Masters of Applied Science

The Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) program is intended for students who are interested in pursuing advanced studies and research at the postgraduate level. The M.A.Sc. degree requires the completion of a thesis and course work.

The expected M.A.Sc. timeframe is roughly 24 months. M.A.Sc. degree candidates registered as full-time students are required to spend at least one winter session at the University. M.A.Sc. candidates may also register as part-time students. In either case the program must be completed within five years of initial registration. To complete the degree, an examining committee of three, including the supervisor, a co-reader, and the committee chair, conduct a public examination after copies of the student’s thesis have been made publicly available.

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The M.A.Sc. program is made up of 30 credits. Successful completion of the thesis is worth 12 credits, while the remaining 18 required credits must be from course work. Full time students usually complete these 18 credits of coursework during their first year in the program. Students are required to obtain approval of their course selection from their thesis supervisor.

500 Level 400 Level Thesis
Credits 12 6 (up to a maximum) 12

Please note: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering courses must make up at least 6 of the overall 18 credits of coursework.

Students are required to obtain approval of their course selection from their thesis supervisor.

MASc Requirements:
· Completion of a thesis (12 credits); and
· Minimum of 18 credits of other course work, usually completed within the first year of registration
· At least 12 credits at the 500 level
· Maximum of 6 credits at the 400 level
· At least 6 credits in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
· For students with degrees in subjects other than Electrical and Computer Engineering, at least 12 credits must be taken in the ECE department
· Directed studies can count for a maximum of 3 credits towards your degree

M.A.Sc. exams are typically scheduled by the supervisor by emailing with the date, time, and examining committee member details. After approval by the Graduate Advisor, copies of the thesis must be distributed to the members of the students’ Supervisory Committee for review, with at least one week allowed for reading and comments prior to the exam date.

The examining committee will comprise of the Research Supervisor, one Co-Reader, and the Committee Chair. The Chair is responsible to the Head of the Department and to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and she/he acts as moderator of the exam.

The M.A.Sc. examination serves as a departmental review of the candidate and his/her research. An audience is welcome. It will proceed as follows:

The student will present a brief summary of the thesis (not to exceed 25 minutes in length).

Members of the audience should be asked for questions. Following these questions, a short break should be announced to allow any members of the audience to leave if they desire.

This will be followed by an oral examination in the general area of the thesis. Each examiner should ask questions for 15-20 min, with the option of a brief second round for follow-up questions. The Chair may ask a question or two out of interest or for purposes of clarification but is not normally expected to do so.

Following the examination, the candidate and audience members will be asked to leave the room and the Committee will hold an in camera session. The Chair will ask the Committee members to give an opinion of the student and the student’s performance during the examination, and moderate a discussion to determine the final grade.
• The grade will be based on the quality of the research and the preparation and defense of the thesis. To assist in this a marking guide is provided.
• A failing grade (less than 68%) must be accompanied by a written summary outlining the reasons for this decision. There is no recourse for a student who fails the exam. The examining Committee may recommend a reexamination.
• The examining Committee may recommend that the thesis is acceptable in the form presented, or it may request changes be made to the thesis before the title page is signed. Responsibility for ensuring that such changes are made will lie with the Supervisor.

The Chair will then recall the student and Supervisor and announce the decision and grade. The Chair may ask at this time that the title page of the thesis be signed by the Committee or may ask that the student first make required revisions. Note that the signed title page has to be of “thesis-bond” paper as required by the UBC Library.

The Chair will complete an M.A.Sc. Examination Report and submit it to the department in a timely manner. After members of the Examining Committee have signed the thesis approval form, the candidate will submit the thesis to Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, either as a .pdf, or hard copy.

Further information on thesis procedures at UBC can be found here:
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Applicants to the M.A.Sc program must have an accredited (by UBC) four year Bachelor's degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering or a closely related field. It is preferred that M.A.Sc applicants have a GPA in the first-class range and show some demonstrated aptitude for research.

Applicants should review our admission procedures and deadlines to ensure they qualify before submitting an application to our MASc program. They can be found under admissions.