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 2020 updates
The fall 2020 term will proceed with hybrid online and in-person activity. All graduate data science courses will be available online and some in-person instruction may be available as shared by your instructor (read more details). While the university has closed most campus buildings, staff and faculty continue to work remotely, so please feel free to reach out to your graduate program administrator for any assistance. The University is maintaining modified services at this time.
Information before your arrival
- Your UWaterloo email account (ending in @uwaterloo.ca) is created automatically after you are matriculated (made active in your program). Visit the Information Systems & Technology website for instructions. Check your UW email regularly.
- *Please note that the Data Science computer lab will be closed for the Fall 2020 term.
- Graduate data science students have access to the Data Science computer lab located in connected rooms M3 2219 and M3 2102.
- Mailboxes are located in M3 2102 (part of the Data Science computer lab) labelled by last name (ex: A – B, C – D, E, etc.).
- Your keys/fobs will provide access to the Data Science computer lab and M3 graduate student lounge. More information about how to obtain these will be provided at orientation.
- MMath students will receive information about their home unit orientation, TA, office space and funding from their home department. If you have not heard about this by the start of term, please reach out to your respective department co-ordinator in Computer Science, Statistics or Combinatorics and Optimization.
All new graduate students are required to complete the following training modules within the first 2 months of study:
- Graduate Academic Integrity Module on Waterloo LEARN. The module will take approximately 2 hours to complete.
- Three online safety courses provided by the Safety Office. Additional courses may be required if you are working in a lab environment. Your supervisor will inform you of any additional training that is required. The mandatory online safety courses are:
- Accessibility Training module provided by Human Resources. Only MMath in Data Science students who will have TA responsibilities need to complete this, but it is available to all interested students.
Other relevant links and information
Once you've gone through the above information and materials, please feel free to browse ahead and learn more about your program components and other resources available. We will also discuss these items during orientation.
Key program information
- Please refer to our courses webpage for information about data science core and elective courses, tentative course offerings, schedule of classes, and course enrolment for your first term.
- For full-time students in the Master of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (MDSAI) Co-op program, your scheduled work term will be in the Spring term. Please refer to our **CO-OP**(UNDER MAINTENANCE) webpage for more information about co-op requirements, workshops, co-op support, and other resources.
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA)
GSPA provides support to students, postdocs, staff and faculty who are engaged in graduate work and research at the University of Waterloo. GSPA keeps the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar (GSAC) updated, which is the main contractual document between the student and the University. You will find general information and regulations as well as your specific program degree requirements, including core/elective courses and milestone requirements.
The Student Portal is highly recommended and is designed to make your UWaterloo life easier, providing mobile-friendly access to a suite of customizable real-time information, updates and features relevant to all students.
Student Success Office (SSO)
The SSO is a one-stop shop of resources to help you along your academic career. International students will be interested in their international student resources. Their team is equipped to assist international students in all aspects of their transition to living and studying in Canada.
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 2020 Recordings and Presentation
- Virtual DS Orientation PowerPoint Presentation (.pptx)
- Virtual DS Orientation Full Recording
- Optimization Curriculum and CS 794 / CO 673 Recording - Virtual DS Orientation
- Virtual Math Orientation PowerPoint Presentation (.pptx)
- Virtual Math Orientation Full Recording
- MDSAI Degree Requirements, Courses, and CS Curriculum
- CS 631 and 651
- CS 680
- CS 686
- Statistics Curriculum and STAT 842
- STAT 841
- STAT 845