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M.Eng. in Systems & Technology (MEng S&T)

Systems & Technology

Want to help guide Industry 4.0 into the future? This master’s program is the only one of its kind in Canada that delivers specialized training in digital manufacturing, automotive, automation, and smart, connected systems.

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+1 905.525.9140 x 20477
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ETB 509

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 programing to resume.

Applications continue to be accepted for September 2020, and if necessary, programs will continue online as long as COVID-19 remains an active pandemic.

Application Deadlines

September 2020 admissions
Online portal opens Nov. 16, 2019

Domestic applicants - July 15, 2020
International applicants - June 1, 2020

January 2021 admission:
Online portal opens May 1, 2020
Deadlines for :
Domestic applicants - Oct. 31, 2020
International applicants - Aug. 17, 2020

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

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

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

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.

Smart, connected systems are disrupting the places we work, the way we live, how we connect and play, even our personal health. Build your career creating these systems.

This master's program will position you for a career in developing and managing cyber-physical systems that leverage software, hardware and real-time data to make businesses more efficient and our everyday lives easier.

As a student in the MEngS&T program, you will have opportunities to:

  • Build expertise in designing and optimizing systems using advanced technologies, including Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, robotics, human-machine interfaces, IoT, and other components of cyber-physical systems.
  • Develop skills to communicate and present your concepts and prototypes to team members and stakeholders.
  • Adopt a design thinking approach to produce user-oriented, innovative systems.
  • Attain digital manufacturing savvy, which is essential for a successful a career in Industry 4.0.

Program Duration

Our MEng in Systems and Technology is a full-time 24 month program with an accelerated option to complete the program in 12 months*. Students select which path they wish to pursue at the beginning of their first term.
(i) Accelerated course & project based option, which requires completion of 7 courses plus a major project and takes 16 months to complete.
(ii) Accelerated course-based option, which requires completion of 10 courses and takes 12 months to complete.
 
*This is a change from the previous duration of 16 months and is effective for students joining us in January 2021. If you are applying for September 2020 the program is 16 months long with the 12-month accelerated option.

Is this program for you?

If you believe that intelligent systems comprised of AI applications and components connected via networks (or the cloud) are the future, this is the program for you. You’ll find three unique streams to choose from.

  • Automation and Smart Systems - build your experience with automatic controls, robotics, or data science
  • Automotive - work on automotive vehicles and their systems (e.g. autonomous driving) and forever change human transportation
  • Digital Manufacturing – Work on advanced tools for managing production systems, monitoring their operation, optimizing supply chain and production operations as well as being able to apply machine learning and AI in manufacturing systems.

This program is particularly well suited for applicants with backgrounds in Electrical, Software and Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, and Automation Systems. Students from other engineering and science disciples who are comfortable with writing solution procedures as software code, and who wish to refocus their careers on automation or data science, are also invited to apply.

If your interests are specific to manufacturing processes and technology, you may also want to look at our Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering program. 

Have questions about the program? Please fill out the:  

Request more information form.

Apply

Deadlines

September 2020 admission
Online portal opened November 16, 2019
June 1, 2020
 - International applicants. 
July 15, 2020 - Domestic applicants.

January 2021 admission 
Online portal opens May 1, 2020
August 17, 2020
 - International applicants.
October 31, 2020 - 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

Step 2: Pay the application fee ($110)

Step 3: Register for your online interview on Kira Talent along with payment ($60)

Step 3: Gather the 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)
  • 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
  • Complete Contact information for 2 Academic References (to be included in the on-line application).
  • Only submit your application once all the above documents have been uploaded and you have provided contact information for your references

Step 4: Complete your online interview on Kira Talent after you have submitted your application. (Step 3 must be completed in full.)

Step 5: You will be contacted if there are any issues with your application. Please do not email about the status of your application. You will be contacted with a decision whether your application is accepted or rejected.

Step 6: Once you receive an offer and have accepted it, you are required to pay a deposit of $500. (This is non-refundable if you withdraw your acceptance or do not attend.)

*No additional documents should be uploaded as they will not be reviewed*

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

Tuition & 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

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 degree in a STEM discipline, with at least a B average (equivalent to a McMaster 8.0 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.

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.

Automation & Smart Systems

Automation and Smart Systems enables graduates to design and implement automation systems, monitor real time operations, and apply data science methods to analyze and improve performance of systems across various industries, including manufacturing, smart buildings and cities, agriculture, prepared foods, pharmaceutical production, and beyond.

There are two pathways towards the degree - 24 month full-time or 12 month accelerated full-time:

  • 8 courses (24 units) + project (6 units)
    • 2 required course
    • 1 to 2 professional development course
    • 3 to 4 core courses
    • 0 to 1 elective courses
    • 2 project courses
  • 10 single-term courses (30 units)
    • 2 required course
    • 2 to 3 professional development courses
    • 4 to 6 core courses
    • 0 to 2 elective courses

Students joining in September 2020 will complete the previously posted 6 courses plus project, or 9 courses.

