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Programs & Degree Requirements

As a graduate student, you can choose from the doctoral program (PhD, full time), the master of applied science program (MASc, full time) or the master of engineering program (MEng, full time or part time).

The PhD program requires the successful completion of four one-term graduate courses, a qualifying examination (for more information, please refer to the PDF filePhD Candidacy Examination Guide) and a dissertation based on original research. Your thesis supervisor must approve both the course selections and the dissertation research proposal, which you must submit in writing. With the approval of your supervisor, one of your four courses may be the directed studies course (ME8135), which is normally conducted by your supervisor. Your supervisor, after consultation with you, will recommend to the associate chair of graduate studies the appointment of a supervisory committee. Within 20 months of initial registration, every student in the PhD program will undertake an oral and written candidacy examination. The core aspect of the program is the successful defence of the doctoral dissertation at both the mechanical and industrial program and the Yeates School of Graduate Studies oral examinations.

The MASc program requires the successful completion of five one-term course credits, and an MASc research thesis. No undergraduate credits may be taken toward the degree. A maximum of two of the required five courses can be taken outside of the program. Your supervisor must approve your graduate course selection and proposed thesis plan, which you must present in writing. Course selections are normally confirmed through a program of study agreement between supervisor and student, with the approval of the director. With the approval of the supervisor, one of your five courses may be the directed studies course (ME8135), which is normally conducted by your supervisor. An oral presentation of your research thesis and results will be arranged in a seminar format. The examination committee will assess your research thesis.

The MEng program requires the successful completion of eight one-term courses and a major project. No undergraduate credits may be taken toward the degree. No more than two of the required eight courses can be taken outside of the program. The program director must approve the graduate course selection, and the faculty advisor must also approve the proposed project plan, which you must present in writing. Course selections are normally confirmed through a Program of Study agreement between supervisor and student, with the approval of the director. With the approval of the faculty advisor, one of your eight courses may be the directed studies course (ME8135), which is normally conducted by the faculty advisor. An oral presentation of the project report and results will be arranged in a seminar format, and will be assessed by the examination committee. There is also a course-only option available in the MEng program, where you may apply to substitute two courses for the major project.

PhD MASc MEng
Four course credits1 (credits may include: one directed studies course; two from a related program area at Ryerson University2) Five course credits1 (credits may include: one directed studies course; two from a related program area at Ryerson University2) Eight course credits1 (credits may include: one directed studies course; two from a related program area at Ryerson University2)

Research presentation

PhD research seminar

Research presentation

Master’s research seminar

 
Candidacy examination    
Dissertation

Thesis

Project3

1 All courses are one semester and are equal to one course credit.

2 Approval of courses from a related program at Ryerson are subject to approval by the student’s supervisor and the associate chair, as well as the host department.

3 MEng students may apply to substitute two courses for the program with the PDF fileMEng Course Only Option Form.

Note: If you are enrolled in a part-time program, you may take a maximum of two courses per semester.

Degree Completion Time Regulations

The minimum and maximum times allowed for coursework and research are indicated below. Transfer from full-time to part-time master’s status, and vice versa, requires approval, particularly when the maximum time span allowed for program completion could become an important factor for consideration.

Length of Time to Complete Degree PhD Full Time MASc/MEng Full Time MEng Part Time
Minimum length of time

24 months

(six academic terms)

12 months

(three academic terms)

24 months

(six academic terms)

Maximum length of time Six calendar years Three calendar years Five calendar years

Ryerson’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies requires continuous registration throughout the residency period in the program, either PhD or master’s (full time or part time), in which you are registered.

Grade Requirements

You must repeat a course, or substitute with an alternate course, if a course mark is less than B- (2.67/4.33, or 70 per cent) for both MEng and MASc, and less than B (3.00/4.33, or 73 per cent) for PhD. Failure to maintain an acceptable academic standing could result in you being asked to withdraw from the program. Failure in more than one graduate course will be considered grounds for dismissal.