Apply for admission

Applying for admission to our graduate programs

We accept graduate degree candidates under the general regulations of the Faculty of Graduate Studies as outlined in the Calendar.

Not all students who apply and meet all the admission requirements will be accepted. We receive many applications every year but constraints of space, funds, and scholarships/assistantships prevent us from accepting as many students as we would like.


Master’s programs: We require a four-year (60 units) baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from a recognized institution.

PhD program: Admission to PhD candidacy is reserved for those able to present evidence of superior academic and research ability. A PhD candidate will normally hold a master's degree in engineering. Transfer to a PhD program prior to completion of a master’s is allowed under some circumstances.

If your background is not in mechanical engineering, you may be required to take make-up courses (not for credit) as a condition of admission. Learn about information for international applicants on the Faculty of Graduate Studies site.

Application material

Required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

Recommended by the department

  • Statement of intent (one page maximum)
  • Resume

*Official documents: In order for documents such as transcripts, confirmation of degrees, and English language proficiency tests to be considered official they must be sent directly to Graduate Studies from the issuing institution.

Application deadlines

We accept applications year round for entry points in January, May and September. However, we makes no guarantees that offers will be sent out in time for your desired entry point.

Based on typical processing times for academic documents and visas, you are encouraged to adhere to the university’s recommended dates:

Entry Point:

Domestic and International applications


June 1


October 1


February 1

Admission requirements

In addition to the documentation required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, we encourage you to include a resume and a one-page statement of intent.

These can help prospective supervisors get a better understanding of your background and are used to determine recipients of internal awards.

Please check out the research areas of faculty members.

Admission documents




Academic transcripts

B average (5.0/9.0 GPA) in the last two years (30 units) of academic study*

Completed master’s degree in science or engineering

English language proficiency

TOEFL: 575 pbt, 90 iBt (minimum score of 20 in each section)

Assessment letters

Two assessment letters from professional or academic contacts.



A concise and complete resume summarizing your activities and achievements both academic and professional.

Statement of intent

A one-page letter explaining your career goals and research interest. List your pertinent achievements in this area as well as your research strengths. 

* For applicants with relevant experience, e.g., industry experience in the field, this requirement may be waived. However, the minimum levels outlined in the Faculty of Graduate Studies general regulations (minimum GPA of 5.0 (B)) still apply for students with relevant experience.