Only students who are graduates of approved universities and colleges** are eligible for admission to Graduate Studies. Application for admission should be made as early as possible using our online application for admission. Please check with your chosen department/school for application deadlines and additional application requirements. A non-refundable application fee of $125.00* must be paid with each application. The department/school of the University of Waterloo in which the applicant intends to pursue graduate study must approve the application and the applicant's proposed program. In addition, applicants must be recommended for admission by the Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) of the appropriate Faculty. At the discretion of the committee, an applicant may be required to write a set of qualifying examinations. Official admission to any program of graduate studies is in the form of an "Offer of Admission" issued only by Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA). For further information, prospective graduate students should contact the department/school to which they seek admission. *Note: Effective October 1, 2019, the graduate application fee increased from$100 to \$125. This content was updated on 09/30/2019.

** Information on approved universities and colleges is available in Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA).

A 75% overall standing in the last two years, or equivalent, in a four-year Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent is the minimum requirement for admission to a Master's program. Departments and Faculties may set higher admission requirements.

A minimum of two letters of reference are required for admission to a Master's program. Academic references are required unless a professional reference is specified (see program admission requirements). Departments or Faculties may set higher requirements.

A 75% overall standing, or equivalent, in the previous degree is the minimum requirement for admission to a PhD program. In addition, candidates must demonstrate other superior qualifications, such as advanced research ability. It should be noted that many departments have standards higher than the minimum. Some departments admit exceptional applicants directly into the PhD from an Honours undergraduate program; most admit from the Master's into the PhD; and in certain instances a candidate who has successfully completed one PhD may be admitted into a second PhD in a complementary area.

A minimum of three letters of reference are required for admission to a PhD program. Academic references are required unless a professional reference is specified (see program admission requirements).