Graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering

The McMaster Chemical Engineering Department offers these degrees:

  1. Master of Applied Science,
  2. Doctor of Philosophy

Research areas in the department

  • Biomaterials and bioprocessing: drug delivery, tissue engineering, biocompatible surfaces, bioseparations, membranes, bioreactors, pharmaceutical processing
  • Polymer science and engineering: polymer synthesis and characterization, polymer reaction engineering, polymer and particulate processing, paper chemistry, nanotechnology, interfacial engineering
  • Process systems engineering and control: process systems design, process control, optimization, supply chain planning and scheduling, data mining, multivariate statistical methods
  • Materials and process modeling and computation: molecular modeling, computational fluid dynamics, energy systems, alternative fuels/energy, wastewater treatment, life cycle analyses

1. Masters of Applied Science Degree (M.A.Sc.)

Also called the "Research masters", the M.A.Sc. has a nominal duration of 24 months (6 semesters) after the Bachelor's degree. The M.A.Sc. program consists of three one-term graduate courses and a dissertation based on research completed under the supervision of a professor.The dissertation must be an original contribution to chemical engineering and must be defended at an oral examination.

Students have an opportunity to bypass the M.A.Sc. degree after completing 6 months and enrol directly in the Ph.D. program subject to a detailed and satisfactory review of progress in both research and course work. Full time candidates for M.A.Sc. Degree are required to spend at least one academic year of graduate study at McMaster University. All M.A.Sc. candidates must present a seminar lecture on a topic approved by the Department, and attend the seminars regularly.

2. Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Duration: nominally four years (12 semesters) after the Master's degree. the Ph.D. program consists of seven one-term graduate courses beyond the Bachelor's Degree or three courses beyond the Master's degree and a more extensive research program leading to a dissertation. The dissertation must be an original contribution to chemical engineering and must also be defended at an oral examination. A candidate is also required to take the Ph.D. comprehensive examination which is designed to test the breadth of knowledge and the ability to synthesize ideas from within the peripheral to the candidate's research area. Click here for a full explanation of the Ph.D. comprehensive procedures.

A Supervisory committee determines when a candidate is ready to write his/her thesis and then ascertains whether the quality of presentation is satisfactory. The student is required to defend the thesis at a Final Oral Examination.

The Department arranges a series of seminars; graduate students are expected to attend and participate in these seminars. Ph.D. students must present one seminar on their research work before they graduate.

Post-Degree Studies: A post-degree student is one who holds a university degree and has been given permission to take a specific graduate course, but has not been admitted to a graduate program. Please apply for Post Degree studies through the on-line application system.