Aerospace Studies: Aerospace Science and Engineering: MASc

Master of Applied Science

Program Description

The MASc degree is a research-based program focused on the completion of a research thesis. The MASc is considered to provide basic training in research for students subsequent to an undergraduate program. Under the direction of a faculty supervisor, students will select a research topic, perform experiments, computation, or analysis relevant to the topic, and report their results in a thesis. Upon completion of the thesis, students will be prepared for further academic research or employment in industry, including in research and development settings. Top students may have the opportunity to transfer directly to the PhD program after their first year of MASc studies.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy UTIAS’s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate four-year undergraduate degree in in engineering, mathematics, physics, or chemistry from a recognized university.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework to be completed in Year 1. Students must complete a minimum of 2.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) (five half courses) as follows:

    • All courses must be technical.

    • At least half of the required FCEs must be courses offered at UTIAS.

    • Complete AER 1800H Research Seminar in Aerospace Science and Engineering (0.5 FCE).

    • Students must achieve at least a B- average to be in good academic standing. Failure in any course taken for credit may result in termination of the student's registration.

    • Students deemed to have insufficient background may be required to complete supplementary coursework in addition to the required 2.5 FCEs.

  • Complete the non-credit course JDE 1000H Ethics in Research (0.0 FCE).

  • Attend a total of 12 approved seminars.

  • Have research performance assessed by a Research Assessment Committee (RAC), which includes the student's supervisor. For students making excellent research progress, the RAC may recommend that a student be considered for direct transfer to the PhD program.

  • Write a thesis based on research performed during the period of registration for the MASc based on a topic selected in consultation with the student's supervisor.

  • Present a seminar on the student's research at the UTIAS Departmental MASc Seminar (DMS).

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Aerial Robotics; Robotics; Sustainable Aviation; or Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Aerospace Science and Engineering MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

5 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years full-time