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.
Miss the Winter 2020 MASc/PhD Orientation Session? Slides are available here.
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
- If the applicant’s admitting degree was issued by a country not listed under Exemptions on the School of Graduate Studies website, they are required to provide English Language Proficiency (ELP) exam results, even if the applicant’s language of instruction and examination was 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
- 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 fee due January 15 (Complete application by January 30)
- January start: Application fee due August 1 (Complete application by August 15)
Applications for Winter 2021 start will open on May 25, 2020
Same application deadlines for Canadian Citizens, Permanent Residents and International Students.
After submitting application
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.
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.
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 Days. Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to attend.
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.
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. The public release date of the thesis can be delayed with a request to SGS.
The date and time of the oral exam is coordinated between the student and the exam committee. The exam committee must consist of SGS-appointed faculty members (minimum of two members and one must be from MIE). The student's supervisor(s) will serve as Chair of the exam.
At least ten business days before the scheduled oral exam, the student must:
Registered MASc candidates receive enough funding to cover tuition and incidental fees. In addition, MASc candidates receive a minimum of $16,000 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)
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.
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.
AMIGAS is the graduate student association at MIE. They host social, athletic, academic, and professional development events for all MIE graduate students, aiming to enrich their professional and personal leadership experiences.
MASc & PhD applicants:
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