|Department/School||School of Optometry and Vision Science|
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
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)
|Program type||Master's, Research|
|Length of program||24 months (full-time)|
|Registration option(s)||Full-time, Part-time|
|Research field(s) - Graduate research fields are used to better define a student’s research concentration||
Healthcare, Education and Delivery
Ocular Biology and Pathophysiology
Technology and Optics
What does it take to get in?
Minimum admission requirements
- The program is open to students with at least a 75% standing (or equivalent international level) in the last two years of:
- An Optometry or Vision Science program.
- An honors BSc (or BEng) (or equivalent) in an area relevant to the proposed studies.
- An honors degree (or equivalent) in a health-related program.
- An honors degree (or equivalent) with additional training or experience in a relevant field.
- Students will be considered for admission on individual merit and may require a specific program designed to remedy deficiencies in the relevant Vision Sciences with appropriate core science courses.
- Promising candidates must demonstrate that they are capable of managing the diverse background requirements for the program.
- Review the finding a supervisor resources
- 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
- Three academic references are required
- 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?
- Use the student budget calculator to estimate your cost and resources
- Visit the graduate program tuition page on the Finance website to determine the tuition and incidental fees per term for your program
- Review the study and living costs
- Review the funding graduate school resources for graduate students
What can you expect at Waterloo?
- Review the degree requirements on the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, including the courses that you can anticipate taking as part of completing the degree
- Check out profiles of current graduate students to learn about their experience at Waterloo
- Check out Waterloo's institutional thesis repository - UWspace to see recent submissions from the School of Optometry and Vision Science graduate students
- Check out the Waterloo campus and city tours
- Review the School of Optometry and Vision Science website to see information about supervisors, research areas, news, and events