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Master of Digital Transformation and Innovation (online)

Innovation driving digital evolution

Digital Transformation and Innovation is a multidisciplinary graduate program committed to industry relevance. You’ll study essential and emerging digitalization technologies as well as their business, social and ethical implications. The program provides professionals in engineering, computer science, management and arts with cutting-edge knowledge, skills and tools to analyze, manage and contribute to the changes to our world enabled by digital technology. Innovation is an important aspect of the program, with an emphasis on the re-invention and creative design of user experiences in business and social interactions.

Main areas of focus:

  • Digital transformation technologies
  • Innovation management and inclusive innovation
  • Data analytics and process mining
  • Process improvement and automation
  • Ethical and responsible AI
  • Multidisciplinary leadership and communication  

Why uOttawa


Among top 2% of universities worldwide per Times Higher Education


#1 hub in Canada, #1 tech concentration in North America


Ranked #7 among universities in Canada and #145 worldwide

  • Bachelor’s with an honours or a major (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, with a minimum admission average of 70% (B)
  • A course in statistics, a course in management information systems or computing, and two advanced courses specializing in one of three disciplines:  
    • Creative arts and humanities (online multimedia or communications)
    • Management (digital transformation management or strategy)  
    • Technology (online application development or data science)
  • Minimum two years’ work experience
  • Two letters of recommendation (to be submitted electronically through our portal)
  • Resumé
  • $120 application fee
  • Canadian citizenship or permanent residency 

Upcoming key dates

Application due

June 15, 2024

Next cohort starts

September 4, 2024


International students

The online Master of Digital Transformation and Innovation is currently only offered to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. For international students, we offer a similar in-person program.
See our graduate programs in digital transformation and innovation

Program at a glance

Our tailored curriculum has been designed and developed by the Faculty of Engineering, the Telfer School of Management and the Faculty of Arts. The program begins with four compulsory core courses to build your basic competencies: 

  • Digital Transformation Technologies
  • Innovation Management
  • Process Modelling, Mining and Automation
  • Ethics for Design, AI and Robotics 

To supplement this core, you must then complete six elective courses chosen from six concentrations.

Who should consider this program?

Consider this master's if you're a:


  • Administrative services manager
  • Business analyst
  • Consultant
  • Digital marketer
  • Enterprise architect
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial analyst
  • Information systems analyst
  • Information systems manager
  • Information technology manager
  • Innovation strategist
  • Operations research analyst
  • Project manager
  • Supply chain manager

Computer science

  • App developer  
  • Artificial intelligence developer  
  • Cloud engineer  
  • Computer network architect
  • Computer research scientist  
  • Data scientist  
  • Database administrator  
  • Information analyst  
  • Security analyst
  • Software developer
  • Software tester  
  • Systems architect


  • Computer engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Process engineer
  • Quality engineer
  • Software engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Telecommunications engineer

Arts and humanities

  • Digital humanities specialist
  • Information studies specialist
  • Librarian
  • Multimedia developer
  • User experience (UX) designer 
  • User experience (UX) researcher
  • Web developer


  • Professionals seeking career transition 
  • Researchers and academics

Career outlook

According to Grand View Research, “the global digital transformation market size was estimated at USD 880.28 billion in 2023 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 27.6% from 2024 to 2030,” reaching USD 3.8 trillion by 2030. Meanwhile, most organizations struggle to navigate the distribution of new digital technologies, hindering innovation.

This program will help you become the “go-to” person for planning and implementing digital transformation and innovation in an organization. On graduation, you’ll be able to modernize processes and stay competitive while considering ethical and social concerns. You’ll gain a broad understanding of digital transformation technologies and tools, improvement and innovation strategies, and related ethical considerations, as well as complementary skills such as analysis, technology application, teamwork and communication.

According to, digital transformation professionals in Canada earn competitive salaries, at over $115,000 on average (May 2024, based on 564 salaries). A recent look (February 2024) at hiring trends in Canada also places digital transformation initiatives among the top five strategic priorities of tech managers for 2024. 


courses (2 per term)




convenient start dates (January, May, September)