The University of Waterloo has long been recognized as a leader in online education in Canada and is committed to advancing learning and knowledge through teaching and research. Discover which programs are available online.
Waterloo's online courses allow you to interact with a variety of rich learning materials. Through the use of online discussion boards, email and social networking options, you can interact and work with your peers and instructors while maintaining the flexibility to study when and where you want.
- Some courses may require Internet research, the use of library facilities, and/or field work and these details can be found in the descriptions in the online course database.
- All courses require Internet access.
- To learn more about the structure of our courses, please view our course features page.
Many of our online graduate programs are delivered using our online course-management system, LEARN.
Online courses are flexible, convenient and allow you to work around other commitments. When and where you study are up to you. However, you're required to dedicate approximately 10 to 12 hours per course per week to your academic work (specific requirements vary by course).
Waterloo's structured academic schedule is one reason our online education program is so highly respected. Just as in on-campus studies, there are three terms: fall, winter, and spring. Assignments and activities are due at set times throughout the term. Final examinations are written on designated dates.
You complete and submit assignments by set due dates. Some courses may also include learning tasks which are not graded, but are intended to help reinforce learning.
Final examinations are scheduled at the end of each term. Be advised that Waterloo reserves the right to make changes to the examination schedule. You'll receive information a few weeks before the respective exam date. Arrangements can be made if you're not able to write on Saturdays for religious or other non-elective reasons.
The Centre for Extended Learning has many exam centre locations throughout Ontario and across Canada. If you live within 100 km of an established centre, you'll write your exam(s) there. If you're living outside this 100 km radius, you'll write your exam(s) with the supervision of a proctor.
Although your program may not require you to be on our Waterloo campus, you're an important part of our student community and are welcome to use any of the resources and support services we provide.
Centre for Career Action
Waterloo's Centre for Career Action can help you with career-management techniques, educational planning and job-search methods. They can also help you learn how to set meaningful and achievable goals. Take advantage of their one-on-one telephone and Skype appointments. If you are able to come to campus, you can participate in workshops or have an in-person appointment.
Counselling Services offers support in a variety of ways. You can participate in workshops and seminars for support in managing stress and developing coping, time management, reading and exam-writing skills.
The University of Waterloo Library has information dedicated to students taking online courses. It provides information on:
- how to borrow books
- how to access electronic resources (such as databases when you need to find journal articles)
- how to place interlibrary loans to request books and articles from other institutions
- how to contact a librarian when you need help with your research
A WatCard (student ID card) is required to access many Library services.
WatCard (student ID card)
All Waterloo students need a WatCard, which is Waterloo's official student identification card. If you're taking only online courses, you'll arrange to receive your WatCard through Waterloo's Centre for Extended Learning.
The Writing Centre supports student writing and communication through a variety of services and programs. Individual virtual appointments can be booked through the Writing Centre website.
The AccessAbility Services office works with departments to promote the potential of students with physical, medical, psychological, sensory or learning disabilities. AccessAbility Services can support disability-related needs and assist with academic accommodations in an online course, such as alternative formatting of course materials and/or exam arrangements.