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Master of Science (Chemical and Materials Engineering)

The MSc is a research-based program requiring the completion of a thesis.

The Department offers MSc degrees with specializations in Chemical Engineering, Process Control, Materials Engineering, and Welding Engineering.

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete four courses (12.0 units) and a thesis

Coursework (12 units)

  • Four 3-unit courses which must be approved by the Associate Chair (Graduate).
    • At least two must be 600-level or higher courses in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. The following courses are considered to be equivalent to 600-level CME courses:
    • The remaining two courses must be at the 500-level or higher in the Faculty of Engineering, or be at the 400-level or higher in a Science department. Science courses at the 400-level must be approved by the Associate Chair (Graduate). The following courses are considered to be equivalent to 500-level Engineering courses:
    • Students specializing in Materials Engineering or Welding Engineering must take MAT E 640  (3 units)- Advanced Materials Thermodynamics as one of their two 600-level courses
    • Reading or independent study courses will not count towards the total course requirements.


  • Registration in 900-level THES.
    Students are required to complete a thesis which embodies the results of independent research. All MSc students are required to deliver one public presentation on their research.


Students are required to attend a minimum of six seminars of the D.B. Robinson Distinguished Seminar Series per academic year throughout the duration of their program. Students starting their program in January must attend at least three of these seminars in their first term. Students who miss the attendance requirement for the D.B. Robinson series will be assigned additional work.

Ethics Requirement

Engineering students must complete FGSR ethics requirements based on their programs.

Professional Development Requirement

Engineering students are required to:

  1. complete FGSR’s professional development requirement, which includes an individualized career plan document called an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and eight hours of professional development activities inspired by their career plan;
  2. complete professional development requirements specific to the Faculty of Engineering:
    1. students doing their first graduate degree in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta are required to complete an ENGG Grad PD 01 module; or,
    2. students doing their subsequent graduate degree in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta who have completed ENGG 600 and/or ENGG Grad PD 01 in a previous graduate degree are required to complete four hours of professional development in the areas of communication, networking, EDI, university teaching, and career development. These hours must be included in the student’s IDP and approved by their supervisor/advisor and the department graduate coordinator

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is two four-month terms of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

The maximum time to complete the thesis-based MSc program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is four years.