Skip to main content

Program Information and Degree Requirements

 

The PhD program requires the successful completion of four one-term graduate courses, a PhD Seminar class, PhD Candidacy Examination, and produce a Dissertation based on original research. The supervisor must approve both the course selections and the thesis research proposal submitted in writing by the student.  The student's supervisor, after consultation with the student, will recommend to the Program Director the appointment of a Candidacy Examination Committee.  PhD students are encouraged to complete all courses within their first year of registration.  Within 20 months of initial registration, every student in the PhD program will undertake a candidacy examination.  The core aspect of the program is the successful defence of the Doctoral Dissertation.  

The MASc program requires the successful completion of five one-term course credits, an MASc Research Seminar and a Research Thesis. No undergraduate credits may be taken towards the degree. The supervisor must approve the graduate course selection. The supervisor must also approve the proposed thesis plan, which will be presented in writing by the student.  MASc students are encouraged to complete all courses in their first year of registration.  The examination committee will assess the candidate's research thesis.

The MEng program requires the successful completion of eight one-term courses and a major project. No undergraduate credits may be taken towards the degree. The faculty advisor for each graduate student must approve the graduate course selection. The faculty advisor must also approve the proposed project plan, which will be presented in writing by the student.  Though no oral examination takes place for the MEng Project, the student is required to distribute their Project for review by their committee.  The examination committee will assess the candidate's project report.


Degree Requirements  
Students can select to enter the Doctoral program (PhD, Full-time), Master of Applied Science (MASc, Full-time) or the Master of Engineering (MEng, Full-time/Part-time).

PhD MASc MEng (Part-time and Full-Time
4 course credits* (credits
may include: one directed
studies course; 2 from a
related program area at Ryerson University)**
5 course credits* (credits
may include: one directed
studies course; 2 from a
related program area at Ryerson University)**
8 course credits* (credits
may include: one directed
studies course; 2 from a
related program area at Ryerson University)**
PhD Seminar Class MASc Seminar Class  
Candidacy Examination    
Dissertation Thesis Project***

*All courses are one semester and are equal to one course credit
**Approval of courses from a related program at Ryerson are subject to approval by the student's Supervisor and the Program Director, as well as the Host Department
***MEng students may apply to substitute 2 courses for the Program with the MEng Course Only Option Form

Students enrolled in a full-time program may take a maximum of 3 courses per semester, while students in a part-time program may take a maximum of 2 courses per semester.
 

Timelines for Completion

  PhD Full-Time MASc/MEng Full-Time MEng Part-Time
Minimum length of time
to complete degree
24 months
(6 academic terms)
12 months
(3 academic
terms)
24 months
(6 academic terms)
Maximum length of time
to complete degree
6 calendar years 3 calendar years 5 calendar years

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies requires continuous registration throughout the residency period for all students in the program, either PhD or Masters full-time or part-time, in which the student is registered.


Grade Requirements

Graduate students must repeat a course, or substitute with an alternate course, if a course mark is less than B- (2.67/4.33) for both MEng and MASc, and less than B (3.00/4.33) for PhD. Failure to maintain an acceptable academic standing could result in a student being asked to withdraw from the program. Failure in more than one graduate course shall be considered grounds for dismissal.

 

Double Degree Program

The Double Degree program allows students to obtain a Master of Engineering at Ryerson University (RU) and a Master of Engineering at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA).  In order to obtain both degrees, This program consists of a minimum of 2 semesters (8 months) at Ryerson and 2 semesters (12 months) at HsKA.  In order to obtain both degrees, a student must complete:

•       6 courses at Ryerson University

•       6 modules at HsKA

•       German as a Foreign Language Course at HsKA

•       Art of Communication in Engineering and Science Course at Ryerson University

•       Completion of a jointly supervised Master’s Project

Students will be required to pay tuition fees at their home university while enrolled in the program until they have completed both degrees.  More information on financial support for participants in the Double Degree program can be found at: https://www.ryerson.ca/ri/global-learning/funding/