Masters Part-Time Course-Based Program

The Guelph-Waterloo Centre part time course-based MSc option is designed for students who wish to revitalize and upgrade their knowledge in Chemistry or Biochemistry and at the same time earn a MSc degree. The program is intended for individuals whose employment or family responsibilities allow free time for study in the evenings only. Degree requirements consist of five one-term graduate courses plus CHEM 784(0) (Research Literature Review), CHEM 794(0) (MSc Seminar) and CHEM 797(0) (MSc Research Paper). Financial support may be available (but is not guaranteed) to a student carrying out an experimental research project. In selecting which University they will apply through, applicants are encouraged to review the research conducted by faculty at each institution and, in light of their own research interests, choose that University as their home university.  This program is available for Canadian citizens and permanent residents

Time Limits

The part-time course-based MSc option allows students to focus on any area of chemistry or biochemistry. At the University of Guelph, part-time students will advance at the rate of a one-third term for each enrollment session and the University of Waterloo will advance at the rate of a one-half term for each enrollment session. Please note that the minimum period of time for completion of the part-time MSc is six enrollment sessions and it is expected that the program will normally be completed within five years.

Application Requirements

Admission requirements are the same as the full-time regular thesis MSc program.

Graduate Course Requirements

Within the GWC2 program, of the five required lecture courses, only one course can be accepted as a transfer credit. Once enrolled, students cannot take courses outside of their registered universities. Three of the five graduate courses must be taken through the GWC2, but the remaining courses may be taken through other departments within their registered University. It is advisable that students take courses that are relevant to their area of specialization in chemistry, as this may be of help when students eventually seek a research advisor for their CHEM 797(0) Research Paper.

MSc Research Literature Review, Seminar and Research Paper Requirements

The Research Literature Review, MSc Seminar and MSc Research Paper will usually be taken after the five regular courses have been completed, but students may certainly complete the literature review, seminar and project earlier if he/she wishes. As a part-time masters student you will be exempted from regular seminar attendance. The Masters Research Literature Review and Seminar are to take place prior to beginning the Masters research work and should be completed before the beginning of the graduate student’s last term. The MSc Research Paper is an experimental project to be completed during one term (or equivalent) of full-time research in the laboratory of a Centre faculty member. A written report is required, and an open, public seminar based on the content of the report will be presented.