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Master of Engineering Design (MEng Design)

Engineering Design

Design pursues value-added solutions to the needs of industry, individuals and society at large. Through your Master’s degree, you will develop competencies to design solutions that consider users, customers, economies and ecosystems alike.

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Overview

Notice regarding COVID-19: 

As of mid-March, the School of Engineering Practice and Technology is delivering all graduate courses online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will deliver courses online until Ontario Public Health and McMaster University allow in-person programming to resume.

Programs will continue online as long as COVID-19 remains an active pandemic.

Learn to design inspiring solutions that improve people’s lives and create value for society

Application Deadlines

September 2021 admissions
Online portal opens Nov. 1, 2020

Deadlines for:
Domestic applicants - June 30, 2021
International applicants - May 15, 2021

International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months.

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2021-2022)
30 credit units are required to complete this degree and tuition is paid per credit unit. Please view the per-unit fees on https://registrar.mcmaster.ca/fees/graduate/#tab-00

Refer to the Apply section for more details.

Students enrolled in multiple academic years ( e.g. January admission) pay the fees corresponding to these years. The University reserves the right to correct typographical errors or to adjust the Tuition and Fees schedule at any time it deems necessary.

Become a human-centred designer by working collaboratively with fellow students, community/industry partners and instructors. You will use design thinking and engineering methodologies to identify and alleviate pain points experienced by individuals and companies alike.

We specialize in blending design thinking concepts with prototyping and testing – whether using physical objects or advanced technologies like virtual reality and smart systems.

Through coursework and applied design projects you will build your experience leading design projects from conception to completion while managing relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. You will graduate and launch the next stage of your career with a portfolio of design work.

You may choose to focus your studies in one of two streams: Product Design or Digital Reality. Regardless of which focus area you choose, the M.Eng. Design program is an intensive, accelerated 12-month program with the option for an additional 4-month co-op.

This program is open to any applicants with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) degree.

The Coiner helps people with fine motor control challenges use shopping cars that require a coin to unlock.

The image above is "The Coiner"; a simple prototype design for people living with fine motor control challenges. It can be kept on a keychain and used to unlock grocery carts where they are chained together and require a coin to disconnect.

Program Duration

Full-time students are expected to complete the program in 16 months.  The actual duration of studies may be shorter (not less than 12 months) or longer (not more than 24 months), for students who work faster or slower. Domestic students may complete the program on a part-time basis. It is recommended that part-time students complete the program within 40 months.

The program requires completion of 24 units in courses along with a major design project equivalent to 6 units.

*This is a change from the previous duration and is effective for students joining us after January 1, 2021.

The M.Eng.Design program will enable you to:

  • Think like a designer and solve complex problems by applying human-centered design practices.
  • Gain experience by leveraging design thinking techniques as well as technologies, methods and tools in lab-based and studio-based environments.
  • Build a portfolio of design work that demonstrates your capabilities.
  • Establish your own network of contacts including practicing designers, design engineers, and firms that hire them.

 

"If you have a goal in mind, the program is flexible enough to be tailored to your objectives and interests. I tailored the program to my interest in data analytics and A.I. systems, incorporating them into my design project."

—Jingpeng Zhai, M.Eng.Design '19

Co-op & Experiential Learning

Co-op is an optional component of the Master of Engineering Design Program. McMaster established its graduate student co-op program in 2017, seeing it grow rapidly. Employers are quickly embracing it as a mechanism for recruiting talent and expertise.

There are several steps you must complete before you begin applying to co-op positions. Firstly, ensure you enrol in the Graduate Co-op Prep Course ENG 701 in September. You will also need approval from your program chairperson before accepting a co-op placement. Speak with Co-op and Career Services if you have any questions.

Get more information on finding a co-op

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Deadlines

  September 2021 admission
Online portal opens November 1. 2020
May 15, 2021
 - International applicants. 
June 30, 2021 - Domestic applicants.

International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months.

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Application Checklist

Step 1: Click on the link above to open your application with McMaster University. Alternatively, please click here.

Step 2: Answer all application-related questions.

Step 3: Register for your online interview (Kira) and ensure that you complete the $60 payment. Note that the $60 is in addition to your $110 application fee. They are separate charges.

