M.A.Sc. Biomedical Engineering

This program is available at both University of Ottawa and Carleton University.


  • Degree offered: Master of Applied Science (MASc)
  • Registration status options: Full-time; Part-time
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Primary program: MASc in Biomedical Engineering
  • Collaborative specialization: Bioinformatics
  • Program option (expected duration of the program): within two years of full-time study

Admission Requirements

  • Have a bachelor’s degree with a specialization or a major (or equivalent) in engineering, science, computer science, or a related discipline, with a minimum admission average of 75% (B+).

Note: International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.

  • Demonstrate a good academic performance in previous studies as shown by official transcripts, research reports, abstracts or any other documents demonstrating research skills.
  • Identify at least one professor who is willing to supervise your research and thesis. We recommend that you contact potential thesis supervisors as soon as possible.

Language Requirements

  • Applicants must be able to understand and fluently speak the language of instruction (English) in the program to which they are applying. Proof of linguistic proficiency may be required.
  • Applicants whose first language is neither French nor English must provide proof of proficiency in the language of instruction.
  • Language tests recognized by the University of Ottawa:
    • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based) or 79-80 (Internet-based); or
    • IELTS: Overall 6.5 – Individual 5.0 (Paper-based or internet-based); or
  • Language tests recognized by Carleton University:
    • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) 70
    • TOEFL: 580 (Paper-based) or 86 overall (Internet-based) with a minimum of 20 in reading & listening and 22 in speaking & writing.
    • IELTS (academic): 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each category
    • Pearson Test of English (PTE- Academic): 60 with a minimum of 60 in each category
  • Please note the following acceptable online testing alternatives:

·         IELTS Indicator test. Check the location availability and testing restrictions on the IELTS website.

·         TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition 

  • Note: Candidates are responsible for any fees associated with the language tests.

ProgrAM Requirements


  • The program is governed by the regulations and procedures for Joint Graduate Programs and the general regulations in effect for graduate studies at each of the two universities.
  • In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have the right to complete their assignments, examinations, research papers, and theses in French or in English. Research activities can be conducted in either English or French or both depending on the language used by the professor and the members of the research group.