Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry

Program Overview

Research-Based Programs

The research-intensive Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programs will challenge and reward students looking for the best education available.

A wide variety of courses are offered in both fundamental and applied areas of chemical engineering. There are excellent computational and experimental facilities where students generally have both office and lab space to call their own. Research supervisors cover all research costs. Please see the research clusters​ section of the Chemical Engineering website for further details on available research areas.

Professional Master’s Program

The Master of Engineering (MEng) program provides students with advanced professional training in chemical engineering. In as little as one year of study, students can obtain a degree respected by employers that differentiates them in a crowded marketplace.

Students have the opportunity to complete a well-rounded program covering a variety of topics or to further their expertise in areas such as advanced water technology, energy, environmental engineering, health and safety management, as well as core chemical engineering concepts.


Quick Facts

Domestic International
Application payment deadline MASc, PhD:

TBA

MEng:

TBA

MASc, PhD:

TBA

MEng:

TBA

Supporting documents deadline MASc, PhD:

TBA

MASc, PhD:

TBA

MEng:

TBA

MEng:

TBA

Minimum admission average MASc:

B+ average in each of the last two years of full-time study

MEng:

Mid-B in each of the last two years of full-time study

PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

MASc:

B+ average in each of the last two years of full-time study

MEng:

Mid-B in each of the last two years of full-time study

PhD:

B+ average in Master’s

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

TBC

PhD:

TBC

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? MASc, PhD:

Before

MASc, PhD:

Before

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? MASc, PhD:

Applicant

MASc, PhD:

Applicant

Program length (full-time only) MASc:

6 sessions

MEng:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years if entering directly from bachelor’s

MASc:

6 sessions

MEng:

3 sessions

PhD:

4 years; 5 years if entering directly from bachelor’s


Master of Applied Science​

Program Description

The MASc program is ideal for students who aspire to a rewarding career in research, whether in academia or industry. It is a stepping stone to a doctoral (PhD) degree.
 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A four-year degree (or equivalent) in engineering or the physical/chemical/biological sciences with a B+ average (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study.

Program Requirements

  • Each student should discuss possible research projects with several members of the department before selecting a research area and a supervisor. Students must complete a thesis on a research topic.

  • Coursework. Students must complete at least three graduate half courses (1.5 full-course equivalents [FCEs]) as follows:

    • One course must normally be selected from Category A: fundamental courses (see courses below).

    • At least one course must be selected in an area outside the student's area of research.

    • Only one 500-level course may be taken for credit towards the degree program.

  • Students must attend four sessions of the CHE 300xH seminar series (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must complete CHE 1102H Research Methods and Project Execution once during their program, typically in Year 1.

  • Students must also complete CHE 2222H Safety Workshop and JDE 1000H Ethics in Research.

  • The program requires a minimum full-time residence of two sessions (eight months). This means students must be on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Master of Engineering​

Program Description

The MEng program is designed for engineers who wish to enhance their career opportunities in as little as one year of full-time study. Students undergo advanced professional training that is respected by employers and differentiates them in a crowded marketplace. The MEng program differs from the MASc and PhD programs in that it is oriented to learning through prescribed courses rather than through research.

The MEng program can be taken on a full-time, extended full-time, or part-time basis. The part-time option is intended primarily for engineers in full-time professional practice.
 

Full-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) or Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree in engineering with at least a mid-B (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study.

Program Requirements

  • The MEng program normally requires completion of:

    • a total of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) or

    • 3.5 FCEs plus a 1.5-FCE project supervised by a faculty member. At the discretion of the supervisor, a second reviewer and/or oral defence may be requested for students who plan to enter the doctoral program.

  • Students normally complete the requirements in three sessions (one year).

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Advanced Manufacturing; Advanced Water Technologies; Analytics; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE); Forensic Engineering; or Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

3 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years
 

Extended Full-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) or Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree in engineering with at least a mid-B (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study.

Program Requirements

  • The MEng program normally requires completion of:

    • a total of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) or

    • 3.5 FCEs plus a 1.5-FCE project supervised by a faculty member. At the discretion of the supervisor, a second reviewer and/or oral defence may be requested for students who plan to enter the doctoral program.

  • Students are expected to complete the requirements in six sessions (two years). They are limited to six half courses per year and three half courses per session.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Advanced Manufacturing; Advanced Water Technologies; Analytics; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE); Forensic Engineering; or Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

6 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)**

Time Limit

3 years

** Students may begin the program at different times.
 

Part-Time Option

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • A Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) or Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree in engineering with at least a mid-B (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study.

Program Requirements

  • The MEng program normally requires completion of:

    • a total of 5.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) or

    • 3.5 FCEs plus a 1.5-FCE project supervised by a faculty member. At the discretion of the supervisor, a second reviewer and/or oral defence may be requested for students who plan to enter the doctoral program.

  • Students normally complete the requirements in nine sessions (three years). They are limited to four half courses per year and two half courses per session.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Advanced Manufacturing; Advanced Water Technologies; Analytics; Engineering and Globalization; Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Innovation and Technology in Engineering (ELITE); Forensic Engineering; or Sustainable Energy as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

9 sessions

Time Limit

6 years

​Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The PhD program is designed for students who wish to become an expert in a specific research area and is a stepping stone to a career in academia. Students work alongside world-renowned researchers while gaining profound depth and experience in their field of study.

