The Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University has a large and active graduate program. One Ph.D. program and three master’s programs are offered. Here is how to apply.

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Programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering

M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

M.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

These programs are offered through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Electrical and Computer Engineering (OCIECE), which combines the resources of the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering and the Department of Electronics at Carleton University, with the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa. Together we form one of the largest Electrical and Computer Engineering programs in Canada, providing access to a very large number of graduate courses and laboratories. Brochure.

Programs in Biomedical Engineering

M.A.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering

M.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

These programs are offered through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering (OCIBME) and have four fields of study: Medical Instrumentation, Biomedical Image Processing, Biomechanics and Biomaterials, Medical Informatics and Telemedicine. Brochure.

Concentrations and Specializations

You can provide additional focus to your degree through one of our optional Concentrations and Specializations.

Specialization in Data Science

Students can apply for admission to the concentration in Data Science in conjunction with the MASc or MEng in Electrical and Computer Engineering, or the MASc in Biomedical Engineering. This will focus the master’s program on understanding how to analyze and use “big data” sets collected by governments, industry, NGOs, etc. Brochure.

Specialization in Bioinformatics

Students in the MASc in Biomedical Engineering can apply for admission to the Specialization in Bioinformatics, which crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries such as computer science, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, engineering and the medical sciences. Brochure.

Concentration in Software Engineering

The Department of Systems and Computer Engineering offers a concentration in Software Engineering for each of the Master of Engineering (MEng), Master of Applied Science (MASc), and Doctorate (PhD) programs offered by the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering. This concentration focuses on developing advanced software engineering skills and competencies in cutting edge research areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Autonomous Systems, Cybersecurity, and more through coursework, projects and/or thesis.

Concentration in Modeling and Simulation

The Department of Systems and Computer Engineering offers a concentration for the Master of Engineering (M.Eng) and Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) programs. The concentration focuses on Modeling and Simulation technologies now used in decision-making by academia, industry and government agencies; for training, logistics, supply chain, manufacturing, communications, autonomous vehicles and more. Students will obtain skills in modeling and simulation through coursework, projects and/or thesis.

How to Apply

Click here to apply online. This takes you to the Graduate Admissions web site where you can create an application account.

Entrance Requirements

All Programs: Visa students must possess the language requirements posted here .

Ph.D. Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering: The normal requirement for admission into the Ph.D. program is a master’s degree with thesis in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a closely-related discipline from a recognized university, with a master’s thesis topic in an appropriate area, and of acceptable quality.

Master’s Programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering: The normal requirement for admission to a master’s program is a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or a related discipline with a CGPA of B+.

Master’s Program in Biomedical Engineering: The normal requirement for admission is a four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering, science, computer science, or a related discipline, with an average of at least B+.

Costs and Financial Assistance

Financial support for graduate students is available from three sources: Carleton scholarship funds are available for scholastic achievement, teaching assistantships (TA) for which the student is required to assist as a demonstrator or marker in a course, and research assistantships (RA) which may be provided by the thesis supervisor for assistance in research work. Applicants are automatically considered for financial support. Numerous other special scholarships are also available. International students, who submit strong applications and have high grades, may be eligible to receive some funding for their studies.