Part-time and online degrees

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Interested in taking courses online or on a part-time basis? You can work toward a degree or take individual courses for general interest.

Part-time studies

  • Take one or two 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 (one or two courses per term) or full time (three to five courses per term)
  • Take courses for interest or work toward a degree
  • Over 500 courses in 40+ subject areas

Types of degrees you can earn

If you're interested in continuing your education in a graduate program (master’s or PhD) or with a professional degree (e.g., law, education, medicine), we recommend that you research the requirements for those programs before deciding which type of degree to pursue.


There are seven programs/majors available if you would like to earn a Waterloo degree.

Want to take courses at Waterloo and not work towards a degree? You have options!

  • Non-degree studies: If you're interested in taking individual courses and not working toward a degree.
  • Post-degree studies: If you have a university degree and wish to take courses.
  • Current Laurier student: Apply through Laurier to cross-register at Waterloo.
  • Letter of permission: If you're working towards a degree at another Canadian university and wish to take one or more courses at Waterloo.

How you apply depends on your background and goal

Application process


If you have questions or would like more information, email or call 519-888-4567, ext. 43548 and we'd be happy to help.