MESc Program Information

Time to Completion: 6 terms (2 years)

Funding Information

Eligible research-based students currently receive and have previously received a minimum of $13,000 plus tuition (excludes ancillary fees) through research grants, contracts, scholarships and teaching assistantships. Starting Fall 2023, MESc students will receive a minimum of $14,200 plus tuition (excludes ancillary fees) through research grants, contracts, scholarships and teaching assistantships. To maintain fundable status, students must sustain an average of 78% at Western. For information about the cost of living and educational expenses while at Western, please visit our Financial Planning page.

Students are encouraged to review all opportunities available and apply to those for which you are eligible. 

MESc Program Requirements

  • 4 graduate courses
    • Courses must be technical courses - professional development or non-technical courses would be considered outside the 4 course requirement.
    • Undergraduate courses can be taken as an audit with supervisory approval. Any undergraduate course taken would be above & beyond the degree requirement and would not be considered as credit towards the degree.
    • Students may request course credit exemption in accordace with the Faculty of Engineering Graduate Course Exepmtion Policy. All requests are subject to approval. Please contact the ECE Graduate Program Coordinator for more information.
  • Successful defense and submission of a research thesis (Thesis Defense Timeline)
  • Complete 1 seminar session over the course of degree
  • Students can start in September, January or May
  • Students enrolled in the MESc program MUST register in every term from initial registration until all degree requirements are complete. If unable to register, the student may apply for a Leave of Absence

M.E.Sc. Course Offerings

**All courses & schedules may be subject to change. Please regularly check this page for the most up to date information**  Western Buildings & Abbreviations 

Summer 2024

Course Title Instructor
ECE 9200L Software Engineering for Human-Computer Interface Design R. Eagleson
ECE 9400 Flexible AC Transmission Systems FACTS R. Varma

Fall 2023

Course Title Instructor
ECE 9201 Digital Image Processing H. Ladak
ECE 9403 High Frequency Power Converters G. Moschopolous
ECE 9408 Modelling Power Systems for Protection, Control, and Transient Studies

 

H. Maleki

ECE 9506 Linear Systems and Modern Control Theory L. Brown
ECE 9603 Data Analytics Foundations A. L'Heureux

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Winter 2024

Course Title Instructor
ECE 9202 Advanced Image Processing & Analysis Y. Yang
ECE 9203 Random Signals, Adaptive and Kalman Filtering V. Parsa
ECE 9308 Wireless Communications: Design and Simulations X. Wang
ECE 9309 Machine Learning S. Nikan
ECE 9402 Power System Protection F. Badrkhani-Ajaei
ECE 9406 Special Topics in Power: Modeling Transmission Lines in Power Systems A. Dounavis
ECE 9407 Sensor Networks & Embedded Systems J. McLeod
ECE 9513 Robot Control I. Polushin
ECE 9507 Advanced Digital Control M. Kermani
ECE 9516 Topics in Autonomous Robotics I. Polushin
ECE 9609 Introduction to Hacking A. Essex
ECE 9360 Convex Optimization for Engineering and Science F. Fang

Course Enrollment Deadlines

Fall 2023

**Please note the below deadlines apply to all Fall 2023 courses - regardless of course start date.

September 1, 2023: Fall term officially begins - does not necessarily concide with the beginning of classes.


September 15, 2023: Last Day to ADD a Graduate Course for Fall term. Last Day to Drop a graduate course online. *this is also the last day to SWAP courses. This add date applies to ALL courses being offered in the Fall term, regardless of the course start date.


September 30, 2023: Last Day to declare an AUDIT for a Fall course.


September 30, 2023:Last Day to DROP a Fall graduate course without it appearing on the transcript. All forms must be received by the end of business hours. This drop date applies to ALL courses being offered in the Fall term, regardless of the course start date.


October 31, 2023: Last Day to DROP a Fall graduate course and receive a 'Withdrawn' on the transcript - after this date a 'Fail' will be assigned. All forms must be received by the end of business hours. This drop date applies to ALL courses being offered in the Fall term, regardless of the course start date.

Winter 2024

**Please note the below deadlines apply to all Winter 2024 courses - regardless of course start date.

January 1, 2024: Winter term officially begins - does not necessarily concide with the beginning of classes.


Janaury 15, 2024: Last Day to ADD a Graduate Course for Winter term. Last Day to Drop a graduate course online. *this is also the last day to SWAP courses. This add date applies to ALL courses being offered in the Winter term, regardless of the course start date.


