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Future Graduate Students

McMaster Engineering graduate students pursue specialized knowledge, collaborate on projects with industry and research organizations and gain access to expertise, funding and state-of-the-art facilities. 

All graduate students participate in career planning, with the option of mentoring from industry partners.

School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Degrees by department:

McMaster houses one of the most distinguished and research-intensive chemical engineering departments in Canada. Four of the 20 chemical engineers selected by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering for making the greatest contributions to chemical engineering in Canada in the 20th century were professors at McMaster's Faculty of Engineering. 

Ranked as one of the top three civil engineering programs in Canada and top 30 worldwide, we are a vibrant multi-disciplinary research-intensive department focused on building healthier communities to create a Brighter World. Our strong linkages with industry are evident by our six research chairs and strong record of succesful application-based research funding. Our facilities allow us to conduct world-class research supported by multiple research centres, networks and institutes.

McMaster's Department of Computing and Software advances the field of computing through education and research. We focus on computing research problems that involve scientific theory, engineering practice, and the interface between the two. We seek to address society's need for better methods of developing information systems and dependable, safe, secure, high-quality software.

McMaster's Electrical and Computer Engineering department is ranked as one of the best departments of its kind both nationally and internationally. Faculty members are regular award winners, including the prestigious Premier Research Excellence Award (PREA), OCUFA teaching award, McMaster Students Union Teaching Award, Booker Gold Medal, and the Signal Processing Society Education Award.

Engineering Physics at McMaster is pushing the forefront of modern physics to better the world through technological advancement. We are solving the grand challenges of the future such as energy supply, human health, digital information and communications technology, and renewable energy.

Building strategically on our diverse expertise in materials, in collaboration with local and global partners, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at McMaster University is internationally recognized as a destination of choice, where students, scholars, alumni and employers partner in a journey of learning, discovery and innovation.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is the second largest departmetn in the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University. The research funding per faculty member is among the highest in the country and the Department benefits from state-of-the-art laboratories with established international reputations.

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology
School of Biomedical Engineering

School of Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering has made enormous contributions to the advancement of health care. It provides opportunity for major academic, research and development achievements for those who choose to pursue this field at the highest levels.

School of Computational Science & Engineering

School of Computational Science & Engineering

The School of Computational Science & Engineering offers graduate programs leading to professional and research Master’s degrees in either Science or Engineering.

The eHealth MSc

The eHealth MSc

McMaster’s eHealth MSc program is a unique healthcare graduate program that immerses you in the world of digital health informatics.

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McMaster Engineering has a well-established reputation as one of Canada's most research-intensive faculties in a range of disciplines from advanced manufacturing, materials, automotive, and nuclear research. We continue to push the boundaries of discovery in emerging areas, such as bioinnovation, micro-nano technology, smart systems, energy and environmental sustainability.

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Emily Cranston

Emily Cranston

Associate Professor

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James S. Cotton

James S. Cotton

Professor

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Stephen C.  Veldhuis

Stephen C. Veldhuis

Professor

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Saiedeh Razavi

Saiedeh Razavi

Associate Professor

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Stephen C.  Veldhuis

Stephen C. Veldhuis

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Todd Hoare

Todd Hoare

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Wael El-Dakhakhni

Wael El-Dakhakhni

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McMaster Engineering offers a comprehensive professional skills development program for engineering graduate students.

The nature of graduate study requires interaction with a wide variety of people within the academic, government and private sectors.  It provides a great opportunity to develop a strong network of professional colleagues but also of personal friendships.

Many new graduate programs today are geared to helping students gain a new expertise to complement an existing one. For example, McMaster offers professional engineers the opportunity to study public policy or engineering design at the Master’s level. There is also a Master’s program geared to those with an entrepreneurial aptitude wanting to start their own businesses or work with their company to bring a new technology to market.

“Master’s and PhD students have so much to offer companies, with ground-breaking knowledge and techniques from their research. Affording students the unique opportunity to gain work experience will be enriching for students and the industries they will be contributing to."

