Pre-Master Program

In specific cases where the academic background of the student is judged to be insufficient for the given program in a department, the department may recommend that the student be admitted to a pre-Master program of study.  The pre-Master program is designed to bring the student’s standing to approximately the level of an Honours graduate in the ECE department, and to provide any necessary prerequisites for courses taken at the ECE Graduate Course level.

Pre-Master's students are not normally allowed to register in 7000-level courses or above (graduate courses), with the exception of GRAD 7500 (Academic Integrity Online Tutorial), unless prior permission is granted by the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies or designate.


Who is considered for the ECE Pre-Master's Program:  Students applying to the ECE Master's Program

  1. Prospective Students with a 3-Year Bachelor of Science Degree
  2. Prospective Students from an Engineering discipline
    1. which is NOT Electrical OR Computer
    2. AND who hold a Bachelor's Degree in that engineering discipline
  3. Prospective Students from a Science discipline who hold a Bachelor's Degree in that discipline
    1. Mathematics
    2. Physics


Who would NOT be considered for the ECE Pre-Master's Program:

The Pre-Master's program is not meant for those students

  1. whose GPAs are below the University's or Department's minimum requirements OR
  2. who have not successfully passed an English Language Examination within the last 2-years (if applicable)


In order to apply for admissions as a Pre-Master Student the prospective student must

  1. GPA:   Meet the minimum GPA requirements of the University (3.0) and the Department (3.5)
    • Professors may require higher GPAs for courses in the student's research/study
  2. TENTATIVE ACCEPTANCE REQUIRED:    The Prospective Student MUST receive a Tentative Acceptance from a professor in the Department of ECE prior to applying to our Pre-Master's program.
    1. The PROFESSOR may require additional requirements for success in the ECE program
    2. The DEPARTMENT HEAD and /or the PROFESSOR (offering Tentative Acceptance) is responsible for assigning courses and monitoring the progress of each student.
    3. COURSE GRADES: The student must earn at least a 3.0 (B) in each course assigned by the Department Head and / or Professor (offering Tentative Acceptance)
    1. Must hold at least a three- or four-year Bachelor's degree in a subject approved by the Department of ECE. Usually
      1. Other Engineering disciplines
      2. Other Science disciplines
        1. mathematics
        2. physics
    2. The Bachelor's Degree must be issued from an ACCREDITED or RECOGNISED university (review by the Faculty of Graduate Studies is required)
  4. ADVANCED DEGREES:  Does not already hold a four-year bachelor's or a master's degree in electrical or computer engineering or a related field
  5. ADMISSIONS TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM:   Enrollment in the Pre-Master's program does NOT guarantee admissions to the ECE Graduate Program
    1. Acceptance by a professor in the ECE program is required
    2. Acceptance by the Department of ECE is required
    3. Successful final review is required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.





Neither Tentative Approval for admissions by an academic advisor within ECE nor the submission of an application and payment of processing fees guarantees admissions to the Graduate Program. All applications are reviewed by the Department and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  Final approval rests with the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

All students are responsible for the content of their Admissions Application and in making sure that the instructions and procedures are followed for the proper submission of an Admissions Application which includes obtaining Tentative Acceptance from a professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering in advance of the submission of an official admissions application.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS:   It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that he / she holds the current and correct documents required by the IRCC to enroll as a graduate student in Canada.  Additionally, International students must conduct themselves in accordance to IRCC rules and regulations.