Systems Design 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)

Graduate research fields

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Machine Learning and Intelligence
  • Mechatronic and Physical Systems
  • Modelling, Simulation and Systems Theory
  • Optimization and Decision Making
  • Societal and Environmental Systems
  • Vision, Image and Signal Processing

Study options

  • Thesis

Minimum admission requirements

  • Excellent background preparation and academic achievement in prior degrees, usually a relevant (i.e. thesis-based) Master's degree with an 80% average from a recognized university.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate research problems and to execute the research required to solve problems (such as a Master of Applied Science (MASc) research thesis or published scientific/technical papers).
  • Three references, at least two from academic sources that are able to comment upon academic preparation and research ability
  • 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