Graduate Studies

The PhD Program

PhD students will innovate the content and technology of their subject matter for entertainment, education and communication.

The PhD program focuses on advanced interdisciplinary research in Information Technology and related applications and topics. The program allows you to learn new concepts and develop new skills, or improve your existing ones relating to information technology. It also allows you to work on novel ideas. Together these should make you more competitive for industry careers and academic careers. Hopefully, you will also make new connections as many research projects have industry or academic partners.

Program Requirements

  • ITEC5001 [0.0 credit] Information Technology Seminar 1
  • ITEC6907 [0.0 credit] Doctoral Comprehensive Exam
  • ITEC6908 [0.0 credit] Doctoral Proposal
  • ITEC6909 [8.5 credits] Doctoral Thesis in Information Technology
  • 1.5 credit in Electives selected in consultation with the supervisor

1ITEC 5001 is a series of seminars. All MIT and PhD students are required to attend and successfully present at least once. On occasion, the seminar series will also feature speakers from Carleton as well as from the IT community at large, both academic and industrial, exposing students to cutting edge research. At the same time, the series also has an important community-building function by bringing together faculty, students and industry professionals, providing an informal setting of mutual interaction.


Research in the Carleton School of Information Technology has direct application to industry and has led to many achievements:

  • Media productions such as movies and commercials
  • Natural human-computer interaction methods
  • New educational technologies
  • Guidance and direction to the gaming industry
  • Exhibitions for national museums
  • Apple iPhone networking subsystems
  • Network security and privacy
  • Cellular mobile networks
  • Cloud computing
  • Internet of things
  • Big data networking systems
  • Network systems for applications such as smart grid and connected vehicles

Here are some examples of the types of PhD theses completed in the Carleton School of Information Technology:

Your Career

The PhD graduates will be ideal for private sector companies with strong R&D departments, government agencies in need of advanced IT solutions and strategies, and also universities that offer digital media, information technology, computer science, design, or networking-related programs.


Admission to the PhD program requires a research/thesis supervisor. It is strongly advised that you look up the list of research areas covered by the School's faculty members, contact individual faculty members you may be interested in working with, and get the approval of your potential thesis supervisor prior to applying.

For more details on applying to this program, please visit our admissions section.