Masters Program by Thesis

Time Limit

6 terms (2 years) from an Honours BSc degree.

The number of terms specified in these time limits apply regardless of whether the student is registered full-time or part-time.

Students who run over their time limit may not be guaranteed financial support.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that he/she has completed all the requirements and written his/her thesis within the time limit (six terms for a MSc).


Students must successfully complete at least four one-term graduate courses, one of which is Chemistry 794(0) (MSc Seminar), and submit and defend an acceptable thesis.  Half of the graduate courses must be taken within the Department of Chemistry. Two graduate courses may be taken through other departments within their registered University or students may request transfer credit for courses taken from another University to meet the course requirements. Students are advised to consult with their supervisor in the selection of courses.


Admission Standards

The minimum academic requirement for admission to the (GWC)2 M.Sc. program is an upper second-class (B+) honours bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in Science from a recognized university.  Strong emphasis is also placed on the letters of recommendation received in support of the student’s application.  Students from foreign countries where English is not the language of instruction are also required to prove their proficiency in English through a TOEFL or IELTS exam.  GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Subject Test scores are not required.


All graduate courses in (GWC)2 have final examinations, unless prior to the start of the course, the course instructor has proposed an alternate rigorous method of assessment to the Director. Although the overall method of evaluation is left up to the individual professors, general monitoring has shown the method of assessment to include assignments, a mid-term and final examination.  All graduate courses are evaluated by the students each semester with respect to the course content and to the performance of the professors.  These evaluations are kept on file in the Centre Office and are made available to the instructors for their information.

MSc Research Seminar Requirement

The Masters Seminar is a research proposal and seminar taken as a one-term course and completed by the second term of enrolment.  The research proposal is a written document about 25 typed pages in length.  It outlines the reasons for undertaking the thesis research, surveys the relevant literature concisely, and presents a detailed methodology for carrying out the thesis research.  The material of the proposal is subsequently presented and defended in the course seminar.

The objectives of the Chem 794(0) requirement are to encourage M.Sc. students to learn to use the literature at an early stage in their program, to stimulate in-depth thinking about the basis of their thesis research and to encourage development of the public speaking skills so essential for scientists.  It involves the preparation of a written Research Proposal and its presentation and defence in a public seminar, together with attendance at, and participation in, the critical evaluation of analogous seminars presented by their peers.  While most often based on the theme of their M.Sc. research project, subject to the approval of their supervisor, the Proposal may be on any topic of the student’s choice.  It should outline the reasons for undertaking the project, concisely survey the relevant literature, present a detailed description of the methodology to be used and outline any preliminary results.

MSc Thesis

Students are required to seek out the advice of the Advisory Committee during the preparation of the thesis and provide them with a copy of the thesis to the Advisory Committee before it is submitted to the Examining Committee.  The Advisory Committee should be given approximately two weeks to review the thesis. It is the student’s responsibility to consult with each member of the Advisory Committee to make sure to allow for sufficient time for the Committee to read and comment on the thesis. Once the Advisory Committee agrees that the thesis is ready for submission a date for the defence can be set.

To reward strong performances in seminar presentations, a prize of $200 is awarded annually on each campus of the Centre for the best Masters and Doctoral seminar.