|David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science
|Faculty of Mathematics
Fall (September - December)
Winter (January - April)
Spring (May - August)
|Application and document submission deadline(s)
December 1 (for admission in September of the following year)
June 1 (for admission in January of the following year)
October 1 (for admission in May of the following year)
|Length of program
|48 months (full-time)
Research fields - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student's research concentration
Algorithms and Complexity
Computer Algebra and Symbolic Computation
Cryptography, Security and Privacy
Systems and Networking
What does it take to get in?
Minimum admission requirements
- A Master's degree in Computer Science with a 78% average.
- Student with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science may apply for admission directly to the PhD program. Successful applicants will have an outstanding academic record, breadth of knowledge in computer science, and strong letters of recommendation.
- PhD applicants may be admitted into the Master of Mathematics (MMath) program. Like all MMath students, they will have the option to transfer into the PhD program before completing the master's thesis if their performance warrants.
- Review the finding a supervisor resources
- Applicants do not need to have a confirmed supervisor before applying. If offered admission, a supervisor will be assigned at that time
- 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 two academic
- Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
- TOEFL 93 (writing 22, speaking 22), IELTS 6.5 (writing 6.0, 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 David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science graduate students
- Check out the Waterloo campus and city tours
- Review the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science website to see information about supervisors, research areas, news, and events