New graduate student information

Waterloo data science students networking at an event

Welcome to the University of Waterloo. We're excited to have you on board. As you prepare for the start of your graduate academic career, you will receive communications from Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs, your Data Science Graduate Program Administrator, and some of our campus partners. 

Waterloo Grad Ready is a virtual program and space to support you as you begin your graduate program. It will offer you opportunities to build connections with students, faculty, and staff; resources to help you transition to graduate life; and workshops to support your ongoing graduate experience. Our graduate studies community has come together to support you in this new online environment and will add new information and programming throughout the coming months. 

Fall 2021 updates

The fall 2021 term will proceed with hybrid online and in-person activity. Please see the Math Graduate Office for updated information.

International student travel updates for Fall 2021

If you are an International student who will be coming to Waterloo for Fall 2021 term, please read through our International Student Guide on Covid-19 resources to understand our travel and mandatory quarantine processes. It is the Government of Canada’s policy, at this time, for all international air travellers landing in Canada to have a mandatory 3-night quarantine in a government-authorized hotel at the port of entry upon your arrival. For questions about quarantining or the international student travel plans, please email the International Student Experience team. In addition, if you have not yet applied for study permit and work permit, please do so ASAP. If you need assistance or have questions regarding study permits and/or work permits, please see our Immigration consulting services for information and to book an appointment to speak with them.

As of April 22, 2021 at 11:30pm ET, Canada is suspending flights from India and Pakistan. Travel restrictions may change with little warning. Please see the Government of Canada’s IRCC webpage on International students for more and up to date information.

Information before your arrival


Graduate orientation

In advance of your first term, stay tuned for an email invitation to your mandatory data science graduate Orientation event that will contain specific details for your session. The Faculty of Mathematics will also hold a mandatory orientation session to provide new math graduate student information.

You can view our most recent recorded presentations below as a reference. Please note that it is mandatory to attend your own orientation scheduled sessions as information and requirements may change for each cohort. 

Fall 20 & 21 Recordings and Presentation

Course curriculum

Past Orientation Events