Master of Applied Science (MASc)

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must satisfy the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. A candidate to be considered to the Master of Applied Science thesis program must have obtained, with a high scholastic standing, an undergraduate degree in engineering or a degree in science with honours, or the equivalent, from a recognized university.

Candidates for the above degree may be required to take additional undergraduate subjects as a preparation for advanced courses or to give the candidate a suitable engineering background, but such subjects are seldom considered as part of the graduate program.

The Master of Applied Science degree is normally one of the requirements for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree program.

Program Requirements

A MASc graduate program is research or thesis based and requires the students to complete a minimum of 4 courses (12 credit hours), the graduate seminar and a research thesis selected upon the advice of the thesis supervisor. Not more than one senior level undergraduate course may be taken as part of the 12 credit hour requirement. 

Many of the MASc students are also expected to publish their papers in the peer-reviewed conferences.

Examination Requirement

All courses required to meet the degree requirements are considered essential courses and will be so designated by the Supervisory Committee. Essential courses can include any required undergraduate or prerequisite courses. 

Any courses taken in excess of the requirements are subject to approval by the supervisor. These courses will appear on the student’s transcript as regular courses.

All MASc degree candidates must pass all graduate level courses with a grade of at least B-. Any approved undergraduate course taken by a MASc candidate must be passed with a grade of at least B-. Graduate students are allowed to repeat only one course during their program in the Faculty of Engineering. Graduate students are not eligible to write supplementary examinations. Transfer credits from other universities will be considered on a case by case basis.

At least three-quarters (75%) of the total course requirement must be taken at the University, and at least half (50%) of the total course requirement must be taken in the department. 

In addition to meeting the grade requirements, failure to maintain an acceptable academic standing will result in a student being asked to withdraw from the program. Failure to achieve the minimum mark as noted above shall be considered grounds for dismissal.

The student is required to deliver seminars according to the regulations of the Faculty of Engineering. The seminar requirement involves attending, and participating in, all Graduate Seminars held at the department throughout the duration of the student’s residency period, as well as making at least one seminar presentation. The Graduate Coordinator is responsible for organizing the Graduate Seminars, and for deciding whether a student has met the requirement.

A MASc candidate will be required to submit a thesis satisfactory to the Faculties of Graduate Studies and Engineering and to make an oral presentation of the work.

Time Requirement

A candidate for a MASc degree will be required to spend at least twelve months’ full time work on course work and the thesis. All students are required to register each session to maintain eligibility to continue a program of studies. The normal time to complete this program is between 18 and 24 months.