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Engineering Information

Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Engineering is a 4 year program. The total unit requirements vary amongst the departments and range from 144 to 153 units.

The Bachelor of Engineering & Management and Bachelor of Engineering & Society are 5 year programs. The total unit requirements vary amongst the departments and range from 181 to 192 units.

The Bachelor of Engineering and Biosciences is a 5 year program. The total unit requirements is 185.

First year is called Engineering I and it is a common first year. Upon successful completion of Engineering I student progress into a Level II Engineering program within one of the 7 departments (Chemical Eng, Civil Eng, Computing & Software, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Physics, Materials Science and Eng, or Mechanical Eng)

Most courses are 3 units, one-term courses with 3 contact hours. McMaster does offer 2, 4, 5 and 6 unit courses.

Master's Degree Requirements

Admission Requirements:
The holding of an Honours bachelor’s degree with at least a B-­ (70%) average in the final year in all courses in the discipline, or relating to the discipline, in which the applicant proposes to do graduate work.
Two strong letters of recommendation are also required.

Degree Requirements:
A course Master’s program is constructed by departments to contain a sufficient number of courses to make possible a diversified experience for the student.
The student who is presenting a thesis as part of a program is required to complete each course with at least B- standing. The number of prescribed graduate courses varies amongst departments.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Admission Requirements:
Applicants may be admitted to a regular Ph.D. program at one of three stages in their academic work: (1) after completion of a Master’s program; (2) directly from a Master’s program at McMaster without completing the Master’s degree; (3) in exceptional cases, directly from a bachelor’s program.
1. For applicants who hold a Master’s degree, the primary requirements are distinction in their previous graduate work (equivalent to at least a McMaster B+), and strong letters of reference.
2. Students enrolled in a Master’s program at McMaster University may be transferred to the Ph.D. program prior to completion of the Master’s degree upon recommendation by the departmental unit.
3. In certain programs, applicants with a Bachelors degree only, may be admitted directly to Ph.D. studies. Such students must show sufficient promise, including at least an A average.
Degree Requirements:
Each graduate program establishes its own minimum course requirement, subject to the approval of the appropriate Graduate Curriculum and Policy Committee, and Graduate Council. 
The student must complete each course with at least B- standing.
All Ph.D. candidates at McMaster are expected to acquire, during the course of their studies, a comprehensive knowledge of the discipline or sub-discipline to which their field of research belongs. The Comprehensive Examination is designed to test students for this breadth of knowledge and the ability to integrate ideas. The form of the exam and its administration are the responsibility of the department in which the student is registered.
For full-time students, the comprehensive examination will be completed no more than 24 months after the student began their doctoral program.