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Systems Design Engineering - MEng at Waterloo

Program information

Department/School Systems Design Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering
Admit term(s)

Fall (September - December)

Winter (January - April)

Spring (May - August)

Application and document submission deadline(s)

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)

Delivery mode On-campus
Program type Master's, Professional
Length of program 16 months (full-time)
Registration option(s) Full-time, Part-time
Study option(s) Coursework
Research specialization(s) - A graduate specialization reflects expertise achieved by a graduate student in a sub-discipline of their primary area of study

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Biomedical Systems

Human Factors

Mechatronics and Physical Systems

Vision, Image and Signal Processing

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What does it take to get in?

Minimum admission requirements

  • An Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with at least an overall 75% standing from a recognized university.
  • A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score is required for all students whose undergraduate degree is not from Canada or the USA.
    • GRE score requirement is currently being waived for all applicants**

Application material

  • 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
    • Two references are required, a minimum of one academic reference. Applicants who complete their degree five or more years before the application date may submit two professional references
  • 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)

How much will it cost?

What can you expect at Waterloo?

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. **Effective February 2024.

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