Program Description

Electronic Business Technologies focuses on the integration of information technologies with business processes and strategies within a dynamic legal and business environment. At the base of Electronic Business Technologies is the fact that the application of Internet and information technology to business processes leads to remarkable new ways of conceiving and organizing businesses. This in turn leads to a myriad of innovative modes of management, new organisational structures and information architectures as well as new laws and legal and corporate strategies.

Main Areas of Research

  • Electronic Business

Electronic Business focuses on organizational transformations based on information technologies. Research includes:

  • The identification of best practices and trends.
  • The comparative analysis of new business models.
  • The evaluation of performance based on the introduction of new technologies.
  • The efficacy of the new services and methods in attracting and satisfying customers.
  • The simulation of integrated supply chains.
  • Electronic Technologies

Electronic Technologies focuses on information technologies and system architectures, which are used to create and manage on-line commercial transactions. Research includes:

  • Electronic commerce technologies and protocols (in particular wireless and multi-media).
  • The analysis and development of algorithms and theories (in particular security, data mining, web data warehouses, and distributed applications).
  • The definition of standards, architectures and software engineering methodologies for developing electronic commerce systems.
  • The experimental development of innovative applications (virtual environments, e-learning, personalization, electronic negotiations, business reporting, legislative compliance, and health care).
  • Electronic Society

Note: Information on the fields and research interests of the professors is posted on the program website.

Other Programs Offered Within the Same Discipline or in a Related Area

  • Master of Science Electronic Business Technologies (MSc)
  • Master of Electronic Business Technologies (MEBT)

Fees and Funding

  • Program fees:

The estimated amount for university fees associated with this program are available under the section Finance your studies.

International students enrolled in a French-language program of study may be eligible for a differential tuition fee exemption.


  • Programs are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies.
  • 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.

Program Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Engineering

161 Louis-Pasteur, Colonel By Hall, Room B111

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5347


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For the most accurate and up to date information on application deadlines, language tests and other admission requirements, please visit the specific requirements webpage.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Hold a master’s degree with thesis and a minimum average of A- in one of the following:
    • MSc in e-Business Technologies, in Management, in Health Systems, or in Systems Science;
    • MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering;
    • Master of Computer Science;
    • Master of Information Studies;
    • MA in Communication;
    • A master’s in a related, relevant discipline.


  • International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.
  • Exceptionally, applicants holding a master’s degree without thesis may be considered provided their file includes scholarly publications or equivalent evidence of their capacity for advanced research.
  • Pay the $100 ($CDN non-refundable) application fee.
  • Identify at least one professor in the program whose research interests correspond to yours and who is willing to supervise your research and thesis. We recommend that you contact potential thesis supervisors as soon as possible.
  • Meet the following additional coursework requirements set by the Admissions Committee:
    • Students whose master’s degree was in an area other than Electronic Business Technologies may be required to take up to 12 units of additional courses beyond the 9 units normally required for the PhD. The additional coursework would consist of the following:
      • EBC 7100, or an equivalent course.
      • At least one course (3 units) in a field other than the candidate’s chosen field of research, to be chosen from the list of field designated courses in the program.
      • The additional coursework is defined by the Admissions Committee, in consultation with the potential supervisor and the Graduate Studies Committee, and is specified in the student’s letter of admission.

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 through one of the following two requirements or one of the language tests below.

  • Proof of completion within the last five years, of a previous degree program in an English language university.
  • Proof of recent prolonged residence and exercise of a profession in an English speaking country (normally at least four years over the last six years).

Language tests recognized by the University of Ottawa:

  • TOEFL minimum score of 600 (paper version) or 100 (internet version) with a minimum score of 5 on the written and 50 on the spoken; or
  • IELTS minimum score of 7 for 3 of the 4 tests (Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking) and a minimum score of 6 in the fourth test; or
  • CANTEST minimum score of 14 with an individual minimum score of 4.0 and a minimum score of 4.5 on the oral component; or
  • An equivalent language test.

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


  • The admission requirements listed above are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission to the program.
  • Admissions are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies.

Documents Required for Admission

In addition to the documents required for graduate and postdoctoral studies, candidates must submit the following documents:

  • A resume
  • A letter of intent

Letter outlining your professional goals, proposed research area and proposed field (Electronic Business, Electronic Technologies, or Electronic Society).

  • The confirmation of supervision form
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from professors who have known the applicant and are familiar with their work.

You are strongly encouraged to contact your referee(s) prior to submitting your application in order to confirm their email address and their availability to complete your letter of recommendation.

  • Transcripts from all universities attended:
    • You must submit official transcripts from all the universities you have attended.
      This applies to all courses and programs at any university you attended, including regular programs (completed or not), exchanges, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting student, etc.
    • If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.
  • preference form

Note: Documents that are not required for admission will not be consulted, conserved or returned to the student. These documents will be destroyed according to our administrative procedures.

