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.

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Options with this program

This program is only offered in English.

Course examples
  • Applied Probability
  • Economic System Design
  • Systems Integration
  • Cyber Security Systems and Strategies

Check out the full courses list

  • Systems Optimization and Management
  • Foundation of Modelling and Simulation
  • Directed Readings in Systems Science
  • Product Development and Management

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Their areas of research, both theoretical and applied, span a wide variety of fields:

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

CO-OP is not offered with this program.

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 need to:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Mathematics, Operations Research, Science or a related area with a minimum average of B (70%).
    • Note: International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.
  • Undergraduate courses in probability, linear algebra, differential equations and computer programming are prerequisites for the core courses of the Program. Details regarding the level and content of prerequisite courses are included in the information package which is sent to all applicants. If a student lacks any of these courses, he will normally be required to complete them as a condition of admission. Entering students who lack the required undergraduate preparation may be permitted to enter a qualifying program.
  • Identify at least one professor who is willing to supervise your research and thesis. We recommend that you contact potential thesis supervisors as soon as possible.
Language requirements

Applicants must be able to understand and fluently speak the language of instruction (French or English) in the program to which they are applying. Proof of linguistic proficiency may be required.

Applicants whose first language is neither French nor English must provide proof of proficiency in the language of instruction.

Note: Candidates are responsible for any fees associated with the language tests

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 industry
  • Government
  • Software industry
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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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