Graduate programs

There has never been a better time to be a graduate student in our Faculty as we offer programs that respond to the world’s rapid technological changes and to the requirements of a fast-paced job market.

From robotics and photonics to telecommunication and multimedia applications, from the development of new turbine technologies to novel energy and green technologies, intelligent infrastructure and smart cities, our graduate programs have become tremendous launching pads for successful Canadian and international careers in a multitude of engineering and computer science enterprises as well as in academia.

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Programs by disciplines

Advanced Material Manufacturing

With a primary focus on materials, the program enables graduates to meet manufacturing challenges related to a broad range of mechanical, armour, energy, aeronautical, naval, thermal and biomedical systems and devices. This broad-based area of engineering holds career opportunities in almost every industrial sector, including high tech, aerospace, automotive, defence, energy, biomedical and consulting.

The program provides state-of-the-art education and cutting-edge research in materials, manufacturing processes, coatings, characterization and testing. The master’s program includes a CO-OP option, which provides two consecutive terms of valuable industry experience.

Research interests:

  • Thermal and fluid engineering
  • Solid mechanics and design
  • Materials and manufacturing
  • Controls and robotics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Aeronautical and space engineering

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Biomedical Engineering

The Ottawa–Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering (OCIBME) is a multi-disciplinary institute that combines resources from seven participating academic units at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, including:

University of Ottawa

  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Carleton University

  • Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
  •  Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • School of Computer Science
  • Department of Physics

The Institute draws on the expertise of its two participating medical research units, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) and the University of Ottawa Eye Institute. It also relies on the expertise of a number of prominent researchers from associated academic units in both universities, medical professionals and well-established medical research institutions. The OCIBME offers a multi-disciplinary graduate program and four main research fields—medical instrumentation, biomedical image processing, biomechanics and biomaterials and medical informatics and telemedicine. The OCIBME has close ties with local Ottawa hospitals, including The Ottawa Hospital, which provides unique opportunities for graduate students. As a leading academic health sciences centre in Canada, The Ottawa Hospital is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Canada, with specialty centres for cancer, heart, kidney and vision care and in rehabilitation services.

Research interests:

  • Medical instrumentation
  • Biomedical image processing
  • Biomechanics and biomaterials
  • Medical informatics and telemedicine

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Chemical Engineering

The main objective of the master’s programs from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering is to refine the skills and research expertise of the students by expanding their specialized knowledge of chemical engineering, primarily through coursework, research seminars and technical training.

The PhD program prepares candidates for a career in teaching, research or development. Graduates are expected to have acquired independence in conducting research, preparing scholarly publications and promoting chemical engineering.

Research interests:

  • Materials development
  • Process engineering
  • Clean technologies
  • Biomedical engineering

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Civil Engineering

Civil engineers have a direct impact on society through the design and construction of the nation’s infrastructure—buildings, highways, railroads, bridges, airports, dams, tunnels, pipelines, municipal services, water resource systems and more. Civil engineering is perhaps the broadest field in terms of engineering professions.

Professors and students at the Department of Civil Engineering conduct research aimed at improving the physical infrastructure of our society, with a particular focus on sustainable infrastructure, infrastructure security and water resources. State-of-the-art laboratories and other major facilities support research in six sub-disciplines: construction engineering and management, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, sustainable materials and construction, and water resources engineering. The program’s broad scope gives its graduates a wide range of career options, not only in the technical fields of design and construction but also in management and science.

Research interests:

  • Construction engineering and management
  • Environmental engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Structural engineering
  • Sustainable materials and construction
  • Water resources engineering

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Computer Science

Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in computer science can do so in joint programs offered by the University of Ottawa’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Carleton’s School of Computer Science (SCS) under the auspices of the Ottawa–Carleton Institute for Computer Science (OCICS). The Institute is responsible for supervising these programs and for providing a framework for interaction between both schools in the graduate computer science programs.

Research facilities are located on both campuses. Students have access to the professors, courses and facilities of both universities; however, they must enrol at the university of their thesis supervisor. The master’s program offers a CO-OP option, which provides two consecutive terms of valuable industry experience.

Research interests:

  • Algorithms
  • Bioinformatics
  • Distributed Computing
  • Information Management and Data Mining
  • Machine Vision and Autonomous Systems
  • Multimedia and Virtual Environments
  • Privacy and Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Text Analysis and Machine Learning
  • Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing

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Digital Transformation and Innovation

The focus of these programs is the integration of information technologies with business processes and strategies within a dynamic legal and business environment. The core of e-business technologies is centred on the concept that the application of Internet and information technologies lead to remarkable new ways of conceiving and organizing businesses. This, in turn, leads to many innovative modes of management, new organizational structures and information architectures, new legislation as well as new legal and corporate strategies.

