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B.Tech. Post Degree Pathways

Many B.Tech. students inquire about study opportunities available to them after completing their undergraduate degree. With your four year degree from McMaster University, you can now move on to pursue professional designations or further education at the graduate (Master's or Doctoral) level.

Note: The above chart is not a comprehensive overview of all available programs; rather, it outlines some popular options offered by McMaster University as a way to illustrate the variety of choices available to you as a B.Tech. graduate.

The following four pathways are typically of interest to graduates:

1. Professional Engineer Designation (P.Eng.)
2. Master's level studies (M.Eng., M.Sc., or M.A.Sc.) in engineering
3. Master's level studies in technology and entrepreneurship
4. Master's level studies in business (MBA)

Every program has different requirements for admission and a unique admission process. Students are encouraged to contact the graduate programs of interest directly for more information.

As a newer program, graduates of B.Tech. may have to provide additional documentation concerning the content of the program in their applications. Much of this can be found on our DCP and 4 YR websites.

On occasion, graduate schools may request interviews with candidates to assess their potential. In order to prepare for such interviews, it may be useful for candidates to speak to B.Tech. graduates who are in the program to which the alumni are applying. Visit our DCP and 4 YR Student Profiles to find an alumnus who has pursued a program of your interest.

Professional Engineer Designation (P.Eng.)

Several B.Tech. students have obtained their P.Eng. status. Typically, B.Tech. graduates must:

  • Write a number of examinations as specified by the PEO (for example, Manufacturing grads are required to write 4 exams as outlined here)
  • Write an engineering and ethics examination
  • Fulfill a technical report requirement
  • Complete 4 years of engineering work experience, typically under a professional engineer

In preparation for these examinations, students often study either on their own or take preparatory courses. PEO offers a variety of seminar types, including both online and in-person consultation. For an updated list on available seminars, please visit PEO's seminar page. Past experience suggests that B.Tech. graduates are able to study independently and be successful.

A formal application with complete transcripts must be made through the Professional Engineers of Ontario. Candidates should be poised to participate in an interview process, particularly where candidates wish to negotiate a reduction in final examination requirements.

Students who complete graduate level studies in engineering or who achieve P.Eng. status may apply to receive an "Iron Ring" as an external applicant. For more information on applying for your Iron Ring, please visit the Kipling Page of the Engineering Alumni Relations site.

We have had over 60 graduates successfully achieve their P.Eng. designation.

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Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degrees are typically course-based (as opposed to research-based) and are also sometimes referred to as project-based master's degrees, since M.Eng. degrees usually comprise a combination of course work and a project. The nature of the project is usually "professional" rather than "research" (e.g. dealing with design or manufacturing problems in industry).

These kinds of programs are considered to be an excellent fit for graduates of B.Tech. programs which concentrate on developing advanced technological skills in an environment which is more concerned with application than with research. The advanced coursework in the master's degree program and the experience developing, conducting, and completing a major application-oriented project would provide a good educational base for technologically-focused positions in industry.

Most of the Engineering Departments at McMaster University offer M.Eng. degree programs; the details of these can be found in the calendar of McMaster University's School of Graduate Studies or on departmental web pages.

In addition, students may wish to consider the Advance Design and Manufacturing Institute (ADMI) Program created through a partnership offered through five Ontario universities:

  • McMaster University
  • Queen's University
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Western Ontario
  • University of Waterloo

Students study a selection of technical and management courses through part-time weekend study, culminating in the degree of Master of Engineering in Design and Manufacturing. A number of B.Tech. graduates have already successfully completed this program. More information on ADMI is available at their website.

Master of Science or Applied Science (M.Sc. or M.A.Sc.)

McMaster University's research-based master's degree programs in engineering lead to a Master of Science (M.Sc.) or a Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.). Typically, these programs require a relatively small number of courses and a major research project culminating in a thesis. A research-based master's program is considered the ideal route towards doctoral studies.

Research-based master's programs are suitable for B.Tech. graduates who have a very definite career objective in fundamental and/or applied research. B.Tech. graduates interested in these programs should have very strong mathematical abilities.

Most engineering departments at McMaster University offer M.A.Sc. degree programs; the details of these can be found in the calendar of McMaster University's School of Graduate Studies or on departmental web pages.

B.Tech. students or graduates wanting to pursue a research master's program at McMaster University are advised to contact the relevant department and arrange for an interview with a faculty member. A useful approach is to do some preliminary and preparatory investigation to identify professors whose research program aligns well with the interests and skills of the student. The same advice would apply to those seeking admission to programs at other universities.

Walter G Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology

Students can continue their studies within the Walter G Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology through any of the five professional Master's programs offered:

B.Tech. students or graduates who are interested in any of the professional master's programs offered by W Booth School should contact the relevant grad studies representative to arrange for an interview with a faculty member. The same advice would apply to those seeking graduate programs outside of W Booth School.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

MBA programs offered at McMaster University and other universities provide an opportunity for university degree graduates in a variety of fields to develop a broad set of advanced business administration skills. Typically these programs are course-based and may include a co-op component (e.g. the MBA program offered by McMaster's DeGroote School of Business). MBA programs are suitable for B.Tech. graduates who wish to broaden their career opportunities to include leadership positions which require both technological and management education.

Note that successful completion of an MBA program could position the student for PhD studies in business.