Fast-Track from Master’s to PhD

Students enrolled in the MSc program in E-Business Technologies at the University of Ottawa may be eligible to fast-track directly into the doctoral program without writing a master’s thesis, provided the following conditions are met:

  • Completion of 21 units of core MSc courses with a minimum average of 8.5;
  • Satisfactory progress in the research program;
  • Submission and successful defence of a well-developed research proposal;
  • Written recommendation from the proposed PhD thesis supervisor (and co-supervisor if applicable) and another professor in the program;
  • Written recommendation from the Graduate Program Committee.

Note: Students must request permission to fast-track during the third term of enrollment or earlier and, if approved, must enroll in the PhD in the fourth term. To receive the doctorate, students must successfully complete 30 units of courses (MSc + PhD), the comprehensive examination, the thesis proposal and the thesis.

Information about how to apply to this program is available under the Apply Now section.

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the deadline indicated above.


Students must meet the following requirements:1

Compulsory Courses:
EBC 8101Interdisciplinary Doctoral Seminar in E-Business I3 Units
EBC 8102Interdisciplinary Doctoral Seminar in E-Business II3 Units
3 optional course units in electronic business (EBC) at the graduate level 23 Units
Comprehensive Examination:
EBC 9998Comprehensive Exam 30 Unit
Thesis Proposal:
EBC 9997Thesis proposal 40 Unit
EBC 9999Doctoral Thesis 50 Unit



The requirements outlined above are a minimum. For information about additional courses, please see the Admission Requirements section.


The optional course must be selected from the list of courses in the student's chosen field and must be preapproved by the Thesis Advisory Committee.


The comprehensive examination is a two-part examination (written and oral) that is overseen by the Advisory Committee. Once the written exam has been passed, the student proceeds to the oral. A student who fails either component of the exam is allowed to repeat it the following term. A second failure in either component leads to withdrawal from the program. The comprehensive examination must normally be completed within 4 terms of commencing the program and, at the latest, by the end of of the fifth term. Failure to sit and pass the examination by the deadline counts as a failure. Further details about the comprehensive exam are posted on the program's website.


The thesis proposal, prepared under the direction of the thesis supervisor, must be defended to the satisfaction of the Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC). The proposal must normally be successfully completed by the end of the fifth term. In the event of failure, the proposal can be resubmitted and defended the following session at the latest. A second failure leads to withdrawal from the program. The proposal must be successfully defended before submitting it to the Research Ethics Board (if required) and before undertaking any independent data collection. Further details about the thesis proposal are posted on the program's website. 


Students are responsible for ensuring they have met all of the thesis requirements.

Minimum Requirements

The passing grade in all courses is C+.

Students who fail 6.0 units, the comprehensive exam, the thesis proposal, the thesis or whose progress is deemed unsatisfactory must withdraw from the program.

Research Fields & Facilities

Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, a few steps away from Parliament Hill, the University of Ottawa is among Canada’s top 10 research universities.

uOttawa focuses research strengths and efforts in four Strategic Areas of Development in Research (SADRs):

  • Canada and the World
  • Health
  • e-Society
  • Molecular and Environmental Sciences

With cutting-edge research, our graduate students, researchers and educators strongly influence national and international priorities.

Research at the Faculty of Engineering

Areas of research:

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering

For more information, refer to the list of faculty members and their research fields on Uniweb

IMPORTANT: Candidates and students looking for professors to supervise their thesis or research project can also consult the website of the faculty or department of their program of choice. Uniweb does not list all professors authorized to supervise research projects at the University of Ottawa.

EBC 5100 Introductory Seminar (1.5 units)

Course Component: Lecture

EBC 5175 Mobile Commerce Technologies (3 units)

Wireless and mobile electronic commerce architecture and applications. Electronic banking, digital cash. Wireless exchanges, business models. Fixed and mobile wireless networks. Routing techniques. Content presentation. Security issues and solutions. Satellite networks for electronic commerce. Overview of relevant standards, protocols and technologies. Case studies. Courses EBC 5175, CSI 5175 cannot be combined for units.

Course Component: Lecture

Exclusion: CSI 5175

EBC 5380 Systems and Architectures for Electronic Commerce (3 units)

Content and transactions in e-commerce systems. System architecture with a focus on frameworks, tools and development process. Application frameworks. Information management. Security, standards, and regulatory compliance. Current research issues. Hands-on experience with an integrated set of current e-commerce tools. E-commerce development project. Courses EBC 5380, CSI 5380 cannot be combined for units. This course is equivalent to COMP 5405 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Lecture

Exclusion: CSI 5380

EBC 5389 Electronic Commerce Technologies (3 units)

Introduction to business models and technologies. Search engines. Cryptography. Web services and agents. Secure electronic transactions. Value added e-commerce technologies. Advanced research questions. Courses EBC 5389, CSI 5389 cannot be combined for units. This course is equivalent to COMP 5401 at Carleton University.

