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Graduate programs and opportunities

Distinguish your professional or academic profile at one of Canada’s top 10 research institutes. The University of Ottawa’s diverse range of programs allows you to choose a formula that improves your employment prospects and fits your lifestyle.

Determine which program is best for you

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4 - 8 months | Courses
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4 - 8 months | Courses

Microprograms

Microprograms are specific to an area. You can gain expertise and transferable credits towards a master’s or a PhD program.
8 - 12 months | Courses
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8 - 12 months | Courses

Graduate diplomas (GD)

Graduate diplomas (GD) are specific to an expertise. You can gain expertise and transferable credits towards a master’s.
8 - 20 months | Courses or MRP
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8 - 20 months | Courses or MRP

Short duration master's

Short duration master’s are specific to a field. You can gain a systematic understanding of knowledge and achieve career goals faster.
24 months | Thesis or MRP
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24 months | Thesis or MRP

Master's

Master’s are specific to a field. You can gain a systematic understanding of knowledge.
4 - 5 years | Thesis
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4 - 5 years | Thesis

PhDs

PhDs are specific to a discipline. You can gain a thorough understanding of a substantial body of knowledge and begin a research career.

Explore opportunities

A visiting student researcher (VSR) is a student enrolled in an undergraduate, master’s or doctoral program at a university in Canada or abroad, conducting research on a full-time basis under the supervision of a faculty member or an affiliated professional researcher at a university other than the one at which they are enrolled, for a specific period of time.

Learn more about becoming a Visiting student researcher (VSR) at uOttawa

Learn more about becoming a Visiting student researcher (VSR) abroad

In a cotutelle doctoral program, you receive support and discover different scientific approaches and fresh perspectives from two research and academic communities, one being abroad. The cotutelle program encourages you to reach beyond familiar borders to enhance your education, take part in a world-class research network and experience a rich social and cultural life in another country.

Learn more on a cotutelle doctoral program.

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International students

Degrees obtained from the University of Ottawa are recognized worldwide and graduates enjoy successful and prosperous careers. The University of Ottawa is proud to welcome a large community of international students every year.
Learn about enrolling as an international student at uOttawa