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  1. Hello Av147, Your GPA just meet the minimum requirements for Toronto and Waterloo so you can't really get too much lower in your final year (although you may be done I can't quite tell). Other than that your profile looks fairly competitive. Have you had any publications? Is your degree 3 or 4 year?
  2. That's great! Sounds good to me!
  3. I got the offer early April but the topic was largely buried so I decided against resurrecting it. I just received notification that I will be receiving an OGS scholarship. I'm quite happy about it because I was offered NSERC CGS-M but was set on U of T. Absolutely, I'll be at the orientation we should grab a drink sometime.
  4. ECE can register for 1000 level ECE courses on August 2nd. If you want to take 500 level courses you need to add them to your cart and then email the graduate office so that they can enrol you. Thanks for the defer payment notification, I forgot about that!
  5. Hi Keziem, Sorry for delay. I am not able to open your file. It says I do not have access to it with my account. Maybe direct message it to me
  6. Hello Keziem, I can take a look at your statement of internet that's not a problem but I am no means a professional, there are likely better sources on this forum but I will offer my full and honest critique. Out of curiousity how do you define as reputable? There are many universities that are reputable in Canada for instance but might not have an international presence. Are you trying to be an academic? Or go into the work force? Usually in Canada for the work force it only matters what school you went to get your first job... The GTA is in many ways starved of talent and going to lesser known international schools such as Ryerson are good choices. If Toronto isn't your cup of tea the University of Manitoba and University of Saskatchewan have excellent engineering programs but aren't as internationally established as say Toronto, UBC, McGill, or U of A. There are many excellent options in Canada (and USA) for a quality masters route.
  7. Hi Keziem, Course based (MEng) programs are notoriously difficult for international students to get acceptance. (At least in Canada) These are considered professional programs and the fees are usually 35-50k for 1 year. Needless to say this is not affordable for many international students (I imagine you would need to show proof of tuition cost and living expenses which would amount to about 80k on the high end). International students usually apply for MASc which in Canada usually has guaranteed funding (depending on the school) which covers tuition and a very modest living allowance. Based on your profile I think it would be slim even if you improve your GRE your GPA is quite low (2nd class honours) since A's are 70+... your GPA doesn't translate that well (though I could be wrong about this). Getting into either a research or course based Masters at the universities you have mentioned would be extremely difficult. University of Waterloo has an interesting online Power MEng in Electrical Engineering that might be worth exploring. I think there are other online MEng programs that might be options to explore. If you are looking to use university as a immigration tool it might be beneficial to look at lesser known schools (try looking at Maclean's Magazine Rankings for Canada) and applying to an MASc application. I think that course based programs are largely out of reach to take on campus but MASc should be an option, many might still be looking for January and May intakes. Best of Luck
  8. We need a bit more information: 1) What type of school and where did you do your undergrad in? (Top school, unknown, Europe, USA etc...) 2) What is your GPA and GRE like? 3) Are you applying to research or industry (course) based programs? 4) Do you have any research experience? Publications? Also many universities don't have a spring admission.
  9. I think this really depends on what you yourself find easier, the type of engineering education you had in your Bachelor's, and the school you would be going to for your Masters, as well as if your Masters in a bridge to a PhD like many of the programs in the US offer or a terminal masters. I honestly can't see how a Masters program would be that much more difficult than a CEAB or ABET accredited engineering program. The number of courses, breadth, and detail required to excel in these programs is often overwhelming to even the best students. (That is not to say it can't be done, there are lots of people who can and many are on this forum) In fact these programs were so difficult that people used to take "easier" undergraduate programs such as physics and chemistry and then do a masters in engineering or master or applied science (MEng in Canada is typically course work and MASc is research) so that they could then apply (as a loophole which is now harder to over come) to become licensed professional engineers in Canada. The CEAB does not offer accreditation to any programs aside from a Bachelors, though time of service of 1 year is given towards a professional certification by many bodies in Canada and the USA. Again this all depends on where you attend school both in the past and in the future. I think that my Master's will be more difficult in someways (many that Eigen has said) since I will be attending a top research school and the university I came from was not and I was near the top of my class. I don't have an issue with personal motivation however and this could be why I feel this way. I should note that there hasn't been a single individual that I have met that has said a masters is more difficult. But I have met plenty that said a PhD (due to its length, demand for new discovery, and financial impacts) to be devastating. I agree with Eigen in that independently it is far more of a challenge. You need to be tenacious. Most of the time students are spoon fed in their Undergrad and many of the supports people have come to rely on will have evaporated.
  10. You made a good choice by selecting U of A, the reason is two fold. One a MEng is a professional based program with usually course work and a project and two little or no funding is available. As an International Student MEng programs in Canada would be financially crippling to most. MASc offers a better option since it is funded (usually) and the tuition is much less than an MEng, especially for international students.
  11. Hello laveritecestla, It's hard to answer your question in a positive way as you have listed many of the top schools. I think the only way you can go about getting into the institutions that you listed as they are all top schools is to connect with professors personally to see if exceptions can be made, though some do not have distinct cutoffs it doesn't look good and it's hard to spin something that is so recent. I worry about your GPA because going from 3.3 to 3.15 in a semester is quite significant. Even at 3.3 you are at the very low end for admission to many of the schools that you listed (doing a quick search most people that get in are at 3.7 and higher). You might not be able to get through the graduate admissions process (before professors look at applications) if the schools have a hard cut off for marks (like the University of Toronto). A solid journal or conference paper would certainly help but it might be better to have a few "safety" schools. Your extracurricular activities are very excellent and show that you are multi-dimensional. This would probably benefit you more in looking for work than a research position, but it still helps. If you look at Cornell, which because of your status as a student there and you have probably the easiest time to make a connection with a professor, you are still very well below the cutoff for GPA (for the research I know you mentioned Cornell Tech masters) and many of the schools the cutoff is around 3.7/4.0 (University of Toronto). I don't think getting a perfect GRE score will improve your chances since your current score is quite respectable. For Cornell Research, Michigan, - GPA: Minimum Grade Point Average: 3.5/4.0 or above Class Standing: Student should be in the Top 5% of their class or above For University of Toronto GPA: Minimum Grade Point Average: 3.7/4.0 or above At Case Western (3.0) you still meet the requirements. Grad studies is incredibly competitive and I hope you have success in your applications and don't let my assessment get in the way of your dreams. Just make sure you have a backup plan.
  12. Hello Victorious Secret, You won't have any trouble getting into a top 25 school if I did. I think I would have got into MIT if I had published during my second undergrad and had a more focused research proposal. As it happens that was the only school outside of Canada that I applied to and I was able to gain admission at the University of Toronto (Electrical Engineering). And I can tell you without going into too much detail that my academic past was well below yours and it still worked out extremely well for me and my family. I also don't go to a school that appears on any rankings... Honestly you have a stellar application and virtually nothing to worry about. If people are going to worry about something that happened over 10 years ago and not what you have been accomplishing since you are better off elsewhere...
  13. What is URM?
  14. It seems kinda of interesting that you want to get an advanced degree in an area you really haven't done anything in, do you collect degrees? I don't know how to say that any nicer, but it seems like you want to avoid doing the actual engineering education and focus on the research in an area again you really have no knowledge of...I think it's rather perverse that you are trying to get into grad school for engineering.
  15. I don't think a psychology is an appropriate degree to segway into a master's degree in engineering. You could make the argument for physics, chemistry, computer science at times but psychology is a huge stretch. I don't see any university admitting someone into a research or course based engineering at the graduate level. You are way too far behind tbh. You'd be better off doing an bachelor's in engineering.