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Master of Engineering Design (M.Eng.Design)

Engineering Design

Interdisciplinary program focusing on human-centered design with projects in e-health, rehabilitation sciences, community design, manufacturing, virtual reality, and AI. Especially encouraging applicants with software background.

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Future Student Information

Overview

 

Students in the program work with 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 (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. 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

Projects and Companies

Program Structure

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Courses

Candidates will be required to complete satisfactorily the equivalent of at least 8 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, 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, 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 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:

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.  

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:

Mandatory Courses

Candidates are required to take:

  • 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-technical courses, which should be selected from graduate courses offered by any departments within the Faculty of Engineering.

Strongly recommended:

            SEP 6X03/ Livable cities, the built and natural environment

                                                  OR 

            SEP 748 / Development of Sustainable Communities

Other 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 757 / Hardware Prototyping tools and methods
  • SEP 758 / Prototyping tools (mobile applications) 

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 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.
  • KIRA online interview (applicants will be disqualified without the completion of the 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 or January. 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.