Welcome to Carleton University, Canada’s Capital University!

Carleton University provides high-quality education to more than 24,000 full- and part-time students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We draw students from more than 140 countries to our diverse and inclusive campus, and have over 153,000 alumni living in over 160 countries around the world.

Our 22 undergraduate degree programs—with over 100 majors, concentrations and specializations—provide the skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems.

Carleton's 875+ academic staff are recognized internationally for their scholarship and cutting-edge research in more than 50 disciplines. Carleton students benefit from the interdisciplinary, active, hands-on approach to teaching and research practiced by faculty members and from the numerous partnerships the university has with the federal government, other universities, and private sector partners.

Our campus and city provide a beautiful and welcoming environment in which to live and study. The campus is situated just south of Ottawa’s city centre, and is bordered by the Rideau River, the historic Rideau Canal, and pleasant residential neighbourhoods. Our location in the nation’s capital gives you access to incredible off-campus resources such as government facilities, museums and archives, foreign embassies, medical and life sciences research labs, and a thriving high-tech industry.

Come and be a part of this extraordinary university!

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What defines Carleton?

  • We strive for innovation in research, teaching and learning.
  • Our location in Ottawa, the nation’s capital, connects us to the world.
  • We encourage hands-on experience in the classroom.
  • We offer exceptional student support.

What defines our graduates?

  • They have an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • They are prepared for careers in our rapidly changing job market.
  • They are driven by a desire to change the world.
  • They are 153,000 strong.

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Ottawa, Canada’s national capital

Carleton’s proximity to government institutions, libraries, media and a thriving knowledge economy make Carleton a great place to learn and live.

Students, staff, faculty and visitors to Carleton University can take advantage of what Ottawa has to offer all year round: the arts, the outdoors, professional sports, and an exciting, vibrant night life and a strong sense of community.

Carleton University is close to Canada’s majestic Parliament Buildings, the bustling Byward Market, and the beautiful Gatineau Park.

Good to know:

  • The majority of Carleton’s undergraduate programs include work-study opportunities. Carleton co-op students have worked with many employers including: Blackberry, Bombardier Aerospace, Canada Revenue Agency, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ericsson, Hydro Ottawa, IBM Canada, National Research Council, Nokia, Ross Video, Scotiabank and more.
  • After graduating from a degree program, international students can apply for a work permit to remain in Canada for up to three years to gain work experience.
  • Carleton is home to an extensive network of more than 200 active clubs and societies - a great way to meet new people, gain valuable skills, and pursue your interests outside of the classroom.

Programmes taught in:
  • English (US)

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At Carleton, you can structure your BA according to what you want to achieve. You can pursue an intensive four-year Honors degree or a three-year General program. You can ... [+]

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At Carleton, you can structure your BA according to what you want to achieve. You can pursue an intensive four-year Honors degree or a three-year General program. You can choose a minor subject to complement your major subject and you can, in certain cases, pursue a concentration or a specialization—a set of courses directed towards a designated area of expertise. If you are interested in two fields of study, you may be able to pursue them in a combined program. In our BA programs, you are given plenty of opportunities to hone your research, writing and presentation skills—skills that are all highly valued by future employers. Many programs also offer work-study options including co-op and field placements.... [-]

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Carleton’s Bachelor of Architectural Studies focuses on knowledge, experience, creativity and imagination. Our program encourages you to explore ideas through making, eva ... [+]

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Carleton’s Bachelor of Architectural Studies focuses on knowledge, experience, creativity and imagination. Our program encourages you to explore ideas through making, evaluate ideas within the context of the human experience, and exercise creativity through writing, model making, drawing, digital media and presentations.

Carleton’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism awards the pre-professional Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BAS) degree upon successful completion of our four-year program of study. If you intend to practice architecture, you can then apply to continue into a professional Master of Architecture program at Carleton, or equivalent professional training at another university. The BAS program is also an excellent degree for a range of careers or further studies in design, urbanism, or conservation and sustainability.... [-]

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Cognitive science involves the study of cognition, perception, and emotion from a wide range of perspectives. Despite the many different methodologies they use, cognitive ... [+]

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Cognitive science involves the study of cognition, perception, and emotion from a wide range of perspectives. Despite the many different methodologies they use, cognitive scientists are united in their interest in the mind—and the brain.

