Digital Transformation and Innovation

The Digital Transformation and Innovation program is a multi-faculty collaboration between the Telfer School of Management, the Faculty of Arts, and the Faculty of Engineering to train highly qualified professionals to create, manage and research the profound change to our world that is happening as a result of electronic digital technology. At its heart, the technology enables the collection and communication of huge amounts of data that transforms how business and society works. It also creates a new online environment where the experience of business and social interactions by individuals is being reinvented. Innovation is an important aspect of the program to emphasize the re-invention and creative design of user experiences in business and social interactions. 

Studies made for you

Options with this program

This program is only offered in English.

Course examples
  • Ethics for Design, AI, and Robotics
  • Design Thinking
  • Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Affective and Persuasive Computing

Check out the full courses list

  • Electronic Commerce Technologies
  • Internet Technologies and Mobile Commerce
  • User Experience Principles and Practices
  • Cyber Security Systems and Strategies

Enhance your studies


Research in the Digital Transformation and Innovation program is multi-disciplinary and involves collaboration between professors and students in Telfer School of Management, Faculty of Arts, and Faculty of Engineering. Design is a significant aspect of research in Digital Transformation and Innovation. This includes: design and implementation of applications, information design, visual literacy, user experience, and audience research. 

Telfer School of Management

  • Digital Marketing, Consumer Behavior, Customer Experience Design and Relationship Management
  • Business Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Health Systems Innovation and Management
  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategic Management
  • Business Technology Management (including IT Diffusion, Adoption and Consumerization)
  • Globalization, Governance, and Sustainability

Faculty of Arts

  • Algorithmic culture, platformatization, and datafication
  • Information and communication regulation and policy
  • Privacy and surveillance
  • Cultural, economic, political, and social impacts of innovation in digital networks and applications
  • Information governance and ethics

Faculty of Engineering

  • Applied Data Science
  • User Experience
  • Digital Health
  • Cloud Computing
  • Internet of Things

Experience your future career and help fund your studies with the CO-OP program. With the Co-operative Education (CO-OP) Program, you can gain hands-on experience in your field of study while you complete your degree.

Some participating employers:

  • Brookfield Renewable
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Ford Motor Company of Canada
  • IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Kinaxis
  • Nokia
  • Ribbon Communications (formerly GENBAND)
  • Shopify
  • University of Ottawa

Examples of tasks at work:

  • Analyze and manage data, and big data, using current data mining and data warehousing tools
  • Conduct business analyses and design business solutions including identifying information system requirements, business process redesign, change management, business strategy, and marketing
  • Conduct project analyses and project management
  • Help design and implement software modules for a whole range of mobile and Internet applications involving databases, networking, business intelligence, mathematical and statistical analyses, etc.
  • Manage and maintain a complete range of business applications, including website content management, dashboards and spreadsheets reporting, sales and marketing campaigns, human resources management, etc.
  • Plan and execute test suites
  • Write program codes in commonly used languages and tools for mobile and Internet applications, including Java, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, SQL, SOAP, etc.
  • Write quality documentation and manuals for software systems, business processes, and policies

Salary (hourly)

  • $ 14 - $ 34

Learn more:

CO-OP for Engineering students

CO-OP for students in Digital Transformation and Innovation

Scholarships and bursaries

If you are looking for ways to finance your studies, the Faculty of Engineering and the University of Ottawa offer a lot of scholarships that could help you fund your studies. The University also offers financial support to help students reach their full potential.

To find what fits your needs best, please visit the Award and financial support website.

Things to know

Admission requirements

Are you interested in this program? Check out the below sections to get ready and ensure that you meet all the requirements before applying.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree with a specialization or a major (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline with a minimum admission average of 75% (B+).

Note: International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.

  • Have completed a course in statistics; a course in management information systems or computing; and two advanced courses showing specialization in one of three disciplines: creative arts and humanities (online multi-media or communications); management (digital transformation management or strategy); or technology (online application development or data science).
Language requirements

Most courses are delivered in English as the international language for advanced information technology. However, the program will provide an appropriately supportive environment for francophone students to develop professional competence in technical English at their own pace. Students have the right, as stipulated in the University's bilingualism regulations (Academic Regulations I-2), to complete all their work, including their thesis, in the official language of their choice (French or English). There are fully bilingual professors and advisors who can support students in French.

Applicants whose first language is neither French nor English must provide proof of proficiency in the language of instruction through one of the following two requirements or one of the language tests below.

  • Proof of completion within the last five years, of a previous degree program in an English language university.
  • Proof of recent prolonged residence and exercise of a profession in an English speaking country (normally at least four years over the last six years).

Language tests recognized by the University of Ottawa:

  • TOEFL minimum score of 600 (paper-based) with a minimum score of 50 on the written and 50 on the spoken or a minimum score of 100 (internet-based).
  • IELTS minimum score of 7 for 3 of the 4 tests (Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking) and a minimum score of 6 in the fourth test.
  • A score of at least 14 on the CANTEST, with no individual test score below 4.0, along with a minimum score of 4.5 on the oral component of the test.


  • Candidates are responsible for any fees associated with the language tests.
  • Test scores cannot be more than two-years-old as of September 1 of the year of potential entry into the program. 

Opportunities with this degree

If you have specific questions about this field or can't find the information you are looking for in below sections, we invite you to get in touch with the Graduate Studies Office or the Career Development Centre.

Career Opportunities
  • entertainment
  • government
  • business
Pursue your studies

Please visit the Professional Development Institute website if you are interested in developing various skills that could help you in taking your career to new heights.

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