Carleton University

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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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
Is Carleton a top university?

One of Canada's top public universities, Carleton University is placed between 601 and 650, in the year 2023 QS World University Rankings. Carleton University, one of the top comprehensive universities in Canada, is a vibrant, research-heavy institution dedicated to providing its students with the best possible education.
Is Carleton University good?

According to student reviews on Studyportals, the best place to learn how students rate their study and living experiences at universities from around the world, Carleton University is ranked 401 with an overall score of 4.3 stars in the Academic Ranking of World Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
What is Carleton University famous for?

International acclaim for the more than 875 academic staff members' scholarly work and innovative research throughout more than 50 fields of study. Carleton's capabilities in journalism, public affairs, foreign affairs, architecture, and high technology are the foundation of its renown.
Is Carleton University hard to get into?

19% of applicants are accepted at Carleton College. Only 19 out of every 100 applications are accepted. This demonstrates how picky the school is. To get beyond their initial filters and demonstrate your academic readiness, it's crucial to meet their GPA standards and SAT/ACT requirements.
Is Carleton University good for international students?

Many international students find happiness and satisfaction at Carleton. Its demanding environment, which also offers lots of assistance, helps students get ready for a dynamic world. It provides a wide education in the humanities, natural and social sciences, mathematics, and the arts.
Does Carleton require IELTS?

English is the medium of instruction at Carleton. You must show that your English proficiency and knowledge are sufficient for graduate study in an English-speaking institution in order to be admitted to Carleton's graduate programmes. IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band) is needed at Carleton.
Is Carleton Ivy League?

Yes, Davidson College, Pomona College, Carleton College, and Oberlin College are just a few of the many small colleges that make up The Hidden Ivies. Other notable institutions include Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, and the University of Southern California.