Graduate Studies

This area of the website contains important information regarding scholarships, programs, courses, and polices of the School of Graduate Studies.

The University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies offers graduate programs leading to the M.Eng., M.A.Sc., and, Ph.D. degrees. Only the M.Eng. may be taken on a part-time basis. The M.A.Sc. program is research oriented and includes a major thesis, whereas the M.Eng. program is oriented towards professional engineering practice and consists primarily of course work. Advanced graduate research may be undertaken at the Ph.D. level. The requirement for Ph.D. studies is a research oriented master’s degree; the M.Eng. degree does not include thesis work and is not considered to be appropriate preparation for a Ph.D. degree.

The information provided here supplements the SGS General and Degree Regulations. Many important departmental regulations are not mentioned, but are available in the Supplemental Regulations and at the UTIAS Graduate Office.

All graduate students are advised to become familiar with the University’s Code of Conduct on Academic Matters, Research Ethics Policies, and any other relevant guidelines. Materials can be found at the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering’s site, and the School of Graduate Study’s Policies and Guidelines site

MASTER OF ENGINEERING

The Institute for Aerospace Studies may accept candidates for the M.Eng. degree under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Candidates for the M.Eng. degree shall hold the degree of Bachelor of Applied Science of this University or an equivalent degree from a 4-year engineering undergraduate program.

Under the guidance of the graduate coordinator or a staff supervisor, a candidate selects a program of study that consists of at least 10 courses. Individual programs will be arranged to make up for background deficiency. The program may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. On a full-time basis, completion is possible in three terms. On a part-time basis, the program must be completed within 6 calendar years.

A minimum of 5 technical courses are required that are offered by the Institute (AER courses). One of them may be an M.Eng. project course that can be taken in either of the three terms. A maximum of 3 500-level courses are allowed. Nontechnical courses are sometimes offered in the summer as 2-week intensive courses.

MASTER OF APPLIED SCIENCE

The Institute for Aerospace Studies may accept candidates for the degree of M.A.Sc. under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Candidates for the M.A.Sc. shall have completed a 4-year undergraduate program in engineering, mathematics, physics or chemistry. Individual programs will be arranged to make up any background deficiency.

A program of study will consist of a minimum of five courses, one of which must be the “Research Seminar in Aerospace Science and Engineering” (AER 1800H), and a thesis based on research or development selected in consultation with the student’s supervisor. All of the required courses must be completed during the first year of the program.

It is anticipated that M.A.Sc. students will complete their degree requirements in 18 months.

Research performance of M.A.Sc. students is assessed by a Research Assessment Committee (RAC) which includes the student’s supervisor.

See below for information on the direct transfer option from M.A.Sc. to Ph.D.

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

The Institute for Aerospace Studies may accept candidates for the degree of Ph.D. under the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies.

Candidates for Ph.D studies must have an M.A.Sc degree in engineering, mathematics, physics or chemistry and must have demonstrated ability to perform advanced research. The M.Eng., which consists primarily of course work, is not considered to be appropriate preparation for the Ph.D. program. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree who wish to pursue Ph.D. studies at UTIAS will initially be admitted into the M.A.Sc. program and will be considered for direct transfer into the Ph.D. program; see below.

Students with excellent performance in an M.A.Sc. program at UTIAS may be allowed to transfer directly into a Ph.D. program, under the same supervisor, at the end of their first year of graduate study. Approval for transfer will be based on the student’s research ability, research progress during the first year and academic standing. In what follows, students transferring from an M.A.Sc. to a Ph.D. program shall be referred to as “Transfer” students.

Ph.D. students must be registered continuously for every term — including summer — on a full-time basis until all degree requirements have been completed. Ph.D. students starting with an M.A.Sc. degree must spend a minimum of two years at UTIAS. “Transfer” students must be at UTIAS for a minimum of three years from the date of registration in the M.A.Sc. program.

Following acceptance into a Ph.D. program, the candidate shall undertake a program of study under the guidance of a Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC) which includes the candidate’s supervisor.

A Ph.D. student’s program of study includes course work and a thesis which must be based on research conducted while registered for the Ph.D. program. Ph.D. students starting with an M.A.Sc. degree require four courses. “Transfer” students need two courses in addition to the five completed prior to the M.A.Sc.-Ph.D. transfer, for a total of seven courses. All courses must be completed during the first two years in the Ph.D. program.

It is anticipated that a student with a Master’s degree in a discipline appropriate to the field of Ph.D. study will complete the Ph.D. program on a full-time basis within four years. The anticipated period for “Transfer” students is four years after the date of transfer.

Prior to convocation, Ph.D. candidates must prepare at least one formal manuscript, based on the thesis, for publication in a refereed journal or refereed conference proceeding.