Computer Science, Master | Carleton University | Ottawa, Canada
24 months
22281 CAD/year
8455 CAD/year
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The Computer Science MCS degree is a joint program offered by the School of Computer Science (SCS) at Carleton University and the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Ottawa under the auspices of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Computer Science(OCICS). 


We offer graduate students an opportunity to augment  their knowledge and expertise by combining course work and through research in a wide range of areas, e.g., algorithms, computer security, distributed and parallel computing, computer gaming, computer graphics, bioinformatics, robotics and GIS. Learn more about Ottawa-Carleton Joint Institutes.

Graduate students in the Computer Science MCS program at Carleton University can select from over 50 courses that are offered by the OCICS either at the School of Computer Science or at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Typically graduate students will engage in a one year in-depth research, in which the student specializes in their area of interest.  Students enrolled in our co-op program can apply to work at a local high tech company for work up to eight months.

Career Opportunities

A large number of high technology companies (e.g. Apple, Cisco, IBM, Mitel, Nokia, Shopify) and a large number of Government of Canada departments are located in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. The technology cluster provides students with an opportunity to conduct joint research with the private and public sector. Graduating students have a large range of employment opportunities from research to development in areas such as designing new software security products, creation of computer games, designing animation software, and data mining and business intelligence.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Programming Languages
  • Swarm Intelligence
  • Principles of Distributed Computing
  • Learning Systems for Random Environments
  • Computational Geometry
  • Topics in Artificial Intelligence

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • An honours bachelor’s degree in computer science or the equivalent (an honours degree in a program that includes at least 12 computer science half-credits, two of which must be at the 4000-level, and seven half-credits in mathematics and theoretical computer science.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22281 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22281 CAD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    8455 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8455 CAD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Ottawa

1168 - 1925 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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