Master's Degrees

A student's program of study for the Master’s degree may be either a research intensive program (Master of Applied Science (MASc) or Master of Science (MSc)) or a coursework intensive program (Master of Engineering (MEng)). Note that a thesis-based research Master’s degree is normally required to gain admission into the PhD program. 

Master of Applied Science and Master of Science 

Admissions Requirements 

A candidate to be considered for the MASc or MSc research program must have obtained, with a high scholastic standing, an undergraduate degree in engineering or in science with honours, or their equivalents, from a recognized university. Candidates must also be recommended for admission by a faculty member in the program in order for their application to proceed. Please note a recommendation for admission is not a formal acceptance.

Candidates for the above degrees may be required to take additional undergraduate subjects as a preparation for advanced courses or to give the candidate a suitable background in engineering or science. Such subjects are seldom considered part of the graduate program. 

Academic Regulations

Program Requirements 
MASc and MSc graduate programs consist of at least 12 credit hours of course work, the graduate seminar and a thesis. Not more than one senior level undergraduate course may be taken as part of the 12-credit hour requirement. 

Graduate Seminar
The seminar requirement involves attending, and participating in, all Graduate Seminars held in the department throughout the duration of the student’s residency period, as well as delivering at least one seminar presentation. 

Supervisor and Supervisory Committee
The Department is to ensure that supervisors are assigned to students as a prerequisite to admission. If the supervisor is not a full-time member of the Department, a co-supervisor will be appointed from the Department. 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 expertise in the proposed area of study. The supervisor will be the chair of the Supervisory Committee. 

Examination Requirements 
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 and are not eligible to write supplementary examinations. Transfer credits from other universities will be considered on a case by case basis. 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 MASc or MSc 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 his/her 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 MASc and MSc Theses
The thesis is to be prepared to conform with the standards of the Faculty of Engineering. To initiate the thesis defence, the form “Appointment for an Oral Examination & Thesis Submission Form – Master’s Programs” must be submitted to the department 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 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. 

Master of Engineering

Admission Requirements 

A candidate to be considered for the Master of Engineering course work program must have obtained an undergraduate degree in engineering or a related discipline with high scholastic standing from a recognized university. Applicants with industrial experience are encouraged to apply.

Academic Regulations

Program Requirements 
The MEng graduate program consist of 27 credit hours of course work and the graduate seminar. Six credit hours of the required 27 hours may be completed in the form of an optional project, requiring appointment of a project supervisor and presentation of the project results within the graduate seminar. Students should seek advice from the program coordinator if they intend to pursue this option. Undergraduate courses, in the area of a student’s interest, not taken by the student for previous credit, may be included in the program, subject to prior approval. Not more than 12 credit hours may be at the undergraduate level.

Individual departments will assess applicants and select students for the program in their respective departments. Students’ programs will be determined by the department in which the student is registered. All programs must have the approval of the department. 

Graduate Seminar
The seminar requirement involves attending, and participating in, all Graduate Seminars held in the department throughout the duration of the student’s residency period. MEng degree candidates choosing to complete the optional 6-credit hour project must also present their work within the graduate seminar.

Supervisor and Supervisory Committee
The Graduate Coordinator will serve as the Supervisor, unless the student chooses to complete the optional project. The project supervisor will then serve as formal Supervisor and the Supervisory Committee will consist of the Supervisor and at least one other member with expertise in the proposed area of study. 

Examination Requirement 
All courses required to meet the degree requirements are considered essential courses. 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. 

MEng degree candidates choosing to complete the optional 6 credit hour project as part of their 27 credit hour program requirement must present their work within the graduate seminar.

All MEng degree candidates must pass all graduate level courses, and any approved undergraduate courses, with a grade of at least B-. Graduate students are allowed to repeat only one course during their program in the Faculty of Engineering and are not eligible to write supplementary examinations. Transfer credits from other universities will be considered on a case by case basis. 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 MEng 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 his/her program. See Faculty of Graduate Studies Regulations, Section 7, for policies regarding the maximum length of time for degree completion and extensions.

Co-op Master's Degrees 

The Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science offers MASc (Co-op), MSc (Co-op) and MEng (Co-op) degrees. Participation in the co-op program requires a co-op research project suitable for a master's thesis (for co-op MASc and MSc degrees) or a master's project (for co-op MEng degree), 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 his/her master's thesis/project. The graduate student will conduct all or part of their research as part of his/her 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 in the MASc and MSc programs will normally be taken after completing at least nine credit hours.
3. The first co-op work term in the MEng program will normally be taken after completing at least 12 credit hours.
4. Provided that conditions 1-3 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/project co-supervisor. This arrangement will be agreed upon by the academic supervisor and the company before the student begins the program.