Course Component: Lecture

Exclusion: CSI5380

EBC 5500 Séminaire d'introduction (1.5 crédits)

Volet : Cours magistral

EBC 5501 Fondements de gestion pour les affaires électroniques (3 crédits)

Théorie des organisations et modèles d'affaires. Cadres d'analyse de gestion. Modèles de l'avantage compétitif. Introduction aux modèles de marketing. Chaînes de valeur. La gestion par les processus. Gestion de la chaîne d'approvisionnement. Gestion de la qualité. Gestion des ressources humaines.

Volet : Cours magistral

EBC 5502 Fondements des technologies de l'information pour les affaires électroniques (3 crédits)

Technologies d'Internet. Développement d'applications Web. Fondements des réseaux. Gestion des données et résolution de problèmes. Gestion de bases de données et d'entrepôts de données. Outils logiciels.

Volet : Cours magistral

EBC 5503 Fondements des statistiques pour les affaires électroniques (3 crédits)

Théorie élémentaire des probabilités. Statistiques descriptives. Corrélations. Tables de fréquences. Tableaux croisés. Tests statistiques. Analyse multivariée.

Volet : Cours magistral

EBC 5990 Étude dirigée / Directed Readings (1.5 crédits / 1.5 units)

Étude indépendante, sous la direction d'un professeur membre du programme. Le sujet et les exigences doivent être approuvés par le comité du programme. / Independent study under the supervision of a faculty member in the program. The topic and requirements must be approved by the program committee.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

Préalable : MPC d'au moins 7. / Prerequisite: CGPA of at least 7.

EBC 5991 Étude dirigée / Directed Readings (1.5 crédits / 1.5 units)

Étude indépendante, sous la direction d'un professeur membre du programme. Le sujet et les exigences doivent être approuvés par le comité du programme. / Independent study under the supervision of a faculty member in the program. The topic and requirements must be approved by the program committee.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

Préalable : MPC d'au moins 7 / Préalable : MPC d'au moins 7, Préalable : MPC d'au moins 7

EBC 6130 Web Services (1.5 units)

Web services business models and strategies. Enterprise Application Integration and Service Oriented Architectures. Web services technology standards. Consumer and enterprise adoption of web service technologies and platforms such as Mashups and Cloud Computing.

Course Component: Lecture

Prerequisites: ADM 6276, CSI 5389

EBC 6170 Internet Security (1.5 units)

User, data and network security principles. Information systems security standards. Security risk analysis frameworks. Fundamentals of Internet security mechanisms including authentication, access control, data encryption and integrity, and Public Key Infrastructure. Internet security including security in the wireless environment. Payment card industry security standards and compliance.

Course Component: Lecture

EBC 6180 Electronic Human Resources Management (1.5 units)

The human resource functions needed for technology. Recruitment and selection via the internet. Internet and intranet applications for training personnel and enabling self-management. Measurement and management of employee performance using web-based applications. Using the web to maximize knowledge acquisition and sharing among employees. Knowing when and when not to use technology to effectively manage human resources.

Course Component: Lecture

EBC 6210 Electronic Commerce Architecture (1.5 units)

Three-tier Architecture. Building an e-Commerce Site. Client and Server side Scripting. Interactivity. E-Commerce Data bases. E-CRM. Wireless Internet and m-Business. Intermediaries and Software Agents. XML applications.

Course Component: Lecture

Prerequisites: ADM 6270, ADM 6670 or equivalent.

EBC 6220 Data Mining for Business Applications (1.5 units)

Introduction to business data collection, data pre-processing, data warehouses, data marts, and online analytical processing. Data mining tasks including classification, clustering and association rules. Data mining model building, tools and techniques including decision trees, neural networks, and regression analysis. Application of these techniques in business including CRM, target marketing, credit scoring, churn, survival analysis, and fraud detection.

Course Component: Lecture

EBC 6230 Business Process Management Technologies and Applications (1.5 units)

Introduction to Business Process Management Technologies. Review of the latest concepts for using technology to improve performance of business processes. Analysis of advances in Internet-enabled B2B and enterprise business models with emphasis on service-oriented and event-driven architecture. Example applications from supply chain management, order processing, and health care process management will be studied.

Course Component: Lecture

EBC 6240 Mobile Commerce (1.5 units)

M-Commerce business models and strategies, Wireless technology standards and evolution. Industry analysis and value creation frameworks. Diffusion and adoption of M-Commerce technologies. Demand-side and supply-side enterprise applications of M-Commerce.

