After we receive your complete application and all of your supporting documents, the University of Waterloo graduate program admission review process begins.

1. The academic unit (department, school or program) reviews your application.

Applicants selected by the academic unit are recommended for admission and the application is sent to the faculty Associate Dean’s Office.

Processing time in the academic unit will depend on several factors:

  • whether applications are reviewed on a continuous basis
  • if there is a ranking process
  • if a supervisor is required for admission
  • the complexity of your application.

2. The Associate Dean’s Office (ADO) reviews your application for faculty-level requirements.

Applications approved for admission by the ADO are then sent to Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) for review and final approval.

Processing time in the ADO will depend on the volume of applications being reviewed, as well as the complexity of your application.

3. Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) reviews your application, verifying admissibility for the university, faculty and department level admission requirements.

Processing time in GSPA will depend on the volume of applications being reviewed, as well as the complexity of your application. Official admission to any program of graduate studies is in the form of an "Offer of Admission" issued only by GSPA. 

Learn more about your admission decision.