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FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

The following requirements are supplementary to the University's general requirements as set out by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ENGINEERING

Faculty of Engineering

Master of Engineering (MEng) Degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering with Computer Engineering Field^, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Materials

1. General

The Master of Engineering (MEng) degree offered at the University of Windsor is a course work professional program open to students who satisfy the admission requirements. The MEng Program takes three to five semesters to complete but is structured in such a way that it may be completed in one year by a full-time student. The minimum period of full-time registration for the MEng degree is three semesters and the maximum allowable time is five semesters. For part-time students, the minimum period of registration for the MEng degree is six semesters and the maximum allowable time is fifteen consecutive semesters. Practical work-experience placements (paid and unpaid) may be available for full-time students only, but cannot be guaranteed.

2. Degree, Course and Credit Requirements

Eight (8) courses, equivalent to 24 credits, taken from the 400 and 500 courses (or courses acceptable for graduate credit) and one (1) technical/professional writing course for engineers, are required for graduation. The professional writing course can be waived at the discretion of the department.

2.1 A candidate, with the permission of the host Department, may register for at most one senior undergraduate course (400-level) in the MEng Program. All courses must be for credit only. Auditing a course is not permitted.

2.2 A candidate must complete a minimum of 6 (six) courses, equivalent to 18 credits from the Faculty of Engineering, with a minimum of 5 (five) courses, equivalent to 15 credits taken in the specific program.

2.3 For non-engineering courses, candidates will be expected to choose courses from an approved list and must receive permission from the Departmental MEng Coordinator and the Faculty of Engineering Coordinator. No more than 2 (two) non-engineering courses, equivalent to 6 credits, can be taken from another graduate program.

2.4 MEng students will be generally expected to choose their courses from the MEng Course List. Special permission from the MEng Coordinator will be needed for registering in a course outside the MEng Course List.

2.5 The candidate must obtain a pass in all courses credited to her or his program, with a minimum overall average of 72%. A grade of less than 63% in any course counts as a failure.

2.6 Co-op/Internship - Work Term Option

85-701. The work term is offered on a pass/fail basis. It provides the opportunity for students to enhance academic learning with valuable industrial experience, and to develop transferable skills in an applied setting. Students must apply for admission to the Co-op/internship option in either their first or second study term. (Prerequisite: Departmental permission) Students can complete either a four (4) or eight (8) month work term.

All Co-op/internship positions must be full-time, paid, related to the degree program and approved by the Centre for Career Education.

The process of securing a co-op/internship position is competitive. Co-op/internship students will apply for work opportunities as advertised by the Centre for Career Education using an Internet-based software program and employers will make interview and hiring decisions. Students are also encouraged to seek co-op/internship employment outside of the advertised postings by completing a guided job search process facilitated by the Centre for Career Education.

If a student has an outstanding commitment to an employer, then withdrawal from the co-op/internship program will be granted only on an exception basis and will take effect following the work term. If a student withdraws from an undergrad co-op/internship program they will be subject to the following co-op/internship fee payments:
Students who wish to withdraw must meet with a Co-op Coordinator and complete a withdrawal form.
If a student withdraws from co-op/internship prior to the first Friday of classes of the semester following their first work term, no further co-op/internship fees will be charged once the withdrawal has been processed.
If a student withdraws from co-op/internship after the first Friday of classes of the semester following their first work term, they will be liable for paying the co-op/internship fee for the term in which they are dropping and one additional term.

In the interest of building solid partnerships with employers, students who have accepted a co-op/internship employment offer (either by ranking a position in round 1 of the job competition or by accepting a position either verbally or in writing in later rounds) must honour that commitment. Therefore, once students have accepted an offer of employment for a work term, they will be considered registered in the appropriate work term course and must remain in the co-op/internship program until they have completed their work term requirements. Failure to honour these commitments and/or to complete all work term requirements will lead to being required to withdraw from the co-op/internship program and will result in a failing grade on his/her transcript for that work term.

