Master of Applied Science (MASc)

The Master of Applied Science (MASc) requires at least four courses, one graduate seminar and a research thesis. The thesis must include an original contribution to the discipline and should include material of publishable quality.

Program requirements

The MASc degree requires four classes, of which one class may be a senior undergraduate course.

All classes required to meet the degree requirements are considered essential classes and will be so designated by the Supervisory Committee. Essential classes can include any required undergraduate or prerequisite classes. Any classes taken in excess of the requirements are subject to approval by the supervisor. These classes will appear on the student’s transcript as regular classes.

All MASc candidates must pass all graduate level classes with a grade of at least B-. Any approved undergraduate class taken by a Master’s candidate must be passed with a grade of at least B-. Graduate students are allowed to repeat only one class during their programme in the Faculty of Engineering. Graduate students are not eligible to write supplementary examinations. Transfer credits from other universities will be considered on a case by case basis.

All MASc candidates must pass an oral examination of their theses after it has been submitted in satisfactory form.

In addition to meeting the grade requirements, failure to maintain an acceptable academic standing will result in a student being asked to withdraw from the programme. Failure to achieve the minimum mark as noted above shall be considered grounds for dismissal.

Length of program

This degree normally takes two years to complete.

Seminar requirement

The purpose of the graduate seminars is to provide graduate students with exposure to a variety of research projects and activities in order to enrich their academic experience. The seminars also provide the department members with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with all graduate students within the department and learn about each student’s research activities. Finally, the seminars provide the students with an opportunity to develop skills in presentation and discussion of research topics in a public forum. It is intended that seminars will be conducted on a continuing basis appropriate to the complement of students within the department. Master’s level students (MASc/MEng) is required to make at least one seminar presentation.

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university
  • 2 letters of reference
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.3 (Equivalent to B at Dalhousie University)
  • English proficiency minimums:
    - Instruction in English or
    - TOEFL - 580 (paper based) or 237 (computer based) or
    - IELTS - overall band of 7.0

The Faculty of Graduate Studies sets the minimum admission standards that are required for entry into graduate programs.

Application forms can be found under Dalhousie admissions for graduate studies.

Contact information

Subject Code: MECH
Tel: 902-494-1288
Email: gsr@dal.ca
Address: Faculty of Engineering, Graduate Studies & Research Office, Sexton Campus, 1360 Barrington Street,
Halifax, NS, Canada, B3J 2X4
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Dominic Groulx
Graduate Coordinator Tel: 902-494-8835
Graduate Coordinator Email: dominic.groulx@dal.ca