  • The registration and payment link are embedded in your application questions.

Step 4: Gather, and upload all required documents.

  • Your current resume or CV, including academic and professional experience
  • Your clearly written Statement of Interest (This is a letter explaining your interest in the program, at a maximum of 2 pages).
  • Recent IELTS or TOEFL scores (within the last 2 years) required for international students. Minimum IELTS score 6.5 overall (minimum requirement 5.5 in reading and writing and 6 in listening and speaking). Minimum TOEFL score is 88. Note that if your medium of instruction was English and this is documented on your transcripts, you do not need to submit an ELP test.
  • Transcripts from all post secondary institutions you have attended.
  • Please note that all documents must be uploaded before application submission. CV, SOI, IELTS/TOEFL and Transcripts are uploaded in the same section of the application.

Step 5: Add Academic Referee contact information.

  • Contact information for 2 Academic References must be entered in online application. Referees will be contacted via our electronic referencing system
    • Academic references are to come from instructors most familiar with your academic work.
    • In cases where an applicant has been away from academic study for 5 or more years, we will consider one professional reference.
    • Please note that we do not accept reference letters uploaded by the applicant.

Step 6: Pay $110 application fee, and submit application.

  • Only submit your applicationonce all the above documents have been uploaded, you have entered contact information for both academic references, and you have paid your Kira fee.
  • *Applications will not be reviewed unless all items noted above are submitted at the time of application*.

Step 7: Complete your Kira interview.

  • Applicants will be sent a link to complete their Kira interview within one week of application submission and Kira fee payment.
  • Applicants will not receive a link unless they have fully submitted their application, and have submitted the $60 Kira fee payment.

Step 8: You will be contacted if there are any issues with your application. Please do not email about the status of your application. Applicants will be contacted once a decision regarding the application has been made.

  • Please note that if you are accepted to one of our programs, you will be required to pay a non-refundable $500 deposit. This deposit is non-refundable if you withdraw your acceptance.

Important Notes:

  • Applications will not be reviewed until all required documents are uploaded, the referees have responded, and the Kira online interview has been completed. All applications must be completed in full in advance of the application deadlines in order to be considered.
  • Official transcripts are not required unless an applicant is granted an offer of admission. Documentation sent via post will not be considered for your application.
  • Applications will not be considered until we receive copies of transcripts noting grades up to at least Term 7 of your undergraduate studies.

 

Tuition and Fees

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Canadian: $3,240.00 CAD for each term*
International: $11,000 CAD for each term*

Full-time Tuition & Fees (2020-2021) 
Canadian: $3,240.00 CAD for each term*
International: $11,550 CAD for each term*

*The program requires 3 terms of full-time study.

Part-time Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)
Canadian: $1,800.00 CAD for each term
The option of part-time study is only open to domestic students

Part-time Tuition & Fees (2020-2021)
Canadian: $1,800.00 CAD for each term
The option of part-time study is only open to domestic students

Students enrolled in multiple academic years ( e.g. January admission) pay the fees corresponding for the academic year the term is within. The University reserves the right to correct typographical errors or to adjust the Tuition and Fees schedule at any time it deems necessary.

Other Fees:

  • Application Fee: $110.00
  • Online Interview Fee (Kira Talent): $60.00
  • Non-refundable deposit upon acceptance: $500.00

IELTS/TOEFL: International students are required to present a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall (minimum requirements 5.5 in reading and writing and 6 in listening and speaking). Minimum TOEFL score is 88.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for entry into a graduate program in Engineering, students must hold a four-year engineering undergraduate degree or equivalent, with at least a B- average (equivalent to a McMaster 7.0 GPA out of 12) in the final year in all courses in the discipline, or relating to the discipline, in which the applicant proposes to do graduate work.

Students with a degree in Science, Technology or Mathematics will also be considered.

Candidates may be enrolled on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students will complete the degree in twelve consecutive months of study. Students are admitted for September. Part-time students will normally be expected to complete the program in 28 months.

McMaster students may receive advanced standing for up to two courses (note that a maximum of two 600-level courses can count towards a SEPT graduate program) with the approval of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.

