Master's Programs

Master of Science (MSc)


Admission Requirements

A candidate to be considered for the Master of Science program must have obtained, with a high scholastic standing, an undergraduate degree in engineering or science, or an equivalent, from a recognized university.

Candidates must also be recommended for admission by a faculty member in order for their application to proceed. It is noted that a recommendation for admission is not a formal acceptance.

Candidates for the Master of Science program are not admitted without appropriate funding sufficient to support the student and the intended program of research.


Academic Regulations

Program Requirements
A MSc graduate program consists of not less than 12 credit hours and a thesis. Not more than two senior level undergraduate courses may be taken as part of this credit hour requirement.

Supervisor and Supervisory Committee
The Supervisory Committee will consist of the thesis/project supervisor (and co-supervisor), at least one other member of the department, and at least one other member from outside the department with special interests in the proposed area of study. The supervisor will be the chair of the Supervisory Committee.

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 Master’s degree candidates must pass all graduate level courses, and any approved undergraduate course, 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.

As well, all Master’s degree candidates must pass an oral examination of their thesis or project after it has been submitted in satisfactory form.

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.

Time Requirement
The minimum time requirement for completing a Master’s program is twelve months. All students are required to register each term to maintain eligibility to continue a program of studies. Students are required to be on campus for at least two terms in the first year of their program. See Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations, Section 7, for policies regarding the maximum length of time for degree completion and extensions.

Procedures and Guidelines for Master’s Theses and Projects
1. The thesis/project report is to be prepared to conform with the standards of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
2. To initiate the thesis/project defence, the form “Appointment for an Oral Examination & Thesis Submission Form – Master’s Programs” must be submitted to the departmental Office at least 10 business days prior to the date of the oral defence. The department will coordinate the scheduling of the presentation and examination, and assign a chair/moderator. The oral presentation and examination will not be scheduled until the following requirements for the student’s program of studies have been met:
i) Course work completed;
ii) Seminar completed;
iii) Supervisory committee approved.



Co-op MSc Degree

The Program offers an MSc (Co-op) degree. Participation in the co-op program requires a co-op research project suitable for a master's thesis, and the student's acceptance by a faculty member in the Faculty of Engineering, as well as a suitable sponsoring organization. The faculty member who will supervise the graduate student will determine the suitability of a project for master's level research.

The academic requirements for co-op master's degrees in Engineering are identical to those for regular (e.g., non-co-op) degrees with the addition of a minimum of eight months, or up to 12 months, of co-op work term(s). During the work terms, the graduate student will work on a research project that will form the basis of their master's thesis. The graduate student will conduct all or part of their research as part of their co-op work at the employer's site. Also, all co-op graduate students should complete the “Co-op Orientation” course offered by the Science, Information Technology, Engineering Co operative Education Office before going on a work term.

Academic/Work term schedules shall be designed by the Supervising Committee of the graduate student taking into consideration the requirements of the research project as well as the needs of the student and the employer. In developing the schedules, the Supervising Committees shall adhere to the following guidelines:
1. The last term before completion of the degree requirements shall be an academic term.
2. The first co-op work term will normally be taken after completing at least nine credit hours.
3. Provided that conditions 1 and 2 above are satisfied, co-op work terms may be arranged in any combination that suits the student’s research plan.

The normal upper time limits for the completion of co-op master's degrees will be the same as those for non-co-op degrees, e.g. four years for full-time and five years for part-time studies. The Supervisory Committee of co-op master's students will normally include the student's industrial supervisor as a member, or if appropriate (based on Faculty of Graduate Studies and Faculty of Engineering regulations), as a thesis co-supervisor. This arrangement will be agreed upon by the academic supervisor and the company before the student begins the program.