Knowledge Integration

More than an arts and science degree

A student in the Knowledge Integration program at the University of Waterloo.

If your passions don’t fit neatly into a traditional university program, consider Knowledge Integration (KI).

More than just a mix of arts and science, KI is built around a core set of skills that equip you to understand and solve complex problems, communicate effectively, and make a difference in a complex and changing world.

No KI degree is the same. Build your program around your interests, studying topics from technology and software to life and health sciences, environmental issues, and policy making. If you’re a high-achieving student and want the freedom to integrate a broad range of interests, this is your program.

What you do with your degree is up to you. Our grads have gone on to careers in everything from design to business systems analysis to speech language pathology. Many also continue their education with graduate studies, medical school, law school, and more.

1stProgram of its kind in the world

BriefcaseAvailable as a regular program, with the option to do KI Works

Graduation CapEarn a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration (BKI) degree


Admission requirements

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

  • Any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of 75% is required)
  • Any Grade 12 U Science (minimum final grade of 75% is required)
  • Any Grade 12 U Mathematics (minimum final grade of 75% is required)

Admission average: Low 80s

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Pick from 300+ courses

Discover the freedom to pursue all kinds of interests. In a typical year, KI students take over 300 different courses from 60 departments at Waterloo.