Required courses:

  • SEP 769 - Systems Engineering & Cyber Physical Systems (3 units)
  • SEP 772 - Innovation Studio (3 units)

Students pursuing the 8 courses + project pathway are also required to register for two project courses:

  • SEP 799 - MEng Project in Systems and Technology, Part I (3 units)
  • SEP 799 - MEng Project in Systems and Technology, 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)

Professional Development courses, common to all streams in MEng S&T, are listed below:

  • SEP 6TC3 - Technical Communications (3 units)
  • SEP 725 - Practical Project Management for Today’s Business Environment (3 units)
  • SEP 773 - Leadership for Innovation (3 units)
  • SEP 760 - Design Thinking (3 units)

Core courses:

  • SEP 799 - M.Eng. Project in Systems and Technology Parts 1 and 2
  • SEP 728 - Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial Internet of Things (ioT) Systems (3 units)
  • SEP 780 - Advanced Robotics and Automation (3 units)
  • SEP 767 - Multivariate Statistical Methods for Big Data Analysis and Process Improvement (3 units)
  • SEP 786 - Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Fundamentals (1.5 units)
  • SEP 787 - Machine Learning : Classification Models (1.5 units)
  • SEP 788 - Neural Networks and Development Tools (1.5 units)
  • SEP 789 - Deep Learning and Its Applications (1.5 units)
  • CAS 771 - Introduction to Big Data Systems and Applications (3 units)
  • SEP 6CS3 - Computer security (3 units)
  • SEP 6DA3 - Data Analytics and Big Data (3 units)
  • SEP 6DM3 - Data Mining (3 units)

Recommended elective courses:

  • MECH ENG 761 - Industrial components, networks and interoperability (3 units)
  • SEP 720 - Cloud Computing (1.5 units)
  • SEP 721 - Data Analytics, Machine Learning and AI on Cloud Platforms (1.5 units)
  • SEP 791 - Augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality (3 units)
  • SEP 718 - Industrial Automation (3 units)
  • SEP 783 -  Sensors and Actuators (3 units)

You may also select any graduate level courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering as electives with approval of the academic advisor.

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.

Automotive

The Automotive stream prepares graduates for careers in developing autonomous vehicle systems, transportation smart systems, and beyond. If you’re excited about the future of self-driving vehicles and the infrastructure that enables them, this choice is for you.

There are two pathways towards the degree - 24 month full-time or 12 month accelerated full-time:

  • 8 courses (24 units) + project (6 units)
    • 2 required course
    • 2 professional development course
    • 3 to 4 core courses
    • 0 to 1 elective courses
    • 2 project courses
  • 10 single-term courses (30 units)
    • 2 required course
    • 2 professional development courses
    • 4 to 6 core courses
    • 0 to 2 elective courses

Students joining in September 2020 will complete the previously posted 6 courses plus project, or 9 courses.

Required courses:

  • SEP 769 - Systems Engineering & Cyber Physical Systems (3 units)
  • SEP 772 - Innovation Studio (3 units)

Students pursuing the 8 courses + project pathway are also required to register for two project courses:

  • SEP 799 - MEng Project in Systems and Technology, Part I (3 units)
  • SEP 799 - MEng Project in Systems and Technology, 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)

Professional Development courses, common to all streams in MEng S&T, are listed below:

  • SEP 6TC3 - Technical Communications (3 units)
  • SEP 725 - Practical Project Management for Today’s Business Environment (3 units)
  • SEP 773 - Leadership for Innovation (3 units)
  • SEP 760 - Design Thinking (3 units)

Core courses:

  • SEP 799 - M.Eng. Project in Systems and Technology Parts 1 and 2 (3 units)
  • SEP 724 - Intelligent Transportation Systems (3 units)
  • SEP 716 - Automotive Safety Design (3 units)
  • SEP 711 - Electric Powertrain Components Design (3 units)
  • SEP 734 - Issues in Vehicle Productions (3 units)
  • SEP 722 - Electric Drive Vehicles (3 units)
  • SEP 6AE3 - Internal Combustion Engines (3 units)
  • SEP 6AT3 - Conceptual Design of Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles (3 units)
  • SEP 6DV3 - Vehicle dynamics (3 units)

Recommended electives courses:

  • SEP 791 - Augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality (3 units)
  • SEP 783 -  Sensors and Actuators (3 units)
  • SEP 780 - Advanced Robotics and Automation (3 units)

You may also select any graduate level courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering as electives with approval of the academic advisor.

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 Manufacturing

The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) is changing manufacturing to be agile through additive manufacturing, data analytics, AI, and cyber twins of facilities. These become essential tools for informed decision making and process optimization.  Our concentration in Digital Manufacturing is for students who want to focus on additive manufacturing and robotics integrated via ioT / iioT with decision making systems.

There are two pathways towards the degree - 24 month full-time or 12 month accelerated full-time:

  • 8 courses (24 units) + project (6 units)
    • 2 required course
    • 2 professional development course
    • 3 to 4 core courses
    • 0 to 1 elective courses
    • 2 project courses
  • 10 courses (30 units)
    • 2 required course
    • 2 professional development courses
    • 4 to 6 core courses
    • 0 to 2 elective courses

Required courses:

  • SEP 769 - Systems Engineering & Cyber Physical Systems (3 units)
  • SEP 772 - Innovation Studio (3 units)

Students pursuing the 8 courses + project pathway are also required to register for two project courses:

  • SEP 799 - MEng Project in Systems and Technology, Part I (3 units)
  • SEP 799 - MEng Project in Systems and Technology, 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)

Professional Development courses, common to all streams in MEng S&T, are listed below:

  • SEP 6TC3 - Technical Communications (3 units)
  • SEP 725 - Practical Project Management for Today’s Business Environment (3 units)
  • SEP 773 - Leadership for Innovation (3 units)
  • SEP 760 - Design Thinking (3 units)

Core courses

  • SEP 799 - M.Eng. Project in Systems and Technology Parts 1 and 2 (3 units)
  • SEP 735 - Additive Manufacturing (3 units)
  • SEP 728 - Internet of Things (IoT) and industrial Internet of Things (ioT) Systems (3 units)
  • SEP 783 -  Sensors and Actuators (3 units)
  • MECH ENG 761 - Industrial components, networks and interoperability (3 units)
  • SEP 780 - Advanced Robotics and Automation (3 units)
  • SEP 718 - Industrial Automation (3 units)

Recommended elective courses:

  • SEP 786 - Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Fundamentals (1.5 units)
  • SEP - 787 - Machine Learning : Classification Models (1.5 units)
  • SEP 788 - Neural Networks and Development Tools (1.5 units)
  • SEP 789 - Deep Learning and Its Applications (1.5 units)
  • SEP 767 - Multivariate Statistical Methods for Big Data Analysis and Process Improvement (3 units)
  • SEP 6FM3 - Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) and Flexible Manufacturing (3 units)

You may also select any graduate level courses offered by the Faculty of Engineering as electives with approval of the academic advisor.

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

The Learning Factory (ETB B107)

Student at The Learning FactoryThis unique facility offers students the opportunity to design their own projects and experiments in a laboratory setting. The Learning Factory is equipped with leading manufacturing technologies. Local networks allow students to capture and analyze data collected using a variety of sensors and feedback from automation systems. Students will have opportunties to use metal 3D-printing, robotics, a variety of Programmable Logic Controllers, and more.

Learn more.

 

Rapid Prototyping lab (ETB 122)

Students awaiting a 3D printThe lab 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.

Tools and equipment accessible in the lab include:

  • 3D Metal Printers
  • CNC lathe and router
  • PCB soldering station
  • 3D Polymer Printers
  • Laser cutter for plastic sheets
  • Bench scale tools including a drill press, band saw, etc.

 

MARC Facility (McMaster Automotive Resource Centre, Located at 200 Longwood Ave.)

3D Polymer PrintersStudents in the M.Eng. Manufacturing Engineering program can access this facility by appointment. The space can be used for prototyping in course and project work. The SEP 762 Prototyping tools and methods course uses the MARC facility.

Tools and equipment accessible in the lab include:

  • CNC lathe and router
  • PCB soldering station
  • 3D Polymer Printers
  • Bench scale tools including a drill press, band saw, etc.

 

CAD workstation labWorkstation Labs for CAD Design (MARC 266)

Houses workstation computers that can be accessed for CAD design and modelling simulation. Access is based on scheduled availability.

 

 

 

CAD/CAM computing network

Accessible within the ETB 524 studio space. This network supports engineering computing and 3D prototyping via 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.

Co-op and Experiential Learning

Co-op is an optional component of the Master of Engineering Systems & Technology 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.

If you intend to find a co-op placement remember that it is competitive, much like any job search. Start early and put in consistent effort throughout the school year to make connections and grow your network.

Here are some tips for finding your co-op position:

  • Attend as many career events throughout the school year – and try to speak with the employers who attend. Events are posted in OSCAR plus and require you to register as an attendee.
  • Search OSCAR plus for posted co-op opportunities. Hundreds of openings are offered by employers in a year and some of them might be right for you. Apply to any that look like a good fit – make sure you keep your resume current so you can apply as they’re posted.
  • Find opportunities to network with professionals in your field. Look for networking events, become active on LinkedIn, make meaningful connections and schedule information interviews. Whenever you meet someone new, ask them if they can recommend anyone else you should speak with.
  • Reach out to your existing network. This could be family, friends from your time in undergraduate studies who are now employed, or really anyone you have an established relationship with who works for a company that operates in your field.

Employers

If you’re an employer interested in hiring graduate students for a co-op term connect with our co-op office to discuss listing your open opportunities.