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Master of Engineering Design (M.Eng.Design Co-op Optional)

Engineering Design

Learn with leading practitioners and professors working in local organizations and firms to design products and solutions for health, manufacturing, and communities. We specialize in design thinking approaches with AI, VR, and smart systems. Open to all STEM applicants. A 4-month co-op is optional.

Current Student Inquiries:

Email:
Phone:
+1 905.525.9140 x 20477
Office:
ETB 509
Future Student Information

Overview

Students can expect to walk away with the following:

  1. Leading Knowledge for Design — Leading techniques, skills, technologies, methods and tools in lab-based and studio-based environments.
  2. Design Mindset — Think like designers and design engineers in all the work they do.
  3. Design Experience — Demonstrated experience in designing with a portfolio of design work.
  4. A Design Network — Connected with practicing designers, design engineers, and firms that hire them.

 

Apply Online

Deadline (online portal opens November 15, 2018)
August 1, 2019 - Domestic applicants
June 1, 2019 - International applicants. International applicants are encouraged to apply early as the visa application process may take 3 months

Prior degree:
STEM Degree, B- average in last 10 technical courses  (equivalent to a McMaster 7.0 GPA out of 12)

Full-time Tuition & Fees:
2018/19 Tuition:
Canadian: $10,800 ($3,600 per term) 
International: $29,100 ($9,700 per term) 

$500 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance 

IELTS/TOEFL:  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.

About This Program

Innovative new designs and the ability to improve performance of existing systems have become a basis for a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Innovativeness, performance, environmental sustainability, safety, usability, desirability, viability and efficiency are integral parts of the requirements in the design of healthcare products, industrial products, large-scale systems, or software solutions. Within this complex set of constraints, successful engineers and engineering managers must be able to lead transformation of an idea to a complete design by working in interdisciplinary teams and with stakeholders. The Master of Engineering Design program provides its participants with technical expertise and leadership capabilities required to innovate and to lead technically oriented organizations. Strong emphasis on applying design competencies to real world problems is accomplished via industrial motivated and supported projects.

The M.Eng. Design program emphasizes development of competencies in:

  • Leadership, collaboration, and management skills for diverse teams.
  • Design thinking and innovations methodologies
  • Engineering disciplines leading to breakthrough design and operation of systems in:
    • process industries (refining, chemicals, specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, power, oil and gas production, and similar)
    • manufacturing of industrial and consumer products
    • health, wellness, and aging device and software solutions, and
    • augmented reality and virtual reality

Projects and Companies

Program Structure

The information on this page has been replicated from the School of Graduate Studies for your convenience. You may view the original page here » 

Courses

Candidates will be required to complete satisfactorily the equivalent of at least eight half courses, plus full-time students must successfully complete SEP 771, W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part I & II and SEP 772, Innovation Studio.  Part-time students are required to complete SEP 772, Innovation Studio.     

The curriculum has five main components:

1. Leadership and management capabilities courses that will enable M.Eng. Design graduates to deal with complex situations in the work environment, to lead teams, manage projects and innovate.

2. Interdisciplinary engineering courses in product design, project management, and risk management.

3. Core technical courses that provide expert knowledge in targeted technical areas.

4. Elective courses that allow students to acquire broader expertise in the technical areas which are at the centre of their studies.

5. An industrially oriented project that solves complex problems requiring synthesis of knowledge from several disciplines and presenting the students with an opportunity to develop the solution in an industrial environment.

Process and Production Systems

Master of Engineering Design program in the field of Process and Production Systems provides advanced competencies for engineers and supervisors typically working in:

  • Process Design
  • Advanced Process Control
  • Plant Operations
  • Process Industry Oriented RD
  • Control Systems and Software
 
Candidates are required to take the following:
  • SEP 700 / M. Eng. Project in Engineering Design, Part I
  • SEP 700 / M. Eng. Project in Engineering Design, Part II 
  • SEP 760 / Design Thinking
  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part I (Full-time only)
  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part II (Full-time only)
  • SEP 772 / Innovation Studio
  • SEP 773 / Leadership for Innovation

Electives 

Candidates are required to take four half courses which should be selected from graduate courses offered by departments within the Faculty of Engineering. Candidates are required to have their elective course selection approved by the Associate Director for Graduate Studies in SEPT. 

Recommended courses for candidates focusing on Process Design, Process Control, or Plant Operations include:

  • SEP 751 / Process Design and Control for Operability
  • SEP 752 / Systems Modeling and Optimization
  • SEP 6C03 / Statistics for Engineers
  • SEP 754 / Process Design and Integration for Minimal Environmental Impact
  • CHEM ENG 752 / Optimization of Chemical Processes
  • CHEM ENG 765 / SEP 767 Multivariate Statistical Methods for Big Data Analysis and Process Improvement

Recommended courses for students with a background or interest in Control Systems Engineering are:

  • Comp Sci *6F03 / Distributed Computer Systems
  • CAS 704* / Embedded, Real-Time Software Systems
  • CAS 703* / Software Design
  • CHEM ENG* 6E03 / Digital Computer Process Control
  • ECE 771* / Algorithms for Parameter and State Estimation
  • ECE 772* / Neural Networks and Learning Machines
  • Mech Eng 761* / Industrial Components, Networks, and Interoperability
  • SEP 786# / Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Fundamentals
  • SEP 787# / Deep Learning and Its Applications
  • SEP 788# / Machine Learning : Classification Models
  • SEP 789# / Neural Networks and Development Tools

Product Design

Innovation and creative systems, solutions, and product designs are emphasized through design in a collaborative design studio environment. The interdisciplinary nature of the program enables its participants to work on a variety of design work, such as industrial machinery, consumer products, automotive, etc.

The following course requirements need to be fulfilled by the candidates:

Mandatory courses

Candidates are required to take the following:

  • SEP 700 / M. Eng. Project in Engineering Design, Part I
  • SEP 700 / M. Eng. Project in Engineering Design, Part II 
  • SEP 760 / Design Thinking
  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part I (Full-time only)
  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum, Part II (Full-time only)
  • SEP 772 / Innovation Studio
  • SEP 773 / Leadership for Innovation

Electives

Strongly recommended

SEP 757 / Hardware  Prototyping Tools and Methods

                                      OR

SEP 758 / Prototyping tools (mobile applications)

Candidates are required to take four half courses which should be selected from graduate courses offered by any department within the Faculty of Engineering. Candidates are required to have their elective course selection approved by the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in SEPT.  

 

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.

Strong letters of recommendation are also required. Each applicant will also be interviewed as part of the admission process. Professional work experience will be highly desirable.

As part of the application process, each applicant is required to provide:

  • Resume or CV
  • Complete Contact information for 2 Academic References (to be included in the on-line application). Only institutional emails will be accepted as credible references. 
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended along with grading scale.
  • 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.
  • Statement of Interest is also required. 
  • KIRA online interview

* No additional documents should be uploaded*

**Please note that applications cannot be reviewed until all documents have been uploaded and the referees have responded. All applications must be completed before the international or domestic deadline to 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.

Prospective applicants who did not attain the required standing in their undergraduate degree, but who have at least four (4) years of relevant work experience, should discuss their situation with the Program Lead. If the experience is deemed sufficient, the Program Lead may then recommend an interview. Evidence of ability to do graduate work will still be required. (See Sections 2.1.1 Admission Requirements for Master’s Degree and 2.1.5 Admission of Students with Related Work Experience or Course Work beyond the Bachelor’s Degree in the Graduate Calendar.)

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.