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Programs offered and timelines

The Graduate Program in Mechanical Engineering provides course- and research-based training to graduate students leading to acquisition of the degrees of Master of Applied Science (MASc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering. We also offer a Direct PhD program for exceptional candidates who want to pursue their PhD immediately after receiving a Bachelor’s degree.

Our program is focused on nurturing excellence in learning and professional development for graduate students. It aims not only to advance students’ knowledge and expertise beyond Bachelor’s level in the field of Mechanical Engineering, but also to enable and foster their independent research skills, creative activities, and professional soft skills.

Our graduate program also offers part-time MASc, PhD and Direct PhD programs.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a relevant engineering (e.g., mechanical engineering, material engineering, or electrical engineering) or sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, or biology) program. For the PhD program, applicants must hold a master’s degree equivalent to the Mechanical Engineering MASc degree at York University, conferred by a relevant engineering (e.g., mechanical engineering, material engineering, or electrical engineering) or sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, or biology) program.

The minimum admission requirement for the programs are listed in the table below:

1. Grade Point Average (GPA)

MASCPHDDIRECT PHD
Past Degree in EngineeringB in each of the past two years of undergraduate studiesB+ in each of the past two years of graduate studiesA- in each of the past two years of undergraduate studies
Past Degree in Non-EngineeringB+ in each of the past two years of undergraduate studiesA- in each of the past two years of graduate studiesA in each of the past two years of undergraduate studies

2. English Proficiency Requirement

Applicants who have not completed four full years of studies at the secondary-school level or university level in a country where English is a primary language or where English is the primary language of instruction must demonstrate their language proficiency in English. Accepted tests include:

Minimum TOEFL (Paper-based)550
Minimum TOEFL (Internet-based)79-80
IELTS (Academic Module)6.5
CAELOverall score of 60, no component score less than 60
Minimum CPE ScoreC
Minimum CAE ScoreC1
Duolingo120 (effective summer 2023)

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply for our graduate programs.

Method 1- Applying with a prospective supervisor in place:

Before officially applying to the program, you can reach out to the faculty members to see if they have any open positions in their groups. We recommend that you review their personal websites to see if you are interested in working with them. You can also contact the professors according to the research areas on this page. When you email the prospective supervisors, please provide them with the documents listed below. If you were recommended to apply by a prospective supervisor, then you can proceed with an online application as described below. 

Method 2- Applying without a prospective supervisor in place:

You can apply directly to the program without having any prospective supervisor (please see below). However, we strongly recommend that you follow method 1 above for your application as it increases the chance of admission substantially. 

Documents Required

The following documents should be submitted to the program (and the prospective supervisors if you are following Method 1 above).

  • All undergraduate degree transcripts
  • All master degree transcripts (for PhD)
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A cover letter elaborating on your professional goals and motivations for pursuing graduate studies. Describe how you will contribute to the group you are aiming to join and to our program.
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation (or contact information of your referees if you are following Method 1)
  • Applicants who have not completed four full years of studies at the secondary-school level or university level in a country where English is a primary language or where English is the primary language of instruction must demonstrate their language proficiency in English. Please refer to the table above for the accepted tests and the minimum proficiency levels in each.

More detailed information can be found here.

Apply Online

Use the link below to apply online. If the deadline has passed and you are applying under Method 1, please have your prospective supervisor contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for a manual application. Apply Here

For more information about the application deadlines, process and our graduate program, visit here.

Open Graduate Positions

To find positions you can contact faculty members directly. Please visit the faculty page for more information.

Application Deadlines

FALL Entry
Domestic applicants: May 15
International applicants: March 15

WINTER Entry
Domestic applicants: September 15
International applicants: July 15

SUMMER Entry
Domestic applicants: January 15
International applicants: November 15