Materials Science and Engineering - MASc – Faculty of Engineering

Materials Science and Engineering – MASc

The MASc degree is a thesis-based program where students are required to complete courses in addition to writing and defending a thesis.

2 years
Master of Applied Science (Co-op Available)


Cutting-edge research

McMaster is engaged in leading edge material science and engineering research and has concentrated research groups that collaborate with international industrial sponsors including: Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy, Steel Research Centre, and Centre for Automotive Materials and Corrosion.

Thesis-based curriculum

Research programme requiring the completion of the equivalent of 4 half graduate level courses ( 12 units) plus presentation and defence of a thesis embodying results of an original investigation is required.

Admission requirements

Academic Prerequisites

Honours Bachelor’s Degree (4 Year) in Engineering, Sciences, or equivalent.

Find English language requirements here.

Meeting the minimum MSE program requirements ensures your application is accessible to faculty seeking students, with potential faculty contacts and admission offers coming directly from the School of Graduate Studies.

Anticipated Admission Range
Min B+ (77-79%)
Student working on machine. Hands-on experience.

Additional requirements

  • Please attach to online application
  • Transcript of academic work completed to date. If the final transcript does not show that a completed degree has been conferred, an copy of your diploma is also required.
  • Official copy of these documents will be required if an offer of admissions is made.

Letters of Recommendation are submitted electronically. Please follow the directions that are provided once you have initiated your application.

  • Please attach to online application
  • Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language. Such applicants are required to supply this evidence as part of their application. Applicants may be exempted from this requirement if they have completed a university degree at which English is the language of instruction (Please attach proof – letter from institution)
  • The most common evidence is a score on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Equivalent scores on other recognized tests may also be considered.
  • Minimum accepted TOEFL scores (as outlined in the Graduate Calendar for the Faculty of Engineering):
    • iBT: (Internet Based Test):  88
    • Paper Based Test:  550
    • Computer Based Test:   213
    • The IELTS is also accepted, with a minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each category.
  • Please note that TOEFL scores expire after two years. Only current tests will be considered.
  • The McMaster University Institution Code is 0936.
    The Department of Materials Science and Engineering’s Code is 69.
  • Students who have completed an Academic ESL program through Canadian academic institutions may petition to have this considered in lieu of TOEFL. Please attach all documents/proof to online application

  • Please attach to online application
  • Simply a few paragraphs indicating the type of research you are interested in pursuing.
  • Please attach to online application
  • In the same format as you would submit for an employment opportunity.

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers the following funding for MASc students:

Approximate annual salary:*

Domestic – $27,343.50

International – $30,643.50

2021/22 Tuition and Fee amounts for “Research” programs can be found on the School of Graduate Studies website.

*Subject to change. This is valid only for 2021/22 academic year. Specific financial details will be provided in your offer letter.

Co-op and Student Life

  • Graduate Co-op

    Master’s and PhD students may complete 4 to 12 months of co-op experience in various types of organizations, including corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, startups and research institutions.

    Explore Co-op
  • Engineering Graduate Society

    The EGS actively supports engineering graduate students through events, workshops, bursaries, and collaboration with various campus organizations, focusing on representation, community building, and academic and professional development.

    Visit the EGS site
  • Life in Hamilton

    Hamilton, also known as The Hammer or Steeltown, is a thriving city close to the U.S. border and Toronto, with easy access for students commuting from the Greater Toronto Area via the on-campus GO Bus Terminal.

    Discover Hamilton, ON

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