The PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering is the highest-level degree offered by the department, providing expertise in a chosen area through intensive research. Students advance their analytical and practical knowledge through a combination of specialized courses and a research thesis completed under the supervision of an experienced faculty member. The objective of the PhD is to train highly qualified students who will contribute to the research, development and technological innovations of the department and academia in general. Where possible, research of interest to industry is encouraged.
Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.
12 credits – Coursework
See the full list of Information Systems Engineering Courses. Each student’s program must be approved by a supervisory committee consisting of three members of faculty, including the student’s research supervisor.
2 credits – PhD Seminar
ENCS 8011 - Doctoral Seminar in Electrical Engineering (2 credits)
Comprehensive Examination (no credit value)
ENCS 8501 - Comprehensive Examination (no credit value)
6 credits – Doctoral Research Proposal
ENCS 8511 - Doctoral Research Proposal (6 credits)
70 credits – Research and Thesis
ENGR 8911 - Doctoral Research and Thesis (70 credits)
COMP 8901 - Doctoral Research and Thesis (70 credits)
SOEN 8901 - Doctoral Research and Thesis (70 credits)
Master’s degree or equivalent with high standing in engineering or computer science, or in a cognate discipline.
Holders of a bachelor’s degree will, in general, be considered for admission to a master’s program only. After completion of a minimum of two terms of full-time study, they may, upon application, be considered by the GCS Graduate Studies Committee for admission to a PhD program.
Admission on a part-time basis
Master’s degree with high standing in engineering, computer science or a cognate discipline.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
All applicants: Canadian / International / Permanent Resident
June 1 (all applicants)
October 1 (all applicants)
February 1 (all applicants)
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Late applications: Priority will be given to applications submitted on time. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
Tuition & funding
The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.
Competitive funding packages in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.