Graduate Studies

Admissions Requirements

Academic/Applicant Background

Masters in Information Technology: Network Technology

Students entering the NET program will have an technical undergraduate degree in Network Technology, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering, or a closely-related discipline.

Masters in Information Technology: Digital Media

Students entering the DM program will have an undergraduate degree in one of the related three primary disciplines of Technology (e.g. Computer Science/Engineering and Information Technology), Content (e.g. Arts and Humanities), and People (e.g. Psychology, Communication and Business). Intermediate programming skills are expected. We will also consider applicants who have gained intermediate undergraduate level computer programming skills through relevant professional experience. Other applicants will need to take a set of additional courses that fulfills this requirement (stipulated on a case-by-case basis).

Data Science: Students entering the Data Science specialization require the same background as those entering the DM program. Entrance for the specialization in Data Science is restricted to the fall term. More details available at

Ph.D. in Information Technology

Applicants to this program will normally hold a Master’s degree in one of the three related disciplines (Technology, Content, and People) but demonstrate the ability to work in multi-disciplinary groups and have some general technology background.

Applications & Deadlines

Details about how to apply are available at:

All applicants who wish to be considered for funding support should apply by March 1 for fall admission. Only completed applications will be considered and therefore all documents must be received by that day.

Note that the School accepts applications that are submitted after the due date. However, late applications may not be considered for funding. Funding for applications received after March 1st is subject to availability.

Complete applications from international students must be received no later than May 1 to be considered for Fall admission and by September 1 for Winter admission due to the processing backlog.

Required Documents

You need to provide the following documents:

  • Contact information from two references (three for PhD) - academic references preferred.
  • A one-page Statement of Intent (outlining your proposed area of research, background and potential supervisors)
  • Current CV/Resumé
  • A copy of transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended
  • A portfolio of your digital media projects (optional / Digital Media program only)
  • If applicable, a copy of your English-language test results (proof of language proficiency)

Official documents (transcripts, test scores) will be only required if you are accepted into our program

International Applicants

Due to high demand with limited capacity, we must impose the following criteria for international applicants.

Thesis-based applicants: Only international applicants who have the support of a CSIT faculty member, potentially willing to supervise them will be considered for admission. All other minimum application requirements must also be met.

Course-based applicants:

  • Only international applicants who have an undergraduate degree in a related field with a GPA of 90% or higher are eligible for admission. All other minimum application requirements must also be met.

If you have received an Offer of Admission, you will be required to submit a Course-by-Course evaluation (WES ICAP) from World Education Services (WES Canada). You will be notified at that time, if this is the case. Please visit for all the details regarding WES.

Language Requirements

For admission into Carleton’s graduate programs, you will need to demonstrate that your knowledge and use of the English language are strong enough to successfully complete graduate studies at an English-language university. For a listing of our minimum English-language requirements, please visit our website at: No exceptions will be made.