Program

Application deadlines for Canadian applicants:

  • June 30th to begin studies in September
  • October 15th to begin studies in January

Application deadlines for international applicants:

  • March 30th to begin studies in September
  • October 15th to begin studies in January

The Department does, on occasion, accept students starting in May.

ProgramExpected LengthProject and/or thesisCourse based
P.G.D.1 year
M.Eng.2 years
M.Sc.2 years
Ph.D.4 years

The department offers programs leading to Postgraduate Diploma (P.G.D.), Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D). The department has well equipped research and teaching laboratories, and allows either experimental or theoretical research projects. Students may be involved in a specialized research-oriented activity, collaboration with industry, or research centres in Canada. Our graduate programs provide advanced studies and research in major fields. These are all full-time programs.

Graduate students conduct research under the supervision of a faculty member in one of four research areas. Our research programs and laboratories are supported by four technologists, and also by staff from the Engineering Computer Centre. The Department is home to two Canada Research Chairs, one in optoelectronic materials Dr. Safa Kasap, and the other in micro and nano fabrication, Dr. Sven Achenbach. The University of Saskatchewan is home to the Canadian Light Source (CLS), Canada's national synchrotron research facility.

Our major research areas:

  • Communications
  • Digital systems
  • Electronic materials
  • Power systems

Research supervisors

We recommend that you contact the faculty that are doing research in an area that interests you before beginning a formal application.

Name Research areas
Sven AchenbachMEMS/NEMS, x-ray lithography, LIGA, process technology, high aspect ratio, polymer patterning, materials, RF MEMS, biomedical devices, micro/nano fluidics
Francis BuiData science, signal processing, pattern recognition, optimization, biometric security, medical informatics, medical imaging, health monitoring, sensor networks, communication systems
Li ChenIntegrated circuits, microelectronics, fault-tolerant electronics, CMOS, radiation-tolerant electronics, radiation effects, single event effects, total dose effects, reliability, pulsed laser fault injection
Nurul ChowdhuryPower systems, transmission, generation, economic operation, deregulation, market clearing price, transmission loss
Tony C.Y. ChungSmart grid and renewable energy, power system stability and control, power system planning and operation, power market and electric vehicle charging
Brian DakuMicroseismic Fault LocationMicroseismic Fault Location, Communications Systems, Digital Signal Processing, M-tutor
Anh DinhVLSIVLSI, Digital Communications, Analog and RF Circuits
Sherif FariedPower system dynamics, power system control, power system protection, subsynchronous resonance, renewable energy
Ramakrishna GokarajuWide Area Power Systems MonitoringWide Area Power Systems Monitoring, Power Systems Protection and Control, Power Systems Stability in Smart Grid Systems.
Robert JohansonElectronic MaterialsElectronic Materials, Electronic Noise, X-ray Sensors
Rajesh KarkiReliability modeling, power system reliability, power system planning, renewable energy, wind energy, photovoltaics, energy storage, operating risk, energy demand management, energy efficiency
Safa KasapOpto-electronic materials and devices, photonics, sensors, detectors
David KlymyshynMicrowave circuits, wireless devices, RF-MEMs, antennas, thick layer microfabrication, deep X-ray lithography, high-aspect-ratio structures
Seok-Bum KoComputer engineering, computer architecture, computer arithmetic, digital, logic, FPGA, ASIC, embedded system, compute-intensive, biomedical
Denard LynchEngineering ethics, engineering and society, engineering pedagogy, safety psychology
Ha NguyenStatistical Communication and Information TheoryStatistical Communication and Information Theory, Error Control Coding, Spread Spectrum Communication
Aryan Saadat MehrDigital signal processing, statistical signal processing, control systems, multi-rate signal processing, adaptive systems, OFDM communications, system identification, detection and estimation, image processing, convex optimization
Joseph SaltCommunication over fibre/cable networks, QAM modulation/demodulation, timing recovery, carrier recovery, time distance of arrival estimation, signal source localization
Daniel TengInterconnection techniques and analysis for system-on-chip, Low-power multiprocessor design architecture, Multiple-valued logic synthesis & analysis
Khan WahidImage and video processing, digital system design, FPGA, ASIC, real-time embedded systems, body sensor network, biomedical engineering, medical imaging, fluorescence imaging, smartphone app

Tuition and funding

Funding

In their applications, students should identify their financial status and state if attendance is contingent on receiving financial aid. The department employs about 20 graduate students as marking assistants and a limited number of scholarships, research fellowships and teaching assistantships are available. There is a keen competition for this financial support.  Applications for Departmental Scholarships, Research Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships may only be submitted after a student has been admitted.

