Master of Applied Science (MASc) Program


Candidates must satisfy the general requirements for admission in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. In addition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements, the School of Biomedical Engineering has the following requirements for the MASc program.

Students will be accepted into the MASc program from:

  1. BEng or BASc from an accredited undergraduate engineering program
  2. Four year BSc in the physical sciences (e.g. Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, etc.) with research experience**
  3. Four year BSc in the biological sciences (e.g. Physiology, Biophysics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Immunology, etc.) with research experience**
  4. MD, DVM, DDS, or equivalent

In cases (3) and (4) above, additional undergraduate coursework may be required prior to entry into the program. This will depend on the nature of the research thesis to be undertaken and the requirements will be developed in consultation with the school; however, a minimum of second year undergraduate calculus (equivalent to Dalhousie University’s MATH 2001.03: Intermediate Calculus I and MATH 2002.03: Intermediate Calculus II) plus linear algebra and/or statistics, and one year of physics and chemistry will normally be required. Please contact the department for details. **Qualifications for research experience include: a research thesis, senior research project, or equivalent work experience determined in consultation with the School of Biomedical Engineering.

A minimum mid-B average during the student’s undergraduate coursework (with a minimum average of A- over the last two years) will be required, plus demonstrated ability to communicate and write in English (100 TOEFL iBT, or IELTS 7.5 or Dalhousie Collage of Continuing Education A)(consistent with the entry requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, e.g. TOEFL>600).


Degree Requirements

  1. At least a total of 18 credit hours to be chosen in consultation with a school advisor. It is expected that a minimum of 12 credit hours will be taken from the suite of 5000 level courses offered by the School of Biomedical Engineering. In addition, students whose preparation in a particular area is deficient may be required to complete appropriate courses, as part of the 18 credit hours, or exceeding this number.
  2. Attendance and participation in the BME seminar program, and the annual BME Research Day.
  3. A research thesis representing original work by the student will be carried out under the supervision (or co-supervision) of a faculty member of the School of Biomedical Engineering who is also a member of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. This thesis will normally be 75-100 pages in length exclusive of figures, tables, references, etc. Where the student’s principal research supervisor is not appointed in the School of BME, a co-supervisor from within the school will be named on the advice of the school’s Graduate Studies Coordinator in order to ensure that the thesis contains sufficient Biomedical Engineering content. The student must also undertake a satisfactory oral defense of the research thesis.