Part-time and online studies

Take courses for general interest or work toward a degree with on-campus or online courses.

Part-time studies

  • Take 1 or 2 courses per term
  • Study online or on campus (daytime and/or evening courses)
  • Pursue courses for interest or work toward a degree

Online studies

  • Study part-time (1 or 2 courses) or full-time (3 to 5 courses)
  • Take courses for interest or work toward a degree
  • Over 240 courses in 40+ subject areas

Degrees you can earn

Deadlines for part-time and online studies

Term you wish to start Application available Last day to apply Last day to submit documents
September-December 2019 (fall term) Now June 29, 2019 August 1, 2019
January-April 2020 (winter term) July 2, 2019 November 1, 2019 December 2, 2019
May-August 2019 (spring term) July 2, 2019 March 2, 2020 April 3, 2020

These deadlines apply to online and part-time studies (general interest courses or courses toward earning a degree), non-degree studies, post-degree studies, or letter of permission.

Admission to the University does not guarantee enrolment in specific courses. Some courses are open only to students in a particular program.

Other ways to study

Non-degree studies

If you wish to take individual undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science without pursuing a degree, apply to non-degree studies.

Post-degree studies

If you have an undergraduate degree and want to take courses for interest or to qualify for additional studies without pursuing a second degree, apply to post-degree studies.

Letter of Permission

If you're working towards an undergraduate degree at another Canadian university and want to take courses at Waterloo to count towards your degree, apply using a Letter of Permission


What does it cost study part-time or online?

Tuition for part-time students is charged on a per course basis. View the undergraduate fee schedule, select the term in which you're taking courses, and then click on the "per course fees" tab to view tuition amounts. If you take 1 or 2 on-campus courses, you will also be charged part-time incidental fees. Click on “incidental fees” for details.

Tuition for online degrees varies with the number of courses you take each term. View the undergraduate fee schedule for the term in which you're taking courses. If you're taking more than 2 courses, you are considered a full-time student. If you're enrolled in online courses only, you will not be charged any incidental fees.

How you apply depends on your background and goal


If you have questions or would like more information, email or call 519-888-4567, ext. 33548.