Program information

Department/School Physics and Astronomy
Faculty Faculty of Science
Admit term(s)

Fall (September - December)

Winter (January - April)

Spring (May - August)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

January 9 (for admission in September)

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

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

Delivery mode On-campus
Program type Doctoral, Joint, Research
Length of program 48 months (full-time)
Registration option(s) Full-time, Part-time
Study option(s) Thesis
Research field(s) - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student’s research concentration

Astrophysics and Gravitation

Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics

Biophysics

Chemical Physics

Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

Industrial and Applied Physics

Quantum Computing

Subatomic Physics

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What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • Normally a Master's degree in Physics, with at least a 75% standing
  • Students with an undergraduate degree in Physics may apply for admission directly to the PhD program. Successful applicants will have an outstanding academic record, breadth of knowledge in physics, and strong letters of recommendation

Supervisors

Application material

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Physics Subject test scores for all students who have completed their post-secondary education outside of Canada
    • Note: This application document is currently not required due to COVID-19
  • 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
  • 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?

What can you expect at Waterloo?


Updated December 2022. This program page is effective September 2022; it will be updated annually.  Any changes to the program page following this date will be indicated with a notation. 

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