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Applying to MESc and PhD

Times to Completion


Curriculum Options


Admission Requirements


Areas of Specialization 

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate programs at the Masters (M.E.Sc.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) level in the following research areas: biomedical systems, communications systems and data networking, applied electrostatics and electromagnetics, microsystems and digital signal processing, power systems engineering, robotics and control and software engineering.

Application Process

Your Graduate Program Application will be completed through the Western Student Center.
View the Western Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for information on Passwords and Access to the Western Student Center.
Please visit the Western Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website for detailed information on filling out your application.

The following information must be provided in your application:


Applicants who have been offered admission to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies can accept or decline their offers of admission through the Western Student Center.

Admission Process

Applicants to these programs must be admitted by a faculty supervisor. Applicants do not have to have a supervisor in place to apply to the program, however, the department recommends that all applicants review the faculty webpage and contact any potential supervisor. Once your application has been completed it will be distributed to the ECE Faculty for review. Until a supervisor admits you to the program your application will remain open and on hold until the beginning of the term. Please note that meeting or exceeding the minimum criteria for admission does not guarantee admission to the Research program. Admission to the Research program is highly competitive. Please see the application timelines below. 


Funding Information

The Faculty of Engineering provides financial support to outstanding graduate students.  As part of this commitment we are pleased to offer a financial support package of a minimum of tuition plus $13,000 per year of your program, conditional on you meeting our conditions for progression towards the degree.  Part of this package may include supervisor research grant support, external scholarship support (such as NSERC, CIHR, OGS, QEII, etc), Graduate Teaching Assistantships, internal scholarship support (such as Western Graduate Research scholarships, program-based scholarships, endowments, etc), and employment other than Graduate Teaching Assistantships.  

There are also a number of scholarship opportunities available for both domestic and international students. In lieu of the financial package noted above, students will receive the value of the scholarship plus a supplement. The supplement can be funded from a variety of sources including TA assignments. 

For Information on Available Scholarships please visit the SGPS Webpage: Funding Opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering Offers a breakdown of Living and Tuition costs on their website: Financial Planning


Application Deadlines

International Applicants:

Fall Term

Application Opens: 
Application Closes: 

December 1st
July 31st

Winter Term

Application Opens: 
Application Closes: 

May 1st
November 30th

Summer Term

Application Opens: 
Application Closes: 

August 1st
March 31st


Domestic Applicants:

The ECE program accepts domestic applications to the MESc and PhD programs on a continuous basis. If you are interested in being considered for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship for 2020 (http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/ogs.html) or NSERC CGSM Award (http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/cgsm.html), please complete and submit your application to the ECE MESc or PhD program before September 30, 2019.