Research interests:

  • Electronic business (e-Business)
  • Electronic technologies (e-Technologies)
  • Electronic society (e-Society)

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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Delivered through the Ottawa–Carleton Institute for Electrical and Computer Engineering (OCIECE), the electrical and computer engineering programs benefit from the combined research strengths of uOttawa’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at and Carleton’s electronics department and systems and computer engineering department.

The Institute represents one of the largest graduate programs in electrical engineering in Canada and has the unique advantage of being located in a region with extensive federal government and industry research laboratories. The Institute, and its members, have many links to local industry and federal government research laboratories, allowing it to provide one of the best opportunities in Canada for graduate students to connect with industry and conduct research in the area of electrical and computer engineering.

Research interests:

  • Computer communications, multimedia and distributed systems
  • Computer-aided design for electronic circuit
  • Computer and software engineering
  • Digital and wireless communications
  • Microwave and electromagnetics
  • Signal, speech and image processing
  • Integrated circuits and devices
  • Systems and machine intelligence
  • Photonics systems
  • Biomedical engineering

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Engineering Design

The Masters of Engineering in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design provides advanced training and mentorship in engineering design in the context of entrepreneurship. The focus of the program is on the design of new products or technology that will be commercialized or made available to have community impact for engineers who aspire to start companies. The program requirements encourage the development of high-level communication skills and the development of a wealth of transferable skills that will be useful by graduates regardless of their ultimate career trajectory. These learning outcomes will be supported at all levels of the program requirements through the evaluation and mentorship of professors, advisors, peers, startup project committee members, and external mentors and coaches. 

The program leverages the design spaces available at the Faculty of Engineering including the Simon Nehme Design Commons, the Richard L’Abbé Makerspace, the MakerLab, the Manufacturing Training Centre and the Brunsfield Centre. In addition, the Faculty’s MakerLaunch accelerator program will help bridge graduating students into the startup ecosystem of the National Capital Region. Through the use of mentored projects, it will also provide opportunities for the commercialization of uOttawa research.

Research interests:

  • Enabling technologies for health and augmented life
  • Technology for digital transformation of society
  • Sustainable and resilient infrastructure
  • Emerging material and processes
  • Photonics for devices, networks, and energy

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Engineering Management

This program is offered in-person and online.

The purpose of the master’s degree in engineering management is to introduce the graduate with two or more years of engineering experience and who is interested in a career in management to the foundations of management knowledge and skills. The program is designed for engineers of all disciplines who are currently, or aspire to be, team or project leaders, section leaders or managers. These engineers recognize that management is a distinct profession and that when the necessary skills are mastered it can lead to significant improvements in the performance of an organization.

The program begins with a series of compulsory courses in engineering management, innovation, finance and accounting and continues with a series of electives. Students finish with a compulsory major consulting project (MCP). The choice of electives and MCP topic allows students to prepare for roles such as operations manager, systems manager, IT project manager, product manager and technology entrepreneur.

Research interests:

  • Production and operations management
  • Robotics and manufacturing management
  • Reliability and maintainability engineering
  • Human resource management
  • Industrial and technology marketing
  • Technical project management and control
  • Research, development and innovation management
  • Operation research
  • Forecasting operations research

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Environmental Engineering

Delivered through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Environmental Engineering (OCIENE), the programs benefit from the teaching and research strengths of uOttawa’s Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering and Carleton’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Research areas include air pollution, water resources management, groundwater management, contaminant transport, pollution prevention, water and wastewater treatment, environmental impact assessment and management of solid, hazardous and radioactive waste.

The objective of these programs is to prepare graduates for careers in engineering, teaching and in research in the private and public sectors. Students benefit from gaining knowledge in applied concepts of environmental engineering and acquire independence in conducting research and preparing scholarly publications.

Research interests:

  • Water and waste processing or treatment
  • Management of solid and hazardous waste
  • Air pollution
  • Water resources and groundwater management

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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are responsible for a wide range of mechanical, energy, aeronautical, naval, thermal and biomedical systems and devices—from computer parts to power plants, manufacturing systems and spacecraft. This is a broad-based area of engineering with career opportunities in almost every industrial sector, including high tech, aerospace, materials, manufacturing, automotive, energy, ship building, biomedical and consulting. The program provides state-of-the-art education and cuttingedge research opportunities in all core areas of mechanical engineering, including materials, solid mechanics, design and thermofluids.

Research interests:

  • Biomedical engineering
  • Dynamics, controls, automation and robotics
  • Thermal and fluids engineering
  • Materials and manufacturing engineering
  • Solid mechanics and design engineering
  • Aeronautical and space engineering

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Systems Science

The graduate program in system science is an interdisciplinary program drawing on contributions from the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Economics, Telfer School of Management and Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The program offers numerous opportunities to study complex systems in nature, society and science itself, aiming to develop interdisciplinary foundations that are applicable in a variety of areas, such as engineering, business and the social sciences. It provides students with the skills and knowledge required to understand, control, predict and optimize behaviour in a variety of fields, from engineering and computer science to management and applied economics. The program’s broad scope offers its graduates a wide range of career options, not only in the technical fields but also in management and science.

