Admission for civilian graduate students is competitive and spaces are limited, so meeting our minimum entry standards does not guarantee admission. Please review this page thoroughly, in particular the sections on unsponsored applicants and competency in English below.
The Royal Military College of Canada offers a full range of graduate degrees at the Masters and Doctoral levels. Graduate enrolment is open to both civilian and military students. Civilian students are treated the same as at any other Canadian university: there are no military duties and there is no offer or obligation to join the Canadian Armed Forces.
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department offers the Master of Applied Science and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering. All of our graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies.
As a graduate student, you can work in any area in which we have an active program of research. Our faculty members’ interests span the full range of electrical, computer and software engineering, with current work in electromagnetics, antennas, communications, digital signal processing, navigation, power, control, robotics, network security, real-time systems, human-computer interaction, and many other areas.
The ECE Department offers admission into programs leading to the Master of Applied Science (MASc) and the Doctorate (PhD). We do not accept direct applications to Master of Engineering (MEng) programs. The Calendar describes program requirements.
MASc programs in the ECE Department require six one-term courses or the equivalent at the graduate level, plus a thesis. EE502 Applied Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering is a required course for the MASc. The MASC program is normally twenty-one months long.
The MASc is offered in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering.
MEng programs in the ECE Department require eight one-term courses or the equivalent at the graduate level, plus a project (PR500 Project).
Students who are registered in the MASc may request a transfer to the MEng; this request for transfer must be supported by the ECE GSC who will make a recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies. The ECE Department does not accept registrations directly into the MEng.
PhD programs in the ECE Department require a total of ten one-term courses or the equivalent at the graduate level, some of which may have been taken during studies at the Masters level. For example, a Doctoral student who completed six courses at the Masters level will normally be required to take four more courses during the Doctoral program. Doctoral students are also required to complete comprehensive examinations, a formal thesis proposal, and the thesis. This is normally accomplished in a thirty-three month program.
The PhD is offered in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering.
Application to graduate programs in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department may be made at any time of year. Application, and related correspondence, is made through the Graduate Studies and Research Division, not through the ECE Department. Admission requirements are found below.
Further guidance on applying to the RMCC Graduate School can be found in the Graduate Calendar and through the Graduate Studies and Research Division. You should also see the Application to Graduate Studies Form and the current RMCC Academic Fees. The Calendar is the ultimate source of information and can answer most questions.
The Calendar describes admissions guidelines and requirements.
To be admitted to study in the ECE department as a “Regular” Master’s Graduate Student the applicant must hold a degree from a recognized university with at least second class honours (a B- or 70% or the GPA equivalent) in an appropriate field of Engineering or Applied Science. In exceptional cases, applicants with an honours degree in a related field of undergraduate study may be accepted as a “Provisional” Graduate Student. Such an acceptance will require successful completion of additional graduate or undergraduate courses beyond the usual degree requirement.
To be admitted to study as a Doctoral student, the applicant must normally hold a research-oriented, thesis-pattern Masters degree in an appropriate field of Engineering or Applied Science.
For applicants whose first language is neither English nor French, sufficient evidence of competency in English must be provided, normally in the form of a certified Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test record. Equivalent tests (e.g., IELTS) may also be considered.
The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 600 for the paper-based test (pbt), 250 for the computer-based test (cbt) or 100 for internet-based test (ibt). An IELTS score of band 7 is considered equivalent.
All applicants must provide names, titles and full contact information of three persons who have knowledge of their academic ability, to serve as referees.
These referees must provide letters of reference on the appropriate forms:
The letters of reference should be sent directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies Office by the referee. The Dean’s address appears at the bottom of the forms.
Applicants directly sponsored by the Canadian Armed Forces are not required to have selected a supervisor prior to admission, and they should not indicate one on the application form. These applicants are required to meet all other conditions for admission.
Any applicant not directly sponsored by the Canadian Armed Forces will be considered for admission only if an ECE Department faculty member has agreed to act as the applicant’s supervisor. The supervisor is responsible for advising the applicant on a course of study, supervision of research work, and for providing financial support for the initial period of the applicant’s study.
If you have a faculty member who has agreed to supervise you, indicate the name of the supervisor on your application.
If you do not have a supervisor, your application file will be made available to faculty members to review. Your application will not be recommended for acceptance until a faculty member agrees to act as supervisor, including provision of financial support for your initial period study.
All applications will be fully reviewed by the ECE Graduate Studies Committee.
Admission to all of our programs is competitive, with priority given to applicants directly sponsored by the Canadian Armed Forces. Other students meeting our criteria for admission may be accepted on a space-available basis. Note that even if the basic admission criteria are satisfied, acceptance into a graduate degree program is not guaranteed and is at the entire discretion of the Admissions Committee and the Dean.
Admission decisions will be communicated by formal letter from the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies.
For more information about our graduate program, please contact the Chair of the ECE Graduate Studies Committee, Dr Mostafa Hefnawi.
Any suggestions for updates or improvements to this page should be directed to Dr Sylvain Leblanc.
This web site is not an official publication of the Royal Military College of Canada nor of the Department of National Defence. Ce site web n’est pas une publication officielle du Collége militaire royal du Canada ni du Ministère de la défense nationale.