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Mechanical Engineering (MASc)

Our MASc program is a unique opportunity for advanced research and design in the field of mechanical engineering. You’ll customize your research and course load to match your area of study.

This degree’s primary component is a written thesis, supplemented by coursework. Your thesis will report the results of your independent pursuits into mechanical engineering.

Expected length Project and/or thesis Course-based
2 years Yes No

Quick facts

Program options:
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
Dynamic learning:
Co-op optional


Graduates with a MASc in Mechanical Engineering will be able to:

  • develop a coherent understanding through synthesis across subjects and related disciplines
  • use a wide range of resources to discover new knowledge, methods, and technologies available in the literature
  • conduct valid, data-supported, theoretically consistent and ethically responsible research
  • perform guided research on an original, novel topic in mechanical engineering
  • use appropriate technologies and tools to solve problems and analyze the results
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  • work in industry and research facilities
  • pursue a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering

Find a supervisor

All graduate students in this program must have a faculty member who serves as their academic supervisor. When you apply:

  • you must list a potential supervisor on your application
  • this faculty member must agree to be your supervisor and recommend your admission

To find a supervisor, review the faculty contacts. When you've found a faculty member whose research complements your own, contact them by email.

Afzal Suleman

Professor Multidisciplinary design optimization, computational and experimental mechanics with application to aerospace structures and systems

Andrew Rowe

Professor Thermodynamics, energy systems, cryogenics, heat transfer

Ben Nadler

Graduate Program Director, Associate Professor Continuum mechanics, computational mechanics, nonlinear mechanics, multi-scale modelling, anisotropic solids and fluids, inelastic solids, Cosserat media.

Brad Buckham

Chair, Professor Underwater vehicle, dynamics and control, finite element methods.

Caterina Valeo

Professor Disturbance modelling in forested regions, sustainable urban development of water resources, climate change impacts and analysis using artificial neural networks, pollutant dispersion modelling in rivers and nearshore regions

Christopher Dennison

Associate Professor (Program Director Biomedical Engineering) Biomechanics and biomedical instrumentation and focuses on understanding mechanisms of traumatic injury in contexts spanning civilian life, sports and defense.

Colin Bradley

Professor Manufacturing automation, design, sensor systems

Curran A. Crawford

Professor Multidisciplinary design optimization, wind turbine analysis and design, variable fidelity aerodynamic and structural modelling, sustainable energy systems

Daniela Constantinescu

On Leave, Professor Haptics, mechatronics, robotics, dynamics and control

Flavio Firmani

Assistant Teaching Professor

Henning Struchtrup

Professor Non-equilibrium thermodynamics, kinetic theory of gases, microscale transport, aerosol coagulation

Homayoun Najjaran

Professor Autonomous vehicles and robots, Control systems, Artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, expert systems, MEMS and wearables in intelligent transportation and advanced manufacturing systems.

Josh W. Giles

Assistant Professor Orthopaedic biomechanics: in-vitro experimentation and in-silico modelling, orthopaedic device design, integration of biomechanical models and mechatronic systems, patient-specific biomechanically-informed surgical planning

Karolina Valente

Assistant Teaching Professor Her teaching interests include materials science, 3D printing, bioprinting, biosensors, and microfluidics.

Keivan Ahmadi

Associate Professor Structural dynamics, Mechanical vibrations, Modal analysis, Dynamics and vibrations of machine tools, modelling of machining processes for Virtual Machining Systems, Process optimization for high performance machining

Mina Hoorfar

Dean of Engineering and Computer Science, Professor Theoretical and experimental advancement of surface science and microfluidic technologies

Mohsen Akbari

Associate Professor Applications of micro- and nanotechnologies for biomedical engineering (Bio-MEMS) and energy, tissue engineering, organs-on-chip, microfluidics and sustainable energy

Nedjib Djilali

Professor, Canada Research Chair in Energy System Design and Computational Modelling Fluid dynamics, transport phenomena, fuel cell technology

Nikolai Dechev

Associate Professor Biomedical systems design, MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems), mechatronics, robotics and automation

Peter Wild

Professor Mechatronics, Mechanical Design, Sensors and Instrumentation

Peter Oshkai

Professor Unsteady flows, flow-acoustic coupling, fluid-structure interactions

Rodney Herring

Associate Professor Crystal growth, electron microscopy, confocal holography

Rustom B. Bhiladvala

Acting Undergraduate Program Director, Associate Professor Nanoscale materials, mechanics and transport, nanoscale synthesis and fabrication techniques, fluid and biomedical sensor development, energy and sustainable development

Stephanie Willerth

Professor Biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, biomaterials scaffolds for controlling stem cell differentiation

Yang Shi

Professor Systems and control, networked and distributed control systems, MPC and distributed MPC, mechatronics, navigation and control of autonomous vehicles, optimization and control of energy systems

Zuomin Dong

Professor Integrated multiphysics modelling, simulation and global optimization, next generation hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell systems, optimal 5-axis CNC tool path generation, smart grid, green ship, and intelligent systems

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