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School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2021-2022 
School of Graduate Studies Calendar, 2021-2022

Systems and Technology, M.Eng.

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The Master of Engineering in Systems and Technology is a 24 month program for full time students with an accelerated path to complete the program in 12 months of study.  Part time students will normally be expected to complete the program in 3 years, one term (40 months).  The program attracts t highly motivated students seeking advanced training in area of cyber-physical systems. Students design their own program of studies by selecting (with approval of their academic advisor) courses of interest to them in one of the following streams: (i) Automation and Smart Systems, (ii) Automotive, and (iii) Digital Manufacturing.   Application for admission to the program are made through the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology. The program accepts full-time and part-time students.

In addition to the general requirements for entry into a graduate program in Engineering, students must hold a degree in Engineering, Technology, Sciences, or Software with at least a B average (equivalent to a McMaster 8.0/12 GPA) in the penultimate and final years.

Delivery of the program includes a strong emphasis on project‐based experience within the Manufacturing Industry, which is obtained through an industry‐based project during the coursework portion of the program. Requirements for these are outlined below. Due to the strong practical orientation of the project components of the program, successful completion requires that students have strong interpersonal and communication skills. Applicants will be required to complete an online interview.

Students completing the Program on a course-only basis will be required to complete 10 courses from the approved list of courses. Course selection must be done in consultation with the program lead.

Students completing the Program through course and project work will be required to complete eight courses from the approved list of courses, plus successful completion of the project. Course and project selection must be done in consultation with the program lead.

McMaster students may receive advanced standing for up to two courses (note that a maximum of two 600-level courses can count towards a SEPT graduate program) with the approval of the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies.


Students wishing to pursue the project-based option must submit a project proposal for approval by both the faculty lead as well as the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in SEPT. If the project is not approved by either individual, students will be reverted to course based stream. Students are encouraged to develop their own ideas and find industrial sponsors. Projects are ideally undertaken at local companies but may be conducted at locations inside Canada or abroad with the Program Lead’s approval and provided that none of the work on the project was done prior to admission into the program. Project groups or individuals will have an industry‐based supervisor (stakeholder) with whom the student team can discuss progress, arrange trials etc. Students will also have an academic supervisor who will normally have some expertise in the subject area. It is expected that the teams will meet with their supervisors on a regular basis to discuss their progress.

The project team will orally defend their final project report to an examination committee comprised of their academic supervisor and the second reader (faculty member).


Students enrolling in the program choose their courses in one of the following streams:

  • Automation and Smart Systems,
  • Automotive, and
  • Digital Manufacturing
  • Process Systems

Each stream has a set of core courses and a set of recommended elective courses.  Students can take maximum of 2 half courses (one term courses) at 600 level. 

Students wishing to take an elective course outside of the recommended electives need to obtain a written permission from their graduate advisor.

Students have to complete the minimum required number of core courses in order to complete the program. There are 2 pathways towards the degree:

  • 8 courses (24 units) + project (6 units)
    • 2 required courses
    • 2 professional development courses
    • 3 to 4 core courses
    • 0 to 1 elective courses

Students pursuing this option, in addition to taking 8 courses specified above, must register for the project courses:


  • 10 courses (30 units)
    • 2 required courses
    • 2 professional development courses
    • 4 to 6 core courses
    • 0 to 2 elective courses

All full-time students must register for the seminar series courses (attendance is mandatory), which are:


SEP 771 is a seminar series presented by guest speakers, invited by the School, of relevance to all M. Eng. programs at the School. All full-time students are required to take these courses. Course grades are either ‘pass’ or ‘fail’. In order to pass the course, the student must attend a minimum of 80% of the seminars.

Students should note that not all courses are offered every year.


Required core courses for all streams:

Professional Development Courses

Professional Development courses, common to all streams in MEng S&T, are listed below:

Technical Courses- Automotive Stream

Technical Courses- Automation and Smart Systems

Technical Courses- Digital Manufacturing

Technical Courses - Process Systems Stream

Moreover, a maximum of two courses can be selected from the following list

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