University of Waterloo COVID-19 update

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Please visit the list of modified services if you have questions about university services.

Although the University of Waterloo is closed for in-person events until further notice, many virtual events and presentations of interest to computer scientists are taking place each week at the Cheriton School of Computer Science. Please check out what our students and faculty are doing.

Degree completion

Master's Degree Completion

Master's students who are close to completion can consult the Math Completion Guide.

Completion paperwork should be be submitted to the CS Graduate Office in DC 2599. A request for public announcement of the thesis/research paper presentation and a room booking can be directed by completing the MMath Thesis Presentation web form. 

PhD Degree Completion

Information regarding selection and approval of the external examiner and defense committee, and arranging the thesis display and defense can be found below.

Please note the following deadlines:

  • If you finish by April 30 you will attend convocation in June
  • If you finish by August 31 you will attend convocation in October

PhD Thesis and Defense

Defense Procedures

University Regulations for PhD Defense (Graduate Calendar)

Guidelines for Defense Chair

Further inquiries about defense procedures and PhD completion can be directed to Paula Roser.

Arranging Announcement and Room Booking:

PhD Defense

MMath Thesis Presentation