Data science is the next frontier of information technology but few universities offer programming in this area. Carleton’s new collaborative master’s in Data Science is geared at graduate students and high-tech professionals who are interested in understanding how to analyze and use ‘big data’ sets collected by governments, industry, NGOs etc. for purposes such as generating personal recommendations for online shopping, improving the efficiency of health care delivery or predicting national security threats.

Students will earn their degree in one of the academic disciplines listed below with a specialization in data science (or an MBA concentration in Business Analytics) through research or coursework that addresses a data science challenge.

Working with its partners, Carleton University will become a national hub for data science research and training, educating a highly skilled workforce for local, national and international communities, and creating the next generation of IT leaders. Carleton’s location in Ottawa and long relationship with the city’s technology sector is positioned well to create a highly educated workforce of data science specialists.

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Application Information

Applicants wishing to apply to the collaborative master’s program in Data Science must indicate this in their application(s) to the participating program(s) and indicate the reasons why you are interested in this collaboration.

Note: applicants applying to the MBA program must indicate their interest in this collaboration by selecting Business Analytics on the MBA Complement Form.

Participating Programs

* These programs are part of the joint institutes with the University of Ottawa


At Carleton, more than 130 researchers are working on projects involving ‘big data’. Examples include:

  • DNA and molecular modelling data
  • Data from the Confederation Bridge
  • Cloud computing
  • Information retrieval and web information access
  • Natural language processing
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Database and information integration
  • Business analytics in marketing, finance, human resources and operations
  • Sensor data analytics
  • Patient monitoring

Carleton’s location in Ottawa and long relationship with the city’s tech sector is positioned well to create a highly educated workforce of data science specialists.

Contact Information


Program Information

    Length: 2 years; 16 months for the MBA

    Entry Terms:

    Fall Application Deadline: 

    Varies by program

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    Experiential Learning: Thesis research and internships (selected home programs)

    Pathway Options: Coursework, , Thesis

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