VIII. Graduate Programs
MSc by Thesis
In addition to the general admission standards of the university, the school has adopted additional admissions criteria for MSc studies. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
Applicant must be a graduate from an honours program with at least a 70% average in the past four full semesters or the last two complete undergraduate years or the equivalent. International degree and grade equivalents will be determined by Graduate Program Services.
Applicant must have demonstrated an acceptable analytical ability by having taken a sufficient number of courses in mathematics, and the physical sciences.
For the environmental engineering degree the applicant must have a minimum of three of the following courses or equivalent:
For water resources engineering the applicant must have four of the following courses or equivalent:
For biological engineering the applicant must have a minimum requirement of three of the following courses or equivalent.
Applicant qualifications may be assessed via an entrance interview/oral examination conducted by the graduate co-ordinator and one member of the school of engineering graduate studies committee. Students deficient in certain areas will be required to take make-up undergraduate courses. The student will be admitted on probation until the requirements have been completed. These courses will not count toward the student's graduate credit requirements.
MSc by Thesis
The prescribed program of study must consist of no fewer than 2.0 credits, of which at least 1.5 credits must be at the graduate level, including the Engineering Seminar course and at least two other engineering courses. Under special circumstances the school may reduce the 1.5 credit course requirement; however, the two graduate-engineering-course requirement will not be changed. In all cases the remaining courses must be acceptable for graduate credit; that is, they must be either graduate courses or senior undergraduate 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.
The prescribed studies program consists of at least 5.0 credits acceptable for graduate credit. This includes 2.5 credits from the program core (see section 5.4 of the School of Engineering Graduate Handbook), and 2.5 additional credits chosen from approved courses (section 5.5 of the School of Engineering Graduate Handbook). No more than 1.0 of these credits will be for undergraduate engineering courses, as approved by the graduate co-ordinator, and no more than 1.5 credits will be from courses offered outside the School of Engineering. For the final project the student will make arrangements with one of the graduate faculty to act as advisor.