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Biosystems Engineering
Head: D. (Danny) Mann
Campus Address/General Office: E2-376 EITC (Engineering Building)
Telephone: 204-474-6033
Fax: 204-474-7512
Email Address: 

headbio@umanitoba.ca

Website: 

umanitoba.ca/faculties/engineering/departments/biosystems/

Academic Staff: 

Please refer to Faculty website:
umanitoba.ca/faculties/engineering/departments/Biosystems/facstaff/acadstatic.html

Biosystems Engineering Program Information

The Department of Biosystems Engineering offers graduate programs leading to M.Sc., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees. The graduate programs in the department focus on applications of engineering in biological systems. Strong emphasis is placed on assisting graduate students to gain a broad range of skills and experience in conducting interdisciplinary research, in understanding the interrelationships among physical and biological factors, and in written and oral communication.

Supplemental Regulations

Individual units may require specific requirements above and beyond those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and students should consult unit supplemental regulations for these specific regulations on the Graduate Studies website at http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/graduate_studies/admin/supplemental_regulations.html

M.Sc. in Biosystems Engineering

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar, for admission into the M.Sc. program applicants are normally required to hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biosystems Engineering or equivalent from a recognized university. Applicants with degrees in related areas may be recommended for admission by the Department Head.

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated in the following table:

Term

Start Date

Canadian/US

International

 FALL

September

June 1

February 1

 WINTER

January

October 1

June 1

 SUMMER

May

February 1

October 1

Program Requirements

The M.Sc. is a research degree consisting of coursework and a thesis based on original research conducted by the student. In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar, a minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework is required, including at least 6 credit hours of courses at the 7000 level (which must include BIOE 7290) from the Department of Biosystems Engineering. The remaining 6 credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above from any department.

Master of Science students are required to spend at least one academic session in full-time resident graduate study. On recommendation of the department head, the residence requirement may be waived in special cases.

All students must successfully complete:

  • GRAD 7300 Research Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), prior to applying to any ethics boards which are appropriate to the student’s research or within the student’s first year, whichever comes first; and
  • GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), within the first term of registration;

unless these courses have been completed previously, as per Academic Guide sections 2.5 and 2.6.

 

Expected time to graduate: 18-24 months. See 4.4.7 Time in Program

M.Eng. in Biosystems Engineering

Admission Requirements

In addition to the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar, for admission into the M.Eng. program applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in engineering.  In exceptional cases, based on the candidate's professional experience, this requirement may be waived on the recommendation of the Department Head.

Application Deadlines

Admission to the M.Eng. program is restricted to one intake per year. Applications are due by January 15 for all individuals interested in the M.Eng. program (i.e., Canadian/US or international) for a September start date. In exceptional circumstances, an applicant who has been admitted for a September start date may be granted a deferral to start the M.Eng. program in January.

The M.Eng. is a course-based degree. In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this Calendar, a minimum of 30 credit hours of coursework is required. The following conditions must be met:

Program Requirements

1. A minimum of 18 credit hours must be taken at the 7000 level. GRAD 7050 M.Eng. Project and Report (6 cr hr) may be used as a substitute for 6 cr hr of 7000 level coursework. The remaining credit hours must be taken at the 3000 level or above.

2. A minimum of 18 credit hours must be taken from any of the engineering departments including a minimum of 15 credit hours from the Department of Biosystems Engineering.

All courses must be approved by the student's advisor.

All students must successfully complete:

  • GRAD 7300 Research Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), prior to applying to any ethics boards which are appropriate to the student’s research or within the student’s first year, whichever comes first; and
  • GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), within the first term of registration;

unless these courses have been completed previously, as per Academic Guide sections 2.5 and 2.6.

 

Expected time to graduate: 12-18 months. See 4.4.7 Time in Program

Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering

Admission Requirements

For admission into the Ph.D. program, applicants are normally required to hold a M.Sc. degree in Biosystems Engineering or equivalent from a recognized university. Applicants with degrees in related areas may be recommended for admission by the Department Head. Students making exceptional progress while enrolled in the M.Sc. program may request to transfer to the Ph.D. program upon the consent of the department head and based on a recommendation from the student’s advisory committee and the Biosystems Engineering Graduate Studies Committee which investigates the student’s qualifications and suitability for Ph.D. study. In such cases, the program credit hour requirements shall be recommended at the time of transfer by the student’s advisory committee.

Application Deadlines

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated in the following table:

Term

Start Date

Canadian/US

International

 FALL

September

June 1

February 1

 WINTER

January

October 1

June 1

 SUMMER

May

February 1

October 1

Program Requirements

In addition to the minimum course requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulations Section of this calendar, students are normally required to complete 12 credit hours of coursework, including a seminar course (BIOE 7270, 3 credit hours), and a thesis. The remaining 9 credit hours at the 7000 level can be taken from any Department.

The Department of Biosystems Engineering offers a Graduate Specialization in Engineering Education (GSEE) at the Doctoral level. The GSEE will require 12 credit hours of coursework at the 7000 level and a thesis on an Engineering Education topic. The coursework requirements include:

  1. The required seminar course (3 credit hours) (BIOE 7270 Advanced Seminar in Biosystems Engineering)
  2. One research methodologies course (3 credit hours) (either EDUA 7840 Qualitative Research Methods in Education or EDUA 7850 Design and Analysis of Educational Research)
  3. Two of the following three Engineering Education courses (6 credit hours): ENG 7010 The Engineering Design Process; ENG 7030 The Discipline of Engineering Education; ENG 7040 Foundations of Engineering Education Research

All students must successfully complete:

  • GRAD 7300 Research Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), prior to applying to any ethics boards which are appropriate to the student’s research or within the student’s first year, whichever comes first; and
  • GRAD 7500 Academic Integrity Tutorial (0 credit hours), within the first term of registration;

unless these courses have been completed previously, as per Academic Guide sections 2.5 and 2.6.

 

Expected time to graduate: 3 - 4 years. See 4.4.7 Time in Program