degree Level Expectations - MASc (77 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - M.Eng (75 KB)

Degree Level Expectations - PhD (76 KB)

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