Information about our Graduate Programs and How to Apply

About our Programs and Why You Should Apply

There are many reasons why the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering should be your first choice for graduate study in Electrical and Computer Engineering or Biomedical Engineering.

  • The Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at Carleton University is well known for the quality of its graduate research. Our faculty members are active researchers, journal editors, conference organizers, and grant holders who involve their graduate students from the very start of their programs.
    • 2017 Research Review for the Faculty of Engineering and Design
    • A PhD student explains why she choose Systems and Computer Engineering:
  • Three of our students (Mohamed Abdelazez, Jean-Daniel Medjo and Daniella Niyonkuru) finished in the top 10 of the 2015 3 Minute Thesis Competition on March 3. Congratulations on a job well done!
  • Sunint Khalsa and Wafa Hasanain’s work on more effective software.
  • Chengchao Liang’s work on making wireless communications more effective.
  • Our graduate programs teach our graduate students valuable skills. These skills are essential in getting them started in their own careers after graduation. Some examples of recent alumni success stories are:
  • The department is a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Electrical and Computer Engineering (OCIECE), which also includes the Department of Electronics at Carleton University and 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.
  • The department is a member of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering (OCIBME), which comprises four departments at Carleton University and three at the University of Ottawa, providing access to an extensive network of facilities and subject matter experts.
  • Our laboratory facilities are extensive, with many donated by leading high technology companies; many other advanced facilities are available nearby via arrangements with government departments.
  • Carleton University has a beautiful campus situated in a natural environment, bordered by the Rideau River and Vincent Massey Park on one side and the Rideau Canal and Central Experimental Farm on another. But the campus still provides easy access to the many museums and cultural facilities of the national capital, as well as nearby natural areas for hiking, skiing, camping and other outdoor pursuits.

Our graduate programs include a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering, master’s programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering (with and without thesis), and a master’s program in Biomedical Engineering.

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 have a TOEFL of 580 or more, preferably above 600.

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 with at least high honours standing in electrical engineering or a related discipline.

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.