Master of Applied Science (MASc)


Students in the research-based Master of Applied Science program complete theses under the supervision of an MIE faculty member.

In this full-time, two-year program, Master of Applied Science (MASc) students complete a thesis supervised by an MIE professor. A stepping stone to a doctoral degree, the MASc is ideal for students who aspire to a rewarding career in research, whether in academia or industry. MASc students receive funding during the program and can apply for various scholarships.

MIE also offers the Master of Engineering (MEng) professional degree which provides students with the tools to succeed in industry.


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Admission Requirements

Please note that meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. The Graduate Office cannot provide assessments of credentials prior to application.

  • A bachelor's degree with high academic standing from a recognized university
  • Minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 (mid-B; 73-76%) in the final year of undergraduate study. View U of T's Grade Scale for reference. International students should use the International Degree Equivalencies Tool to see which international credentials are required
  • Applicants are expected to demonstrate evidence of research ability
  • For Fall 2021 Admissions: Applicants from universities outside Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction must provide English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam results unless: 1) The applicant’s admitting degree IS listed under Exemptions on the School of Graduate Studies website or 2) the applicant can provide official documentation from their admitting institution that instruction was in English.
    • To be considered for admission, all applicants that require proof of ELP must meet the minimum score requirement for every component of the English language proficiency exam including reading, writing, speaking and listening
    • All test components must be completed and passed at the same time (applicants cannot combine scores from different exams)
    • For more information, including approved test centres, visit the School of Graduate Studies website

Tuition Fees

The information below is for reference only and is subject to change annually. Registered students should check their fee balance on their ACORN account. View the U of T Student Accounts website for more information about fees.


Pay annually:

  • Domestic students: $8,489.52/year
  • International students: $24,853.52/year

Pay per session:

  • Domestic students: $4,272.26/session
  • International students: $12,766.26/session


Applicants to MIE's MASc program must complete the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) Online Admissions Application by the deadline indicated below.

  • September start:
    • Application window: October 1 - January 1 (application fee deadline)
    • Document deadline January 15
  • January start:
    • Application window: June 1 - October 1 (application fee deadline)
    • Document deadline October 15

Same application deadlines for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students.

MASc Application Instructions

Students are not required to submit paper copies of their documents unless requested by the Graduate Office.

To apply:

  • Create an SGS applicant profile and pay the application fee (non-refundable/transferable, regardless of the circumstance). See application deadlines above.

Once your profile has been created, the following is required:

  • 2 references. Email addresses for referees must be institution-based (not GMail, Hotmail, etc.). Both referees must be academic such as previous thesis supervisors and/or professors.  It is advised that one of the referees should be a previous thesis supervisor. References from friends and family will not be accepted. Instructions will be sent to each referee by email via the SGS system on how to submit a reference letter.
  • Complete (or most up-to-date) academic record / transcript(s). Upload post-secondary institutional transcripts as PDF files. Every transcript must include its respective grading scale. You are not required to submit official paper transcripts unless requested by the Graduate Office.
  • Supporting Documents:
    • Resume/C.V.
    • Letter of Intent: explain why you want to join our program. Describe your research interest, career goals, the courses you intend to take, etc. The letter should be 650 – 1000 words.
  • Field of Study: Students must indicate up to three fields of study.
  • If the student’s admitting degree was issued by a country not listed under Exemptions on the School of Graduate Studies website, the student is required to provide English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam results electronically. MIE requires proof of ELP even if their language of instruction and examination was English. Please note that all test components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) must be completed and passed at the same time (applicants cannot combine scores from different exams). For minimum requirements and approved test centres visit the School of Graduate Studies website.
    Important: If ELP exam results are required, an application is not considered complete until the results are submitted electronically from the testing institution.

Students are not required to submit official paper transcripts unless it is requested by the Graduate Office. The review process will take place using your electronic transcripts.  Please note that a request for an official transcript is for verification purposes and does not mean acceptance into the program.

If you are receive an email request for paper documents, mail to:

Master of Applied Science Program
Graduate Studies Office, MC108
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
5 King’s College Road
Toronto, ON M5S 3G8 Canada

After application submission

Admission into the MASc program is extremely competitive: we only offer admission to a small fraction of applicants, because these students must be funded, either by external scholarships or by a professor's research funds. As a result, MASc applicants are strongly encouraged to contact professors with whom they would like to work, either before or after submitting an application. Without funding, we cannot offer admission.

Students can review the status of their application on the SGS Online Admissions Application website.

Documents Pending

Additional documents required. A student's application is not considered complete until all of the required documents have been submitted. Once all documents have been submitted, status will not automatically update to Under Review. Statuses are updated manually on an ongoing basis.

