Being an electrical engineering student
As an electrical engineering student, you will learn to develop innovative products and solutions using electrical and electronic devices and systems of your design. Electrical engineers' innovation and imagination underpin the development of clean transportation and the communication systems that we use every day - technology that connects the world. Electrical engineers are the professionals who design and deploy these systems and solutions. As part of the electrical engineering program, you have the choice to specialize in application areas such as biomedical, communication devices, or power and energy systems. You will demonstrate your breadth of skills and ingenuity through a group capstone project in your final year.
Skills gained by studying electrical engineering
- Gain an understanding of both the scientific and engineering methods and be able to use these methods to rationally and effectively analyze complex problems affecting both individuals and society.
- Generate conceptual and detailed designs for complex engineering problems, demonstrating the proper use of equipment and instrumentation in the solution.
- The ability to lead the development of new technologies and systems.
- Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with colleagues, clients, and the general population.
Students wishing to pursue more focused studies in an electrical engineering subject/research area have the choice of doing so through approved focus areas in:
- Communication devices
- Power and energy systems
- Engineering physics
Electrical engineering students can add courses to their degree to complete minors in a range of disciplines including arts, computer science, geological sciences, management, mathematics, music, recreational studies.
Many Electrical Engineering students choose to undertake work terms through the Co-operative Education and IIP program. This experiential learning opportunity also qualifies as a pre-graduation experience that counts towards their professional designation and, if completed in full, is reflected on the graduation parchment.
The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is one of five undergraduate engineering majors that can be undertaken after a common year of foundation studies.
Expected duration: 4 to 5 years
The program in electrical engineering has a core-plus-elective structure. The core develops the necessary base in mathematics, the physical sciences, dynamics, thermodynamics, electric fields and circuits, and fundamental professional courses focused on energy conversion and transmission, electronics, materials and devices, communications and control systems.
At the conclusion of the program, you will have acquired both the knowledge and experience necessary to design and engineer practical electrical and electronic systems to solve real-world problems. To support that outcome, the final year includes a significant, industrially relevant, capstone group design project, in addition to control systems and communication systems as core requirements, with the remaining program based on electives.
A certain level of specialization is possible through the selection of elective courses offered in the final year. In addition, the department offers recognized focus areas in power and energy systems, communication devices, engineering physics and biomedical.
For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.
Learning beyond the classroom
Every student in Engineering has opportunities to apply the theoretical foundations of classroom learning to real-world design problems throughout the program.
In the Co-operative Education and Industrial Internship Program (Co-op/IIP), you can complement your study with paid work experience. Competition, representational, and special-interest societies allow you to connect with fellow students with shared interests. And student exchange programs let you complete part of your degree at one of several partner universities around the world.
In order to gain admission into electrical engineering, all applicants must first complete a minimum eight of the preliminary year engineering courses. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
Direct Entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college. Direct entry applicants apply to the preliminary year and require the following:
- Manitoba high school graduation including 5 full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated S,G, or U
- A minimum average of 80% over the following, with no less than 70% in each of English 40S, Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S, Chemistry 40S and Physics 40S.
Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in the preliminary year program, another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution, including several required courses.
If you do not meet the requirements for direct or advanced entry into the Bachelor of Science in Engineering program, you can apply for admission to University 1, the Faculty of Science, or another program.
How to apply
Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120
Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the "Start or continue your application" button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.
Admission and application inquiries
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University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
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University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6