Carleton university1
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Brief Background

The University of Carleton is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1942, however, it was deemed as a university in 1952 and re-established to the current location in 1959. It prides itself on being Canada’s Capital University and excels in providing knowledge in a large number of disciplines such as humanities, international business, aerospace engineering, computer science, international affairs, journalism, political science, political management, public policy and administration, and legal studies. It is also known for producing graduates who are equipped with all-around development along with a firm grasp of their respective fields. Till date, Carleton has produced 29 Royal Society Fellows, 20 recipients of the Order of Canada, 8 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship awardees, and 3 National Killam Award recipients. Carleton accommodates six faculties within it namely, Faculty of Arts & Social Science, Faculty of Engineering & Design, Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Affairs, Faculty of Public Affairs, Faculty of Science and Sprott School of Business.


The university has a total of 37 buildings including some prominent research facilities such as The H. H. J. Nesbitt Biology Building which is a climate-controlled greenhouse providing students with an assortment of plants for study and research. The Herzberg Laboratories, a beneficial facility for physics and computer science students, and the Minto Case facility, which provides engineering students with state-of-the-art technology such as a flight-simulating wind tunnel, are some of the other facilities provided by the university. The university’s library, i.e., The MacOdrum Library has the largest database of books, microfilms, tapes, CDs, government documents, maps, periodicals and archival materials which can be conveniently accessed through its computerized catalogue system. Additionally, the library is divided according to the student’s needs, in the sense that, the 5th floor is reserved for quiet single-person carrels while the 3rd and 4th floors are popular venues for group studies and discussions. The university also has a National Wildlife Research Centre which connects the university scientists with the government for creating sustainable conservation opportunities for wildlife. 

Residing Options

The University of Carleton has an array of on-campus residing options for students, namely, Dundas House, Glengarry House, Grenville House, Lanark House, Lennox and Addington House, Renfrew House, Russell House, Stormont House, Frontenac House, Leeds House and Prescott House, which are all situated in the northwest section of the campus. The Frontenac House is for the second-year students, while Leeds House is reserved for upper-year and graduate students. However, most on-campus accommodations are utilised largely by first years. The fees charged by the university for students living in single rooms inclusive of meal plan ranges from $8,304 – $13,354 (On campus) and $8000-$10,000 (Off campus), which is from the month of September to April only.

Financial Aid  

The University of Carleton offers an entrance scholarship starting at $4,000 over four years, with $1,000 disbursed annually for high school students with an average above 80%. The amount of students receive increases incrementally with their admission average. Aside from this, the university also provides twenty-four Prestige Scholarships. In order to qualify for this, students must have an average above 90% and submit a supplementary application. Gordon Robertson National Inuit Scholarship is reserved for First Nations, Métis & Inuit students. 

Jobs and Placements  

The university provides the students with an elaborate career service plan which helps students with job options related to their chosen field of study and job search. The university also hosts career and networking events. Under career events, the university organizes career fairs and employer events, networking nights, workshops and on-campus pop-ups. It also provides on-campus job offers to students in certain departments such as Athletics, Carleton University Bookstore, Centre for Student Academic Support, Housing & Residence Life Services, to name a few. The employment rate in the engineering department for the university has been 91.8% for two years and 79.6% for six months. The top recruiters employing graduates from the university include - Ciena Corp, IBI Group, Inc., Shopify, Ericsson Inc., Giant Tiger Stores Limited.


The university is situated west of Old Ottawa South, within a close distance to  The Glebe and Confederation Heights, and is bounded to the north by the Rideau Canal and Dow's Lake and to the south by the Rideau River. The university in partnership with sustainable transportation programs encourages students living within 30 minutes to opt for walking. Well-maintained and designated “Safe Path” provides easy and safe access to the campus. Cycling is also encouraged by providing a number of open bicycle racks throughout the campus. The university also provides a secure bicycle storage compound at the Athletics complex. There is no fee charged to use any of the open racks for bicycle storage on campus, and it only costs $10 per annum to register for/use the secure bicycle facility at Athletics. Those who wish to take trains can take O-Train Trillium Line at Carleton Station and major routes 4 and 7 to reach the campus. The university also has designated taxi stand locations at Residence Commons and the Unicentre (Lot 2) for both students and faculty. Certain clinics and hospitals suggested by the university itself are Bank Medical Centre, Care Medics, Medical Care Clinic, Orleans Urgent Care Centre, Advanced Access Medical Clinic, Ottawa Hospital-General Campus – Emergency Room, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario – Emergency Room and Ottawa Hospital-Civic Campus – Emergency Room. The nearest airport to the university is Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport. 