In addition to potential funding from your department, there are scholarships and awards available to all eligible students. There are also special programs for international students from China, Vietnam, and Ecuador.

Tuition

Graduate students in a thesis or project based program pay tuition three times a year for as long as they are enrolled in their program.

Term Canadian International
September 1 - December 31, 2015 $1268.00 $1902.00
January 1 - April 30, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
May 1 - August 31, 2016 $1268.00 $1902.00
Total per academic year $3804.00 $5706.00

Students in course based programs pay tuition for each class they take. Every class is assigned a number of credit units (usually three) which determines the cost. If a student is not enrolled in any classes for a term, they will need to register in a 'Maintenance of Status' class that is 3 credits to stay in their program.

P.G.D. students do not need to register in the Maintenance of Status course as long as they take a single class every academic year.

Canadian International
Cost per credit unit $205.00 $307.50
Cost for a three credit unit class $615.00 $922.50
Maintenance of Status course $615.00 $922.50

Tuition information is accurate for the current academic year and does not include student fees. For detailed tuition and fees information, visit the official tuition website.

Admission requirements

  • Four year undergraduate degree in a relevant field
  • A cumulative weighted average of 65% or better in final two years (e.g. 60 credit units) of undergraduate degree program
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in a field relevant to proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A four-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in a field relevant to proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • A Master’s degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university in a field relevant to proposed field of study
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (U of S grade system equivalent) in the last two years of study (e.g. 60 credit units)
  • Proof of English language proficiency may be required for international applicants and for applicants whose first language is not English
  • Demonstrated ability for independent thought, advanced study, and research

Application process

Find a supervisor

Using the list above, find a potential supervisor, read about the work they are currently doing and their past publications. If you think you'd like to work with them, contact them and describe your research interests and past academic experience. If they are accepting students, they will instruct you to begin a formal application.

Before you apply

Please visit our department's website and follow the pre-qualification steps detailed.

Submit an online application

Once you begin an application, choose one of the following application forms in the system:

  • Graduate (B) Fall term start - September
  • Graduate (C) Winter term start - January
  • Graduate (D) Spring term start - May

During the application, you'll be asked for:

  • Personal information such as your name, address, etc.
  • The names and email addresses of your three referees
  • Your educational history from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

The application takes about 20 minutes to complete. You may save your application and return to it later as long as you remember the Login ID and PIN you've created.

At the end of the application, you will need to pay a non-refundable $90 application fee. It is recommended that you pay online with a credit card. If you do not pay online when completing your application, you will need to use an alternate form of payment. Your application will not be processed until payment is received.

If you are a past or current student you may begin an application in the admissions channel of PAWS.

Submitting Required Documents

Once you've completed an online application you will need to have the following documents submitted:

  • You will need to send in official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate courses (including, where necessary, a certified English translation), even if a degree was not awarded. You do not need to submit transcripts for courses taken at the U of S.
  • Have the transcripts sent directly from the institutions to the department address below.
  • If your current degree is still in progress, you will need to arrange for your official final transcripts showing the awarding of your degree to be sent to your department.
  • Copies of transcripts are not acceptable as final admission documents, unless they have also been verified and stamped by your issuing institution.

If you are required to provide proof of English proficiency your English test results need to be sent directly from the organization where your tests were taken to the department address below.

Contact

Department of Electrical Engineering
Room 2B60 Engineering Building
57 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9

Graduate Chair
Dr. Seokbum Ko
Email: seokbum.ko@usask.ca

Graduate Administrator
Jan Compain
Email: ece.gradinquiries@usask.ca