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Product Design

Product Design is a specialized stream within the MEng Design program

Design, particularly Human-Centred Design, can transform the world in ways that satisfies unmet needs for people from all walks of life. Products can refer to a physical product or a service being offered, and designers can offer value to any industry. The MEng Design program is an intensive, accelerated 12-month program with the option for an additional 4-month co-op, that will equip you with a set of specialized knowledge and skills.

By researching and analyzing the experiences of the end-user, designers aspire to offer a solution the user had never even dreamed they wanted.

Full-time students are expected to complete the program in 16 months.  The actual duration of studies may be shorter (not less than 12 months) or longer (not more than 24 months), for students who work faster or slower.

Domestic students (Canadian citizens or permanent residents) may complete their MEng Design degree on a part-time basis and establish their schedule according to how much time they can devote to studies. It is recommended that part-time students complete the program in 32 to 40 months.

Is this stream right for you?

In the product design stream, you will make impactful changes in the lives of your clients; designing products or service to alleviate real challenges they encounter. You may design solutions for healthcare and wellness, automotive, transportation and logistics, agriculture, or any number of other industries.

You will challenge your own assumptions, and your clients’. You will gather evidence supporting concepts, produce prototypes for user testing with fabrication techniques, software, and flow charts, and arrive at a desirable solution.

Program Structure for Product Design

A total of 8 courses and design project (30 units) must be completed by candidates beginning the program after January 1, 2021. For candidates beginning in September 2020, the requirement remains 24 units (6 courses and design project).

For more details please refer to the Graduate Calendar.

Required courses

  • SEP 760 / Design Thinking (3 units)
  • SEP 772 / Innovation Studio (3 units)
  • SEP 773 / Leadership for Innovation (3 units)
  • SEP 700 / MEng Project in Engineering Design, Part I (3 units)
  • SEP 700 / MEng Project in Engineering Design, Part II  (3 units)

All full-time students in W Booth School programs are required to attend the following 0-unit components:

  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part I (Seminar series)
  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part II (Seminar series)

Elective Courses

Students must take four elective courses. These may be selected from a calendar of graduate-level courses in the Faculty of Engineering.

We strongly recommend one or more of the following as electives:

  • SEP 761 / Human Centred Design (3 units)
  • SEP 757 / Rapid Prototyping(3 units)
  • SEP 758 / Prototyping Tools (mobile applications) (3 units)
  • SEP 759 / Prototyping Web and Mobile Applications (3 units)

Candidates are required to have their elective course selection approved by the Associate Director of Graduate Studies, W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology.  

Find all SEP course descriptions on the Graduate Calendar.

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology strives to offer a full complement of courses every academic year; some of the course listed here are currently being reviewed. Their offering is subject to the pending internal approval.

Digital Reality

Digital Reality is a specialized stream within the MEng Design program

Please note that the Digital Reality stream will not be offered in September 2021. We expect to offer it in future terms.

Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) industries are projected to generate revenue over $200 billion by 2022. We will see it used in architecture, medicine, engineering design, manufacturing systems operations, education and entertainment. The M.Eng. Design program is an intensive, accelerated 12-month program with the option for an additional 4-month co-op, that will equip you with a set of specialized knowledge and skills.

AR/VR are essential technologies used to develop self-driving cars (Google’s autonomous car has travelled 20 Million miles in the VR space as a part of its training), architecture, anatomy and surgery, training in operation of complex machinery (e.g. aircraft, industrial plants), games, movies, and many other fields.

Full-time students are expected to complete the program in 16 months.  The actual duration of studies may be shorter (not less than 12 months) or longer (not more than 24 months), for students who work faster or slower.

Domestic students (Canadian citizens or permanent residents) may complete their MEng Design degree on a part-time basis and establish their schedule according to how much time they can devote to studies. It is recommended that part-time students complete the program in 32 to 40 months.

Is this stream right for you?

This stream requires experience in developing software code. Suggested languages to be familiar with include C++, C#, Java or Python.

You will learn to use industry leading software for creating AR/VR systems and content, how to create special effects by customizing software at the code level, and how to integrate various digital assets into an AR/VR production. Develop advanced knowledge of these technologies by learning under the guidance of industry experts. 