January 30, 2024: Last Day to declare an AUDIT for a Winter course.


January 30, 2024: Last Day to DROP a Winter graduate course without it appearing on your transcript. All forms must be received by the end of business hours. This drop date applies to ALL courses being offered in the Winter term, regardless of the course start date.


February 28, 2024: Last Day to DROP a Winter graduate course receive a 'Withdrawn' on the transcript - after this date a 'Fail' will be assigned. All forms must be received by the end of business hours. This drop date applies to ALL courses being offered in the Winter term, regardless of the course start date.

Summer 2024

**Please note the below deadlines apply to all Summer 2024 courses - regardless of course start date.

May 1, 2024: Summer term officially begins - does not necessarily concide with the beginning of classes.


May 15, 2024: Last Day to ADD a Graduate Course for Summer term. Last Day to Drop a graduate course online. *This is also the last day to SWAP courses. This add date applies to ALL courses being offered in the Summer term, regardless of the course start date.


May 31, 2024: Last Day to declare an AUDIT for a Summer course.


May 31, 2024: Last Day to DROP a Summer graduate course without it appearing on the transcript. All forms must be received by the end of business hours. This drop date applies to ALL courses being offered in the Summer term, regardless of the course start date.


June 30, 2024: Last Day to DROP a Summer graduate course receive a 'Withdrawn' on the transcript - after this date a 'Fail' will be assigned. All forms must be received by the end of business hours. This drop date applies to ALL courses being offered in the Summer term, regardless of the course start date.


MESc Program Information

MESc Forms

Course Enrollment Forms


Request Forms


Other Forms

*Accelerated Masters Program

Accelerated Master of Engineering Science (MESc) Program

The Accelerated Master of Engineering Science (MESc) program is designed to encourage outstanding and research-motivated students to complete the MESc degree through one extra year of study beyond their BESc program.

This program is offered to current 3rd year Western Engineering students, and in order to be accepted into the Accelerated MESc, an applicant must have at least 78% cumulative average based on 2nd and 3rd years of the undergraduate program. For dual-degree students, the admission average is calculated based on 2nd and 3rd years of the Engineering program.

 

Program format

Applicant must identify a supervisor during 3rd year, and begin his/her research project in supervisor's lab (typically through NSERC USRA or Dean' s Research Award) in the Summer before the beginning of 4th year.

During the 4th year of undergraduate program:

  • Take one graduate level course as a substitute for a 4th year technical elective.
  • Complete rest of the courses and other requirements for the BESc program.
  • May take (optional) one graduate course as an overload, to be counted as a credit in the graduate degree.
  • Maintain a cumulative average of 78% based on 3rd and 4th years of the undergraduate program.

 

Starting the MESc program in May (immediately after completing BESc degree):

  • Take two graduate courses (if took the overload graduate course in the 4th year)
  • Take three graduate courses (if no overload graduate course in the 4th year)
  • Complete research and thesis

 

How to Apply and Requirements

  • Interested students must complete an online application for graduate studies (Accelerated Masters program) no later than August 1st prior to beginning their 4th year of study.
  • Students who work in the summer prior to beginning their 4th year of study through the summer research program in Engineering (NSERC USRA, Dean's Award or Summer Research Award) are eligible to apply.
  • Students must also register in the appropriate 4th year courses as described in the table above.
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents and international students are all eligible to apply

 

Enrolling in Graduate courses as a 4th Year Undergraduate student

While you are an undergraduate student, you must work with the Undergraduate Coordinator in ECE on all course enrollment matters.

MESc to Doctoral Program Transfer

Both the ECE Transfer Request and the SGPS Transfer Request Forms must be completed and submitted to the Department. These forms are located on the ECE Forms page.

Requirements

  • In order to request a transfer to the PhD program an MESc student must submit the request prior to beginning their 4th term of enrolment.
  • An average of 85% across the courses taken during the MESc program is required to be eligible to transfer to the PhD program
  • MESc to PhD transfer students must take 8 graduate level courses to complete the degree requirements. A Maximum of 2 courses 2 MAY be waived, with ECE Graduate Committee approval.

Thesis Exam Information

You will complete the MESc program once you have successfully defended your thesis. Please note that you will also be expected to give a public lecture on your thesis topic just ahead of your exam.

