|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
Fall (September – December)
Winter (January – April)
Spring (May – August)
|Application and document submission deadline(s)||
February 1 (for admission in September)
July 1 (for admission in January of the following year)
October 1 (for admission in May of the following year)
|Program type||Master's, Research|
|Length of program||24 months (full-time)|
|Registration option(s)||Full-time, Part-time|
Research fields - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student's research concentration
Bioinformatics, Systematics and Evolution
Ecology and Environmental Biology
Physiology, Cell and Developmental Biology
What does it take to get in?
Minimum admission requirements
- A 75% overall standing in the last two years, or equivalent, in an Honours Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent.
- Students holding degrees from institutions outside Canada may be required to submit Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE, Analytical and Quantitative) with their application.
- Review the finding a supervisor resources
- Before applying to the program, students are strongly advised to establish contact with potential supervisors. It is a good strategy to identify whether the potential supervisors that students would like to undertake research with have available positions and funding.
- Supplementary information form (SIF)
- The SIF contains questions specific to your program, typically about why you want to enrol and your experience in that field. Review the application documents web page for more information about this requirement
- If a statement or letter is required by your program, review the writing your personal statement resources for helpful tips and tricks on completion
- Three references are required; at least 2 academic
- Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
- TOEFL 90 (writing 25, speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5)
How much will it cost?
- Use the student budget calculator to estimate your cost and resources
- Visit the graduate program tuition page on the Finance website to determine the tuition and incidental fees per term for your program
- Review the study and living costs
- Review the funding graduate school resources for graduate students
What can you expect at Waterloo?
- Review the degree requirements in the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, including the courses that you can anticipate taking as part of completing the degree
- Check out profiles of current graduate students to learn about their experience at Waterloo
- Check out Waterloo's institutional thesis repository - UWspace to see recent submissions from the department of Biology graduate students
- Check out the Waterloo campus and city tours
- Review the Department of Biology website to see information about supervisors, research areas, news, and events