International Master's Student Award (IMSA)

Award type: 
Award description: 

Eligible students must be registered full time in a research-based master’s program at the University of Waterloo and hold a valid Canadian study permit. Students must meet the academic progress requirements of their program, and not have outstanding probationary admission requirements, or be concurrently receiving external awards or sponsorships.

NOTE: The IMSA program will be discontinued effective May 1, 2019 with the spring 2019 admissions cycle. This means that students offered admission for spring 2019 and beyond will no longer automatically receive this award. Students who were offered the award prior to spring 2019 will continue to be “grandparented” under this program until their last eligible term based on the details below.

Master's students who are entering their program in spring 2019 and beyond should refer to the International Master's Award of Excellence (IMAE).

Value description: 

Effective September 1, 2019, the value of the IMSA is $2,360/term which is approximate to one-half of the difference in tuition between full-time domestic PhD and international PhD students.

Eligibility & selection criteria: 

International graduate students, with a valid Canadian study permit, registered full time in a MA, MASC, MES, MFA, MMATH (except coursework programs) or MSC (except coursework programs) degree program will receive an IMSA for 2 years (up to term 6.0). 

Students must meet the academic progress requirements of their program, not have outstanding probationary admission requirements and not hold external awards in excess of $7,000 a term, a tuition award or sponsorships or be self-funded.

For information regarding international funding programs, please visit the Graduate Studies International Funding webpage.

Open to any program
International/study permit student
Selection process: 
Student selected automatically by Faculty/Department
Winter, Spring, Fall
Contact detail: 

Please contact your for department graduate co-ordinator further information regarding this award.