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Master of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MEIE)

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Program Overview

Format: 16-month full-time; 3-year part-time

Degree Earned: Master of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MEIE)

This 16-month, four-semester program is designed for engineering students, science students and industry professionals interested in advancing their own technology-based startups or leading innovation within an existing organization. Following the lean-startup development process, students take their concepts through three distinct phases: customer discovery, customer validation and customer acquisition, refining their projects from untested ideas into viable businesses. Students will gain the knowledge, skills and hands-on experience necessary to drive and manage innovation in existing companies or their own ventures.

Ryerson master’s of engineering innovation and entrepreneurship graduate Wes Leewis (centre, left), is CEO of Headache Sciences Inc., with CTO Mario Garingo, president Mark Doidge, and software specialist Shiva Abdihagh. Photo by Clifton Li.

At a Glance


  • Completion of a four-year undergraduate engineering or science degree (or equivalent degree) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency requirement
  • An interview will be required for selected applicants

More information on admission requirements. Due to the competitive nature of our programs, it is not possible to offer admission to everyone who applies that meets the minimum entrance requirements for the program. 

Program-specific requirements

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

See application dates.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

Advanced Engineering Courses

Select two courses from more than 20 master’s-level courses such as:

  • Biomedical Startups
  • Energy Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Core Courses

Three core MEIE courses:

  • Finding and Validating Business Opportunities
  • Market Development and Financial Planning
  • New Venture Business Strategy Plan


Three practicum courses:

  • Customer Discovery and Development
  • Customer Validation
  • Customer Acquisition


  • Two-semester Technology Commercialization project
  • Two-semester Go-to-Market project

Master of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MEIE) graduate program calendar

Students can:

  • Access seed funding, professional development and mentorship opportunities, as well as the Norman Esch Awards.
  • Become part of Toronto Metropolitan University’s customer-centric technology incubator, Innovation Boost Zone.
  • Gain access to DMZ* resources when you’re ready to grow your company.

* Ranked #1 university-based incubator in the world by UBI Global

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150

For information specific to programs, please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. Bilal Farooq
Graduate Program Director
BSc, MASc, PhD
Research areas: Disruptive transportation technologies and services, Cyber-physical transportation systems, Artificial intelligence and machine learning, Simulation, Behavioural Modelling, Optimization, Active mobility
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 556456

Gang (Daniel) Tian
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 556493

Program Profile (external link) 

MEIE is a 16-month course-based program that focuses on new venture creation and technology innovation within organizations.

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Master of Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MEIE).

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Toronto Metropolitan University, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.


As an urban innovation university, Toronto Metropolitan University offers 60+ cutting-edge, career-oriented graduate programs, as well as 125+ research centres, institutes and labs, in a wide range of disciplines. Our close connections with industry, government and community partners provide opportunities to apply your knowledge to real-world challenges and make a difference.