Graduate studies in the Faculty of Health
Our graduate programs put scholarship in the context of real-world issues. Whether the end goal is a career in academia or the public or private sector, our programs allow students to explore complex concepts, generate new knowledge and learn from a global network of researchers and organizations.
Our professors collaborate with organizations such as the World Health Organization, Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Cancer Society to identify health risks, and to advance knowledge, programs and policies to improve quality of life and health across the life course. They are also working with social service agencies, national parks personnel, the World Tourism Organization and other organizations to optimize enhancement of our lives through leisure.
Whether upgrading your education with a course-based master's program, or embarking on a research-based master's or doctoral program, you can look forward to an inspiring, connected and relevant journey of discovery.
We offer graduate programs that are embedded in each of our academic units;
- MA Recreation and Leisure Studies (coursework)
- MA Recreation and Leisure Studies (thesis)
- PhD Recreation and Leisure Studies
This collaborative program offers an interdisciplinary platform to examine issues in aging, health and well-being and spans each of the academic units in the Faculty of Health.
The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is also offered by the School of Social Work at Renison University College in collaboration with Waterloo's Faculty of Health.
Waterloo’s Intellectual Property Policy #73
Unlike many other universities in Canada, graduate students and faculty members at the University of Waterloo retain rights to the intellectual property they develop at the university.
Research centres, institutes and groups
There is an ever-growing number of research groups and centres in, or affiliated with, the Faculty of Health. Research centres and groups present an excellent opportunity for you to engage with Waterloo’s academic community, from participating in research projects to attending events and presentations.
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) is responsible for many facets of graduate studies and postdoctoral affairs, including: recruitment, admissions, financial bursaries and awards, records, professional development, degree completion and ongoing community engagement – with graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty.
Residence for graduate students
Planning to live on campus? Learn more about residence options for graduate students.
Graduate Studies Endowment Fund
Grad students at the University of Waterloo can submit funding proposals to the Graduate Studies Endowment Fund for initiatives that enhance the learning, research, and overall experience of graduate students.
Funding and awards
A variety of scholarships, assistantships, and other forms of financial aid are available for graduate students in the Faculty of Health.
NOTE: Most of these awards are for full-time, on-campus, research-based graduate students.
Enhance your time at the University of Waterloo by joining your student association. It's a great way to meet classmates, collaborate on special events, share resources, and keep up-to-date on happenings in your department/school.
Take a tour
Watch our Faculty of Health video tour to get a feel for our facilities. During the tour, you will see our graduate seminar room where students defend their theses, study spaces, labs, social spaces and more.
Grad life, from a grad perspective
What does it look like to be a graduate student at the Faculty of Health? Watch our "Life of a Grad Student" video series to see.