Course Component: Lecture

EBC 6250 Document Engineering for E-Business (1.5 units)

E-business from a Document Engineering Perspective. E-documents as the basis for e-business relationships. Modelling e-business documents and Processes. XML as a vehicle to defining a formal structural and semantic definition for electronic documents. XML syntax, styles and transformations, Document Type Definitions, and schema languages. XML Vocabularies for E-business. XML standards, specifications, and software architectures for e-business. E-documents within the enterprise. E-document exchanges for multi-company business activities.

Course Component: Lecture

Prerequisite: EBC 6210 or equivalent.

EBC 6260 Integrated Networks for the Enterprise (1.5 units)

OSI reference model. LAN characteristics. Interconnecting LAN. Interconnecting with TCP/IP. Routing protocols. IPv6. WAN options. Security protocols. VPN. Enterprise-Wide Solutions.

Course Component: Lecture

EBC 6900 Stage international / International Work Term (3 crédits / 3 units)

Expérience pratique dans un milieu de travail international. Noté S (satisfaisant) / NS (non satisfaisant) selon les résultats de rapport écrit et l'évaluation de l'employeur. Les cours EBC 6900, CSI 5903, CSI 5904 ne peuvent être combinés pour l'obtention de crédits. / Practical international experience. Graded S (Satisfactory) / NS (Not satisfactory), based on the written report as well as on the evaluations of the employer. Courses EBC 6900, CSI 5903, CSI 5904 cannont be combined for units.

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

Courses EBC 6900, CSI 5903, CSI 5904 cannont be combined for units.

EBC 6950 Lectures dirigées / Directed Readings (1.5 crédits / 1.5 units)

Volet / Course Component: Cours magistral / Lecture

EBC 6997 Projet de recherche / Research project (6 crédits / 6 units)

Le sujet de recherche, ainsi que le professeur qui va le diriger, doivent être approuvés par la direction du programme avant l'inscription à la troisième session. Le sujet peut être de nature théorique (par exemple, une évaluation de la documentation ou une étude de la littérature scientifique) ou appliquée (par exemple, des études de cas). Un mémoire, d'une cinquantaine de pages, doit être rédigé et approuvé par le professeur qui le dirige ainsi qu'un autre professeur. / The research topic and the professor who will direct it must be approved by the program director prior to registration in the third session. The topic can be theoretical (for instance, based on a documentation assessment or a review of the scientific literature) or applied (based on case studies). A research paper, about 50 pages long, must be written and approved by the project director and another professor.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

EBC 7100 Research Methods in Electronic Business Technologies (3 units)

Philosophy of Science. Research problem definition. Research Designs. Experimental Research. Modeling principles: analytical modeling and simulation. Measurement and scaling. Sampling. Hypotheses testing and statistical significance. Multivariate Analysis. Mathematical properties of computational problems: decidability and computability. Qualitative methods. Writing a Research Manuscript. Presentation of research results.

Course Component: Lecture

EBC 7101 Research Workshop in Electronic Business Technologies (1.5 units)

Writing a Research Project proposal including problem formulation and work plan. Essentials of graduate report writing, information management, literature search techniques and reference management. Research ethics including academic integrity and avoiding academic fraud.

Course Component: Lecture

EBC 7102 Interdisciplinary Research Methods in E-Business (1.5 units)

Writing a Thesis Proposal. Research design. Introduction to positivist and interpretive approaches, behavioural and design science research, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and sampling strategies and techniques.

Course Component: Lecture

Prerequisite: EBC 7101

EBC 7990 Proposition de thèse / Thesis proposal

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

EBC 7999 Thèse de maîtrise / Master's Thesis (12 crédits / 12 units)

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

EBC 8101 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Seminar in E-Business I (3 units)

Recent developments in e-Business applications and research. Critical analysis of theories, models, and methods. Critical synthesis of the field literature from different perspectives. Students will write a systematic survey paper of the literature relevant to their research in one of the three fields of the program. The paper must be in a different field from that selected for the paper in EBC 8102. Course reserved for students in the EBC PhD program.

Course Component: Seminar

EBC 8102 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Seminar in E-Business II (3 units)

Recent developments in e-Business applications and research. Critical analysis of theories, models, and methods. Critical synthesis of the field literature from different perspectives. Students will write a systematic survey paper of the literature relevant to their research in one of the three fields of the program. The paper must be in a different field from that selected for the paper in EBC 8101. Course reserved for students in the EBC PhD program.

Course Component: Lecture

Prerequisite: EBC 8101.

EBC 9997 Projet de thèse / Thesis proposal

Projet de thèse / Thesis proposal

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

Préalable : EBC 9998 / Prerequisite: EBC 9998

EBC 9998 Examen général de doctorat / Comprehensive Exam

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

EBC 9999 Thèse de doctorat / Doctoral Thesis

Thèse de doctorat / Doctoral Thesis

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

Préalables : EBC 9997 et EBC 9998 / Prerequisites : EBC 9997 and EBC 9998