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
- 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 have limited capacity for Fall 2021 term. Please email the Program Administrator for the status/updates.
- Graduate data science students have (limited) 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.
- 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.
|Ethics Milestone Workshop: Students must complete a 3-day workshop on “Ethics in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence” that will be offered once a year (Fall term only).|
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:
|MMath DS: 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.|
|MDSAI Co-op: In order to qualify for the department's co-op program, you are required to participate in 3 Co-op Workshops hosted live with attendance taken (Fall term only).|
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 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.
Data Science Graduate Student Job Board
Jobs exclusive to current Data Science Graduate Students (MDSAI & MMath DS).
To make sense of the huge amounts of data generated every day by business, scientific, and social activity taking place all around us, industry is looking for trained professionals with degrees like the ones you have or are working on!
Find exclusive job opportunities from our partners in industry on the on the Data Science Job Board.
Unlike WaterlooWorks which posts jobs available to all students, jobs posted on this webpage are exclusively available to Data Science Graduate students.
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
- Virtual DS 2021 Fall Orientation PowerPoint Presentation
- Virtual DS 2021 Fall Orientation Full Recording
- Optimization Curriculum and CS 794 / CO 673 Recording - Virtual DS 2020 Orientation
- Virtual Math 2020 Orientation PowerPoint Presentation (.pptx)
- Virtual Math 2020 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