Materials Engineering and Management – Faculty of Engineering

Materials Engineering and Management

Lead in material sciences and drive innovations in technology and manufacturing, with an integrated business education to excel in both technical and management domains.

5 years
Bachelor of Engineering & Management (Co-op Available)


Unique program offerings

The one-of-a-kind program offers small class sizes and strong contact with local industry and excellent employment opportunities.

State-of-the-art laboratory and research facilities

Students access some of the world’s most advanced facilities including the Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy and partake in annual industrial tours to some of the most advanced manufacturing facilities in Canada.


There are four specialization streams: Biomaterials, Data Analytics & Computational Materials, Materials for Manufacturing & Infastructure and Smart Materials & Devices.

Program structure

The Materials Engineering programs are accredited with the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, permitting subsequent admission to “P.Eng.” status following graduation and the completion of other requirements of the profession.

Materials offers a different perspective on solving almost any engineering challenge. Every other discipline needs materials to do their job, so I get to learn about a variety of applications and innovations by studying the materials innovation behind them.

Erik Korber, Materials Science and Engineering

Admission requirements

Academic Prerequisites

This is an above level 1 specialization that requires successful completion of the Engineering 1 general first year, as well as ECON 1B03.

Use the Future Students admissions tool for entry requirements.

Co-op and experiential learning

Experiential learning provides students with hands-on opportunities beyond the traditional lecture-style format to gain valuable experience.

The Engineering Co-op Program is an optional program which provides you with the opportunity to work in real engineering positions before you graduate. The Undergraduate Co-op Program is administered by the Engineering Co-op and Career Services Department (ECCS).

Example employers:

  • Acuren
  • TransCanada
  • GE
  • Xerox
  • Boeing
  • Bombardier
  • Magna
  • Huskey Energy
  • UTC Aerospace Systems

Learn more about co-op.

McMaster Engineering has many engineering clubs, teams and societies you can join to enhance your practical knowledge and soft skills, provide support, or give you the chance to explore new activities. Clubs are an enjoyable way to enrich your student life and contribute to your social development and academic success.

  • Materials Science and Engineering Club
  • Baja Racing
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Women in Engineering Society

Browse opportunities to get involved and gain experience.

Engineering programs have been enriched with interdisciplinary design courses, enabling students to work in teams on real-world problems. This practical experience builds their portfolios and hones skills vital for managing complex projects and utilizing emerging technologies. It prepares them for co-ops and future careers, fostering critical thinking, collaboration, and an understanding of societal issues.

Four project-based design courses that all students take include:

  • ENGINEER 1P13: Integrated Cornerstone Design Projects in Engineering
  • ENGINEER 2PX3: Engineering Design 2: Communications and Societal Impact
  • ENGINEER 3PX3: Engineering Design 2: Engineering Economics

Find out more

Example career opportunities:

  • Design Engineer
  • Quality Control Engineer
  • Process Control Engineer
  • Failure Analyst
  • Research Engineer

Research areas:

  • Organic/polymer electronics
  • Polymer fuel cells and systems
  • Lightweight automotive materials
  • Development of sustainable steelmaking processes and products
  • Nano-engineering and thin-films

How to apply

Understand every step, from applying, to accepting your offer and joining us on campus!

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

We use innovation, design and problem solving to develop novel materials, characterizing the mechanical, physical and chemical properties of materials to create reliable, sustainable and efficient alternatives.

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