This is an option designed for strong undergraduate students who are interested in research and completing an honours program in our School. The option allows such students to complete a M.Sc. program within one year.
This option is open to students who:
Formal admission to the program will be part of the regular admissions process to the Master's degrees.
To satisfy residency requirements, students will have to be registered and pay for at least three successive semesters in the M.Sc. program (commonly, Summer, Fall, and Winter).
Here is a brief summary of the requirements for the B.Sc./M.Sc. thesis
Admitted students are expected to complete:
Applying to be considered for the B.Sc./M.Sc. track assumes that you are in contact with a faculty member who has agreed to supervise your thesis work.
More information about the B.Sc. / M.Sc. (thesis) track can be found in the Faculty of Science pages, or by contacting the graduate secretary.
An honours program provides the most rigorous education and provides an ideal preparation for graduate school. However, many of our majors students also go on to be excellent graduate students. Students interested in interdisciplinary graduate research may want to consider a joint major in Math or Physics or combining a major in Computer Science with a minor in another discipline, for example Cognitive Science. Click here to see the programs offered.
Whichever program you choose, you should pick upper-level courses that interest you and where you can get to know some professors in a smaller class setting. When you apply to graduate school it will be helpful if several professors have gotten to know you well and can write good recommendation letters for you.
We also encourage you to get involved in some research experiences during your undergraduate studies. This is the best way to discover the excitement of doing research and to get some ideas for potential M.Sc. or Ph.D. research topics. Our professors really enjoy working with our undergraduate students and we have a lot of interesting projects.