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Current graduate students

Current Graduates

New Students

This section contains links that will be of use to students who have just begun their graduate work towards either the doctoral (PhD), research-based master of applied science (MASc), or course-based master of engineering (MEng) programs.

  • All new graduate students are required to complete the
    Graduate Academic Integrity Module on Waterloo LEARN by the end of the second month of their first term of registration. The module will take approximately 2 hours to complete
  • International students will be interested in the International Student Office.
  • We have a guide for new MASc/PhD students and another for new MEng students that contains a summary of University of Waterloo services and also provides academic program information especially helpful for new students. This guide also provides links to other sources for graduate studies information, and a list of administrative contacts in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department.
  • The safety manual outlines safety regulations and references applicable to all faculty, staff, graduate students and others working in the ECE department. The last page of this document contains an acknowledgement form which all students must print and submit. The form has the submission details.
  • During the week just prior to the start of classes in the Fall and Spring terms only, the Faculty of Engineering offers a two-day ExpecTAtions workshop for MASc and PhD students who are interested in being Teaching Assistants (TAs). After successful completion of the two-day workshop, each participant will receive a certificate of completion. Interested students must register through the ExpecTAtions website in order to participate.
  • If you are being paid as a Teaching or Research Assistant or Research Studentship, please ensure that you have completed the necessary paperwork for the Human Resources Office (payroll). The following 3 documents must be completed and submitted prior to the payroll cut-off date if you are a new student.

Instructional documents and resources


Graduate Studies Office forms

  • Change of Supervisor

    Note: All MASc and PhD ECE students must have a least 1 full-time ECE faculty member as their supervisor. Adjunct and cross-appointed faculty supervisors must co-supervise with a full-time ECE faculty member

  • Transcript Request
  • Intent to Graduate
  • Financial Aid
  • Course Drop/Add Form
  • Enrollment Confirmation

    Note: Confirmation of program of study/registration, degree completion/graduation, and/or other sources of funding such as GRS payments, scholarships and awards, must be ordered through the University Graduate Studies Office, Needles Hall Room 2072 by using the Enrollment Confirmation form

Department and Faculty forms

Examination and Passing Requirements

A minimum grade of 65% is required to pass a course and the student must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 70% marks at the end of each term, to remain in all Master’s level Programs. A minimum grade of 75% is required to pass a course and the student must maintain a minimum cumulative average of 78% marks at the end of each term, to remain in all Doctoral level Programs. Graduate courses will normally include a supervised examination, worth at least 50% of the final grade.

Keys and office space

Office space in ECE is not guaranteed, but a desk will be provided, when and if available, to full-time on-campus active MASc and PhD students, and a common study room will be assigned to students in the MEng program.

The information provided in the ECE handout, Key and Resource Request (PDF), provides new and current graduate students with details and eligibility requirements for obtaining office space and accessing supervisor labs. In addition, the handout provides contact information and instructions for students who are leaving the University and are required to vacate their offices and return office keys.