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Which masters should I get?

  1. Aug 10, 2013 #1
    Im going to my 3rd year as a telecommunications engineering student in the university.
    I was thinking of applying to the university of Toronto for a masters degree later but the only course that really relates to my field there is Electrical and computer engineering. And of all the branches it had, the ones which caught my interest were communications and computer engineering.

    Frankly, my interest is with computer engineering. I have personally tried to teach myself programming C++ through books and the internet since we arent really thought programming.

    But i would like to know. If i go for a masters in computer engineering, would they still cover programming and maybe a bit of basics or would it be all the advanced part thereby most likely leaving me lost?

    Also what are the job prospects for a telecommunications engineer (especially in canada and for foreign students).
    And which masters gives be better chances in the market?
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  3. Aug 11, 2013 #2
    Computer engineering or Computer Science? These two fields are very different.
  4. Aug 11, 2013 #3
    Electrical & Computer Engineering with specialization in Computer Engineering
  5. Aug 11, 2013 #4


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    Hey Megziflips and welcome to the forums.

    Isn't telecommunications engineering pretty much the same as electrical/computer? Where I live (Australia), the programs are basically the same bar a couple of courses and some choices for electives.

    How different is it over there?
  6. Aug 11, 2013 #5
    @Chiro, the course I plnned to do is Electrical & Computer Engineering*
    (with options to specialize in communications OR computer engineering).

    I guess telecoms is pretty much like the broad part connecting electronics to computer in depth.

    But cant be precise since i never studied electric or computer engineering.

    I have just finished my second year, so far we have studied much about stuffs like diodes, thristors, multiplexers, demux, logical gates, etc.....
    oh and a whoooole lot of theory of communication ( that gets particulary boringeven though im good at it).

    My schedule for next year says its more practical though. A lot of networking stuff in stock.

    Well my concerns lies with the fact we only did a bit (more like brush-through) of c# in our first year and some web designing ( also brush-trough) and after that we never went close to computer programming.
    I have a lot of interest in that and try to self study.

    Also, if you have advice on other good courses to have my masters in, im all ears.
  7. Aug 12, 2013 #6


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    To the OP:

    I have a question for you -- did you pursue your bachelor's degree in Canada or elsewhere? The reason I'm asking is that from your description of your degree (and I'm not familiar with any school in Canada with a specific title of telecommunications engineering), you should have all of the required coursework and knowledge base to pursue a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (whether at the University of Toronto or elsewhere).

    Your best bet would be to ask the registrar of the different schools you wish to apply to about your credentials.
  8. Aug 12, 2013 #7
    @StatGuy, in Ukraine
  9. Aug 13, 2013 #8


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    I see. If that's the case, I would double my suggestion of contacting the registrar of the schools you are applying (whether that is in Canada or elsewhere), although from the engineers I have met from the Ukraine, I don't foresee you having any problems pursuing a Masters in electrical & computer engineering.
  10. Aug 13, 2013 #9
    "from the engineers I have met from the Ukraine, I don't foresee you having any problems pursuing a Masters in electrical & computer engineering"

    Really? Im glad to hear that.

    So you think with a base knowledge of programming I can get along with computer engineering?
    Im considering Canada and USA now.
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