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Graduate Studies

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The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the UOIT offers three levels of graduate education: the Master of Applied Science degree (MASc); the Master of Engineering (MEng); and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Each program sets its own degree requirements and criteria for admission, although many are common across the Faculty. The general information on this page is relevant to all graduate degree programs in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. For more specific information relating to your program of interest, take the link to the appropriate program website.

Masters degree programs

Master of Applied Science (MASc)

This is a research Masters degree. The main objective of the MASc program, therefore, is to prepare students for careers as R&D engineers. Graduates of the program will be able to work as R&D engineers in advanced technology companies or government agencies, or continue on in their education and pursue a doctorate degree.

For the MASc program, a student must complete five courses worth a total of 15 credits and a thesis worth 15 credits. In addition to the five courses, the student must successfully complete ENGR 5003G – Seminar. MASc students must spend a minimum of one year of full-time study in residence at the UOIT. The maximum time for completion of a MASc degree is three years for full-time students and five years for part-time students, measured from the date the student entered the program. However, it is possible to complete the program in one year (1.5 years) of full time study. Financial support is typically available from a variety of sources, but no financial support is available from the Faculty after two years.

Candidates for the MASc degree should hold a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) or an equivalent degree in engineering. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in science, applied mathematics and other related areas may be admitted.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

This is a professional master’s, and does not normally lead to entry into a doctoral program. The main objective of the MEng program is to provide the opportunity for engineers in industry to upgrade and expand their skill. Graduates of the program will be able to apply what they have learned in a variety of applications in industry.

The MEng program has two options:

  • MEng – Project: This option consists of a combination of courses and a project.
  • MEng – Course: This option consists only of courses.

For the MEng – Project option, a student must complete seven courses worth a total of 21 credits and a project worth nine credits. For the MEng – Course option, a student must complete 10 courses worth a total of 30 credits. The maximum time for completion of a MEng degree is three years for full-time students and five years for part-time students, measured from the date the student entered the program. However, it is possible to complete the program in one year (1.5 years) of full time study.

General admission requirements for the MEng are similar to those for the MASc. The applicant should hold an undergraduate degree in Engineering (BEng, or its equivalent). Financial support is normally not available from the Faculty for MEng students, although other sources may be accessible.

Doctoral degree programs

PhD degree programs normally require a minimum of two years of full-time study beyond the master’s degree, and include advanced course work in addition to the major requirement of a research thesis. PhD candidates are normally eligible for funding for up to a maximum of four years of full-time study.

Objectives of graduate degree programs

There are several objectives that are common to our graduate programs:

  • Depth — To provide students with an in-depth understanding of the knowledge required for the practice of, or for further advanced study in, their chosen field, including the engineering and scientific principles, analysis techniques and design methodologies. The studies are focused and scholarly, and at an advanced level.
  • Breadth — To provide students with the broad and advanced education necessary for productive careers in the public or private sectors and in academia.
  • Professionalism — To develop skills necessary for clear communication and responsible teamwork and leadership, and to inspire professional attitudes and ethics, so that students are prepared for modern work environments and for lifelong learning.

We strive to provide a learning environment that enables students to pursue their goals through graduate programs that are rigorous, challenging and supportive, that promote scholarship, and that facilitate discovery, application, integration and innovation.

Interdisciplinary learning environment for graduate degree programs

To help support the objectives of graduate degree programs in engineering at UOIT, an interdisciplinary learning environment is provided. This is important since many of the graduate programs involve two or more disciplines and thus require more support than one discipline can provide.

The interdisciplinary learning environment is seen in several ways:

  • Many of the core faculty members affiliated with a given graduate program have expertise and experience from various discipline areas.
  • Much of the research carried out by faculty members affiliated with the graduate programs is interdisciplinary.
  • The faculty members supporting the graduate programs come from different academic units at UOIT. While most are from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, several are from the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, the Faculty of Business and Information Technology and the Faculty of Science.
  • Many of the Faculties at UOIT are single interdisciplinary units, with no or few departments, fostering collaboration across disciplines. This type of learning environment offers particular advantages, by facilitating interaction and collaboration across disciplines.

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