CHE Master of Applied Science

As you pursue your MASc in the Department of Chemical Engineering, you may find the following resources helpful. 

MASc Degree Requirements

Your MASc program's degree requirements are dependent upon the term in which you began your program. For a complete list of your degree requirements, consult the archived Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for the term in which you were admitted. If you began this term, consult the current calendar.

If you are studying within Nanotechnology or Water programs, please view the program-specific MASc degree requirements in the appropriate calendar.


The Department provides tentative course scheduling for the two upcoming terms so you can plan your studies in advance. You can find the current term's course offerings on the Graduate Schedule of Classes

See the Graduate Schedule of Classes and program-specific pages of the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for Nanotechnology and Water courses.

Seminar Attendance

You are required to attend at least 12 seminars as part of your MAsc degree requirements. If you are in a collaborative program, you may have additional requirements.

Our Seminar Attendance Milestone page provides information on eligible seminars and the methods used to track your attendance.

Seminar Presentation

MASc students are required to complete the Master’s Seminar Presentation Milestone by presenting a research seminar before the end of their fourth term. All Chemical Engineering students are encouraged to attend these seminars.

During your 15-minute presentation, you will define/describe your problem, state your specific objectives, outline your approach and, if you have any, show your results. This presentation provides an opportunity to develop your ability to communicate the results of your research in an organized and informative manner 


MASc students are responsible for submitting and defending their thesis (oral exam) that presents the research they completed during their degree. You and your supervisor(s) will work together to determine the topic and scope of your MASc thesis.

Your written thesis should accomplish the following:

  • Define a substantial research problem
  • Provide a comprehensive review of the literature in the research problem area
  • Describe the theoretical, analytical and/or experimental solution
  • Provide a comprehensive set of conclusions and recommendations

For more information about the process of preparing for your defence (oral exam), formatting your thesis and submitting it to UWSpace for approval, visit the thesis page.

For complete instructions and timelines for the MASc thesis process, visit the MASc and MArch degree completion page.

Oral Examination

Chemical Engineering MASc students are required to complete a MASc Oral Examination in which they demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the research contained in their thesis document.  Specifically, candidates should demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to define the research problem presented in the thesis
  • Analytical understanding of the relevant literature
  • Capacity to critically evaluate the outcomes presented in the thesis document

See the Guidelines for Final Oral Examination of MASc Graduate Students for more information.

Please register your oral examination.

Note: For as long as the University restricts in-person activity on campus to limit the spread of COVID-19, master’s students will complete all academic milestones remotely. The best practices and advice provided by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs in Remote defence: tips for success may help you prepare for and succeed in your remote oral examination.

Degree Completion

For complete instructions and timelines for the degree completion process, visit the MASc and MArch degree completion page.

The degree completion process takes time. Start planning for this final stage of your degree at least a couple of months in advance.

Final Steps

Once you have completed all of your academic obligations, your final – and very important step is to complete the Department Sign-Off Sheet.