Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.)

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The M.A.Sc. program is research-focused: the primary component is the thesis, which reports the results of an independent research investigation carried out by a student under the supervision of a professor. The M.A.Sc. program is most appropriate for those students who may wish to subsequently enter a Ph.D. program. M.A.Sc. students are funded for up to two years to complete their program. Students must register as full-time, and complete the requirements of the program in no more than three years.

Students enrolled in the MASc program must complete:

  • Successful completion of 4 half-courses, JDE1000H Ethics in Graduate Research seminar (3 hours),

Four (4) half courses

All courses must be graduate level, which includes 1000-level and 500-level courses. Your course selections must conform to the following criteria, selected in consultation and approval from the supervisor:

  • Two (2) courses must be from MIE
  • One (1) course must be a research course*
  • At most one (1) APS course
  • At most one (1) Reading course**

Course add/drop form here.

*Requirement introduced for students starting May 2017 and later

**Reading courses are assigned by the supervisor

Transfer credit may be requested for up to two half-courses taken that were not used for credit towards a degree. The grades earned for these courses must be at least an B+. The Graduate Studies Committee will decide whether the courses are at least equivalent to MIE graduate courses, and relevant to a degree in Mechanical or Industrial Engineering.

Seminar is offered by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering twice a year (Fall term, Winter term).  It is a 3-hour non-credit seminar. Seminar schedule will be announced when information is available. Students do not enroll JDE1000H on ROSI themselves.  The MIE Graduate Office will arrange a “CR” to be assigned on ROSI for those students who attended the seminar.

Students must attend 70% of MIE weekly seminars during the first year of registration, a MASc thesis.

To keep track of attendance record,

  1. Students must swipe their T-card after the seminar outside of the seminar room.
  2. Student must arrive before the presentation begins; otherwise, the attendance will be void.

For students who attended 70% of the seminars during their first year of registration, A CR for SRM3333Y Master’s seminar series will be assigned on their ROSI record in the Winter term.

Checking Seminar Attendance: Shows the number of seminars you have attended.

Alternate Seminar Request Form: For Industrial Engineering students who wish to attend alternate seminars outside of MIE, please see instructions on form.

The M.A.Sc. program culminates in the preparation of a thesis, that reports the results of an independent research investigation that may be fundamental in nature, or applied, incorporating creative design. Students are expected to give evidence of competence in research, and a sound understanding of the area of specialization.

Before the Exam

Once the coursework and other requirements have been met, and a thesis written, normally within 24 months from the start date of the program, an M.A.Sc. oral examination can be scheduled. Arrangements for the exam will be made by the thesis supervisor, in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator. An exam committee will consist of the supervisor(s) and two other graduate faculty, at least one from MIE. The supervisor will serve as Chair of the exam.

The student must submit an MASc EXAM REQUEST ONLINE FORM ten business days before the exam is to take place.

Upon approval, the MIE Graduate Studies Office will issue an exam announcement. Unbound copies of the thesis must be distributed to the committee members at least ten business days before the exam.

During the Exam

All M.A.Sc. exams are open to the public, unless otherwise requested by the student.

At the beginning of the exam, the committee briefly reviews the student’s file in a closed-door session. The student is then asked to summarize the thesis in a presentation of no more than 20 minutes. This is followed by questions from the committee members. The supervisor(s) may not respond or comment on behalf of the student during the presentation and questions.

Closed-door voting is by signed ballot, on the acceptability or not of the thesis and the oral defence. If a candidate has more than one supervisor, only one supervisor may vote. After the exam, the votes are recorded by the exam Chair and the results are returned immediately to the MIE Graduate Studies Office.

The members of the committee vote on whether to pass or fail a student; the decision requires a simple majority. If the vote is to pass the student, then the committee also votes on the following:

  • thesis accepted as is;
  • thesis requires minor corrections, that can be completed in one week or less, that the supervisor will oversee;
  • thesis requires major corrections, that must be completed within three months; a sub-committee (two members of the exam committee) will confirm completion of the corrections.

If the committee votes unanimously to fail the student on a first exam, then the supervisor will write the student a letter explaining the vote, submit a copy of the letter to the Graduate Studies Office, and the Graduate Coordinator will immediately submit a recommendation to SGS to terminate the student’s program.

