Admission review process

At Waterloo, the admission review process has several steps.

1. The academic unit (department, school or program) reviews your application.

Applicants selected by the academic unit are recommended for admission and the application is sent to the Associate Dean’s Office of their faculty.

Processing time in the academic unit will depend on whether they process admissions on a continuous basis, through a ranking process, or if a supervisor is required for admission, as well as the general complexity of your application.

2. The Associate Dean’s Office (ADO) reviews your application for faculty requirements.

Those applications sent to the ADO for approval and which are approved for admission are sent to Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs for review and final approval.

Processing time in the ADO will depend on the volume of files being processed as well as the complexity of your application.

3. Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) reviews the application, verifying admissibility for the university, faculty and department level admission requirements.

Processing time in the GSPA will depend on the volume of files being processed as well as the complexity of your application file. Official admission to any program of graduate studies is in the form of an "Offer of Admission" issued only by the GSPA.