Applicants may enter the program via one of three routes: 1) following completion of an MASc degree; 2) transfer from the University of Toronto MASc program after completing one year; or 3) direct entry following completion of a bachelor's degree, in exceptional cases. The program can also be taken on a flexible-time basis.
 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry​'s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • B+ (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study in the undergraduate program, and successful completion of a research master's degree with an overall average of at least B+ (or equivalent).

  • Applicants may enter the PhD program following completion of an MASc program with a minimum B+ average and exceptional all-around scientific and intellectual ability as evidenced from theoretical or experimental research, academic standing, initiative, and publication record.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete at least 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

    • Courses must be selected from the calendar and approved by the student's supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. At least one of these courses must be taken in a secondary area of study. It is recommended that one of these courses should be selected from Category A: fundamental courses.

    • Normally, PhD students are not allowed to take a 500-level course for credit towards the degree program.

  • Students must complete eight sessions of the CHE 300xH seminar series (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must also take CHE 1102H Research Methods and Project Execution once during their program, typically in Year 1.

  • If not already completed, students must take CHE 2222H Safety Workshop and JDE 1000H Ethics in Research.

  • Thesis on a research topic.

  • Within 9 to 12 months of starting the PhD program, students must pass a qualifying examination.

  • Students normally remain in residence (full-time, on campus) until the departmental recommendation for the Doctoral Final Oral Examination is made, unless special permission to do so has otherwise been granted by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see details​ in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years
 

PhD Program (Transfer)

Transfer Requirements

  • B+ (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study in the undergraduate program.

  • Applicants may enter the PhD program by transferring from the University of Toronto MASc program after completing one year; such students must successfully complete a bypass examination.

  • International applicants with a master's degree from outside Canada or the United States may be asked to register in the MASc program and follow the transfer route of entry.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and do not have to take a separate PhD qualifying examination.

    • Courses must be selected from the calendar and approved by the student's supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. At least one of these courses must be taken in a secondary area of study. It is recommended that one of these courses should be selected from Category A: fundamental courses.

    • Normally, PhD students are not allowed to take a 500-level course for credit towards the degree program.

  • Students must complete eight sessions of the CHE 300xH seminar series (Credit/No Credit).

  • If not already completed, students must take CHE 2222H Safety Workshop and JDE 1000H Ethics in Research.
  • Thesis on a research topic.

  • Students normally remain in residence (full-time, on campus) until the departmental recommendation for the Doctoral Final Oral Examination is made, unless special permission to do so has otherwise been granted by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years
 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry​'s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Minimum A– average in each of the final two years of study in the undergraduate program, and participation in a research project (either through an undergraduate thesis or through research conducted in a lab). (See amendment made on September 16, 2019.)

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete at least 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

    • Courses must be selected from the calendar and approved by the student's supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. At least one of these courses must be taken in a secondary area of study. It is recommended that one of these courses should be selected from Category A: fundamental courses.

    • Normally, PhD students are not allowed to take a 500-level course for credit towards the degree program.

  • Students must complete eight sessions of the CHE 300xH seminar series (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must also take CHE 1102H Research Methods and Project Execution once during their program, typically in Year 1.

  • If not already completed, students must take CHE 2222H Safety Workshop and JDE 1000H Ethics in Research.

  • Within 9 to 12 months of starting the PhD program, students must pass a qualifying examination.

  • Thesis on a research topic.

  • Students normally remain in residence (full-time, on campus) until the departmental recommendation for the Doctoral Final Oral Examination is made, unless special permission to do so has otherwise been granted by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.

  • Students have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see details in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years
 

PhD Program (Flexible-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry​'s additional admission requirements stated below.

  • B+ (or equivalent) in each of the last two years of full-time study in the undergraduate program, and successful completion of a research master's degree with an overall average of at least B+ (or equivalent).

  • Applicants may enter the PhD following completion of an MASc program with a minimum B+ average and exceptional all-around scientific and intellectual ability as evidenced from theoretical or experimental research, academic standing, initiative, and publication record.

  • Applicants to the flexible-time PhD option are accepted under the same admission requirements as applicants to the full-time PhD option. However, applicants to the flexible-time PhD option must also demonstrate that they are actively engaged in professional activities related to their proposed program of study.

Program Requirements

  • Students in the flexible-time PhD program will be subject to the same requirements as students in the full-time program.

  • Students must complete at least 2.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs).

    • Courses must be selected from the calendar and approved by the student's supervisor and the Graduate Coordinator. At least one of these courses must be taken in a secondary area of study. It is recommended that one of these courses should be selected from Category A: fundamental courses.

    • Normally, PhD students are not allowed to take a 500-level course for credit towards the degree program.

  • Students must complete eight sessions of the CHE 300xH seminar series (Credit/No Credit).

  • Students must also take CHE 1102H Research Methods and Project Execution once during their program, typically in Year 1.

  • If not already completed, students must take CHE 2222H Safety Workshop and JDE 1000H Ethics in Research.

  • Within 16 months of starting the PhD program, students must pass a qualifying examination.

  • Thesis on a research topic.

  • Students normally remain in residence (full-time, on campus) until the departmental recommendation for the Doctoral Final Oral Examination is made, unless special permission to do so has otherwise been granted by the departmental Graduate Studies Committee.

  • Students in the PhD program have the option of completing an emphasis in Sustainable Energy​ as part of their degree program. Please see details​ in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry MASc, MEng, PhD Emphases section.

Program Length

6 years

Time Limit

8 years

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