Our online programs offer a 100% online learning experience. Discover how courses run, as well as your online learning environment.

What to expect

Study from anywhere

This program offers the flexibility of remote learning, allowing you to fit your studies around your commitments. You’ll never need to visit the campus. Learn from the comfort of your home, your workplace or any location with an internet connection.

Expert live lecture

Each week, you’ll stream a live lecture hosted by your instructor, who’ll guide you through key concepts while facilitating discussion and collaboration in your class. Live sessions are offered weekdays in the evening (Eastern Time) to allow you to participate after regular business hours.

Committed to your success

At the beginning of your first term, we’ll assign you a student success adviser, who’ll offer one-on-one support throughout the program.

24/7 access

All coursework is available through Desire2Learn's Brightspace learning management system, a worry-free technology platform accessible 24 hours a day where you can access course information such as course outlines, lectures and supplemental materials.

Everything in Brightspace is organized in an easy-to-navigate format with a calendar to keep you informed of tasks and deadlines. You can participate in discussion groups, submit your assignments and get your questions answered by uOttawa’s readily-available professors.

Brightspace gives you the flexibility to work whenever and wherever to co-ordinate your professional and personal obligations.

In addition, we make enrolment easy with an online student portal called uoZone, which has all the tools you need for a successful online learning experience.

Required software and tools

For online courses, you need a laptop or desktop computer with a reliable, high-speed internet connection that lets you watch videos, participate in discussion forums and upload images. We use video conferencing software (Microsoft Teams and/or Zoom) for most courses. You’ll need to have a webcam and audio/voice capabilities through your computer. MS Teams and Zoom work on mobile phones and tablets as well.

Important academic dates

The Faculty of Engineering’s online graduate programs follow the standard important academic dates and deadlines. For the Spring-Summer term, our courses are included in the “Session A” dates.

Grading and exams


We don’t use e-proctoring for exams, assignments or projects.

Grading policies

The minimum passing grade is 65% (C+), or higher in some cases, for each course, based on the uOttawa official grading system.