MASc Program

Master of Applied Science


The MASc program offers opportunities for advanced research in the areas of Biological Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Systems and Computing and Water Resources Engineering.  The MASc graduate program is research thesis based and is available in full-time as well as part-time studies. The research option provides advanced training in the engineering sciences and research methodology through a variety of applied and basic research topics and courses.

Program Requirements

The prescribed program of study must consist of no fewer than 4 courses (2.0 credits), of which at least 3 courses must be at the graduate level, and at minimum two must be  engineering graduate courses.   In all cases the remaining courses must be acceptable for graduate credit; that is, they must be either graduate courses or senior undergraduate engineering courses. Depending on the student's background, the advisory committee may specify more than four courses, including undergraduate make-up courses. If make-up courses are deemed necessary, they will be considered additional courses.

Program Fees

Please refer to Student Financial Services.

MASc Final Examination

Each candidate must submit a thesis based upon research of an approved topic.  The thesis must demonstrate the candidates capacity for original and independent work and should include a critical evaluation of previous research in the field.  The thesis should emphasize new conclusions drawn from the candidates research. The SOE Associate Director, Graduate Studies, will arrange for an Examination Committee as outlined in the Graduate CalendarThe duration of the examination will not exceed two hours and will follow the format outlined in the School of Engineering Guidelines for Oral Examination of Thesis.


Collaborative International Development Studies (IDS) Designation

Students in the Environmental and Water Resources fields can choose to combine their MASc with an IDS designation (MASc.ENGG + IDEV).  The collaborative IDS specialization offers an interdisciplinary framework for the study of international development that combines training in a selected academic discipline with exposure to a broad range of social science perspectives.  This designation gives extra flexibility in the job market while permitting dsciplinary specialization required by most PhD programs.

In addition to the three MASc course requirements, students take the IDS seminar and one course from each core area:  Sociology/Anthropology, Economics and Political Science.  Completion of the IDS program adds the designation "International Development Studies:  to the MASc degree.  Visit the IDS website for more information or email