-Dr. Michael Thompson, Associate Dean: Graduate Studies

Opportunities for Graduate Students

A term of work experience is a great addition to your master's or doctoral studies. Students benefit by  gaining valuable industry experience with leading engineering employers. Employers benefit by having access to a highly qualified talent pool of graduate students eager to put theory into practice.

Our Career Development and Relationship Manager establishes strong relationships with top engineering employers, facilitates connections between students and employers, provides career-planning tools and resources, and provides opportunities for graduate students to gain industry experience while pursuing their degrees.

Our Services Include:

  • Networking with employers to generate work experience opportunities
  • Facilitating career workshops and panels
  • Hosting employer information sessions
  • Career advising appointments

Benefits of Participating in a Work Experience Opportunity

As a graduate student you will gain paid, relevant work experience, establish a network of industry contacts, earn income, and develop valuable skills as well as learn how tomarket those skills to future employers.

Requirements to Participate

  • Students must obtain their supervisor's approval to participate in a work term opportunity. Students are encouraged to discuss their interest in participating in the work experience option with their supervisor as early as possible.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time in a Master's or PhD program in the Faculty of Engineering.
  • Successful completion of required courses and comprehensive exam
  • Participation in a work term preparation meeting with the Career Development and Relationship Manager, Adam Pepler, is mandatory prior to starting the work term

International Students

International students must have a valid  work permit prior to starting their work term. Please refer to Citizenship and Immigration Canada's website for more information.

International students are highly encouraged to contact McMaster's International Student Servicesoffice. ISS provides international students advising services on CIC related matters through an Immigration Consultant. The Immigration Consultant provides assistance on study permits, work permits, TRVs and Permanent Residency on a first-come-first-serve basis. No appointments needed.

In areas such as interview preparation and communications skills.

McMaster Engineering PhD students now have the option of earning a doctoral degree while staying on the job. The flexible Industrial PhD option enables students to remain in their own company or research institute and use labs at work to complete their research and eventual thesis.

The new option will cut down on the time it takes to complete a PhD for those trying to balance a career and studies. Currently, doctoral students who remain on the job take about seven to 10 years to complete their degrees or about twice the time it takes their full-time peers.

McMaster Engineering will readily equip students with the support to commercialize their research. 

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Many graduate students at McMaster are eligible for financial support, such as teaching assistantships, research funds, University graduate scholarships, external scholarships, and bursaries.

Financial Support

McMaster ensures that full-time graduate students in Ph.D. programs and in many Master’s programs receive scholarships (awarded annually). A Ph.D. student is normally funded for four years. Students in Master’s programs are usually funded for their first three to six terms depending on the department.

The Faculty of Engineering has adopted a policy of ensuring that all full-time Ph.D. students receive a funding package which is at least the value of their tuition fee plus $14,000 per year. Many programs have support levels in excess of this amount. Please contact the graduate recruitment office to find out more.

TA positions are provided to many graduate students who are offered admission to regular full-time programs. Depending on the program, duties can consist of conducting tutorials, lab demonstrations, or marking. A full teaching assistantship consists of 260 hours over two terms.

A list of these awards is found in the School of Graduate Studies Calendar. These awards have various amounts and conditions associated with them.

Many scholarships awarded by granting councils can be held at McMaster University. These include the following:

Overview of Application Process

Application deadlines vary between programs. Students must complete their applications by the deadlines in order to be considered admissible.

Detailed Application Process               Required Credentials               Apply Now 

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Tracy Becker

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Gail Krantzberg

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Tim Davidson

Department Chair

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Troy Farncombe

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Associate Professor

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Emily Cranston

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James S. Cotton

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Vladimir Mahalec

Associate Director, Graduate

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Carlos Filipe

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Tours

If you are interested in touring McMaster Engineering as you explore graduate studies, please contact:

No, you do not need to have a supervisor to apply for admission to McMaster Engineering's research-based graduate programs. In fact, we encourage you to apply prior to having a supervisor.

No. McMaster Engineering does not require a GRE score.

The appication fee is $110 (Canadian funds).

Applicants who have completed a university degree where the primary language of instruction is English, do not need to submit a language proficiency test.

For all other applicants, McMaster Engineering requires a language proficiency test be completed, detailed here.