The program information below is valid for the spring 2022 term (May 1, 2022 - August 31, 2022).

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Graduate specializations

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Biomedical Systems
  • Human Factors
  • Mechatronics and Physical Systems
  • Vision, Image and Signal Processing 
  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Length of program 
    • Full-time: 4 terms (16 months)
    • Part-time: 8 terms (32 months)
  • Program type 
    • Master's
    • Professional
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • An Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with at least an overall 75% standing from a recognized university.
    • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is required for all students whose undergraduate degree is not from Canada or the USA.
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
  • References 
    • Number of references:  2
    • Type of references: 

      A minimum of 1 academic reference. Applicants who complete their degree five or more years before the application date may submit 2 professional references.

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Coursework option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must complete the following 2 core Systems Design Engineering graduate courses:
      • SYDE 600 Systems Theory, Models, Research & Design
      • 1 of:
        • SYDE 660A Systems Design Graduate Workshop 1 - AI and Machine Learning,
        • SYDE 660B Systems Design Graduate Workshop 1 – Biomedical Systems,
        • SYDE 660C Systems Design Graduate Workshop 1 – Human Factors,
        • SYDE 660D Systems Design Graduate Workshop 1 - Mechatronic & Physical Systems,
        • SYDE 660E Systems Design Graduate Workshop 1 - Vision, Image & Signal Processing, or
        • SYDE 660 Systems Design Graduate Workshop 1
    • In addition to the 2 core courses, students must complete 6 Engineering graduate courses (0.50 unit weight per course) counting towards degree credit from the University of Waterloo satisfying the following criteria:
      • At least 2 Systems Design Engineering courses at the 500, 600 or 700 level.
      • At most 2 courses at the 500 level.
    • Students in the MEng in Systems Design Engineering program may also choose to pursue one of the following five Graduate Specializations:

            1. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
            2. Biomedical Systems
            3. Human Factors
            4. Mechatronics and Physical Systems
            5. Vision, Image and Signal Processing

    •  A Graduate Specialization is a University credential that is recognized on the student’s transcript but not on the diploma and is intended to reflect that a student has successfully completed a set of courses that together provide an in-depth study in the area of the Graduate Specialization. A student will only obtain the Graduate Specialization on their transcript if they have completed the requirements associated with the MEng degree and the requirements associated with the Graduate Specialization.
    • All MEng Graduate Specializations in Systems Design Engineering consist of a set of 4 graduate (0.50 weight) level courses and this set is comprised of a mix of specified and elective courses. Specified courses are those that are prescribed as part of the Graduate Specialization. Elective courses are those that are on a list of courses designated as electives for a given Graduate Specialization. The requirements for each of the five Graduate Specializations are described below.

    1. Graduate Specialization in Artificial Intelligence and
    Machine Learning

    • Students must satisfy the following:
    • 3 Specified courses:
      • SYDE 522 Machine Intelligence or SYDE 552 Computational​​​​ Neurosciences
      • SYDE 660A Systems Design Graduate Workshop 1 – AI and Machine Learning
      • SYDE 675 Pattern Recognition 
    • Elective courses (at least 1 course from the following list):
      • SYDE 662 Systems Design Graduate Workshop 2
      • SYDE 671 Advanced Image Processing
      • SYDE 672 Statistical Image Processing
      • SYDE 673 Video Processing & Analytics
      • SYDE 674 3D Computer Vision & Imaging

