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Engineering Science

Master of Applied Science

The master of applied science (MASc) in engineering science is a research program that has a primary emphasis on the thesis rather than course work, is more exploratory than the master of engineering (MEng) program, and covers a greater range of study.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulation 1.3 in the SFU Calendar and have a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, engineering science, or a related area, with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (B average) from a recognized university, or equivalent.

Transfer from MEng to MASc program

A transfer from the MEng to the master of applied science (MASc) program will be considered if the student meets all the admission requirements of the MASc program, and if the proposed supervisor can provide financial support that meets the school's minimum requirement for MASc students.

Program Requirements

This program consists of course work and a thesis for a minimum of 30 units. The courses will normally be selected in consultation with the supervisor. ENSC 820 may not be used towards the MASc course requirements. Additional courses may be required to correct deficiencies in the student’s background. If the subject matter of a required course has been previously completed for credit, the course may not be completed again for credit.

Students must complete

a minimum of six units of ENSC graduate courses (excluding ENSC 704, ENSC 803, ENSC 820, ENSC 891, ENSC 892, ENSC 896, ENSC 897, ENSC 898, ENSC 899)

a minimum of six units of additional graduate courses (at most three units may be directed studies or Industrial Internship)

and a thesis

ENSC 898 - MASc Thesis (18)

Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 TBD
G200 TBD

Accelerated Master's

SFU students accepted in the accelerated master's within the School of Engineering Science, Faculty of Applied Science, may apply a maximum of 10 graduate course units, taken while completing the bachelor's degree, towards the upper division electives of the bachelor's program and the requirements of the master's degree. For more information, please contact the Engineering Science Graduate Program Committee Chair or go to:


The thesis is based on an independent project with a significant research component. The student defends the thesis in an exam, in accordance with regulations. See Graduate General Regulations for more details.

Annual Progress

The student’s progress will be reviewed every 12 months by a supervisory committee of two or more faculty members. At each annual review, the student presents a summary of his/her work to date. Students not making satisfactory progress in their research topics, or failing to demonstrate satisfactory knowledge and understanding of recent publications in their general area of research, may be required to withdraw as per section 1.8.2 Review of Unsatisfactory Progress of the Graduate General Regulations.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements in six terms.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.