Accelerated Master's programs for Waterloo undergraduate students

  • Accelerated Master's programs are open to University of Waterloo undergraduate students only
  • See the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for accelerated master's programs guiding principles
  • Learn more about how to apply

Direct entry to PhD from a Bachelor's degree

  • Exceptional master's applicants may be considered for direct-entry to the PhD program from a bachelor’s program.

  • For more information please contact the Department Graduate Co-ordinator.

Non-degree admission

When to apply as non-degree:

  • you have already earned an Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the appropriate discipline
  • you want to take one or more graduate courses but are not interested in earning a degree

Before you apply:

  • confirm with the academic unit that offers the course(s) you are interested in taking, to ensure they admit non-degree students
  • confirm with the academic unit what application materials are required when applying as a non-degree student

It is important to know:

  • courses taken as non-degree may not be used for credit toward a degree in a graduate program
  • if you decide to proceed to a degree you will pay fees according to your category at that time
  • you will not normally be granted full-time status as a non-degree student

Readmission

When to apply for readmission:

  • you were previously enrolled in a Waterloo graduate program but did not complete it

Before you apply:

  • confirm with your academic unit what application materials are required when applying for readmission

It is important to know:

  • if you reapply to a program and are approved for readmission you will be required to register for a minimum of one full term, without tuition refund, to complete program

  • The online application asks if you are applying to return to a previous incomplete graduate program
    • choose Yes for readmission