At a glance:
Application and document submission deadline
- February 1 (for admission in September)
- In order for an application to be considered, all required documentation, including academic references, must be submitted on or before this date. Please aim to apply by January 18 to allow adequate time to upload supporting documents and ensure that your referees are aware of this firm deadline.
- NOTE: Due to the competitive nature of the professional programs at the University of Waterloo the ideal GPA for admission is based on the current pool of applicants and the previous years GPA cut-off. The minimum Graduate Studies application standard for admission is a CGPA of 3.0 or 75%. Successful applicants in the professional programs in 2020/2021 had an average GPA of 78%.
Minimum admission requirements
- An overall 75% average in a four-year undergraduate degree program in a health or related field from a recognized university. Examples of backgrounds would include, but not be limited to, nursing, social science (e.g., psychology, social work), environmental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, pharmacy, optometry, and public health.
- Minimum of one year work or volunteer experience in an area relevant to public health, health promotion, health care, health systems, or program evaluation.
- An undergraduate course in research methods (with a minimum 75% average) is recommended.
- A statement of interest explaining the student’s goals, aspirations, and potential for future leadership in the field.
- Two references, one from an academic source, unless more than five years have elapsed since the applicant last registered in a university course, in which case both references can be from the professional sources. One reference from a relevant paid or volunteer work experience. At least one of the professional referees must be asked to comment specifically on the applicant’s academic abilities.
- Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable. TOEFL 100 (writing 26, speaking 26), IELTS 7.5 (writing 7.0, speaking 7.0)
- School of Public Health Sciences does not consider international applications whose English language proficiency scores fall below the minimum requirements
Approximate tuition, fees, and living costs
- To determine the tuition and incidental fees per term for your program, visit the Graduate program tuition page on the Finance website. Once you are on the page:
- Choose your program type: master’s & diploma programs or doctoral programs
- Choose your residency status: Canadian/permanent resident or international
- Choose a term (tuition amounts for future terms are posted approximately two months prior to the start of each term and incidental fees are subject to change)
- Find your program under the appropriate faculty. Tuition amounts are listed per term, with three terms occurring over the course of a year.
- Review the study and living costs