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Master of Engineering Design (M.Eng.Design)

Engineering Design

Learn how to create value in public or private sector organizations by using a ‘design thinking approach’. Complete a real world design project in automotive, healthcare, infrastructure, process industries, and more.

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Overview

The Master of Engineering Design (M.Eng Design) program at McMaster University has three streams:

  • Process and Production Systems
  • Product Design
  • Sustainable Community Infrastructure

Innovative new designs and the ability to improve performance of existing systems have become a basis for a competitive advantage in the marketplace. 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. The Master of Engineering Design program provides its participants with technical expertise and leadership capabilities required to invent novel solutions and to lead technically oriented organizations. Strong emphasis on solving engineering problems from industrial practice is accomplished via industrial motivated and supported projects.

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

  • Leadership, collaboration, and management skills to lead diverse teams.
  • Design thinking and innovations methodologies
  • Engineering disciplines leading to breakthrough design and operation of systems in:
    • Sustainable community infrastructure (renewable energy systems, environmental systems, sustainable products and systems design, local economy)
    • 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 

A community of students, experts, faculty, and industry partners, the Engineering Design program at McMaster is centered around experiential, interdisciplinary learning, creativity, team collaboration and solving real-world problems.

 

McMaster Grad Students Discuss Engineering Design from McMaster Engineering Practice on Vimeo.

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Deadline
August 15, 2018 - Domestic applicants
June 15, 2018 - 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 (2017-2018)
Canadian: $18,288.90 CAD
($6,096 per term)
International: $26,921.37 CAD
($8,973.79 per term)

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. 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. The Master of Engineering Design program provides its participants with technical expertise and leadership capabilities required to invent novel solutions and to lead technically oriented organizations. Strong emphasis on solving engineering problems from industrial practice is accomplished via industrial motivated and supported projects.

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

  • Leadership, collaboration, and management skills to lead diverse teams.
  • Design thinking and innovations methodologies
  • Engineering disciplines leading to breakthrough design and operation of systems in:
    • Sustainable community infrastructure (renewable energy systems, environmental systems, sustainable products and systems design, local economy)
    • 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

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Program Structure

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Courses

Candidates will be required to complete satisfactorily the equivalent of at least three full courses, plus full-time students must successfully complete SEP 771.

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, and to manage projects.

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

 

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

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 (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 Program Lead.

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

  • SEP 751 / Process Design and Control for Operability
  • SEP 752 / Process 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 Process Analysis and Monitoring

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

 Product Design

Innovation and creative system, solutions, or product design are emphasized through problem solving via interdisciplinary teams in a design studio environment, while learning about the use of materials in product design and design for manufacturing are led by the faculty who are also members of McMaster's advanced centres (including Centre for Automotive Materials, Manufacturing Research Institute, Institute for Polymer Production Technology and the Centre for Advanced Polymer Processing and Design). The interdisciplinary nature of the program enables its participants to work on a variety of designs, such as industrial machinery, consumer products, automotive, etc.

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

Leadership and Management

Candidates are required to take the following:

  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum (full-time students only)
  • SEP 772 / Innovation Studio
  • SEP 773 / Leadership for Innovation

 

Core Technical Courses

Candidates are required to take two design half courses:

  • SEP 760 / Design Thinking
  • SEP 761 / Human-Centred Design

 

Elective Technical Courses

Candidates are required to take three 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 Director of the program.

Sustainable Community Infrastructure

Candidates in this field of study cover various aspects of the design of sustainable communities, including:

  • Public realm spaces (parks, sidewalks, recreation facilities)
  • Storm water management
  • Housing and energy efficient buildings
  • Development of local business
  • Sustainable transportation systems
  • Sustainable energy generation

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

Leadership and Management

Candidates are required to take:

 

  • SEP 771 / W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology Practitioner's Forum (full-time students only)
  • SEP 772 / Innovation Studio
  • SEP 773 / Leadership for Innovation

 

Interdisciplinary Engineering

Recommended courses include:

  • SEP 730 / Reliability and Risk Management
  • SEP 733 / Project Management
  • SEP 760 / Design Thinking

 

Core Technical Courses

Candidates are required to take four half-technical courses, which should be selected from graduate courses offered by departments within the Faculty of Engineering. Suggested courses in sustainable energy systems and manufacturing are:

  • SEP 6I03 / Sustainable Manufacturing Processes
  • SEP 705 / Green Engineering, Sustainability and Public Policy
  • SEP 746 / Design of Sustainable Community Infrastructure
  • SEP 747 / Energy Efficient Buildings
  • SEP 748 / Development of Sustainable Communities

 

Electives

Candidates are required to have their elective course selection approved by the Director of the program.

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 and 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 upload:

  • Resume or CV
  • Complete Contact information for 2 Academic References (to be included in the on-line application)
  • Transcripts from any post-secondary institution(s) attended
  • 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.

*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 or January. Part-time students will normally be expected to complete the program in two years.

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.)

 Students may receive advanced standing for up to two of the following courses (note that a maximum of two 600-level courses can count towards a SEPT graduate program).

Only a student enrolled in their final year of a Bachelors of Engineering or Technology at McMaster University immediately entering a SEPT graduate program can be eligible for advanced credit. There can be no banking, no retroactive accommodations and no offer to students outside of Engineering to participate in advanced credit options.

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