Students must identify academic supervisors (faculty members from the Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering) when they enroll in the program. All students are required to plan and conduct their course- and research-related activities under the direct guidance of their supervisors. Many MASc students perform teaching assistantship at our program. Candidates for the MASc degree must fulfill the following requirements:
1. Program Length
For MASc students, the expected degree completion time is 6 terms (two years) on a full-time enrolment basis. For those MASc students who complete degree requirements earlier than 6 terms, they must register and pay fees for a minimum of the equivalent of four (4) terms of full-time study. All requirements for a MASc degree must be fulfilled within 12 terms (4 years) of registration as a full-time or part-time MASc student, in accordance with Faculty of Graduate Studies registration policies, including the requirement of continuous registration.
2. Coursework Requirements
Students are required to complete their coursework requirements according to the table below and in consultation with their supervisor(s) and the graduate program director.
Required Course Type
Number of Courses
Core (for credit)
3 (with at least 1 from Mechanical Engineering fundamental courses)
Complementary* or Reading or Outside Mechanical Engineering (for credit)
only 1 out of 3 core courses may be from this group
Mandatory (not for credit)
ENG 6000 0.0: Engineering Ethics in term 1.
MECH 6000 0.0: Graduate Seminar** every year.
MECH 9001 0.0: MSc Thesis every year.
* See the Complementary Education and Training section below. ** Applies to full-time students only.
To see all the courses offered by the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program, go to the Courses page.
Also, to see the courses offered in the upcoming semesters, go to the York Courses Website, select Subject, and search for MECH courses.
3. Complementary Education and Training
The Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering uniquely engages graduate students in important complementary education and training in areas such as teaching/mentoring, engineering pedagogy, technology transfer, entrepreneurship and commercialization, legal aspects and governance, communications, as well as ethical, societal and safety obligations. This engagement is enabled by a complementary studies coursework option as well as an atmosphere that encourages students’ outreach and extracurricular activities. Complementary education and training result in the diversification of knowledge and experience beyond the immediate research field as well as the acquisition of qualities and transferable skills required for employment and professional development.
4. Thesis Research Work under a Supervisory Committee
MASc students are required to become involved in research activities immediately upon registration in the Mechanical Engineering program and under the general direction of their supervisors. They must be registered at all times for the non-credit course Mechanical Engineering 9001 0.0: MASc Thesis course.
Students are required to form a supervisory committee and meet with the committee annually by submitting a progress report and form to the committee members in compliance with the requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The progress report and form document courses taken, teaching assistant duties, knowledge dissemination through publications and presentations, and the supervisory committee’s direct feedback on the overall performance of the graduate student. If the performance of the student in research is deemed unsatisfactory by the supervisory committee, they may be asked to withdraw from the program immediately.
If recommended to continue, students are obliged to conduct and conclude their research and to submit a written thesis to their supervisory committee at the end of their degree period. The thesis should clearly demonstrate the candidate’s ability to conduct independent research and creative activities with guidance, resulting in contributions to the body of knowledge in the area of investigation. The research undertaken and the thesis should be defended by the student in an oral examination session, according to the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations. The examination committee members are selected and the defence is conducted based on regulations set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.