Our collaboration with Pipeline Studios (winner of two Emmy awards for its animated films) provides an opportunity for hands-on learning and co-op placements with this industry leading company.  The program is supported by a new AR/VR laboratory equipped with specialized workstations and other virtual reality equipment.

Program Structure for Digital Reality

A total of 8 courses and design project (30 units) must be completed by candidates beginning the program after January 1, 2021. For candidates beginning in September 2020, the requirement remains 24 units (6 courses and design project).

For more details please refer to the Graduate Calendar.

The Digital Reality stream includes the following required courses common to all M.Eng.Design students:

  • SEP 760 / Design Thinking (3 units)
  • SEP 772 / Innovation Studio (3 units)
  • SEP 700 / M. Eng. Project in Engineering Design, Part I (3 units)
  • SEP 700 / M. Eng. Project in Engineering Design, Part II  (3 units)

All full-time students in W Booth School programs are required to attend the following 0-unit components:

  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part I (Seminar series)
  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part II (Seminar series)

The following six courses constitute the specialization in Digital Reality:

  • SEP 6CG3: Fundamentals of computer graphics and animation development (3 units)
  • SEP 6VE3: Visual effects and animation production technology (3 units)
  • SEP 714: Workflow management for animated prototypes (3 units)
  • SEP 715: Rendering techniques (3 units)
  • SEP 791: Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality (3 units)
  • SEP 792: Interactive applications utilizing GPU's for real-time projects (3 units)

Find all SEP course descriptions on the Graduate Calendar.

W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology strives to offer a full complement of courses every academic year; some of the course listed here are currently being reviewed. Their offering is subject to the pending internal approval.

Facilities

As a student in the M.Engineering.Design program, you’ll gain experience working with a variety of rapid prototyping and design tools. Here are a few of the facilities you’ll work in:

Early design stages prototyping lab (ETB 539) – Here, you will find tools for 3D-conceptual prototyping with simple materials like cardboard, foamcore, paper, and modelling clay, and other similar materials.

Rapid Prototyping lab (ETB 122) – When you are ready to create a more resilient prototype, this room is equipped with 3D printers and machining equipment. You will develop your skills and comfort working with these tools to make your design vision into an operational prototype in metal or plastic.

3d Printers

Virtual Reality Lab (ETB 534) – When the best way to prototype something is virtual, this lab is equipped to craft and explore an idea in virtual reality.

CAD/CAM computing network – Supports virtual 3D prototyping via network connection to your laptop. This allows you to use your laptop as an interface, while outsourcing the "heavy lifting" of highly detailed design work to a mainframe server.

Prototyping lab for smart systems (ETB 537) –Work with a variety of hardware, software, sensors and other components to prototype and test smart system design.

Industry Partners

Finbyte

Project: Optimizing Food Growth Using Data Analytics and Machine Learning

Challenge: Finbyte, founded by an alumnus of the W Booth School, is a start-up company focused on optimizing the food output of plants grown using aquaponics. They engaged Master of Engineering Design students to assist in developing a system that can adjust the nutrient cycles within an Aquaponics facility in real time, raising fish and growing greens efficiently in an indoor closed loop system.

Graduate students in the Master of Engineering Design program with a variety of undergraduate backgrounds and interests delivered a functioning prototype that used machine vision to monitor the growth of the plants and use multivariate data analysis to manage nutrient flow within the system.

Read about the project here>>

 

Westhill Innovation Inc.

Project: Powering transportation refrigeration systems using solar power collected from the top of trailers.

Challenge: Westhill Innovation identified an opportunity to reduce emissions produced while powering refrigeration units and they engaged a group of students to help design a solar panel solution for truck trailers. Truck drivers are mandated to take rest periods while on the road, and while resting they must power refrigeration units using the truck’s diesel engine.

By developing a system that allows solar panels to be mounted to the top of a transport trailer, the 425 square feet of space on the roof can charge a battery bank that will power the refrigeration unit and allow drivers to turn off their engines while parked. In the future, this technology could greatly extend the range of electric trucks and feed into the power grid when the trailers are parked for loading and unloading.

