Graduate Application FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is the duration of the M.Sc. program?
The normal duration is 2 years (6 terms) full-time or typically longer part-time. The majority of students complete in 5 to 7 terms. The fastest ever is 3 terms (exceptional student). The maximum duration is 5 years. Students usually take 2 classes a term.
- What is the basic difference between thesis, project and coop options in the M.Sc. program?
Thesis: 5 classes, 2 seminar presentations, 1 thesis. The thesis reports on an attempt at original research. Thesis option is recommended if you plan to pursue a Ph.D.
Project: 7 classes, 2 seminar presentations, 1 project report. The project report is similar in format to a thesis, but typically shorter, and does not necessarily describe original research. This option is not recommended if you plan to pursue a Ph.D.
Coop: 7 classes, 2 seminar presentations, 1 project report, 2 4-month terms spent in a corporate or institutional placement (paid work). The project report is typically less structured than the one required for the project option and does not necessarily describe original research. Typically, the project report relates to work done on the co-op placement. This option is not recommended if you plan to pursue a Ph.D.
More precise information on the requirements for the M.Sc. program is given in the Graduate Program / Graduate Programs section of this website.
- I am trying to apply using the form I downloaded from the website.
On the form I saw a space for student ID number. What do I write there?
Please contact the Faculty of Grad Studies and Research for this information.
- Can I use a credit card to pay for the application fee?
Yes. Please contact the Faculty of Grad Studies and Research for details on how to do so.