Graduate Overview

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The research activity of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has been a traditional strength of the Department. All Faculty enjoy a significant number of research grants from government and industry, providing an excellent milieu for productive graduate research.


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Material Science and Engineering Graduate Students at McMaster University not only have the opportunity to work with world renowned faculty members in some of the top facilities in the country, they are also receive some of the highest scholarships in Canada.





Degrees Available:

Master’s of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.): Thesis: Research programme requiring the completion of the equivalent of 4 half graduate level courses plus presentation and defence of a thesis embodying results of an original investigation is required. This program is intended mainly for full-time candidates but may be taken on a part-time basis. NOTE: For students who prefer a degree title emphasizing science rather than engineering, a M.Sc. degree in Materials Science is also available. There is no difference in the degree requirements for M.Sc. and M.A.Sc.

Accelerated Masters Option(M.A.Sc):  Undergraduate students enrolled in Materials Science and Engineering will be allowed in the first or second term of their penultimate year to apply for the Accelerated M.A.Sc. You must identify a supervisor from the faculty whom you will be working with and the supervisor must agree to fund you for the summer research work as well as one year of graduate studies.

A minimum sessional average of 9.5 in the year of application is required in order to apply for the Accelerated Option. You may drop out of the Accelerated Option at any time prior to entering Graduate Studies without any effect to your undergraduate degree, and the permission to follow the Accelerated Option as an undergraduate does not guarantee acceptance into Graduate Studies, you must meet the qualifications for admission to the graduate program as set by the School of Graduate Studies.

You will be allowed to take one course in your final year of undergraduate studies at a 600-level that is offered within our department; no external courses whether in another department of Engineering or in another faculty will be acceptable for this course.

Consistent with all other students taking the M.A.Sc. degree program, you must complete 20 months of work towards your thesis project. The Accelerated Option will allow up to 8 months of work towards that project to have been completed prior to admissions into Graduate Studies. The 8 months of research will be accomplished starting after the penultimate year of undergraduate studies with a departmental supervisor for two summer terms or one summer term and the MATLS 4K06 senior thesis.

A maximum of 8 months of work will be counted towards the M.A.Sc. project prior to enrolling in Graduate Studies

You must apply to Graduate Studies by the end of the final year of their undergraduate program and are expected to begin either in May or September of the year you graduate.  You must follow the normal application procedures to Graduate Studies and must meet the requirements of the department and Graduate Studies pertaining to any applicant interested in joining the M.A.Sc. program. Failing to enter Graduate Studies will have no influence on your undergraduate transcript.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.): Equivalent of 4 half courses beyond the Master’s degree and successful defence of a thesis is required. Candidates are required to pass a Comprehensive Examination. Under some circumstances, arrangements can be made with the Department for part-time Ph.D. study.

Post-Degree Studies: A post-degree student is one who holds a university degree and has been given permission to take a specific graduate course, but has not be admitted to a graduate program. We are only accepting paper applications for post-degree studies at this time.