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Data Science and Artificial Intelligence - MDSAI at Waterloo

Program information

Department/School Data Science
Faculty Faculty of Mathematics
Admit term(s)

Fall (September - December)

Winter (January - April)

Spring (May - August)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

January 15 (for admission in September)

July 1 (for admission in January of the following year)

November 1 (for admission in May of the following year)

Delivery mode On-campus
Program type Master's, Professional
Length of program 36 months
Registration option(s) Part-time
Study option(s) Coursework

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Note: This is a part-time non co-op program, designed for candidates who have a regular job and reside within commuting distance to the University of Waterloo’s main campus. All other candidates should consider the full-time co-op program instead.

What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent in data science, computer science, statistics, mathematics or a related field, with a minimum overall average of 78%.
  • Experience at the senior level in at least one of computer science or statistics.
  • Students in the Master of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence - Co-operative Program can apply to transfer into the Master of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Program after completing at least one academic term. Admittance will be decided by the Graduate Director on a case-by case basis.

Application materials

  • Resume
  • 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
  • Transcript(s)

  • References
    • Three references are required; at least two academic
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
    • TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)

How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

Additional resources

This program page is effective September 2023; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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