Computer Engineering

Why choose? Develop software savvy and hardware know-how.

Students in the Computer Engineering program at the University of Waterloo.

Want to design a brain stimulator to combat symptoms of Parkinson's disease? Develop software to protect companies from cyber attacks? Create the next groundbreaking gaming platform? Learn at one of the top 50 universities in the world for Computer Engineering? (Shanghai World University Rankings 2020)

Between labs and lectures, you'll gain experience with all aspects of computers, from chips and wiring to software, networks, and communications. Meanwhile, your co-op terms will give you 2 years of paid work experience.

You’ll graduate ready for a career as a software developer, hardware engineer, IT specialist, systems designer, and more.

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breifcaseGain two years of experience in the co-op program

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Computer Engineering admission requirements

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including

  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

Admission averages: Individual selection from the low to mid-90s

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Why Waterloo Engineering?

With its renowned co-op program and a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem, Waterloo Engineering is one of the world’s top engineering schools. You'll have access to emerging technologies, innovative professors, and world-class facilities.

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megaphone icon"I’ve learned so much from my peers, from how to set up a server to ballroom dancing. It’s amazing to be surrounded by people who are passionate about technology and willing to support each other."Maggie, Computer Engineering student
megaphone icon"Little did I know when I first joined Waterloo that I'd be moving every 4 months, travelling to places I only dreamed of to work. It's been an incredible experience and it's all thanks to the co-op program. It's truly changed my life for the better."Yuvin, Computer Engineering student

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Study in a high-tech hub

Waterloo Region is home to more than 1,000 technology companies, including Google and Blackberry, providing lots of co-op and career opportunities.

Current research

Visit our Waterloo Stories website to learn about research by professors in Computer Engineering at Waterloo