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.

  • We have a guide for MASc PhD New 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.
  • Please review the ECE Graduate Student Handbook for information on departmental policies, procedures, and guidelines for all ECE graduate programs.
  • We recommend all students use the Student Portal. The portal is designed to make your UWaterloo life easier, providing mobile-friendly access to a suite of real-time information, updates and features relevant to all students. It is also completely customisable so you only receive information which is relevant to you.
  • 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. Their team is equipped us to assist international students in all aspects of their transition to living and studying in Canada.
  • The safety manual outlines safety regulations and references applicable to all faculty, staff, graduate students and others working in the ECE department. Students must print the form on the last page of this manual, complete it and bring it to the person specified on the form.
  • In addition to reviewing the department safety manual, all graduate students are required to complete, at minimum, 3 online safety courses. 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 3 mandatory online safety courses are:
    • SO1001 - Employee Safety Orientation
    • SO1081 - Workplace Violence Awareness
    • SO2017 - Employee WHMIS 2015
  • During the Fall and Spring terms, the Faculty of Engineering offers a two-day ExpecTAtions workshop for 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 are receiving a 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.
    • Personal Information Form
    • Federal TD1 Form
    • Ontario TD1 Form