If the committee votes 2 to 1 in favour of failing the student on a first exam, then the exam is adjourned and a second exam is scheduled for within 12 weeks. The supervisor will write the student a letter explaining the reasons for adjournment, and submit a copy of the letter to the Graduate Studies Office. The format of the second (reconvened) exam is the same as the first, except that the committee can only vote to pass or fail, as determined by a simple majority of the votes.

After the Exam

Following a successful oral exam, the M.A.Sc. student must submit a final thesis before a degree recommendation can be forwarded to SGS.

Students are also required to submit a complete and signed Clearance Form to the Graduate Studies Office.

There are two ways by which an M.A.Sc. student may apply for a transfer to the Ph.D. program before completing the M.A.Sc. program requirements.

Fast-Track Transfer

Exceptional M.A.Sc. students may apply to transfer to the Ph.D. program before completing all of the M.A.Sc. degree requirements. Such a transfer must be approved by the MIE Graduate Studies Committee and by SGS.

The fast-track transfer is one-way, and so students cannot request a subsequent transfer back to the M.A.Sc. program. If a student who was permitted to transfer subsequently fails the Ph.D. qualifying exam, or is later deemed no longer in good academic standing due to a lack of progress, the student must withdraw from the Ph.D. program and will receive neither an M.A.Sc. nor a Ph.D. degree.

An applicant who is permitted to transfer must complete a total of seven graduate courses (including those completed while registered as an M.A.Sc. student; the number is eight for students who transferred prior to 2013/14). Although Ph.D. students may not take more than one course at the 500-level, if a fast-track Ph.D. student has taken more than one such course as a M.A.Sc. student, he/she retains credit for all of them. The Ph.D. Qualifying exam must be held within eight months of the date that the transfer is approved. Students will be guaranteed financial support for up to five years from initial registration as an M.A.Sc. student, and are strongly encouraged to complete the Ph.D. program within that time.

To be eligible, the applicant will:

  • normally have completed at least two terms of the M.A.Sc. program, but usually no more than three;
  • have completed at least three graduate courses with a minimum average of A- and no grade lower than a B+;
  • have demonstrated strength in research, as evidenced by at least two strong letters of recommendation from the supervisor and other faculty, and perhaps by high quality conference and journal publications.

To apply to fast-track:

  • the student submits a letter to the Graduate Coordinator requesting a fast-track transfer; the letter will include a summary of evidence of research ability, a summary of progress in the M.A.Sc. program and a research plan for the Ph.D., and a clear statement that the student understands that the transfer is one-way;
  • the student’s supervisor and at least one other faculty submit letters of recommendation to the MIE Graduate Studies Committee.

The MIE Graduate Studies Committee decides on the application. The Committee has the right to solicit additional information from any source, and has the right to deny an application even if the student meets the minimum academic standard. The Committee will only grant a fast-track transfer if it is convinced that the student will excel in the Ph.D. program.

Retroactive Transfer

The retroactive M.A.Sc. to Ph.D. transfer is only available to M.A.Sc. students who have already completed another Master’s degree, but whose research ability could not be evaluated prior to admission to the Department of MIE.

Students may only apply for a retroactive transfer if they were admitted to the “M.A.Sc. program with a possible upgrade to Ph.D.”.

An applicant who is permitted to transfer must complete a total of five graduate courses (including those completed while registered as an M.A.Sc. student). No more than one 500-level course is allowed. The Ph.D. Qualifying exam must be held within eight months of the date that the transfer is approved. Students will be guaranteed financial support for up to four years from initial registration as an M.A.Sc. student, and are strongly encouraged to complete the Ph.D. program within that time.

To be eligible, the applicant will:

  • normally have completed one term of study, but usually no more than three;
  • have completed at least two 1000-level graduate courses with a minimum average of A- and no grade lower than a B+;
  • have demonstrated strength in research, as evidenced by at least two strong letters of recommendation from the supervisor and other faculty, and perhaps by high quality conference and journal publications.

To apply for a retroactive transfer:

  • the student submits a letter to the Graduate Coordinator requesting a retroactive transfer; the letter will include a summary of evidence of research ability, a summary of progress in the M.A.Sc. program and a research plan for the Ph.D., and a clear statement that the student understands that the transfer is one-way;
  • the student’s supervisor and at least one other faculty submit letters of recommendation to the MIE Graduate Studies Committee.

The MIE Graduate Studies Committee decides on the application. The Committee has the right to solicit additional information from any source, and has the right to deny an application even if a student meets the minimum academic standard. The Committee will only grant a retroactive transfer if it is convinced that the student will excel in the Ph.D. program.