OCIBME is a multi-disciplinary institute, which welcomes applicants from a wide variety of academic backgrounds, including: engineering, science, computer science, biomedical sciences, health sciences, or a related discipline.

How do you start?

Start by deciding what areas of research interest you and find out who is working in that area. Refer to the "Faculty" page to find out what professors are working on. Then you may proceed to the application instructions.

You are required to make a choice between two universities, based on your selected program. If you are interested in more than one area of study, you should apply to the university offering your first choice of program.

If you meet the admission requirements but are not recommended for admittance to your first choice of program, your application will be considered at the second university. Select from the programs listed below.

Non-Resident students (International Students) — please refer to the International Students page before proceeding.

Applications for admission to graduate programs may be submitted at any time. However, prospective students who apply early increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. In addition, applications for admission from outside Canada should be completed at least five months before the desired date of admission in order for students to make the necessary visa arrangements.

Admission Requirements

The normal requirement for admission is a four-year bachelor's degree in engineering, science, computer science, biomedical sciences, health sciences, or a related discipline, with an average of at least B+. Applicants should note that simply meeting the minimum standards for admission will not guarantee admission to the program as there are only a limited number of positions available each year.

Language Requirements

The language of instruction within the Institute is predominantly English. Thus, all students admitted to the Institute must be proficient in English prior to the commencement of their graduate programs. Visa students and others who have not completed a previous degree in English in an English-speaking country, or exercised a profession for a prolonged time in an English-speaking country, are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Foreign applicants whose native tongue is not English must supply proof of proficiency in the English language, which is usually provided by one of the following:

Only when the TOEFL or IELTS is unavailable in a student's country of origin will other demonstrations of proficiency be considered, although in all such cases students will be required to take and pass a special English language proficiency test administered by the university to which the student is admitted prior to being allowed to register. Failure of the test can result in the denial of admission to the student. In addition to satisfying the minimum proficiency requirements, students may be required to take additional English courses at the start of their programs to raise their proficiency to more adequate levels. The language courses would be in addition to the general course requirements.

Apart from the admission requirement for English proficiency there are no additional language requirements in any of the Institute's programs. Students of the Institute may submit their theses in either English or French.

For more information please visit the following websites:

Application Instructions

In order to complete an application for the Master's in Biomedical Engineering program you must first complete the request for an application account online. Click on the appropriate university link list below to request an application account. You can direct your questions or concerns with regards to the application process to:

OCIBME Carleton University
Minto 3034, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1S 5B6

Phone: +1 (613) 520-5659
Fax: +1 (613) 520-3899


OCIBME University of Ottawa
B111 Colonel By Hall, 161 Louis Pasteur
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5

Phone: +1 (613) 562-5800 ext. 6189
Fax: +1 (613) 562-5129

The University reserves the right to verify the authenticity of submitted documents. Admission based on falsified documents may be revoked. The responsibility to ensure all the application material is supplied on time is yours. Our preferred means of contact is email so please supply us with an email address whenever possible.

OCIBME - The Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biomedical Engineering