This section contains links that are relevant 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.

Graduate guides

We have a guide for new MASc and PhD students and another guide for new MEng students.

Guides provide information on:

  • University of Waterloo services
  • academic program information
  • links to other graduate studies information sources
  • administrative contacts in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) department

Required safety modules and readings

  • Academic integrity module: 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. If this is not complete, students will not be able to add courses in their second term.
  • Safety manual: The safety manual outlines safety regulations and references applicable to all faculty, staff, graduate students and others working in the ECE department. Additionally, all students must complete the following saftey modules:
  • SO1001 - Employee Safety Orientation
  • SO1081 - Workplace Violence Awareness
  • SO2017 - Employee WHMIS 2015

MASc and PhD student space assignment

ECE provides desk space to all full-time graduate students for the duration of their program. Graduate students in research based programs (MASc & PhD) are provided with a desk in a shared office or research lab, as available.

In order to recieve a key for an office or lab space, please contact the ECE Space CoordinatorAll request will be done electronically with your supervisor(s).

NOTE: Saftey training must be completed first, in order to recieve keys for lab and office space.

MEng student space assignment

Graduate students in course-based programs (MEng) have access to communal work space with private study carrels and collaborative desks.

In order to recieve the code to enter these spaces, please contact the ECE Space Coordinator

NOTE: Saftey training must be completed first, prior to receiving the door code.

International Students

International students will be interested in the International Student Office. Their team is equipped to assist international students in all aspects of their transition to living and studying in Canada.

Teaching or Research Assistant

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


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