Graduate Program Information

The programme of each M.A.Sc. student is overseen by a committee of at least 2 members, including the student’s adviser who normally acts as chairman of the committee. This committee is nominated by the student’s adviser and approved by the Head of the department in consultation with the departmental graduate adviser, within 4 months of the candidate’s registration in the M.A.Sc. programme. The membership of the research committee may be altered during the programme with the approval of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The research committee must meet at least once a year to review the student’s progress and advise him/her on courses, examinations and research activities. These meetings should be arranged by the students who are provided with an opportunity to review their activities and plans, and to respond to a number of different points of view outside of the formal examination context. A progress report [Research Committee Report form] is prepared by the research committee each year indicating the student’s formal progress in examinations and the agreement of the committee to have the student continue with his/her programme.

A supervisory committee consisting of the supervisor of the student and at least one other faculty member will be formed in the beginning of the academic programme of the student. The student will prepare an academic plan listing the courses and projects that will be undertaken, and giving the rationale of the choices making them an appropriate and cohesive degree programme in mechanical engineering. A hard copy of this plan will be given to the supervisory committee and also retained in the student’s file. Early in the first semester of the academic programme, the student will meet with the supervisory committee and will make an oral presentation of the academic plan. The supervisory committee may decide to either accept the plan in its present form or to suggest modifications. In the latter case, a modified plan is prepared by the student and, after acceptance by the committee, placed in the student’s file. It is the responsibility of the student to regularly meet with the supervisor to discuss his/her progress with respect to the accepted academic plan.

The programme of each Ph.D. student is overseen by a committee of not less than four members, including the student’s adviser who normally acts as chairman of the committee. This committee is nominated by the student’s adviser and approved by the Head of the department in consultation with the departmental graduate adviser, within 4 months of the candidate’s registration in the Ph.D. programme, and should include at least one member from outside the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The membership of the research committee may be altered during the programme with the approval of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

The research committee must meet at least once a year to review the student’s progress and advise him/her on courses, examinations and research activities. These meetings should be arranged by the students who are provided with an opportunity to review their activities and plans, and to respond to a number of different points of view outside of the formal examination context. A progress report [Research Committee Report form] is prepared by the research committee each year indicating the student’s formal progress in examinations and the agreement of the committee to have the student continue with his/her Ph.D. programme.

Yes. If the supervisor hasn’t mentioned anything about the research committee, then you should ask him/her for more information. Who knows, you might already have a committee that you don’t even know about.

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