Please see  the full SGPS Thesis Guide for information on formatting, timelines, preliminary submission, exam requirements and final submission. 

Support

Request for Academic Consideration

If, on medical or compassionate or other legitimate grounds, you are unable to meet your academic responsibilities, i.e., unable to write term tests, quizzes, project reports or final examinations or complete other required components of the course (e.g. project(s), presentation(s), case studies, or any other activity assigned as required by the course instructor), then you can request for accommodation.

To request accommodation, complete the Request for Academic Consideration Form and submit it along with the supporting documents via Kuali, to the Associate Dean (Graduate) Office. The accommodation request must be submitted either in advance or no later than one week after the date of course activity for which the accommodation is sought.

You should understand that academic accommodation will not be granted automatically on request. You must demonstrate that there are compelling medical or compassionate or other legitimate grounds that can be documented before academic accommodation will be considered.

The Associate Dean’s Office will review the accommodation request and convey the decision to the student and copy, Course Instructor and the Graduate Office of student’s home department. Note that the confidential information related to the accommodation is not shared with the Instructor and the Departmental Graduate Office.

If the accommodation request is approved, the Course Instructor has to convey the accommodation arrangement to the student and provide a copy to the Departmental Graduate Office.

Link to the Academic Consideration Form

To learn more about Academic Accommodation

Career Development

Western Engineering's Career Services

The Western Engineering Career Services team supports the Faculty of Engineering in its goal of providing the best student experience through experiential learning opportunities. Students have the opportunity to participate in Co-op which ensures a seamless transition from student life to employment and their career. Western Engineering offers both an undergraduate and graduate co-op program to its students. Co-op provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning in the workplace through hands-on experience, while building a professional network and earning a salary. In addition, research shows that participating in a co-op work term has a positive impact on students' grades when they return to their studies.

Western Engineering's Career Services engage students in self-discovery and assist them with career planning, career exploration, and career development to help meet their career goals. Our team offers one-to-one virtual or in-person career appointments where students can get support on resume building, and interview skills, as well as a wide variety of career-focused workshops throughout the academic year.

SGPS Career Development

Western University offers a variety of excellent resources for you to invest in your personal and professional growth. The Career Development site is a central resource that lists all professional development resources available to graduate students, including online modules and discipline-specific resources.

Writing Support Center

The Writing Support Centre is now offering both in-person and online services to help you meet the expectations of graduate level writing.

Location
Room 4100, Western Student Services Building
London, Ontario, Canada
N6A 3K7

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:30am - 4:30pm

Contact Information
Phone: 519-661-3655
Email: wsc@uwo.ca

Accessible Education

Accessible Education provides supports and services to students with disabilities at Western, in all programs and faculties.

Location
Accessible Education is located on the 4th floor of the Western Student Services Building (WSSB). WSSB is on the west side of campus between the University Community Centre (UCC) and the Weldon Library. 

Contact Information
phone: (519) 661-2147
email: aew@uwo.ca 

Human Rights Office

Western’s Human Rights Office (HRO) provides information on the University’s discrimination and harassment policies and other human rights-related issues. They are here to help you, whether you are a student, staff or faculty member. They are dedicated to making Western a safe, respectful and supportive environment for all members of the University community.

Location
Room 2319, Sommerville House, N6A 3K7

Contact Information
phone: 519-661-3334
email: humanrights@uwo.ca

Office of the Ombudsperson

The Office of the Ombudsperson provides a safe, confidential environment in which students can discuss a University-related problem or concern. They work with students to help identify the root of the problem and create strategies for resolving it. In situations where there is no further recourse, they may investigate or review a decision and may recommend a remedy. However, the recommendations of the Ombudsperson are not binding. 

For quick questions regarding any university-related problems, feel free to call or email the Ombudsperson's office. If you are emailing or completing an online appointment request, please be sure to tell them whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student and what you wish to discuss. This information will be kept confidential, but helps Ombuds staff prepare for the meeting.

For more in-depth issues, the Ombudsperson recommends you Schedule an Appointment online.

Location
Western Student Services
Room 3135, Third Floor
Western University
Main Campus

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

Contact Information
phone: (519) 661-3573
email: ombuds@uwo.ca

Scholastic Integrity

Graduate Students in the ECE Department are expected to meet and uphold Western University's standards of Academic Integrity.

For the complete policy and regulations see: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/scholastic_discipline_grad.pdf