Research interests:

  • Operations research
  • Deterministic and probabilistic modelling
  • Optimization
  • Computer science
  • Information systems
  • Control
  • Economic modelling

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Graduate diplomas

All of our Engineering programs are accredited.

Alexandra Bissinger

Alexandra Bissinger

MEng, Civil Engineering
Engineering Officer, Real Property Operations Unit at Department of National Defence

“I chose to pursue graduate studies at the University of Ottawa as I knew it would give me an edge and the added value of being an expert in a specific field of civil engineering. Most of my master’s courses were related to coastal engineering, which has allowed me to now be involved in exciting work, specifically coastal construction projects."

"Some of my tasks include managing dredging contracts, reviewing rock armour wall design, coordinating construction projects and inspecting shoreline erosion protection contract sites. My graduate program allowed me to develop all the tools required to grow in my position and ultimately move up within the organization. As a result, I’ve become more confident working in a team environment and improved my public speaking skills—both invaluable assets in this industry.”

Specific requirements

Learn more about application deadlines, average times of degree duration and more.

Types of programs

Program and description Duration Funding from university Structure

Master’s with thesis

Combines graduate coursework with thesis research

2 Years

Expected duration of program is 6 full-time terms, or 24 consecutive months of enrolment

Funding possible for 2 years

Funding is based on specific academic standards that must be met by the student.

Year 1: courses and research preparation

Year 2: research and thesis writing

Master’s with project

Similar to the master’s by coursework, but a research project replaces one or two courses.
1 to 2 Years Only external funding available Coursework for the duration with a project enroled for at least a session

Master’s by coursework

Ideal for those who want to expand their knowledge or develop career-related skills while continuing to work full time
1 to 2 Years Only external funding available Coursework for the duration


Ideal for those considering careers in teaching or in research in a private or public setting. Graduates will acquire independence in conducting research and in preparing scholarly publications

4 Years

Expected duration of program is 16 full-time terms, or 64 consecutive months of enrolment

Funding possible for 4 years

Funding is based on specific academic standards that must be met by the student.

Typical structure:

Years 1 and 2: coursework, comprehensive exam, thesis proposal

Years 3 and 4: research and thesis writing.

Be a part of our entrepreneurial community

Entrepreneurship and design

As part of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Engineering Design, our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem will provide you with the resources and the support you need at every stage in your start-up journey.

    Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School

      The school offers hands-on workshops and events, delivered by members of the entrepreneurial community as well as academia, covering ideation, pitching, customer discovery, marketing, sales and legal issues for startups.

      Bring your research to market

      Get ready to launch! Our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem will provide you with the resources and the support you need at every stage during your start-up journey.

      Clubs and competitive teams

      Enhance your university experience by getting involved in competitive teams, design groups, student associations and more!


      Enrich your studies

      Financial support and funding opportunities

      As a graduate student at the Faculty of Engineering, you have access to a variety of scholarships, such as admission scholarships, excellence scholarships and many external scholarships (NSERC, OGS, Vanier, Banting, etc.).

      You may also obtain funding through research and teaching assistantships offered by the Faculty. These outstanding opportunities will enable you to acquire one-of-a-kind work and teaching experience, while providing you with additional ways of funding your graduate studies.

      Graduate Student Mentoring Centre

      Gives students in Master’s and PhD the opportunity to meet and talk with graduate student mentors and address the concerns they may have during the course of their studies.

      Mentoring Centre of the International Office

      The International Mentoring Centre offers a variety of valuable services to all University of Ottawa international and exchange students, such as adjusting to Canadian culture and academic life.

      Funds to support your student projects and activities are now more available than ever thanks to the support of the Faculty and various funds.

      Learn how to make your projects and activities a reality


      Enhance your learning experience and prepare yourself for the workforce and the professional academic world.

      Altitude offers a variety of events and free workshops which help hone particular skill sets, such as communication, teaching, and writing.

      Study, research, teach or work abroad

      Are you interested in adding an international dimension to your program? Our University offers many international opportunities, allowing you to gain diverse experience.

      Reduction of Tuition Fees for International PhD candidates

      As of September 1, 2018, international PhD candidates at uOttawa will pay tuition fees at the same rate as those paid by Canadian PhD candidates.

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      • Ottawa offers access to a community of businesspeople, researchers and scholars, government officials and politicians as well as strong infrastructure support for applied research
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      • 3 professional sports teams


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      • Population of 1.3M
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