Graduate studies in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Building on foundational knowledge, our graduate programs put scholarship in the context of real-world issues. Whether the end goal is a career in academia or the public or private sector, our programs allow students to explore complex concepts, generate new knowledge and learn from a global network of researchers and organizations.
Our professors are collaborating with organizations such as the World Health Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Cancer Society to identify health risks, and to advance knowledge, programs, and policies to improve quality of life and health across the life course. They are also working with social service agencies, national parks personnel, the World Tourism Organization and other organizations to optimize enhancement of our lives through leisure.
Whether upgrading your education with a course-based master's program, or embarking on a research-based master's or doctoral program, you can look forward to an inspiring, connected, relevant journey of discovery.
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Unlike many other universities in Canada, graduate students and faculty members at the University of Waterloo retain rights to the intellectual property they develop at the university.
We offer graduate programs that are embedded in each of our academic units;
- MA Recreation and Leisure Studies (coursework option)
- MA Recreation and Leisure Studies (thesis option)
- PhD Recreation and Leisure Studies
- Master of Health Evaluation (MHE)
- Master of Health Informatics (MHI)
- Master of Public Health (MPH)
- Master of Social Work (MSW)
We also offer interdisciplinary platform for two doctoral degrees, spanning each academic unit within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. This develops a broad understanding of the issues related to each area.
Research centres, institutes, and groups
There is an ever-growing number of research groups and centres in, or affiliated with, the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. Research centres and groups present an excellent opportunity for you to engage with Waterloo’s academic community, from participating in research projects to attending events and presentations.
Applied Health Sciences research event
The Applied Health Sciences Graduate Student Research Event is an interdisciplinary event that offers you the valuable opportunity to present your research to an audience of other graduate students and faculty – and to learn about the work of your colleagues across campus.
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) is responsible for many facets of graduate studies and postdoctoral affairs, including: recruitment, admissions, financial bursaries and awards, records, professional development, degree completion and ongoing community engagement – with graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty.
Graduate studies endowment fund
Grad students at the University of Waterloo can submit funding proposals to the Graduate Studies Endowment Fund for initiatives that enhance the learning, research, and overall experience of graduate students. Examples of funded projects include improvements to graduate student common space, academic events organized by graduate students, and improvement of physical and electronic resources for graduate students.
Funding and awards
A variety of scholarships, assistantships, and other forms of financial aid are available for graduate students in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.
NOTE: Most of these awards are for full-time, on-campus, research-based graduate students only.
Enhance your time at the University of Waterloo by joining your student association. It's a great way to meet classmates, collaborate on special events, share resources, and keep up-to-date on happenings in your department/school.
Grad life, from a grad perspective
What does it look like to be a graduate student at the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences? Watch our "Life of a Grad Student" video series to see.