Mechatronic Systems Engineering Honours


This program, located at Surrey campus, leads to a bachelor of applied science (honours) degree.

Minimum Grade Requirement

A minimum grade of C- is required in all courses that are used to fulfil mechatronic systems engineering program requirements.

Minimum Grade Point Averages

The program, and graduation with honours, requires a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division grade point average (UDGPA) each of at least 3.0 in accordance with University graduation requirements.

Program Requirements

Students complete all of the courses listed in the 4-year curriculum  plus thesis courses described below.

Complementary Studies Elective Courses


Elective Course Requirements

MSE students must complete 9 units (or 3 courses) of breadth courses with at least one course in each B-Soc and B-Hum category. At least one course (3 units) chosen from the complementary studies electives found at

Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) Requirement

In addition, the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) requires that one complementary studies elective in the MSE curriculum must be in the Central Issue, Methodology, and Thought Process category.

MSE Elective Courses

Students must also complete six mechatronics elective courses selected from a list of pre-approved MSE electives that is available at With undergraduate curriculum committee chair permission, students may replace one engineering  elective with either a directed study or a special project laboratory course. Special topics courses that have been approved by the undergraduate curriculum committee chair and the director may be counted here.


Students will start their thesis work

on or off campus, either integrated with an optional (or mandatory) work term or as independent work with appropriate supervision.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements


Co-operative Education Work Experience

Your co-op experience includes three work terms in research or industrial facilities, often designing and building real products. After completing your co-op requirements, you’ll return to campus for at least one final academic term.

At least two of your three mandatory co-op terms must be completed in industry (MSE 293, 393, 493). Students may participate in additional work terms but are encouraged to seek diversity in their experience. The three mandatory work terms may include one special co-op term (MSE 294,394 494). Special co-op may include, but is not restricted to, self-directed, entrepreneurial, service or research co-op work terms. Permission of the MSE co-op office is required. 

  • MSE 293 - Co-op Practicum l (1st Work Term)
  • MSE 393 - Co-op Practicum ll (2nd Work Term)
  • MSE 493 - Co-op Practicum lll (3rd Work Term) 

An optional non-technical work term (MSE 193) is also available through the MSE co-op education office and is often completed after the first two study terms. MSE 193 does not count toward the mandatory three-course requirement.

The MSE co-op program can also seek opportunities for students wishing to complete their thesis requirements in an industrial setting.

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Please see Faculty of Applied Sciences Residency Requirements for further information.


Honours Requirements

  • Students can be admitted to the honors program after completion of at least 100 credit units.
  • At the time of registration for MSE 498, a minimum CGPA of 3.30 is required.
  • Completion of additional 12 credit units: MSE 498-3 and MSE 499-9
  • Completion of at least two co-ops
  • Maintaining a CGPA of 3.0. Students whose CGPA falls below 3.00 cannot enroll in MSE 499 and, therefore, cannot complete the program. Such students can complete the standard MSE curriculum.

Application Process

Eligible students discuss their intention with a potential supervisor who must be a member of MSE faculty holding a P. Eng. And agree to supervise the project. To apply, students need to submit the following documents:

  1. Completion of the MSE 498 registration form
  2. A copy of the latest Advising Transcript
  3. The Undergraduate Program Committee will review submitted applications for suitability for admission to the program. Potential applicants will be invited for an interview.