Under Review

Application complete. Faculty members will review applications and may contact students about offering supervision. Students should actively pursue confirming a supervisor as admission can only be granted to students who have secured a supervisor. Students can contact MIE Faculty members directly to inquire about potential supervision.

If the faculty member has confirmed a student's supervision, the student will be notified of next steps including submission of official final transcripts. Confirmation from the supervisor to the Graduate Office is required to proceed in the MASc program.

Students will then be notified of the results of their application and their status will update to Decision Made.

Graduate Research Days

Select applicants will be invited to learn more about research at MIE at Graduate Research DaysApplicants will be notified if they have been selected to attend.

Program Requirements

Winter Orientation was held on December 10, 2024. The presentation is available here.

Two course failures (below 70% or B-) will result in an automatic recommendation to SGS to terminate a student's program.


View the Program Requirements section above for required MASc courses.

View the Courses page to view all offered MIE courses.

Thesis & Oral Examination


The MASc program culminates in the presentation of an oral and written thesis. Once a student's course requirements have been met and the written thesis has been submitted to their supervisor(s), the oral examination can be scheduled.

Committee Composition

  • The exam committee must consist of at least 2 SGS-appointed faculty members, at least one of which must have full-budgetary appointment with MIE.
  • The student's supervisor will serve as Chair of the exam.
  • If a candidate has more than one supervisor, only one supervisor may vote.
  • In the event of a reconvened exam, the committee of a reconvened exam must have 3 voting members and the exam must be chaired by the MIE Associate Chair of Graduate Studies who is a non-voting member.

Scheduling the exam

  • The date and time of the oral exam is coordinated between the student and the exam committee.
  • Students notify the Grad Office via GMS and upload a copy of the Abstract under "Proposal" on GMS.
  • Exams maybe conducted remotely via video conferencing or in-person.

At least ten business days before the scheduled oral exam, the student must:

Thesis Format

In addition to the standard thesis format, the thesis can be in the format of a journal/conference paper with additional sections and appendices as requested by the supervisor(s). If so, the value of the content should be judged by the committee independent of whether the paper has been accepted. NOTE: SGS will not accept a simple copy of the journal article.  Please refer to the Electronic Thesis Submission guidelines found on the SGS website on how to incorporate the journal article into the SGS template for formatting and how to submit a PDF file to ProQuest.

The public release date of the thesis can be delayed with a request to SGS.

Fall 2024 MASc Final Oral Exam scheduling considerations

September 11 Recommended deadline to defend the MIE MASc thesis in order to meet completion deadlines without incurring Fall fees.  Note that any balance of degree outstanding will be charged even if this deadline is met.  The minimum degree fee for an MIE MASc degree is he equivalent of two years of FT fees. (Tuition & Fees – Current Fall-Winter Fee & Refund Schedules - Graduate Studies, School of – All Graduate Programs).
September 25 Final date for MIE MASc students to upload the final corrected thesis to ProQuest and request an MIE clearance form to be eligible for Fall Convocation. After the Exam.
September 30 Final date for receipt of degree recommendations and submission of any required theses for master's degrees for Fall Convocation without fees being charged for the Fall session. MIE Grad Office prepares the degree recommendation following receipt of clearance form.  Required processing time is 1-3 business days from receipt of clearance form.

Scholarships & Funding

Registered MASc candidates receive enough funding to cover tuition and incidental fees. In addition, MASc candidates receive a minimum of $20,000 per year for up to two years.

Most students earn more than the minimum as a result of teaching assistantships and scholarships, such as from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), and the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) program. MASc students within the funded cohort are expected to apply for all awards for which they are eligible.

View the Scholarships & Funding page for more information.

For funding letters, please visit Graduate Management System (GMS)

Teaching Assistantships

All full-time graduate students are eligible to apply for Teaching Assistant (TA) paid positions at MIE. TAs assist undergraduate and graduate course instructors with supervision of labs, leading tutorials and marking assignments and tests.

Apply for TA positions and view more opportunities on the Professional Development page.

Transferring to PhD program

There are two ways by which an MASc student may apply for a transfer to the PhD program before completing the MASc program requirements: the Fast-Track Transfer and the Retroactive Transfer.

Both transfers are one-way, meaning students cannot re-enter the MASc program if their application is successful. If the student fails the PhD qualifying exam, or is deemed no longer in good academic standing, the student must withdraw from the PhD program and will not receive an MASc or PhD degree.

The MIE Graduate Studies Committee decides on the application to transfer to the PhD program. 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 transfer if it is convinced that the student will excel in the PhD program.


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MASc & PhD applicants:

MC108, 5 King's College Road

Monday to Friday, 10 am - 4 pm

Mailing address:
Graduate Studies Office, MC108
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
University of Toronto
5 King’s College Road
Toronto, ON M5S 3G8 Canada


Professor Tobin Filleter

Associate Chair of Graduate Studies

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