Why Carleton

At Carleton, we have the distinct advantage of being situated in the nation’s capital, which offers our students unique opportunities. We also live in a city that is renowned, both at home and abroad, for its natural beauty and its quality of life. Our Capital Advantage.
Known more as the seat of Canada’s federal government, Ottawa is also home to over 1,800 companies involved in the high tech industry, to over 130 embassies and high commissions, to numerous national museums and to a large percentage of Canada’s major medical, clinical and life sciences research centres.
The city also has a reputation as being one of the most picturesque capitals in the world – with lots of neighbourhood parks and tranquil green spaces, waterways that wind through the city, and historical and architectural landmarks scattered throughout the city. Consistently ranked as one of Canada’s most livable and safe cities, Ottawa is part big city, part small town.

If you pursue a Master of Science (MSc) program in Biology at Carleton you will belong to the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biology (OCIB), one of the largest biology graduate programs in Canada. This Institute combines the resources, courses, equipment and expertise of over 70 faculty from the Departments of Biology of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.
Ottawa is also home to several government departments and agencies that are involved in research in areas of interest to our students and research faculty. As well, over 100 companies in the Ottawa region are conducting research in medical, agricultural, and environmental biotechnology. For more information, please visit the Joint Institute website.

Carleton’s Master of Science (MSc) and PhD programs in Biology offer students a chance to engage in hands-on research. Students work closely with internationally recognized scientists in an academically enriching and collegial environment.  Faculty members conduct cutting-edge research at all levels of biological organization, from genomics to landscape ecology.

The MSc program typically takes two years of full-time study to complete. The PhD program typically takes four to five years of full-time study to complete. Part-time study is available.