Master of Electrical Engineering

Credits 45 credits
Semester of admission and deadlines Fall: August 1st
Winter: December 1st
Summer: April 1st

Foreign students (with study permit) must apply 2 months before these dates.
Regime of studies Full-time or part-time basis
Schedule Courses offered on days, evenings and some in an intensive format
Language of instruction French for the M.Eng.
French and English for the M.A.Sc.
Degree Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)
Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.)
Admission
Presentation

Real-world, leading-edge projects in Electrical Engineering

At ÉTS, research projects in electrical engineering are not only leading-edge, they’re also grounded in the real world. The proof: we are among the few universities interested in embedded systems integrated in avionics and navigation. The majority of our professors have acquired industry experience, and 60% of their research work is done in collaboration with businesses.

About the Master of Electrical Engineering

With advanced knowledge in electrical engineering, you will be able to design electronic equipment that consumes fewer batteries or reduces the weight of avionics systems. You could also use electromagnetic waves to detect cancerous tumours or devise algorithms to increase the precision of surgical operations. You could even design the wireless optical networks of the future and find solutions to bring the Internet to remote regions far from major centres, whether the Gaspé or the Amazon!

Whether you want to stand out in your field, enhance your career or become a leader in research and development, the ÉTS master's program in Electrical Engineering will meet your needs.  Who knows, maybe you will even develop a technology that revolutionizes industry!

More specifically, a master’s in electrical engineering will help you deepen your knowledge in the following areas: 

  • Artificial intelligence; 
  • Power electronics; 
  • Industrial control;
  • Microelectronics and micro/nano-systems;
  • Imaging;
  • Digital vision.
     

What topics will be covered in the master's program?

Besides acquiring advanced knowledge in electrical engineering, you will be able to:

  • Determine the technological needs of a company;
  • Plan and carry out development projects in various electrical engineering application domains, applied research, and implementations of existing technologies.

You will have access to many laboratories and specialized equipment, such as:  

  • Static and dynamic flight simulators;
  • A Piaggio Avanti aircraft;
  • Flight Management Systems (FMS);
  • A characterization bench for photonic devices;
  • A silicon photonics test bench; 
  • Network technology labs including metropolitan, long-distance and submarine fibre optic transmission systems up to 100 Gbit/s;
  • Telecommunications data centres;
  • Network emulators;
  • Internet of Things networks for smart cities;
  • Mobile test infrastructure for emergency wireless communications (terrestrial and maritime), also supported by the use of drones;
  • Digital, analogue and RF integrated circuit design software for Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs);
  • An LTCC (Low Temperature Co-Fired Ceramic) microfabrication laboratory;
  • Sophisticated measurement devices such as logic analyzers, oscilloscopes, network analyzers, etc.;
  • A programmable-load hydrogen-powered fuel cell with a maximum output of 30 kW; 
  • A climate test chamber; 
  • Drones;
  • Exoskeletons (lower and upper limbs); 
  • Solar panels installed on the school’s roof totalling 1.5 kW and accessible from the test benches in one of our laboratories.
     

Who can enrol in a master’s in electrical engineering?

Electrical engineering calls for multi-disciplinary knowledge. You can register for the master’s in electrical engineering if you hold an engineering diploma or a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering, information technology engineering, operations and logistics engineering or automated production engineering. Other diplomas could be eligible; find out about yours!

What’s the Difference Between the Project Master's and the Research Master’s?

The master's in electrical engineering includes two options: one with a thesis and one with a project. What’s the difference? The thesis profile is focused on research and leads to the degree of Master of Applied Sciences (M.A.Sc.). The project profile will allow you to specialize in a particular area of electrical engineering and will lead to the degree of Master of Engineering (M.Eng.).

Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering with Thesis (Research Profile)

This profile is for you if you want to continue into doctoral studies or do research and development in industry.

The program totals 45 credits, including 15 credits of courses and 30 credits for the research project.

Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering with Project (Project Profile)

Would you like to specialize and become an expert in electrical engineering? The practical and theoretical courses in the project profile will help you deepen your knowledge. You can also put them into practice with an industry internship.  

The program totals 45 credits, including 30 or 39 credits of courses plus 6 or 15 credits for the project.

Master's Degree with Project (courses profile) M.Eng.

The Master's Degree with Projet is available in French only.

Would you like to proceed in French?

Master's Degree with Thesis (research profile) M.A.Sc.

Degree

Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.)

Objective

The Master's program enables engineers and other professionals to specialize in electrical engineering and to become proficient in technology transfer related to the industry. In this program, students acquire advanced knowledge in electrical engineering and develop the skills required to identify the technological requirements of specific companies. They also learn to define, justify, plan and complete an implementation project involving existing technology or applied research or development projects in the realm of electrical engineering.

admission requirements

Hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automated manufacturing engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering or a related field, with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 (out of 4.3) or equivalent;

or have acquired the required knowledge, appropriate training and experience that is deemed to be relevant.

A candidate who is deemed to be inadequately prepared may be required to take upgrading courses or a preparatory course.

The candidate can be admitted on the basis of sufficient knowledge of English. In addition to the requirements of the program, the candidate must also successfully complete an out-of-program French course, appropriate to his or her level, to obtain a diploma.

Candidates admitted on the basis of English must also provide proof that a faculty member has agreed to act as their thesis supervisor.

Program Structure

  • 2 mandatory activities (6 credits)
  • 3 optional activities (totalling at least 9 credits)
  • 1 thesis (30 credits)

List of activities

2 mandatory activities (6 credits):

MTR801 Planning for an Engineering Research Project (3 cr.)
MTR871 Directed Readings (3 cr.)

3 optional activities (at least 9 credits) from the corresponding program:

If you choose to take courses at a partner university, you must obtain prior approval from your supervisor.

The student must successfully complete the following activity near the end of the program (30 credits):

MTR890 Master's Thesis (30 cr.)
Career Prospects

What are the Career Prospects in Electrical Engineering? 

According to the Survey on the Remuneration of Engineering Professionals in Québec (in French), conducted by Génium360, graduates with a Master of Engineering earn, on average, 10% more than bachelor graduates.  

Here are a few positions held by graduates with an ÉTS Master of Electrical Engineering:  

  • Director of Research and Development; 
  • Products and Technologies manager; 
  • Embedded Systems Architect and Software/Hardware Designer in various industries, including aerospace and telecommunications;
  • System Engineer;
  • Designer and Architect of wireless communication networks;
  • Designer and Planner for optical networks;
  • Network Analyst;
  • Telecommunications Department Manager/Director;
  • High Technology Entrepreneur;
  • Computing Platform Designer for deep machine learning;
  • Real-Time Low-Latency Network Applications Programmer;
  • Systems and Circuits Research & Development Engineer in various sectors of the electronics and telecommunications industry;
  • Research and Development Engineer for digital signal processing algorithms for visual effects. 

Some masters’ graduates, notably those with an M.A.Sc., choose to continue into doctoral studies or make a career within a university or a college.  

Professional Recognition

A master's in engineering can give you an experience credit of up to 12 months with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ). To learn more, we invite you to consult the Regulation respecting other terms and conditions for the issuance of permits by the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

Research projects for student master's program

Are You Looking for a Project for Your Master’s Program?

Are you looking for a research project?  See the page Research Projects for Students. Faculty recruiting master's students display their postings there. 

Have you found a thesis supervisor?

You must have chosen your thesis supervisor before the end of your first semester of master’s studies, because this is a condition of registration for the second semester. We strongly recommend you begin your search before your first semester of master’s studies. For more information, see Find a Thesis Supervisor