Future Graduate Students

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The Waterloo Advantage

The University of Waterloo is ranked among the top 50 engineering schools worldwide! Top comprehensive research university in Canada for the past 15 years with more than $82 million in engineering research funds. As a graduate, you will join a strong network of exceptional alumni, focused on advancing solutions for real-world problems.​

Join our group of outstanding faculty and student researchers who shine brightly on the international stage. As Canada's largest engineering school, Waterloo Engineering is home to an active and growing graduate student community of more than 2,100 motivated, curious and passionate problem solvers who are changing the world we live in. 

Own Your Ideas

Use your ideas to partner with industry or commercialize a product. You have 100% ownership over your ideas and technology. 

 Connect With Industry

Connect with industry partners in Waterloo Region - one of Canada's leading technology hubs. Our faculty members have many long-standing relationships with industry players. 

World-Class Facilities

Study, work, and collaborate in world–class centres and institutes with the most up–to–date research that is shaping the future of the world.        

The Graduate Journey

Program Information

  • Explore our programs and confirm: ​

Type of program: ​

  • Research-based program - MASc or PhD , or​

  • Course-based program - MEng, MMSc or MBET ​

 The Department of interest: ​

  • Choose between the 6 departments and 2 schools ​

Create a Budget

Waterloo funding availability varies based on the type of program you choose.  ​

Admissions Information

Review the list of application requirements of your program on the GSPA Academic Calendar.  Determine how long it will take you to gather the necessary information, and ensure you can get details in on time.

​All documents must be uploaded online through the application portal. ​

​ Understand the types of admission ​

​A complete application consists of: ​

  1.  ​Transcripts ​
    -If you have international credentials, see the guide for equivalences. ​
  2. References (at least one academic) ​

  3. Supplementary Information Form ​

  1. Resume (a CV is also acceptable) ​

  1. Proof of English Language Proficiency (ELP) if you are an international student or you completed your degree outside Canada. ​

  1. Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) if applicable.  

Find a Supervisor

*Only if you are applying for research-based programs*​

Start looking into research opportunities which are of interest to you and potential supervisors.​

​Remember, you don't need a supervisor to apply, but you do need one to be accepted.


Now, it’s time to apply! Follow the instructions to apply online through the portal to submit all necessary documents and information before the intake deadline. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Engineering Application Deadlines

  • Intake September/ Fall – Apply by Feb 1st  of the same year.
  • Intake January/ Winter – Apply by June 1st of the previous year.
  • Intake May/ Spring – Apply by Oct 1st  of the previous year.

Conrad School Application Deadlines

MBET: Intake September/Fall- Apply by June 1st  of the same year.
PhD: Intake September/Fall- Apply by Feb 1st  of the same year.

  • Intake September/Fall – Apply by June 1st of the same year.
  • Intake January/Winter- Apply by Oct 1st of the previous year.
  • Intake May/Spring – Apply by Feb 1st of the same year.

Note: Conrad has alternative application deadlines, as well as the Online MMSc MoT program.

Plan and explore your future student life at Waterloo!

The region of Waterloo and housing

​Kitchener/Waterloo is among the top 20 startup ecosystems in the world. We are home to some of Canada's largest tech companies, global think tanks, and innovation hubs. 

Graduate Student Services

The University of Waterloo supports you with a large group of services designed to help you to succeed.

Engineering Student Life

One thing is certain: we have serious fun here. The student experience at Waterloo Engineering goes far beyond work, lectures, and studying. We have an exciting and energetic community of students who love to work hard and play even harder.

International Student Services

Moving to a new country and settling in can be quite an adventure. The Student Success Office is here to support you with the specialized resources you need!

Find out how to apply for your study permit , and more resources in the graduate engineering international students page.  Once you are a Waterloo student you can book consultations with authorized IRCC Immigration Consultants at UWaterloo.

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