Master of Engineering co-op/internship students will be registered for a work term course for each four month term of their placement. This course will be evaluated on a pass fail basis. In order to receive a passing grade, students must:
Submit learning objectives at the beginning of each 4 month work term
Receive a satisfactory mid work term assessment from supervisor
Must submit and receive a passing grade on a work term report (guidelines prepared by faculty and report evaluated by faculty)
Complete and receive a satisfactory post work term presentation (evaluated by Co-op Coordinator and Faculty)
Receive a satisfactory final work term performance evaluation by employer

3. Schemes of Study

The Master of Engineering may be taken by full-time students or those who wish to study on a part-time basis while remaining in full-time employment external to the University. All applicants for the MEng program are expected to be entirely self-funded and no financial assistance will be provided by the Faculty of Engineering or the University of Windsor. International students are admitted as full-time students only.

3.1 Full-Time Students will be:

3.1.1 required to register for a maximum of three courses per semester,
3.1.2 required to register for a minimum of two courses per semester,
3.1.3 expected to complete all degree requirements within 5 academic semesters.

3.2 Part-Time Students will be:

3.2.1 required to register for a maximum of admissible two courses per semester,
3.2.2 required to complete all degree requirements within 15 academic semesters and should not have more than two semesters of continuous "inactive" status

4. Admission Requirements

The Department should approve the application and in addition, MEng applicants shall be recommended for admission by the Faculty of Engineering Coordinator. Official admission to any program of graduate studies is in the form of a "Letter of Acceptance" issued by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Please note that the following are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission.

4.1 Undergraduate degree (BASc / B.Sc. / B.Eng. degree or equivalent*) with at least 73% average over the last two years. International applicants are advised to refer to the specified minimum admission requirements, listed by country, at the Faculty of Engineering’s Professional and Graduate Studies (FEPGS) website and the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

*Candidates with degrees in such areas as Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science will also be considered. Students whose undergraduate degree programs do not provide them with sufficient background in Design, Applied Science and Professional/Technical communications are required to enter a qualifying program of courses at the undergraduate level before admission to candidature for the MEng degree. Students entering and successfully completing the MEng qualifying program may receive an Advanced Certificate in Engineering.

4.2 A candidate who has not fulfilled the minimum requirement of 73% average may be admitted to the MEng Program as a probationary student** provided that he/she has either:

4.2.1 at least 2 years of industrial or engineering experience following graduation

or

4.2.2 achieved at least 77% overall standing in the Final Year of the graduation.

**Such candidates will be required to achieve a grade of at least 73% in the first two MEng courses to be regularized in the MEng Program.

4.3 The language of instruction for the MEng courses is English. Applicants will be required to provide certification of English language proficiency, if he or she has:

4.3.1 not completed three or more years of post-secondary work at a Canadian institution or at an institution at which English was the primary language of instruction***,

*** Countries in which English is the Official Language of Instruction, as recognized by the Faculty of Engineering are listed on the Faculty of Engineering’s FEPGS website and the Faculty of Graduate Studies website. English Language proficiency may be met by the language coursework at the secondary school level in the countries listed on the FEPGS website.

or

4.3.2 not been employed for a similar period of time in a position in which English was the primary language of business.

4.4 Where applicable a student’s certification of English language proficiency can be demonstrated by a minimum score set by the department. For minimum requirements in other equivalent exams, information is available in the Faculty of Graduate Studies web-site. The Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Graduate Studies reserve the right to require further demonstration of English Language proficiency.

4.5 The Department may consider for admission to its degree programs students from outside Canada who have excellent academic preparation, but who do not meet the usual standards of English language proficiency. Successful completion of the English Language Improvement Program (ELIP) will be considered as a means to gain admission to the Department for such students.

4.6 Students who do not meet the academic requirements outlined above may be considered for admission to a transitional, probationary or qualifying program depending on their academic background.