Researchers in our program (students and faculty members) study the mind by combining the methods and theories of five disciplines: psychology, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience and computer science. This interdisciplinary approach allows unique insights into human understanding, thought, perception, language and emotion.

The Bachelor of Cognitive Science is offered as an Honors program with either a thesis or coursework option and as a three-year degree.... [-]

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The Sprott School of Business offers a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) program that provides a complete business education. The program is very flexible with eight concentr ... [+]

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The Sprott School of Business offers a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) program that provides a complete business education. The program is very flexible with eight concentrations, as well as options to add co-op, study abroad and/or a minor in another subject.

The first two years of the BCom program consist of foundation courses in all business areas. You will also develop critical skills in various forms of business communications, including presentations, cover letters and resumés.

The Sprott School of Business also offers a separate Bachelor of International Business degree program.

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We live in a media society, but what exactly does this mean? How does a world saturated by media images, technologies and texts influence how we live and work? How is the ... [+]

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We live in a media society, but what exactly does this mean? How does a world saturated by media images, technologies and texts influence how we live and work? How is the ever-changing mediascape affecting our understanding of society and our ability to shape its future? These are some of the fundamental questions that a degree in Communication and Media Studies (BCoMS) will help you to answer.

The Carleton advantage

As a Carleton student, you will choose from courses that cover the past, present and future of media; the uses and abuses of technology; the economics, politics and regulation of communication; the media in local and global contexts; the interface between culture, communication and identities; and the analysis of texts, images and rhetoric.... [-]

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Computer Science is an ever-changing discipline that studies the theory, design and implementation of computer applications and systems. You will learn to use computing a ... [+]

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Computers and computer systems play a central role in business, communication, science, entertainment and medicine. As the range of computer applications continues to expand, so does the demand for computer scientists. Computer Science is an ever-changing discipline that studies the theory, design and implementation of computer applications and systems. You will learn to use computing and information technology to help solve the problems that we face in business, science and society today and those that we will face tomorrow.

The Honors Computer Science program at Carleton is organized into diverse streams so that you can develop particular expertise.

For those students who might be interested in postgraduate studies in Computer Science, please note that an Honors degree is usually required for admission. We also offer a Combined Honors program with Mathematics. Students in other programs can opt to take a minor in Computer Science.... [-]

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Economics may be a specialized area of knowledge, but it is relevant to almost every aspect of our lives. At its core, it is the study of reasoned choice in the context o ... [+]

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Economics may be a specialized area of knowledge, but it is relevant to almost every aspect of our lives. At its core, it is the study of reasoned choice in the context of scarce resources and competing interests. The need to make such choices pervades the day-to-day lives of all of us—as individuals and in society as a whole.

The Carleton advantage

Exceptional teaching and research

At Carleton, you will be taught by experienced faculty who have a keen understanding of the discipline and are recognized for their excellence in teaching and research. In addition, you will benefit from courses offered by seasoned senior economists with extensive working experience in the federal government, local firms, and non-governmental organizations.... [-]

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Our renowned Bachelor of Engineering degree offers an exceptionally comprehensive range of programs, for example, Bachelor of Engineering in Aerospace Engineering, Bachel ... [+]

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Our renowned Bachelor of Engineering degree offers an exceptionally comprehensive range of programs. At Carleton, we prepare you for a successful career as an engineer by combining rigorous programs and a highly supportive learning environment with practical hands-on experience.

Carleton’s Bachelor of Engineering is renowned within Canada and beyond. You will graduate with the knowledge to undertake a very broad range of engineering activities, including the design of aircraft, software, telecommunications systems, medical devices or environmental solutions to pollution. Along the way, you will be exposed to exciting advances in areas such as sensor technologies, robotics, and global communications networks. The general curriculum begins with a foundation in mathematics, physical sciences and engineering principles. You will then proceed in the program to which you were admitted. Each program provides opportunities to specialize your studies according to your interests and ambitions. All programs offer an optional minor in Business, among others. Opportunities for graduates of these programs exist in sectors such as industry, education and government, and in such diverse areas as research, product development, design, management and consulting.... [-]

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Carleton’s Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) program takes advantage of Carleton’s strengths and location to provide undergraduate education in global ... [+]

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Carleton’s Bachelor of Global and International Studies (BGInS) program takes advantage of Carleton’s strengths and location to provide undergraduate education in global and international issues that can give you an advantage in today’s job market. The program has four interconnected components. The core course sequence provides all students with a common multidisciplinary foundation in global and international studies. The 18 specializations cover specific international and global themes or geographical areas, giving you the opportunity to focus your studies according to your interests.

