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Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering (Ph.D. Co-op Optional)

Materials Science & Engineering

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

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Materials Science & Engineering is about unravelling the fundamental principles governing the behavior of materials to enable technologies across a broad range of applications. This includes performance functionalities of all classes of materials across length scale ranging from the macro-scale down to nano-scale.

Equivalent of 4 half courses (12 units) 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.


Areas of Research

  • Nanotechnology
  • Nanomaterials
  • Energy and fuel cells
  • Automotive materials and corrosion
  • Steel and steelmaking
  • Recycling
  • Electrochemical technology
  • Biomaterials
  • Electronic materials
  • Computational modelling
  • Physical metallurgy
  • Polymers

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Ph.D. degree program: successful completion of a Master’s degree with at least a B+ average.

If all minimum requirements are met for admission to the MSE program, your application will be made available to all faculty currently accepting students. You will be contact by any interested faculty directly and any offers of admission will come from the School of Graduate Studies.

Please note a complete applications consists of the following documents submitted with online application.

  • Transcripts

  • English Language Proficiency

  • Statement of Interest

  • Letters of Recommendation – 2 academic reference submitted electronically by referee


  • Please attached 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

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

English Language Proficiency

  • Please attached 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

Statement of Interest

  • Please attached to online application
  • Simply a few paragraphs indicating the type of research you are interested in pursuing.

Resumé – (Optional)

  • Please attached to online application (In the same format as you would submit for an employment opportunity)

Admission Deadlines

Applications are open 11 months prior to start of term. Deadlines are listed below. If you cannot have all of the required materials submitted by these deadlines, we cannot guarantee that a decision concerning your application will be processed by the time of your desired entry date (especially if you need time to obtain a student visa).

  • For May Admission:
    • International Students Deadline: November 15
    • Domestic Students Deadline: Feb 1
  • For September Admission:
    • International Students Deadline: March 15
    • Domestic Students Deadline: June 1
  • For January 2020 Admission:
    • International Students Deadline: July 15
    • Domestic Students Deadline: July 15

Tuition and Fees

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

Approximate annual salary:*

Domestic - $29,602.79

International - $26,752.79

2019/20 Tuition and Fee amounts for "Research" programs can be found here.

*Subject to change. This is valid only for 2019/20  academic year. Specific financial details will be provided in your offer letter.

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