Candidates may satisfy the requirements for the degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) Thesis option by completing the following: Graduate courses (18 credits), of which 12 credits must be taken within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECSE 5XX or ECSE 6XX). Students may be allowed to take more than 6 credits of non-departmental courses; a letter of recommendation from their supervisor outlining the reason for such an action is required. Externally examined thesis (28 credits), for a program total of at 46 credits. This program is research oriented and the thesis is expected to involve a thorough examination of a topic of current interest in a research area within the department. Undertaking this program provides students with an opportunity to conduct intensive research under the supervision of researchers who are leaders in their field. The program is an ideal preparation for a PhD degree or an industrial research career. Students who choose the thesis option must register for seven thesis research courses (ECSE 691 - ECSE 697) over the period of their three terms of residency, in addition to the graduate courses selected by the supervisor. The formal residence requirement for the M.Sc. degree is three terms of full-time study. During the three-term residency requirement period, students must register for a minimum of 12 credits to be considered full-time. Full-time students must complete the degree within three (3) years of initial registration. However, it is possible to complete the program in one and one-half years. Half-time students (domestic students only) must complete the degree within five (5) years of initial registration. For more complete information, download the MSc Thesis Regulations & Policies [PDF] NOTE: Prospective applicants should be aware that the Master of Science degree does not confer the professional qualification of Engineer in Canada. For more information, please visit the following websites: Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec or Engineers Canada.