MSc Program Requirements

Program requirements include the submission of a thesis, participation in a field seminar program and research, and the completion of two graduate half-courses. Courses are selected by the student in consultation with the supervisor.

  • Two graduate half-courses including one half-course equivalent in chemistry, to be selected by the student and supervisor. One graduate half-course can be taken outside the department that complements the research project. Students may also take a course outside the University through the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student program.
  • Acceptable graduate lecture courses fall under divisions 3 (physical sciences) and 4 (life sciences). You are welcome to take courses outside of these categories. However, it will not count towards your degree requirements. Courses that deal with public policy related to science and health are generally acceptable as elective courses.  
  • Enrolment in a field seminar program every year.  Attendance is mandatory in order to receive the credit. 
  • Presentation of a seminar usually in the second year of program registration. Students who anticipate to complete in one year must give their seminar in their first year. 
  • Students who fail to meet the seminar requirement do not fulfill the degree requirements for the MSc program and therefore will be denied graduation by School of Graduate Studies.
  • Organic/Biological Chemistry: MSc students must give one seminar, 20 minutes in length, on their own research or another topic of chemical interest. If MSc students foresee themselves continuing on with a PhD, it is suggested that they give a seminar on a topic other than their own research.
  • View upcoming seminars.

In addition to seeking advice from research advisor and seminar convenor, here are online resources for oral presentation guidelines and skills:

  • Enrolment in a field research course every term, starting in the second term of program registration.
  • Students receive a grade from their supervisor for work undertaken in the laboratory toward completion of the thesis. 
  • Students who fail a research course will be contacted immediately to meet with the Associate Chair of Graduate Studies to discuss issues affecting their research. This indicates performance at a level that warrants dismissal. Two failed grades in sequence will initiate dismissal procedures.
  • Review the Policy on Assignment of Research Grades.

Although not a requirement of the Master's program, students in the Organic/Biological chemistry fields are encouraged to write the cumulative examinations.

Passing grades earned during Master's registration will be credited toward the Doctoral program requirements.

Students must pass six cumulative examinations before proceeding to their field comprehensive examination. 

The cumulative examinations are generally written on the first Friday of the month, from October through May, inclusive. Further notification will be forwarded by the Graduate Office.

In Year 1, students must complete the modules in CHM3000H Graduate Professional Development for Research and Teaching in Chemistry (0.5 FCE; CR/NCR).  Applicable to students who start the program in 2020/2021.

Three (minimum) to six sessions (full-time)

Master's students who finish the degree program requirements in less than the defined program legnth, regardless of registration option, will be subject to a balance of degree fee. Please make sure to review the School of Graduate Studies' website.

The following collaborative programs are available to MSc students: