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Master of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MEIE)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship

This 16-month, four-semester program is designed for engineering students and industry professionals interested in advancing their own technology-based startups within one of three tracks: Biomedical Engineering, Emerging Technology or Energy and Sustainable Innovation. Following the lean-startup development process, students take their concepts through three distinct phases: customer discovery, customer validation and customer acquisition, refining their projects from untested ideas into viable businesses. Students will gain the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience necessary to drive and manage innovation in existing companies or their own ventures.

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Ryerson master’s of engineering innovation and entrepreneurship graduate Wes Leewis (centre, left), is CEO of Headache Sciences Inc., with CTO Mario Garingo, president Mark Doidge, and software specialist Shiva Abdihagh. Photo by Clifton Li.

At a Glance

  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate engineering or science degree from a recognized institution with a minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Resumé/CV
  • Statement of interest
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional work experience is highly desirable

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

MEIE Tracks

  • Emerging Technology ($14- to $33-trillion market by 2025)
  • Energy and Sustainable Innovation ($3-trillion market by 2020)
  • Biomedical Engineering ($1-trillion market by 2025)

Advanced Engineering Courses

Select two courses from more than 20 master’s-level courses such as:

  • Biomedical Startups
  • Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Core Courses

Three core MEIE courses:

  • Finding and Validating Business Opportunities
  • Market Development and Financial Planning
  • New Venture Business Strategy Plan


Three practicum courses:

  • Customer Discovery and Development (Business Model/ Value Proposition)
  • Customer Validation (Problem/Solution Fit)
  • Customer Acquisition (Product/Market Fit)


  • Four-month Technology Commercialization project
  • Four-month Go-to-Market project

Students can:

  • Access seed funding, professional development and mentorship opportunities, as well as Esch Awards.
  • Become part of Ryerson’s customer-centric technology incubator, iBoost Zone.
  • Gain access to DMZ* resources when you’re ready to grow your company.

* Ranked #1 university-based incubator in the world by UBI Global

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Yaser Dahman
Graduate Program Director
PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario
MBA, Ryerson University
Research areas: biosynthesis and testing of nanomaterials for biotechnology and biomedical applications, bioseparations and primary recovery of high-value biopolymers using nanofibers affinity membranes, design of airlift bioreactors for biosynthesis and bioseparation purposes
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4080

Leah Rogan
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7856
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Profile

The MEIE is a sixteen-month program consisting of eight-courses and an 8-month new venture creation project that focuses on technology commercialization and go-to-market.

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How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.