Programs & Degree Requirements
As a graduate student in computer networks, you can choose between the Master of Applied Science (MASc, full time only) and the Master of Engineering (MEng, full time or part time) programs. Each degree has individual requirements for graduation.
Designed for students who wish to establish a practical career in the computer networks industry, the MEng is a coursework-based program that requires the successful completion of 10 courses and a major project/case study. No undergraduate credits may be taken toward the degree. Course selections are normally confirmed through a Program of Study agreement between program director and student. Your project advisor must approve the proposed project plan, which you must present in writing. The examination committee will assess your project report.
Designed for students who wish to work in research and development environments, the MASc program requires the successful completion of seven course credits and a research thesis. No undergraduate credits may be taken toward the degree. Your supervisor must approve your graduate course selection and proposed thesis plan, which you must present in writing. Course selections are normally confirmed through a Program of Study agreement between supervisor and student. With the approval of your supervisor, one of your seven courses may be the directed studies course (CN8002), which is typically supervised by your supervisor. An oral presentation of your research thesis and results will be arranged. The examination committee will assess your research thesis in an open examination.
It is your responsibility to secure a faculty member to supervise your graduate research work after the first term of your studies. To find a professor with research interests that align with yours, visit our Faculty page. You may also explore the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science’s areas of Research Expertise. To learn more about this process, please contact the program administrator and consult the Yeates School of Graduate Studies’ tips for finding a prospective supervisor.
|Seven course credits¹ (credits may include one directed studies course)
|Ten course credits 1
1 All courses are six weeks and equal to one course credit.
2 The Project is considered as 1 unit when calculating tuition fees.
Note: If you are enrolled part time, you may take a maximum of two courses per semester.
Degree Completion and Time Regulations
The MASc has a four-term minimum residency requirement, and the typical duration to finish the program is two years, while the MEng is a one-year full-time, or two-year part-time, degree. The minimum and maximum times allowed for coursework and research are indicated below. Transfer from full-time to part-time master’s status, or vice versa, requires approval, particularly when the maximum time span allowed for program completion could become an important factor for consideration.
|Length of Time to Complete Degree
|MEng Full Time
|MEng Part Time
|Minimum length of time
|Maximum length of time
Three calendar years
Three calendar years
Five calendar years
TMU’s Yeates School of Graduate Studies requires continuous registration throughout the residency period in the program (full time or part time) in which you are registered.
You must repeat a course, or substitute with an alternate course (in the case of an elective course), if a coursemark is less than B- (2.67/4.33 or 70 per cent) for both MASc and MEng. Failure to maintain an acceptable academic standing could result in you being asked to withdraw from the program. Failure in more than one graduate course will be considered grounds for dismissal.