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What is the difference between the MSc and MEng programs?

The MSc program is only available for students within the Thesis stream and is intended for applicants who do not hold an undergraduate Engineering degree.

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Policies & Procedures

While most rules, policies and procedures governing graduate studies at McGill University are determined by Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Department of Mechanical Engineering maintains its own policies and procedures, which are provided below. These policies and procedures are administered by the Graduate Program Coordinator (GPC), Graduate Admissions Coordinator, Graduate Program Director (GPD) and Graduate Administration Committee (GAC). 

Industry Partners

This masters program is supported actively by all Quebec aerospace companies. The participating industries identify the projects for the internship, provide salary support and supervision during the internship, furnish resources for case study courses and collaborate with the universities to set up specialty courses in fields of their future needs.

Case Studies

2008

Winter McGill - Rolls-Royce Canada Canada
ETS - EMS Technologies
Summer Polytechnique - Thales Avionics Canada
Fall Concordia - CAE Electronics

Master's Programs - Thesis

The length of study for full-time students is approximately eighteen (18) months for any of the Master's degree options. The time limit to complete a Master's degree is 3 years (full time) and 5 years part time. The MEng (Thesis) program is only available on a full-time basis.

Doctoral Program

PhD

While the duration of this program is dependent on the nature of the research project and the capabilities of the candidate, the minimum is two years study beyond the M.Eng. degree. Within twelve months of starting a Ph.D., the candidate is required to present his/her proposed research program for review by a faculty committee in a Preliminary Ph.D. Oral Examination. A defence of the Ph.D. thesis concludes the doctoral research.

Non-degree Status

Special students are those who are enrolled in graduate level courses without being enrolled in a degree program. Special Students are limited to a maximum of two courses per term (6 credits), with a cumulative maximum of twelve credits.

Application Deadlines

Completed application forms and supporting documents MUST reach the Graduate Admissions Coordinator of the department by the following dates:

FALL (September) admission

January 15: For ALL candidates (Internationals, Permanent Residents, Canadians and Special Students).

WINTER (January) admission

September 15: For International Applicants
October 15: For Canadians and Permanent Residents

SUMMER admission

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MEng (non-Thesis)

The length of study for full-time students is approximately eighteen (18) months for any of the Master's degree options. The time limit to complete a Master's degree is 3 years (full time) and 5 years part time. The MEng (Thesis) program is only available on a full-time basis.