Coming soon

Conditional upon approval by the Ontario Universities Council on Quality Assurance and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. 

Anticipated date for this program to receive its first cohort is May 1, 2020.


Program Description

The Masters of Engineering in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design provides advanced training and mentorship in engineering design in the context of entrepreneurship. The focus of the program is on the design new products or technology that will be commercialized or made available to have community impact for engineers who aspire to start companies. The program requirements encourage the development of high-level communication skills and the development of a wealth of transferable skills that will be useful to graduates regardless of their ultimate career trajectory. These learning outcomes will be supported at all levels of the program requirements through the evaluation and mentorship of professors, advisors, peers, startup project committee members, and external mentors and coaches. 

The program leverages the design spaces available at the Faculty of Engineering located including the Simon Nehme Design Commons, the Richard L’Abbé Makerspace, the MakerLab, the Manufacturing Training Centre and the Brunsfield Centre. In addition, the Faculty’s MakerLaunch accelerator program will help bridge graduating students into the startup ecosystem of the National Capital Region. Through the use of mentored projects, it will also provide opportunities for the commercialization of uOttawa research.

Main Areas of Research

All of the professors involved in the program have research directly related to or involving the design and creation of new technology and technology.

Key research themes are:

  • Enabling technologies for health and augmented life
  • Technology for digital transformation of society
  • Sustainable and resilient infrastructure
  • Emerging material and processes
  • Photonics for devices, networks, and energy

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

  • Master of Engineering in Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
  • Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering
  • Master of Computer Science
  • Master of Computer Science, Concentration in Artificial Intelligence
  • Master in Electronic Business Technologies
  • Master of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Engineering Management
  • Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master of Systems Science

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.


  • The program is governed by the academic regulations in effect for graduate studies at the University of Ottawa.
  • This is a bilingual program in the sense that full support is given to complete the requirements for the program in either English or French. International internships and projects are welcomed, but reports and other gradable components must be submitted in English or French. We have a full complement of fully bilingual professors and advisors who can work with, mentor and advise students in the language of their choice. However, the professional language for engineering and for much of the access to venture capital in North America is English. In order to succeed in industry after graduation, students will need to develop a least a minimum capability in English. This program will provide an appropriately supportive environment for francophone students to do so at their own pace. The internship and project courses can be done entirely in French but the environment is bilingual which often switches to English for professional and technical conversations. Elective courses can be done entirely in French as directed studies or topics courses with a bilingual professor. The regularly scheduled elective courses and all the core courses will be delivered in English. However, students have the right, and are encouraged, to complete all work required for the degree in either English or French. As stipulated in the University’s bilingualism regulations (Academic Regulations I-2), students will be able to write their work, including their internship and project, in the official language of their choice (French or English). Students will be informed of the policy on their language rights via the student handbook and the website. There are sufficient bilingual faculty to supervise and grade internships and project reports in either language.

Program Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Engineering
STE 1024
800 King Edward Ave.
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5347
Fax.: 613-562-5129

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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 bachelor’s degree with a specialization, or a major (or equivalent) in engineering, science, computer science, or a related discipline, with a minimum admission average of 80% (A-).

Note: International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.

  • Demonstrate a good academic performance and aptitude for design and entrepreneurship in previous studies as shown by official transcripts, project reports, or any other documents.
  • Provide a statement of interest that answers the following questions:
    • Why am I interested in this program?
    • What is drawing me to the program?
    • What skills, expertise and other qualities do I have that demonstrate my suitability for the program?
    • What examples can I give to support my assertion that I have those skills? 
  • Provide a two-page summary of the design and business concept you want to work on during your master’s studies
  • Provide a curriculum vitae

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.

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 academic regulations in effect for graduate studies.
  • Admission to the program is very competitive, and preference will be given to candidates who have a few years of full-time work experience in engineering or a related field.

Master’s with Coursework and Project

Students must meet the following requirements:

Compulsory Courses:
EED 5120 Technology Entrepreneurship for Engineers and Computer Scientists3 Units
EED 5140 Engineering Design3 Units
GNG 5131 Sales and Influence for Engineers3 Units
GNG 5141 Creativity and Innovation3 Units
EED 5901 Entrepreneurial Engineering Design Internship I3 Units
EED 5998 Entrepreneurial Engineering Design Project I3 Units
EED 5999 Entrepreneurial Engineering Design Project II
Optional Courses:
6 optional course units to fit the chosen area of interest for entrepreneurial engineering design 16 Units


List of Optional Courses

The following list of courses, offered by other programs, are available for entrepreneurial engineering design students. Other courses are possible, including courses from other faculties but will require permission of the program offering the course.

ADM 6420Electronic Marketing1.5 Units
BMG 5103Biomedical Instrumentation3 Units
BMG 5106Introduction to Medical Imaging Principles and Technology3 Units
BMG 5109Advanced Topics in Medical Instrumentation3 Units
BMG 5311Design of Medical Devices and Implants3 Units
BMG 5303Ergonomics and Design3 Units
CHG 8191Selected Topics Chemical Engineering3 Units
CVG 5162River Hydraulics3 Units
CVG 6308Special Topics in Civil Engineering3 Units
CSI 5102Topics in Medical Computing3 Units
CSI 5111Software Quality Engineering3 Units
CSI 5112Software Engineering3 Units
CSI 5122Software Usability3 Units
CSI 5155Machine Learning3 Units
CSI 5386Natural Language Processing3 Units
CSI 5387Data Mining and Concept Learning3 Units
EBC 6230Business Process Management and Performance Measurement3 Units
EED 5902 Entrepreneurial Engineering Design Internship II3 Units
ELG 5161Robotics: Control, Sensing and Intelligence3 Units
ELG 5374Computer Communication Network3 Units
ELG 6373Advanced Topics in Solid State Devices and Ic Technology3 Units
ELG 7132Topics in Electronics I: Filter Synthesis3 Units
GNG 5120Technology entrepreneurship for Engineers and Computer Scientists3 Units
GNG 5121Planning of Experiments in Engineering Design3 Units
GNG 5122Operational Excellence and Lean Six Sigma3 Units
GNG 5123Enterprise Architecture3 Units
GNG 5124Internet Technologies and Mobile Commerce3 Units
GNG 5125Data Science Applications3 Units
GNG 5130Business Communication and Influence3 Units
GNG 5131Sales and Influence for Engineers3 Units
GNG 5140Engineering Design3 Units
GNG 5231Sales Engineer Internship Project6 Units
GNG 5299Industry Internship Project6 Units
GNG 5300Topics in Engineering3 Units
GNG 5310Topics in Industry Practice3 Units
MBA 6220Managing Customer Relations and the Sales Process1.5 Units
MBA 6262Entrepreneurship1.5 Units
MBA 6295Seminar in Management I1.5 Units
MBA 6297Mobilizing Seminar in Management I1.5 Units
MBA 6298Mobilizing Seminar in Management II1.5 Units