Master of Engineering (MEng)


The Master of Engineering program prepares graduate engineers for advanced professional practice, by completing graduate-level coursework and an optional project. The MEng degree is not the usual route to the PhD program, but those who have earned a MEng degree are not barred from applying, although we highly recommended that MEng students who might eventually wish to apply to the PhD program complete a project to demonstrate their research abilities.

  • For a program of ten courses, at least six must be taken from MIE (no equivalence). For a program of seven courses plus a project, four courses must be taken from MIE (no equivalence).
  • All courses must be graduate-level, which includes both 500- and 1000-level.
  • Two course failures (below 70% or B-) will result in an automatic recommendation to SGS to terminate a student’s program.

Note: the Department of MIE rarely offers graduate courses in the summer term. As a result, students who wish to finish their MEng degree in the summer term must plan ahead and take the required MIE courses during the fall and winter terms.

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.

Registration Information for MEng Students

MEng students can enrol in full-time, extended full-time, or part-time study (with or without a project). Transfer between program study will not be accommodated once you have confirmed full-time, extended full-time, or part-time study.

Full-time Program

  • able to complete the program in one year or three sessions and may take up to five half-courses per session. The time limit for degree completion is three years.
  • if your studies go beyond the first year – then you will have to pay additional program fees.

Extended Full-Time Program

  • able to complete the program over a two-year period and may take up to three half-courses per session but no more than six half-courses per year. The time limit for degree completion is three years.

What is the difference between Full-time and Extended Full-time?

The difference between Full-Time and Extended Full-time is primarily the time it takes to complete the program. With Full-Time option, students complete the program in 1 year and Extended Full-Time option, students complete the program within 2 years (by spreading out the courses over 2 years).  Please note that the program length can impact your length of work visa after graduation

Part-time Program

  • takes more than two years to complete the program and are limited to two half courses per session or four courses per year. The time limit for degree completion is six years.
  • Part-time students cannot transfer into the extended full-time option once registered.

Please refer to the SGS website for detailed information regarding registration.

All MEng students, regardless of their enrolment option (FT, EFT or PT) are subject to a minimum degree fee based on program length. If at the end of the program, the total amount of academic fees which the student paid during the time they were registered is less than the minimum degree fee, they will be required to pay the outstanding balance. This is known as the Minimum Degree Fee.

Tuition Fees for our graduate programs can be viewed here.

Students who are enrolled in the MEng program have the option of pursuing a MEng certificate. MEng certificates are designed to allow students to study a group of courses of a particular subject area. Each MEng certificates have their specific course requirements.
Completion of the certificate requirements will be assessed upon completion of the overall MEng program requirements, and if met, a certificate will be issued by the Department of MIE in addition to their MEng degree.
Completion of Certificate will not be noted on the student transcript, nor on the diploma.

Some courses may satisfy the requirements of multiple certificates. Students pursuing more than one more certificate may only use a maximum of one course that counts towards two certificates.

Note that the general MEng program requirements still apply.

You must be a MEng student of MIE in order to work towards any MEng Certificate. Admissions requirements for the MEng program can be found here.

Technical Specialization Certificates

Offered by the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, students can customize their degree by choosing a technical specialization such as:

Enrolling in a MEng project can allow students to obtain project experience under the supervision of a faculty member. Some MEng Projects are in collaboration with industry, allowing the student to gain valuable experience while gaining new networking opportunities.

For a list of MEng Projects available, please see here.

Details about the MEng Project:

  • The MEng Project may be completed in lieu of three half-courses.
  • Students working on a project must register in the program continuously.
  • It is up to the student to approach professors with whom they would like to work on a project; professors are not obliged to supervise a project.
  • Upon completion of a project, the student submits an MEng project report to his/her faculty advisor, who grades the report.
  • Students who pursue a MEng Project can also potentially transfer into the MASc program, however this will have to be discussed with the project supervisor if this can be a possibility.
  • You are advised to set up a common expectation with your supervisor about the project including the milestones, final deliverable, and the number of hours you will have to work.

In some cases individual projects are listed. In other cases the Project information simply indicates the areas in which a professor is willing to supervise a project. Not all projects available are listed, it may be a good idea to review the faculty list and contact professors whose research area matches your interest and inquire if projects are available.

Project Completion:

Upon completion of a project, the MEng student must submit a final report before a degree recommendation can be forwarded to SGS. MEng project students are also required to submit a complete and signed Clearance Form to the Graduate Studies Office.

MEng Project

A completed course enrollment form with approval from the supervisor, including the supervisor’s signature, must be submitted to the MIE Graduate Office.

Academic advisors help students gain knowledge on general content of courses, and academic performance.

MEng Advisors cannot provide assistance on Admissions, Registration, Academic Planning or Curriculum (Degree RequirementsMEng Certificates etc). For assistance regarding these areas, please contact:

Admissions for MEng Program:

Academic/course planning, curriculum for MEng Program:

Mechanical Engineering MEng Advisor

Kamran Behdinan, PhD, P.Eng.
Tel: 416-946-3631
Office: MB 116

Industrial Engineering MEng Advisor

Chi-Guhn Lee, PhD, P. Eng
Professor, Industrial Engineering
Tel: 416-946-7867
Office: MC 322

Students who complete their MEng Degree with a strong academic record may be eligible to apply for the PhD program at MIE.


The student must,

  • demonstrate a strong academic record from their MEng Degree; with no courses receiving a grade below A-
  • have completed a MEng Research Project
  • have a supervisor willing to support them in their PhD studies