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Carleton constantly strives towards keeping themselves updated with the changing needs of the field by introducing new and cross-disciplinary programs in the said field. It offers undergraduate degrees in Civil Engineering, Architectural Conservation and Sustainability and Environmental Engineering. For the graduate program, the department offers M.A.Sc. Civil Engineering (thesis-based), M.Eng. Civil Engineering (project-based), M.Eng. Civil Engineering (course-based ), PhD in Civil Engineering, M.A.Sc. Environmental Engineering (thesis-based), M.Eng. Environmental Engineering (project-based), M.Eng. Environmental Engineering (course-based) and PhD in Environmental Engineering. The department also offers a joint program of Masters in Infrastructure Protection and International Security (MIPIS) with the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. The graduates in the master's program in environmental engineering are also expected to choose a minimum of one graduate-level course from the following areas of study: Air Pollution, Water Resources Management, Groundwater Management and Contaminant Transport, Management of Solid, Hazardous, and Radioactive Waste, and Pollution Prevention, Water and Wastewater Treatment and Environmental Impact Assessment. The department has four labs, namely, structures lab,  Advanced Geotechnical Research Laboratory, The Environmental Engineering laboratory and High-Performance Computing Laboratory. The faculty consists of 35 members which include distinguished research professors and Chair in Water and Global Health. Most of them are also the recipients of Partners in Research Engineering Ambassador Award, A.B. Sanderson Award, Novak Prestigious Award and Stermac Award along with numeral fellowships and publications in eminent journals. The department also houses a Green Roof Teaching and Learning Centre along with various centres in collaboration with another department such as Centre for Geosynthetics Research Information and Development, Centre for Geosynthetics Research Information and Development, Transportation Research Centre, Bridge Research Institute and Centre for Advanced Asphalt Research and Technology.


The Department of Electronics Engineering in collaboration with System and Computer Engineering provides students with collective areas of research and study. The department is known for its research-centric approach and its internationally recognized batch of faculty. It offers B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering, Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, Communications Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering and Software Engineering. The last four programs are offered through the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering. Coming to graduate programmes, M.A.Sc. in Electronics Engineering requires the student to complete the course plus a thesis. The Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program requires the student to complete nine graduate courses along with a report on an engineering project. The department consists of 6 labs, namely, Computer-Aided Engineering Research Laboratory, The NeuroModeler Laboratory, CMC Integrated Circuit Design Laboratory, Broadband IC Measurement Laboratory, Microwave and Electromagnetics Laboratory and Carleton Laboratory for Laser-Induced Photonic Structures(CLLIPS). The department’s primary areas of research are as follows: VLSI Design, Computer-Aided Design, Solid State Devices and Integrated Circuit Technology, Microwaves and Electromagnetics, Photonics, Power and Energy Systems and Mechatronics and Embedded Systems. 

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The Department aims at presenting the students with learning that caters to their areas of interest within the department. It touches upon key knowledge domains such as mechanical, aerospace, sustainable energy, and biomedical engineering which is brought about through an interdisciplinary approach. It offers degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable and Renewable Energy under the undergraduate degree. The graduate program covers M.A.Sc. (thesis-based)  in Aerospace, Biomedical, Materials, Mechanical Engineering, and Sustainable Energy and M.Eng. (non-thesis) in Aerospace, Materials, Mechanical Engineering, and Sustainable Energy. Within these courses, students can choose either course-option or project-option. The department also provides a program in PhD in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering whose requirement is 10.0 credits. The M.A.Sc. (thesis-based) in Mechanical Engineering has a duration of 1-2 years, wherein students have to choose a certain field of specialization from the given pool. The department has an Energy and Emissions Research Lab & The NSERC FlareNet Network. The faculty board boasts of achievements such as conference publications and journal articles and awards such as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and RC Lifetime Achievement. Some of the faculty have undertaken projects in which interested students can also participate and get more insights into the department’s research areas such as Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, Uninhabited Aircraft Systems Graduate Opportunities, PhD. Position in Multiscale Design of Nanoparticle Formation among many more.

Systems and Computer Engineering

The Department of Systems and Computer Engineering at the University of Carleton is a renowned site for major areas of research such as Computer Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering, Communications Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering. Along with the Electronics department, it creates numerous opportunities for students through its graduate and undergraduate programs which are aided by laboratories and facilities to motivate a hands-on approach to learning. It offers B.Eng. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, Communications Engineering, Computer Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics and Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering, in which the last three are provided in collaboration with the electronics department for the undergraduate program. The graduate program consists of M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering both of which require 5.0 credits. The M.. in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as Biomedical Engineering can be completed in a duration of 1-2 years and 2 years respectively. The department also provides PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. The department consists of a large range of laboratories, 17 to be exact, namely, The TeleLearning Research Laboratory, Optical Networks Laboratory, Broadband Networks Laboratory, Texas Instruments Embedded Processing Lab, The Audio Signal Processing Lab, March Networks, Mitel Networks and Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) VoIP Lab, The Integrated Systems Inc (ISI) Laboratory, Nortel Advanced Software Engineering Research and Teaching, The Network Management and Artificial Intelligence Lab, Mobile Computing Laboratory, Biomedical Engineering Laboratory and Robotics Laboratory. The department’s faculty members are also the recipients of prizes and awards such as Governor General’s Medal, University Medal, Distinguished Service Award, to name a few. The department also has a close collaboration with significant Industrial names such as Alcatel, Cisco, Ericsson, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Mitel, RIM, and Telus. Its primary areas of research include Analysis Techniques,  Biomedical Engineering, Communication Systems, Computer Systems, Interactive Multimedia Systems and Management of Engineering Processes. 

Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism

The school attempts to bring design and research at one place and presents students with the opportunity to approach architecture and urbanism with a creative edge. In its undergraduate program, students can pursue a Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) with three major options in 1) Design, 2) Urbanism, and 3) Conservation & Sustainability. Within its graduate program, it offers Master of Architecture wherein students can choose from three options: 4-year BAS-Design degree plus the 2-year M.Arch curricular sequence, 4-year BAS-Urbanism or BAS-Conservation & Sustainability degree plus the 3-year M.Arch curricular sequence or an A 4-year honours undergraduate degree other than the BAS plus the 3-year M.Arch curricular sequence. It takes into consideration students from different disciplines by dividing their curriculum into two sections - 2-year M.Arch stream for those holding a four-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent in architecture and 3-year M.Arch stream for those who hold an undergraduate degree from diverse backgrounds wanting to pursue an architecture degree. The school facilitates three labs, namely, Carleton Immersive Media Studio (CIMS), The CSALT laboratory and Carleton Urban Research Lab. It has 23 full-time faculty who have initiated various architecture projects, partnered with popular industries, authored renowned books on architectures such as ‘The School of Exile’, ‘Time Matter(s): Invention and Re-Imagination in Built Conservation’ and ‘What’s Wrong with This Picture’ and have been published in Canadian and international journals of architecture.

Industrial Design

The School individually focuses on all the components within the larger purview of industrial design such as study in appearance, materials and ergonomics of the daily objects that people come in contact with. It provides undergraduate degree programs such as Industrial Design B.I.D. and Minor in Design. The department offers Master of Design (5.0 credits). The department has three labs at its disposal, Laboratory #1 which houses 3-D printers, Laser Cutter, Haas CNC, Welding Station, Metal Lathe, Milling Machine, Sheet Metal forming equipment, hand tools, Laboratory #2 which is equipped with with traditional woodworking equipment, plus Machine lathe, Milling machine, AXYZ Router table, Roland CNC, Sand Blaster and Soft Lab with appliances mainly limited to clothing such as sewing machine, mannequins, etc. The faculty board has received awards such as Canadian Architect Award of Excellence and Network of Africa Designers award and grants such as the Michael Kalil Foundation Grant and has publications to its name in peer-reviewed journals and papers. The graduates of the school were the recipients of the three Awards of Excellence in the ACIDO Rocket Awards. 

Information Technology

The school attempts to provide students with an insight into the field of information technology as well as the IT issues of the society through a combination of theoretical approach and pragmatic skills. It covers Information Resource Management (IRM), Interactive Multimedia and Design (IMD), Network Technology (NET) and Optical Systems & Sensors (OSS) [Formerly PLT] under its Bachelor of Information Technology degree. The masters program includes Digital Media (thesis-based), Digital Media, specialization in Data Science (thesis-based), Networking Technology (thesis or course-based), Human-Computer Interaction† (thesis-based) and PhD in Information Technology. Digital Media (thesis-based) and Digital Media, specialization in Data Science (thesis-based). Human-Computer Interaction (thesis-based) is a multidisciplinary program wherein the faculty belonging to different disciplines such as Architecture and Industrial Design to Computer Science etc. teach IT issues and challenges pertaining to their field. The department’s faculty members  are recipients of awards such as Ontario Early Researcher Award, the Carleton University Research Achievement Award and the Partner in Research Technology Achievement Award along with numerous published conference and journal articles in reputable organizations. Some of the varied research areas covered by the department are as follows: Data Modelling, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, Connected/Autonomous Vehicles, Nonlinear Optics, Optical Components, Optical Sensing and Medical Imaging and Applications to name a few.

Pure Sciences 

The university provides a number of undergraduate, graduate, and PhD courses in the following pure science disciplines. 

  1. Department of Biology
  2. Department of Chemistry
  3. Department of Earth Sciences
  4. Department of Health Sciences
  5. Department of Neuroscience
  6. Department of Physics
  7. Institute of Biochemistry
  8. Institute of Environmental Science
  9. Interdisciplinary Science and Practice
  10. School of Computer Science
  11. School of Mathematics and Statistics
  12. Technology, Society, Environment Studies
Annual fees for Indians $16,000
Annual off-campus living $5,400
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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