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Study engineering at the Carleton University

What makes Carleton a top choice for engineering and design courses in Canada? Read up


Popular for being consistently ranked in the top ten Canadian comprehensive universities, Carleton University is also famous for offering innovative, relevant, and exhaustive set of programs in social sciences, arts, business, engineering, science, and public affairs. Being in the nation's capital-seat of the federal government i.e., Ontario (precisely in Ottawa), it offers an impressive gamut of high employment prospects in the form of co-op and internship opportunities. Being home to various large-scale high-tech industries, it enjoys a record of 91.2% for graduate employment (engineering). 

The university is ranked in top 201-250 in THE global university 2020 rankings list (Engineering Technology category)* and is among the top 10 in Canada for its engineering programs as per Maclean Rankings 2019 Canada*.

Popular engineering programs 

The university’s comprehensive range of programs aim to prepare graduates for rewarding careers. The industry-specific engineering programs equip students with the required knowledge and skills enabling them to cope up with the fast-paced and technology-driven industries:

  • Undergraduate programs: Their undergraduate portfolio comprises of Aerospace EngineeringBiomedical & Electrical Engineering, Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering, Communication Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer System Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering and Environmental Engineering

  • Masters programs: Their most popular engineering courses at masters level include Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering 

Eligibility criteria 

Some of the Carleton’s engineering programs require specified prerequisites and/or supplementary admission portfolios. Higher averages might be required for admission to programs where the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available. 

While we mention the most common eligibility requirements here, we recommend that you check specific requirements pertaining to your desired engineering course at the university. You can always reach out to your IDP counsellor who can help you understand the criteria in detail. 

1. For an undergraduate program

  • Either – CBSE awarded All India Senior School Certificate or CISCE awarded Indian School Certificate

  • You’ll need to submit your mark sheets or exam scores of class X and XII

  • You must have studied the prerequisite subjects for your desired program in class XII

Note: For successful applications of some programs, you may have to submit portfolios or additional documents. 

2. For a post-graduate program

  • A recognised undergraduate degree with GPA of at least 3.0 (70%; First Class Standing/Division; 7 out of 10)

  • The university requires 75%-77%+ overall to pursue Civil and Environmental Engineering and 75%-85%+ overall for Computer Science and other Engineering courses

  • An overall band score of 7 with at least 5.5 in each module of IELTS is necessary to prove your English language proficiency skills

  • Professional work experience (depends on each course)

  • Statement of Intent letter

  • Three letters of reference

Tuition fees

The minimum tuition fees you’ll have to pay to pursue an undergraduate engineering course at the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science lies between $28,183 – $39,798 (annually) and for masters course between $15,033 – $22,979 (annually). 

Explore co-op option at the Carleton university

Co-operative education, or co-op education, is a program designed to equip a student with relevant work experience. It aims to deliver real-world, program-related work experience while pursuing education. In addition, it can help you decide what kind of job you might want and pay for your education and increases the chances of acquiring a good job (with a higher salary) as a graduate.

Read more about Co-op education in Canada

Engineering students planning to complete their professional designation (P.Eng.) after their graduation may be qualified to count up to one year (12 months) of work experience towards the necessary 48 months to obtain the license. To be eligible for consideration, students are required to complete a Pre-graduation Experience Record Guide for each work placement they complete. This form is required to be completed in addition to the other forms associated with the co-op program. 

Career prospects for an engineering graduate

As per the QS World University Rankings, Carleton University was counted among the 10 best Canadian universities for graduate employability in 2019*. In fact, the university’s graduate employment record for engineering graduates stands at 91.2%.

Top employers for Carleton graduates


Ernst & Young



Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting

Charles River Associates

Chicago Clearing Corporation

Imagination Stage

Carleton is also recognised in the overall global ranking with its highest scores in the alumni outcome’s indicator, placed at 163rd globally out of more than 20,000 universities worldwide, 500 of which were ranked*. The indicators that were used to develop the employability ranking include employer reputation, alumni outcomes, partnerships with employers (which assesses partnerships linked to both employment and research), employer-student connections and graduate employment rate. 


Updated on November 24, 2020

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Shilpi Singh

Shilpi Singh is a skilled professional with over 13 years of experience and extensive knowledge of Canadian institutions and Education in Canada. Under her role of Client Relations Manager (Canada) at IDP, she is the central point of contact for client institutions and IDP Canada staff. In her role, she ensures that all IDP staff and students are updated with latest institution policies, requirements or any process related to education in Canada. 


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