4.7 Students seeking admission to the Department’s MEng programs must also complete the Department’s Graduate Student Information Form and the Faculty of Graduate Studies Admission Reference form.

5. Degree Program Transfers (MEng, MASc and PhD)

5.1 The MEng is a course-based professional degree and does not require a research thesis. As admission to the Department’s PhD program requires a demonstrated record of research capabilities, MEng graduates are not eligible for direct admission to the PhD program, see 5.2.

5.2 On successful completion of the MEng degree with an overall average of at least 77%, a student may apply for admission into the Department’s MASc (fast-track) program, see section 6.

5.3 A full-time MEng student may apply for transfer into the MASc research degree track after successfully completing 5 MEng courses from the Department’s MEng approved course list with an overall average of at least 77%. A maximum of two courses of advanced standing may be granted towards the requirements of the MASc degree. Applications for admission to the MASc from the MEng program must conform to the general regulations for admission to the MASc program. Admission to the MASc program also requires that a faculty member in the department is able and willing to act as a research advisor. Admission is not guaranteed.

5.4 While strongly discouraged, a full-time MASc student may apply for admission into the MEng degree track. A maximum of two courses of advanced standing may be granted towards the requirements of the MEng degree provided the courses are on the Department’s approved MEng course list. Applications for admission to the MEng from the MASc program must conform to the general regulations regarding admission to the MEng program. Admission is not guaranteed. Students transferring from the MASc research degree to the MEng course based degree will be expected to be self-supporting and can expect no financial assistance from the Department or University during the remainder of their studies.

5.5 MASc students transferring to the MEng will not be eligible for continuing occupation of a research student office and will be required to return any computer equipment provided for their use as an MASc research student.


6. MEng-MASc Fast-Track Program

6.1 As described in section 5.2 above, on successful completion of the MEng degree with an overall average of at least 77%, a student may apply for admission into the Department’s MASc program. Applications for admission to the MASc from the MEng program must conform to the general regulations for admission to the MASc program.

6.2 Admission to the fast-track MASc program also requires that a faculty member in the department is able and willing to act as a research advisor.

6.3 The fast-track MASc program which can only be entered following the successful completion of the MEng degree, as described above, consists of a research project which must be completed within 6 semesters for a part-time student or 3 semesters for a full-time student after completion of the MEng degree. A major paper may be substituted for the research project at the discretion of the Department and the student’s advisor.

6.4 The MASc thesis must conform to the general regulations regarding Master’s theses as described in the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations and guidelines. A maximum of two courses of advanced standing may be granted towards the requirements of the MASc degree (subject to the approval of FGS). The nature of the remaining two or more courses is at the discretion of the supervisor.

^Contact the department for the specific courses in Computer Engineering.


COURSE TRANSFERS:
Students who have either failed to complete, or cannot continue in, the Degree of Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), and have been accepted into the Honours Certificate in Electrical Engineering, can be allowed to retain as credit a maximum of four (4) graduate courses in which they have received a grade of 70% or higher. The transfer of the courses is at the discretion of the Department Head and Associate Dean Academic, Faculty of Engineering. Students who transfer to the HCP from the MEng, and have successfully completed the HCP with the required GPA for entrance to graduate studies, may reapply for admission into an Engineering Graduate program but will not be given credit for any courses they previously transferred to the HCP.

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING: COURSES
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING: COURSES
INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS ENGINEERING: COURSES
MECHANICAL, AUTOMOTIVE, AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING: COURSES

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING: PROGRAMS
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING: PROGRAMS
INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS ENGINEERING: PROGRAMS
MECHANICAL, AUTOMOTIVE, AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING: PROGRAMS

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING: INSTRUCTORS
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING: INSTRUCTORS
INDUSTRIAL AND MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS ENGINEERING: INSTRUCTORS
MECHANICAL, AUTOMOTIVE, AND MATERIALS ENGINEERING: INSTRUCTORS

GRADUATE STUDIES FACULTY REGULATIONS