IX. Graduate Programs


MSc Program

The fields of research in which theses can be written normally fall within: 1) analytical; 2) inorganic; 3) nanoscience; 4) organic; 5) theoretical (also chemical physics); 6) polymer chemistry; 7) biological chemistry or biochemistry and 8) Physical Chemistry.

An applicant is encouraged to apply for admission if he/she has an honours bachelor of science degree, or the equivalent, with a minimum standing of 75% in the last two years from an accredited university. The co-op MSc option is not available to students who have completed a co-op program as undergraduates. These students are, however, eligible for admission to the co-op PhD program.

Applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit evidence of proficiency in the English language or pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Degree Requirements

Students enrol in one of three study options: 1) thesis, 2) co-op, or 3) part-time course work and major research project.


Students must successfully complete at least four semester-long graduate courses, one of which is MSc Seminar, CHEM*7940, and submit and defend an acceptable thesis.


The academic requirements are the same as in the regular MSc program, but at least two of the required four semester-long courses (including CHEM*7940) must be completed during the first two semesters of study. COOP*1100 - Introduction to Co-operative Education, a mandatory, non-credit course, is a prerequisite for the first work term and prepares the student for the employment process. This course must be completed the semester prior to the competitive co-op job search semester.

The co-operative education requirements are to successfully complete two consecutive 4-month co-op work terms in an approved laboratory. The student’s performance in the workplace is supervised and evaluated by the student’s employer using the Work Performance Evaluation tool. The student’s progress during the work term is also monitored by Co-operative Education & Career Services, including an official site visit during the co-op work term and a review of the student’s official Learning Goals. A Co-op Work Term Report is required for each work term and is graded by an assigned Co-op Faculty Advisor. All evaluation grades will appear on the student’s official transcript.

An altered co-op fee payment schedule will be proposed during the admission offer stage.

After returning to campus, the student will complete his/her course work and research and prepare the MSc thesis.

Part-Time Course Work and Major Research Project (MRP)

Students who elect this option must successfully complete eight semester-long courses, including MSc Seminar, CHEM*7940, and MSc Research Project, CHEM*7970. This option is designed for students whose employment or family responsibilities allow free time for study only in the evenings.

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