Read about the project here>>

 

YWCA and Business out of the Box initiative

Project: Designing a unique venue for local entrepreneurs to launch their retail businesses

Challenge: The YWCA of Hamilton approached McMaster’s Office of Community Engagement and W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology to design a solution that could provide flexible retail space for women entrepreneurs to launch their own businesses.

The project, funded through a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, has operated over the summer of 2019, helping 12 local women get their retail businesses off the ground. The project is located at 414 Barton St. E. The YWCA hopes to continue operating the project and is investigating options to move it beyond the grant that got it running.

Read about the project here>>

Other recent and notable partners include:

  • Saint Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
  • Stackpole
  • Hamilton Technology Centre
  • Exponet
  • Pretto's Pasta
  • Walterfedy

See our complete list of current and past partners.

Student Projects

Avani Mehta and Yaseen Syed

Program: Masters in Engineering Design | Process & Production Systems Stream. Class of 2020

Project name: Industrial Waste Heat Recovery in the Bayfront Industrial Area

Project impact:

Roughly half of the industrial sector’s energy consumption is rejected as waste heat- dormant heat discharged with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Hamilton, Ontario is an energy-hungry heavy manufacturing hub, and a key contributor to industrial GHG emissions in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Avani Mehta understands the economic and environmental benefits of recovering and reusing waste heat. Her master’s project uses thermal energy maps to identify the quality and quantity of industrial waste heat in the Hamilton Bayfront area, and offers economically viable technology solutions to manufacturers. These solutions help optimize processes, improve capital efficiency, and inform new policies and programs for sharing waste heat and reducing GHG emissions.

Project partner: Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

Preparing for success: Entering the MEng Design program with a traditional engineering mindset, Avani began to understand that problems faced by engineers often have multiple solutions.

Reflecting on the design thinking approach underpinning the MEng Design program, Avani says,

“The MEng Design program’s pivotal courses - Design Thinking, Human Centered Design - have taught me the design ideologies of inspiration, ideation and implementation.”

Of her experience in the MEng Design program, Avani says,

“One of the most important takeaways from this degree is the learning that the core of Design Thinking lies in giving the stakeholders not just what they wanted, but the thing they never knew they wanted.”

Avani currently works with Digital Main Street as an e-Commerce Coordinator, and part-time as a Design Thinking Fellow at McMaster University. Her Master’s project was spearheaded by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, and received funding from The Atmospheric Fund and Mitacs Canada.


Amina Benmessaoud and Shim Patel

Program: Masters in Engineering Design | Process & Production Systems Stream

Project name: RENovate

Project impact: 

RENovate is an innovative digital training platform for renal education and home hemodialysis support. The project represents a design concept that combines training for home hemodialysis patients with continued treatment trackers for a frictionless at-home experience. 

Many hemodialysis patients opt out of home treatment because of the intimidating machinery and the time and cognitive effort required. These factors guided their design of a platform that offers an effective, human-focused information presentation. The research from this project contributed to the advancement of telemedicine in the real world.

Project partner: St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

Preparing for success: 

“The courses I took in this program helped me to build a portfolio that showcases the prototypes I designed, as well as highlight my design process, including journey maps, bubble diagrams, wireframes, needs assessments, interview preparation and conducting, and insight analysis,” says Amina.

Amina currently works as a research coordinator at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.


Jonathan Pusic, Namrata Jain, and Abdulrahman Daoudieh

For Jonathan Pusic, progress in the MEng Design program has clarified the direction of his engineering practice. 

Jonathan grounds his virtual healthcare focus in the MEng Design program’s Digital Reality stream, a specialized stream focused on augmented and virtual reality. Jonathan’s work includes a project for the Human-Centred Design course, where he’s developing an app for patients with terminal and progressive lung disease that helps with lung health management. 

His project, "Leadership Models in Virtual Care," done in collaboration with Namrata Jain, and Abdulrahman Daoudieh, involves researching current trends and emerging technologies in virtual patient care. Jonathan plans to narrow the project’s focus to apply these technologies to improving prehospital care at the scene of traffic accidents. 

Community stakeholders from St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and the City of Hamilton EMS Team are contributing real world insights to Jonathan’s project. 

Community partner: St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton

Jonathan graduates from the MEng Design program in 2021.

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