    2. Graduate Specialization in Biomedical Systems

    • Students must satisfy the following:
    • 3 Specified courses:
      • SYDE 660B Systems Design Graduate Workshop 1 – Biomedical Systems
      • At least 2 from the following list:
        • SYDE 544 Biomed Measure & SIP
        • SYDE 684 Materials Biocompatability
        • SYDE 750 Topic 20 Topics in Systems Modelling: Modeling of​​​​​​​ Biomechanical Systems
        • SYDE 750 Topic 36 Topics in Systems Modelling: Assistive​​​​​​​ Tech and Rehab Eng 
    • Elective courses (at least 1 from the following list or an additional course from the Specified course list)
      • SYDE 552 Computational Neurosciences​​​​​​​
      • SYDE 556 Simulating Neurobiological Systems
      • SYDE 652 Dynamics of Multibody Systems
      • SYDE 662 Systems Design Graduate Workshop 2
      • SYDE 677 Medical Imaging
    • Note that only one 500 level course may be used to satisfy the requirements of a Graduate Specialization. Therefore, if​​​​​ SYDE 544 is taken as a Specified course, then SYDE 552 and SYDE 556 cannot be taken to satisfy the Elective course requirement.

    3. Graduate Specialization in Human Factors

    • Students must satisfy the following:
    • 3 Specified courses:
      • SYDE 660C Systems Design Graduate Workshop 1 – Human Factors
      • At least 2 from the following list:
        • SYDE 542 Interface Design or SYDE 543 Cognitive Ergonomics
        • SYDE 642 Cognitive Engineering Methods
        • SYDE 644 Human Factors Testing
    • Elective courses (at least 1 from the following list or an additional course from the Specified course list):
      • SYDE 533 Conflict Resolution
      • SYDE 662 Systems Design Graduate Workshop 2
      • SYDE 740 Advanced Cognitive Ergonomics
    • Note that only one 500 level course may be used to satisfy the requirements of a Graduate Specialization. Therefore, if​​​​​​​ SYDE 542 or SYDE 543 is taken as a Specified course, then SYDE 533 cannot be taken to satisfy the Elective course requirement.

    4. Graduate Specialization in Mechatronic and Physical Systems

    • Students must satisfy the following:
    • 3 Specified courses:
      • SYDE 660D Systems Design Graduate Workshop 1 - Mechatronic & Physical Systems
      • At least 2 from the following list:
        • SYDE 553 Advanced Dynamics
        • SYDE 652 Dynamics of Multibody Systems
        • SYDE 655 Optimal Control
        • SYDE 682 Advanced MEMS, Physics, Design & Fabrication
        • SYDE 683 Modelling, Simulation & Design of MEMS​​​​​​​
        • SYDE 750 Modelling Continuum Systems
    • Elective courses (at least 1 from the following list or an additional course from the Specified course list):
      • SYDE 531 Design Opt. under Probabilistic Uncertainty
      • SYDE 631 Time Series Modelling
      • SYDE 661 Model-based robust design
      • SYDE 662 Systems Design Graduate Workshop 2
    • Note that only one 500 level course may be used to satisfy the requirements of a Graduate Specialization. Therefore, if​​​​​​​ SYDE 553 is taken as a Specified course, then SYDE 531 cannot be taken to satisfy the Elective course requirement.

    5. Graduate Specialization in Vision, Image and Signal Processing

    • Students must satisfy the following:
    • 3 Specified courses:
      • SYDE 660E Systems Design Graduate Workshop 1 - Vision, Image & Signal Processing
      • At least 2 from the following list:
        • SYDE 575 Image Processing
        • SYDE 671 Advanced Image Processing
        • SYDE 677 Medical Imaging 
    • Elective courses (at least 1 from the following list or an additional course from the Specified course list):
      • SYDE 544 Biomed Measure & SIP
      • SYDE 633 Remote Sensing Systems
      • SYDE 662 Systems Design Graduate Workshop 2
      • SYDE 672 Statistical Image Processing
      • SYDE 673 Video Processing & Analytics​​​​​​​
      • SYDE 674 3D Computer Vision & Imaging
      • SYDE 675 Pattern Recognition
    • Note that only one 500 level course may be used to satisfy the requirements of a Graduate Specialization. Therefore, if​​​​​​​ SYDE 575 is taken as a specified course, then SYDE 544 cannot be taken to satisfy the Elective course requirement.
    • All course selections are arranged by the student.

    • Note: these requirements are in addition to satisfactory completion of any transitional courses that may be specified at the time of admission.

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