Master of Applied Science (MASc)

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The Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Aerospace Science and Engineering is a research-based program focused on the completion of a research thesis. The MASc is considered to provide basic training in research for students subsequent to an undergraduate program. Under the direction of a faculty supervisor, students will select a research topic, perform experiments, computation, or analysis relevant to the topic, and report their results in a thesis. Upon completion of the thesis, students will be prepared for further academic research or employment in industry, including in research and development settings.

UTIAS researchers collaborate extensively with all the major companies in the Canadian aerospace industry, and UTIAS MASc students frequently interact with industrial partners.

All MASc students at UTIAS are provided with a stipend to support living expenses, tuition and fees, and are eligible for a range of additional scholarship support.

After twelve months in the MASc program, it is possible for particularly strong students to transfer directly to the Doctor of Philosophy program.

Length of study

The MASc takes twenty months to complete; the first eight months are half coursework and half research, and the next twelve months are full-time research. To gain admission, each candidate for the MASc degree is selected for individual research supervision by a UTIAS faculty member.

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. For international students, degree and grade equivalencies can be found at the International Degree Equivalencies directory.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a four-year undergraduate program in engineering, mathematics, physics, or chemistry from a recognized university. Applicants require a minimum average grade of B in their final year, but most admitted applicants have average grades higher than this.

*Students with excellent performance during the first year of a MASc program at UTIAS may request to be transferred directly into the PhD program under the same supervisor without having to complete the MASc thesis.

Application Procedures

Please ensure that you meet our minimum admission requirements as stated above.

Before applying, you should learn about the UTIAS course offerings, and read the FAQs about admissions and FAQs about studying at UTIAS.

Step 1. Submit an application on SGS Admissions Management and pay the $125 application fee (non-refundable/transferable, regardless of the circumstance). Applications will not be processed until the application fee is received. You will be prompted for your payment information after you click “submit.” Please note that there is no way to edit your application once it has been submitted.

On the SGS Admissions Management site please submit:

  • Your SGS application (personal information, academic history, etc.), and,
  • Scans of complete (or most up-to-date) academic transcript(s). Applicants must scan and upload each post-secondary institutional transcript as a PDF file. In lieu of a scanned copy of a paper transcript, applicants may upload a PDF file of their academic history from their university’s student web service. Every transcript must include its respective grading scale. You are not required to submit official (paper) transcripts until requested by the graduate office.

Step 2Submit a detailed application on the UTIAS Application System.

This is the most important part of the application process. If you do not complete the application on UTIAS Application System, your application will not be reviewed.

Please note:

  • Applicants should monitor their MASc application progress on UTIAS Application System.

Your UTIAS Graduate Admission includes:

  • Personal/general Information
  • Statement of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic history and detailed grades*
  • Referee contact information**

Once you submit your application on UTIAS Application System you will not be able to modify it.

*You must include all marks from all years and all institutions that you have attended. If you do not provide these grades on UTIAS Application System, the review of your application will be delayed until you provide these and hence you may miss the review period.

Transcripts: The review process will take place using the scanned/electronic transcripts uploaded to SGS Admissions Management Application and grades submitted to UTIAS Application System. You will be contacted with instructions if you are required to submit official paper transcripts.

**Two reference letters are required. In general, letters of reference from academic sources are preferred. Your referees must submit their letters of reference electronically on UTIAS Application System. Do not submit more than two referees. Only two letters will be considered. Instructions on how to submit letters of reference will be sent automatically to referees by UTIAS Application System.

An application is not complete until both letters of reference have been submitted. It is highly recommended that applicants (1) submit their applications well in advance of the deadline and (2) confirm that their letters of reference have been submitted by logging on to UTIAS Application System. The application status will read “received” when the application is complete including two letters of reference. Please do not forward hard copies of letters of reference to the UTIAS Graduate Office.

Indicate research preference: Applicants must classify their research interest. The UTIAS Application System will permit applicants to indicate a maximum of three areas of interest from a drop-down menu. Visit Research and Centres for detailed information.


Degree SGS Fee Payment Deadline UTIAS Application Deadline
MASc January 10, 2024 January 17, 2024


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