Master of Applied Science (MASc)

Program details

The MASc degree program is a research-based thesis program, providing research opportunities in the areas of operations research, information systems, and management of technology.

Current students admitted to the Master of Applied Science (MASc) program prior to fall 2017 Students admitted to the Master of Applied Science (MASc) program fall 2017 and onward
  • Five courses
  • Original research
  • Thesis
  • Seminar
  • Two years (six terms)
  • Four courses
  • Original research
  • Thesis
  • Seminar
  • Two years (six terms)

Course requirements

Current students admitted to the Master of Applied Science (MASc) program prior to fall 2017 Students admitted to the Master of Applied Science (MASc) program fall 2017 and onward
Students who choose the Master of Applied Sciences (MASc) degree must complete a total of five courses (.50 weight) normally at the 600 or 700 level. However, one (1) 500 level Management Sciences courses may count toward the MASc degree.  Students who choose the Master of Applied Sciences (MASc) degree must complete a total of four courses (.50 weight per course) at the 600 or 700 level.
Of the five courses, three are required (MSCI 603, 605, and 607) and two are electives.

Of the four courses, at least two of the courses (0.50 weight per course) must be from the list of core courses. See below:

  • MSCI 605 Organizational Theory and Behaviour
  • MSCI 607 Applied Economics for Management
  • MSCI 623 Big Data Analytics
  • MSCI 630 Human Computer Interaction
  • MSCI 631 Probabilistic Models in Operations Research
  • MSCI 634 Deterministic Models in Operations Research
  • MSCI 641 Text Analytics
No more than two credit courses may be taken outside of the department. This includes courses taken through the OVGS agreement. Any courses completed outside the department must be approved by the associate chair in Management Sciences, before you enrol in Questfor it to count toward your degree requirements. No more than one course (0.50 weight per course) may be taken outside of the department.  This course must be approved by the associate chair in Management Sciences, before you enrol in the course in Quest, for it to count toward your degree requirements. This includes courses taken through the OVGS agreement.

Exemptions

Students may apply for an exemption for any of the required courses. 

Any exempt courses must be replaced to meet the minimum five course requirement.

When dealing with approved exemptions, a minimum of five courses, thesis presentation, and a thesis are needed to meet the degree requirements.

  • MSCI 331 or MSCI 332 or CO 370 will be exempted from MSCI 603
  • MSCI 211 or MSCI 311 or PSYCH 338 will be exempted from MSCI 605
  • MSCI 263 or ECON 201 will be exempted from MSCI 607
No exemptions.

Students must maintain an overall average of at least 73% at the end of each term, with no more than two failed courses overall.

A grade less than 65% in any course counts as a failure. A failed core course must be repeated (one time only) and a failed elective must be replaced. A failed course will count toward your overall GPA but does not count toward the four course requirement (five in the case of students admitted prior to fall 2017).

Master's seminar milestone

The Master's seminar is a 30 minute presentation on the topic of the student's thesis. This is not a formal defence, but a milestone that each MASc student is required to complete. 

MASc seminar milestone: Step by step guide to take you through your seminar presentation milestone.

Master's thesis

Students pursuing a Master of Applied Science (MASc) degree must submit an accepted thesis which contains some elements of original work. This thesis is supervised by a faculty supervisor(s), examined by a committee including two or more other members, and placed on display in the Faculty of Engineering Graduate Office.

MASc seminar and acceptance: As you finalize your research and pull your thesis together, this page will guide you through the final steps required to submit your thesis, the review, and acceptance process. 

Applying for the MASc program

To become an MASc student visit the 'Apply to Graduate Studies' page for requirements and details.