A second-language requirement and an international experience requirement are included so that you can graduate not only with new knowledge and skills but also an expanded worldview.... [-]

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In the Bachelor of Humanities, students read the world’s most influential books and explore the world’s most exciting ideas in art, philosophy, history, literature, class ... [+]

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In the Bachelor of Humanities, students read the world’s most influential books and explore the world’s most exciting ideas in art, philosophy, history, literature, classics, music, religion and science.

In this interdisciplinary Liberal Arts program, students study the world’s greatest ideas, books, and artworks produced by thinkers from the span of recorded world history— from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America. The emphasis of the program is on ideas, explored through small discussion groups and writing assignments. The typical Humanities student loves to read and is excited about sharing ideas with students and professors.

The Bachelor of Humanities can take you anywhere you want to go. Humanities students graduate with outstanding research, writing, and communication skills, and they normally rise very quickly in their chosen professions. Humanities students can ask to be paired with a professional mentor and can gain insight into the workplace before they graduate. Graduates may go on to rewarding careers in law, journalism, teaching, medicine, business, policy analysis, foreign service, international relations, public service, writing and research.... [-]

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Industrial designers are responsible for the concept, the design and the details that are worked out before the manufacturing process of any product can begin. They work ... [+]

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Industrial designers are responsible for the concept, the design and the details that are worked out before the manufacturing process of any product can begin. They work behind the scenes to determine the features, appearance, materials and ergonomics of the many products—from toasters to cell phones—that we use every day.

The Carleton advantage

At Carleton University, our unique and internationally respected Bachelor of Industrial Design (BID) program blends studies in design with applied sciences (such as math and physics) and the social sciences (like psychology and business). We focus on the process—from concept and design—through to the manufacturing and the everyday use of the product. There is also an emphasis on the context and social purpose of design.... [-]

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The world of information technology is always evolving. What is now commonplace was once a breakthrough. The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) offers four distinct ... [+]

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The world of information technology is always evolving. What is now commonplace was once a breakthrough. As a student in one of the Bachelor of Information Technology programs, you will acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to address the IT issues of today and the possibilities of tomorrow.

The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) offers four distinct programs: Information Resource Management (IRM), Interactive Multimedia and Design (IMD), Network Technology (NET) and Photonics and Laser Technology (PLT). These programs are offered jointly by Carleton’s School of Information Technology and Algonquin College’s schools of Health and Community Studies (for IRM), Media and Design (for IMD), and Advanced Technology (for NET and PLT). You will graduate with a Bachelor of Information Technology degree from Carleton University and one of a Library and Information Technician diploma (for IRM students), an Advanced Diploma of Applied Arts (for IMD students), an Advanced Diploma in Technology (for NET students) or an Advanced Diploma in Photonics and Laser Technology (for PLT students) from Algonquin College.... [-]

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The Sprott School of Business offers a Bachelor of International Business which is recognized as a leading program in international business education. With a focus on in ... [+]

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The Sprott School of Business offers a Bachelor of International Business which is recognized as a leading program in international business education. With a focus on international business, you will develop cross-cultural skills, become proficient in another language and study abroad for a year in a country where that language is spoken.

The Bachelor of International Business delivers a unique business education that is truly international.

The Sprott School of Business also offers a separate Bachelor of Commerce degree program.

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At Carleton, there are three elements to our Journalism program. First, we emphasize professional skills: everything from grammatical fluency to the production of multime ... [+]

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Journalists are the eyes, ears and voices for their communities and the country.

From war zones to capital cities, from courtrooms to boardrooms, and in hospitals, police stations, sports arenas and church basements, journalists rush to places where events occur. They ask questions, report what they see and hear, and offer an analysis of the changes and issues that shape our society.

