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Future Graduate Students

Ignite your curiosity. Fast track your career. Create global change. Consider graduate studies at one the top-ranked engineering schools in Canada.

Located within Canada's innovation corridor, McMaster Engineering in Hamilton, Ontario, believes diversity of thought can create global change and a brighter world for all.

Collaboration with industry partners, access to a network of leading researchers; support through career planning and professional development are some of the diverse experiences that will fast-track you on a successful career path.

Be part of the change. Be part of McMaster Engineering.

McMaster Engineering is consistently among the top 10 engineering school rankings in Canada and contributes to McMaster University's overall ranking as one of the top schools in the world across all rankings. We offer a range of research-based and professional Master's degrees as well as PhD programs.

School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences is comprised of McMaster Engineering's seven core, world-class academic departments, including Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computing & Software, Electrical & Computer Software, Engineering Physics, Materials Science & Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.


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 deep rooted connections with industry are evident by our six research chairs and strong record of successful 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, 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 at 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, renewable energy, digital information and communications technology.

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 department 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 & Technology

The School of Engineering Practice and Technology (W Booth) provides interdisciplinary graduate education through experiential learning, mentorship, and a student-centred learning experience with real-world applications for tomorrow’s leaders.

School of Biomedical Engineering

School of Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering has made enormous contributions to the advancement of health care. It provides opportunities 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.

NEW: Explore our flexible Industrial Ph.D.

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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. 

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 bio-innovation, micro-nano technology, smart systems, energy and environmental sustainability.

Learn more about our research clusters:

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Mo Elbestawi

Mo Elbestawi


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Emily Cranston

Emily Cranston

Adjunct Professor

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Gianluigi Botton

Gianluigi Botton

Professor, Associate Chair - Graduate

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Stephen C.  Veldhuis

Stephen C. Veldhuis

Professor, Director (MMRI) and Braley-Orlick Chair in Advanced Manufacturing Engineering

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Ali Emadi

Ali Emadi

Professor and Canada Excellence Research Chair Laureate

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Saiedeh Razavi

Saiedeh Razavi

Associate Professor

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Todd Hoare

Todd Hoare

Associate Professor

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

Graduate students interact with a variety of people within the academic, government and private sectors. It provides a great opportunity to develop a strong network of professional connections but also personal friendships.

Many new graduate programs today are geared toward helping students gain new expertise or to complement an existing one. At McMaster, we want to ensure all of our students leave prepared for their future career path by offering co-op experiences, career planning, and online professional skills development modules.

“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 to market 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 are eligible and encouraged to participate in the co-op option. It can be a great way to gain experience in a Canadian working environment. Once an international student is enrolled in co-op, they will be provided a letter from the co-op office, which they will use when applying for their co-op work permit.
International students must have a valid work permit prior to starting their work term. Please refer to Citizenship and Immigration Canada's  (CIC) website for more information on the application process.
International students are highly encouraged to contact McMaster's International Student Services office. 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.


Students can develop professional skills in areas such as interview preparation, cracking the market, career planning (industry and academia) and communication.

Build your professional 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.

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

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Meet our co-op students

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 that ensures all full-time Ph.D. students, both domestic and international, receive a funding package in the amount of their tuition fee plus $16,000 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:

Tuition Fees lowered for International Students

Lowering tuition for international PhD students, improving research environment

March 5, 2018 / Source: The McMaster Daily News

Lowering tuition for international PhD students, improving research environment

The new McMaster approach lowers tuition paid by international PhD students to levels paid by domestic students.

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 


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 application fee is $110 CAD.

Applicants who have completed a university degree where the official 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.

Applicants are required to submit evidence of their English language proficiency as part of their application. The most common evidence is a score on one of the following exams:

  • TOEFL: minimum score of 92 (internet based), 237 (computer based) or 580 (paper based), minimum of 20 per band; for the Faculty of Engineering a minimum score of 88 (internet based) or 213 on the (computer based) or 550 (paper based)
  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.5, with at least 5.5 in each section
  • CAEL: minimum overall score of 70, with at least 60 per band
  • MELAB: minimum score of 85
  • PTE Academic: minimum score of 63
  • York University course: YUELI Level 6 with a minimum final grade of B
  • University of Toronto course: Academic Level 60 with a minimum final grade of B

Each program may set additional/higher requirements. Please review the program website for details.

Students are required to submit two references in their application. We suggest that all students provide references from the academic setting. However, if you have been out of school for 5 or more years and cannot find an appropriate academic reference, you may provide one from an employer/supervisor/manager.  Please remember that we are looking for a reference who can attest to your ability to be successful within the academic setting. 

Generally No.  For research studies, a letter of admissions may mention a financial package to be distributed over the duration of the 2-years (Masters) or 4-years (Doctoral) degree program. The majority of the funding will be given as a scholarship while the student remains enrolled and in good standing with the program. The only employment salary that may be mentioned in the package is a teach assistantship(TA). A minimum level of remuneration is guaranteed for doctoral candidates (except for those under the Industrial PhD option or if the student refuses or loses the TA). The funding package may not be sufficient to cover all living expenses while studying.  

All research-based graduate degrees are based on a mentor-style learning model and so each enrolled student must work under a specific professor to remain in the program.  The mentioned prospective supervisor has offered you a position in the university under their guidance and your research will be determined by that supervisor.  By accepting the offer of admission you are agreeing to study under this person for the duration of the degree program.  In general, a student can not change their supervisor during their studies.  

As a graduate student in a research degree program, no you don't.  McMaster’s policies require the equal sharing of intellectual property rights between the students and supervisors involved on a project.  In addition, many research projects in the Faculty of Engineering are covered by research agreements and/or non-disclosure agreements with participating companies sponsoring the studies and those agreements automatically apply to all members of the university, including any student currently participating or joining the project. Ask your prospective supervisor if you have concerns about how a research agreement will affect your research progress.


The Forge McMaster announces $100K Student Startup Competition winners

March 22, 2019 /  Department News

The Forge McMaster announces $100K Student Startup Competition winners

Engineering students won big at this year's Student Startup Competition.

The Forge Student Startup Competition: Meet the 2019 Engineering student finalists

March 19, 2019 /  Department News

The Forge Student Startup Competition: Meet the 2019 Engineering student finalists

The fifth annual event will take place on Wednesday, March 20 in CIBC Hall at 5:30 p.m.

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March 8, 2019 /  Department News

International Women's Day: Cheryl Quenneville, Julia de Lange and Marisa Kohut

This year, McMaster Engineering is celebrating International Women's Day by honouring nine women who are supporting each other through mentoring relationships.

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