New graduate programs for future leaders of society’s transformation

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2020

As the world keeps evolving, industry needs are changing. There is a growing need for professionals with the skills and knowledge required to tackle the current global issues and innovations that are emerging today. Learn more about these five new and modern graduate programs and courses that have been created to train the future leaders of society’s transformation: 

  1. Digital Transformation and Innovation with concentrations in Applied Data Science and User Experience design

  1. Civil Engineering with concentration in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

  1. Electrical and Computer Engineering with concentration in Applied Artificial Intelligence

  1. Master of Engineering in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design

  1. Professional Development graduate courses

Digital Transformation and Innovation with concentrations in Applied Data Science and User Experience Design 

Formerly called Electronic Business/Electronic Business Technologies, this interdisciplinary graduate program has been modernized with the aim 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. Students enrolled in the program can choose to add a concentration, in either UX Design or Applied Data Science, in order to explore and specialize in one of these highly in-demand topics.  

Key points of this program: 

  • Interdisciplinary efforts between three faculties: Engineering, Management, and Arts; 
  • Courses from a multitude of domains taught by professors from diverse backgrounds; 
  • Highly flexible program with strong commitment to industry relevance and the creative arts that can be tailored to your academic orientation; 
  • An Applied Data Science concentration, which allows you to take relevant courses in data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence; 
  • A User Experience Design concentration, which exposes you to state-of-the-art concepts on user-centered design processes that aim to improve user experience and engagement. 

Learn more about this program

Civil Engineering with concentration in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure 

Given recent effects of climate change and geopolitics, an increased risk of hazards is resulting in the need for stronger infrastructure with greater load-bearing capacity. At the same time, the sustainability of society depends on innovative infrastructure design solutions that minimize resource and energy use. As a result, highly trained civil engineers who can consider both sustainability and resiliency when designing infrastructure will be poised to contribute strongly to society in the coming decades. Since conventional civil engineering training fails to consider both sustainability and resiliency simultaneously, this new Concentration in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure addresses that need. 

Key points of this program: 

  • Access to state-of-the-art laboratories and other major facilities provided to students enrolled in the Masters of Applied Science in Civil Engineering;  
  • Specialize your expertise in topics of your interest through 12 optional course units in Sustainability and/or Resiliency;
  • Graduate with a skillset that is in high demand by government and industry. 

Learn more about this program

Electrical and Computer Engineering with concentration in Applied Artificial Intelligence (AAI) 

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There is no doubt that technological innovations involving Artificial Intelligence will revolutionize various industries over the coming decades. This program satisfies the requirements of the general Masters of Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering Program, but with a core focus on Applied Machine Learning and Ethics for Design, AI, and Robotics. Students enrolled in this program will be able to develop and present AI-based solutions, and apply AI-based methodologies to solve practical problems in electrical and computer engineering, a field highly in-demand in industry. 

Key points of this program: 

  • Option to apply cutting-edge research to industry through a 4 months internship project that will address company-specific problems; 
  • Benefit from grants and established research partnerships and collaborations between the faculty and industry; 
  • Gain expertise through optional courses on diverse topics such as: deep learning, reinforcement learning, intelligence-enabled communications, robotics, vision, and smart cities; 
  • Graduate with a wide range of career options in industry, government and academia. 

Learn more about this program

Master of Engineering in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design 

This new-of-a-kind program allows students to earn a Master of Engineering degree while working on their startup. Interest in technology-based entrepreneurship is on the rise across North America and globally. Entrepreneurship, whether it be social, traditional or even when referring to innovation within existing organizations, is vital for the economy and critical to solving both economic and social challenges facing current and future generations. More specifically, the program focuses on engineering design as the foundation for entrepreneurship and, more specifically, on how to design new products or technologies that can be commercialized and that can have a community impact.  

Key points of this program: 

  • Work on your startup by acquiring techniques to validate your ideas, modify your design and conceptualize your projects; 
  • Acquire startup work experience through an internship and contribute to a real business; 
  • Increase your employability by developing a wealth of transferable skills that will be useful no matter your chosen career trajectory; 
  • Learn how to commercialize research, to evaluate new technology as a basis for creating a startup company and to design solutions for complex, open-ended engineering problems.

Learn more about this program

Professional Development graduate courses 

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Our new Professional Development courses are now offered at the faculty for graduate students enrolled in course-based programs. These courses aim to better prepare students for their career in industry and give them the communication, networking, teamwork and project management skills they need to succeed.  

Key points of these courses: 

  • Earn credits towards your Master’s degree while developing valuable skills and obtaining practical experience;  
  • Earn three credits by attending practical workshops in which you will work in peer groups to complete hands-on and online learning modules covering a variety of topics (ELG 5301 or GNG 5301); 
  • Earn six credits while acquiring valuable industry experience by completing an internship (GNG5902).

Learn more about these courses

Interested in graduate studies? 

To see all graduate programs options, visit our graduate programs page.

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