As key players in the workings of every democracy, journalists should be well educated, thoughtful, analytical, conscious of the responsibility that comes with their job and equipped with a moral compass to guide their decisions.

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Journalism program is offered through the School of Journalism and Communication, one of Carleton’s flagship departments, and the oldest, largest and best-known Journalism School in the country.... [-]

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Mathematics is a driving force behind many of today’s advancements in medicine, economics and business, and science and technology. As a Bachelor of Mathematics student, ... [+]

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Mathematics is a driving force behind many of today’s advancements in medicine, economics and business, and science and technology. As a Bachelor of Mathematics student, you can choose from a broad range of program options according to your interests and career goals. The solid mathematical knowledge and skills you acquire at Carleton will give you a competitive edge in a wide variety of careers and prepare you to contribute to the next generation of innovations.

The Carleton advantage

Our degree programs provide you with focused training. Unlike many universities, we offer first-year math courses exclusively for students interested in pursuing a degree in mathematics or statistics. At Carleton, you will find courses taught by leading researchers who are committed to student success, and our undergraduate labs are installed with state-of-the-art mathematical and statistical software which is also used in the industry. You can also receive one-on-one tutorial assistance with mathematics problems through our Mathematics Tutorial Centre which runs a free drop-in service.... [-]

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Online technologies are evolving quickly, revolutionizing the way we communicate with each other, disseminate information, and tell stories. Carleton’s Bachelor of Media ... [+]

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Online technologies are evolving quickly, revolutionizing the way we communicate with each other, disseminate information, and tell stories. Carleton’s Bachelor of Media Production and Design degree will give you the skills you need to leverage web technologies to produce highly visual, compelling, and immersive user experiences that bring data and stories to life. In this exciting and unique new program with first classes in September 2018, you will learn the theory and practice of taking an entire project to fruition – from idea or concept through to design, production, and distribution – by integrating your non-fiction storytelling, analytical and design abilities with your technical prowess.... [-]

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Whether you are an aspiring performer, a budding critic curious about how music shapes culture, or a talented musician who wants to share the joys of musicianship as a te ... [+]

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Whether you are an aspiring performer, a budding critic curious about how music shapes culture, or a talented musician who wants to share the joys of musicianship as a teacher, Carleton’s Bachelor of Music will prepare you to achieve your goals.

Carleton University’s Bachelor of Music (Honors) program provides a solid grounding in the study and performance of a wide variety of musical instruments and traditions. Subjects of study include the practice, analysis, and history of European classical music from the Middle Ages to the present; Canadian music; computer music; composition; ethnomusicology; jazz; popular music and gender studies. One of the unique things about Carleton’s Bachelor of Music program is that it is possible for students to undertake individual performance instruction with highly qualified instructors in virtually any musical tradition. We also offer a wide range of music ensembles including choir, jazz, jazz-rock fusion, music theatre, African drumming and more. In addition, Carleton is the only university in Canada to offer a performance program in carillon studies.... [-]

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As a student in the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management program (BPAPM), you will examine a wide variety of issues facing society today, as well as instituti ... [+]

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The influence of public policy is pervasive in our society. It affects the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink. It affects the prosperity and the extent of poverty, as well as our access to education and medical care. It shapes the impact and pace of technological change. It determines the duties and powers of our officials at home and overseas. It influences the pace of technological change, the reach and practical meaning of our rights, and the extent of poverty. As a student in the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management program (BPAPM), you will examine a wide variety of issues facing society today, as well as institutional challenges, and develop the necessary skills and knowledge to address them.... [-]

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First-year science students are encouraged to enroll in our unique seminar course, Seminar in Science, designed specifically to introduce you to the latest scientific iss ... [+]

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Experimenting is a key component of learning science at Carleton. In the first year, your classes will typically have a lecture and a lab or tutorial component. Each lab will take three hours per week, so if you choose three of these lab courses, you could have nine hours of hands-on experimentation every week.

Our labs, tutorials, field courses and seminars are conducted in small classes, resulting in plenty of personalized interactions with professors, lab supervisors and fellow students.

First-year science students are encouraged to enroll in our unique seminar course, Seminar in Science, designed specifically to introduce you to the latest scientific issues and to help you develop the kind of communication, analytical thinking and research skills you will need for your science studies and your career.... [-]

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