Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering - PhD at Waterloo

At a glance:

Application and document submission deadlines

  • February 1 (for admission in September)
  • June 1 (for admission in January of the following year)
  • October 1 (for admission in May of the following year)

Note: Completed applications, including all supporting documentation must be submitted on or before the posted application deadline. If you will not be able to meet the posted deadline, please consider applying to a later term.

Graduate research fields

  • Automation and Controls
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials Engineering and Processing
  • Solid-Body Mechanics and Mechanical Design
  • Thermal Engineering

Study options

  • Thesis

Minimum admission requirements

  • A thesis-based Master's degree from a university of recognized standing with a minimum 80% standing with demonstrated research capabilities.
  • In order to be admitted to PhD candidacy, applicants must have demonstrated research capabilities. For this reason, should graduates with a Master's degree obtained without producing a research thesis desire to enter the PhD program, they must satisfy the Department that they are able to carry out independent research.
  • Three references, at least two academic
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable. TOEFL 80 (writing 22, speaking 20, reading 20, listening 18) IELTS 6.5 (writing 6.0, speaking 6.0)

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