MSc & PhD Programs

Exciting, Cutting-Edge Research Opportunities Await

Students with undergraduate degrees in science or engineering wishing to pursue graduate studies in engineering can enroll in our MSc in Applied Science program.

The Master of Science in Applied Science program combines graduate-level coursework and a thesis-based research project. Students generally start their degree in September, and proceed through the program according to the following timeline:

Year 1 Year 2
Fall Winter Summer Fall Winter Summer
Courses Research

Students enrolled in the MSc program receive a minimum yearly stipend of $17,000. Students who receive external scholarships often receive a higher stipend.


Students in the MSc program complete five courses, usually according following schedule:

Fall: APSC 6600: Graduate Seminar (part I)
  APSC 6601: Research Techniques
Winer: APSC 6600: Graduate Seminar (part II)

The work completed under these courses is designed to better prepare students for the research phase of their program. Instead of taking two elective courses, students can choose to enrol in the Co-op program option, and complete a 4-month workterm.


Students in the MSc program complete a thesis-based research project. With guidance from their supervisor, students develop a research proposal that details the research to be completed, resources required, and target timeline. The research proposal is then presented to the student’s supervisory committee for approval. Students present their research project in the form of a written thesis, which they then must successfully defend before the MSc degree is awarded.

Interested in Applying?

Students interested in undertaking an MSc should first contact the faculty member with whom they would like to work. Please read about our faculty members' research profiles.

Contact us

Division of Engineering
Mailing address:
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 3C3