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Listed below are detailed instructions on the application requirements, submission and process for graduate studies in Management Sciences.
Keeping in mind the competitive nature of admissions, it is in your best interest to understand that the review committee is looking at your potential as a student in graduate studies in Management Sciences, this includes: academic strengths as well as ability to meet deadlines, follow instructions, and perform basic tasks independently. If you need assistance or further clarification on any of the items listed below, please do not hesitate to contact our admissions support staff.
Please remember, it is important to provide as much information as possible.
If evidence of misrepresentation or fraudulent or falsified documentation is found the penalty is severe. The University of Waterloo reserves the right to revoke any offer of admission and/or financial support. University of Waterloo may also disclose evidence of any misrepresentation or fraudulent or falsified documentation to all Canadian universities, to Citizenship and Immigration Canada and law enforcement personnel where appropriate.
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Application Deadlines are firm. All completed applications are reviewed after the application deadline listed below. If the department requires additional information, documentation or clarification you will be contacted via the email you include in your application.
|Graduate Degree Program||Fall term (September start) Only|
|Term Start||Application Deadline|
|Winter (January start)||October 1st|
|Spring (May start)||February 1st|
|Fall (September start)||June 1st|
After you have completed application and the fee has been processed, the Ontario University Application Center (OUAC) will release your information to Waterloo. It can take up to 5 business days (one week) for the email instruction on uploading your documents into the Waterloo student information system (quest). This is an generic email which is often caught in email filters - please make sure you add: email@example.com to your contact list, so you are sure not to have missed it.
Check with the University Graduate Office document listings to make sure the documents submitted will meet the requirements (the transcript requirements in particular need to be met for the department to consider an applicant and put forward for review - they must meet the university criteria).
More details on how the application system (OUAC) works and what to expect is available at the Graduate Office: Application information and instructions.
If a supervisor is not found for you, your application may be considered for admission to the MMSC program for further consideration to the MASc upon successful completion of the core courses required for both master's programs. We encourage MASc applicants who exceed the minimum requirements to submit a secondary application to the MMSC program.
Transcripts must be in the original language and include a certified translation if the transcript is not in English.
Remember: these are academic references not personal or professional references while we are certain all applicants are essential to their company, loyal, efficient and have superior leadership skills, our review committee is looking to hear how your referee feels you would perform academically and be an asset in our graduate program.
If you cannot contact an academic referee, you may choose to submit professional references. The review committee, will expect to see academic references, so you are encouraged to go to every effort possible to obtain academic references from your professors, department or faculty. It really can make all the difference.
Some things to note to your referees:
Valid institutional or organizational email addresses are preferable. Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo etc. are not normally accepted. An explanation for the use of a non-institutional email address would be required. The referee must provide a reason within the text box of the form.
All reference letters are verified for authenticity.
To change a referee or referee information send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org be sure to include your name as it appears in quest, your application number and the relevant information you want to update (i.e. referee contact information etc.).
If you are applying to any of our graduate programs remember; this is your opportunity to use your written 'voice' and 'speak' directly to the review committee talking about your background, future goals, and how management sciences can pull these together. It is where the committee will look to find your unofficial strengths - those not listed on transcripts, resumes or references. Here they will assess overall writing abilities, future goals, ideas, your understanding of management sciences and of course supervisors will be looking for insight into your research aptitude.
If English is your second language (ESL) and your goal is graduate study at a Canadian Institute, we would recommend the EFAS (English For Academic Study) available via University of Waterloo Renison English Language Institute. Even if you have a strong aptitude for the language, this program will reinforce your writing abilities at the graduate level and help you meet the academic expectations. Achieving 75% in 400 level EFAS course with a minimum of 75% in writing, oral and academic skills would meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for Management Sciences graduate studies.
If you have not completed three or more years of post-secondary work at a Canadian institution, or at an institution at which English was the language of instruction, or have not been employed for a similar period of time in a position in which English was the language of business, you will be required to provide certification of English language proficiency.
|Test||Minimum Department Requirement|
|TOEFL Internet based||
25 in speaking and writing sections
|EFAS||75% in 400 Level with minimum 75% in each writing, oral and academic skills|
If you are intending to apply to one of the research programs (PhD or MASc) a supervisor will be required for admission.
The course requirements for our master's thesis program are similar to our master's coursework program, therefore, if you exceed the minimum requirements for the MASc but do not have a supervisor during the admission process, you may wish to be considered for admission to the MMSc (on-campus coursework) program.
If this is the case, you will need to submit an application for the MMSc program. To allow both applications to be reviewed in time for consideration.
If admitted as an MMSc coursework student you would then be on campus completing the coursework portion of your program. This allows the faculty to review your graduate academic performance and abilities, it also provides you an opportunity to further define your research interests, and find a supervisor best suited to your specialization.
During this time if you are able to secure a supervisor he or she would request a program change from the MMSc (coursework) to the MASc (thesis). All successful and applicable course work completed within the department would be credited towards the course requirements in MASc.
Remember: The application process for graduate studies in Management Sciences is competitive. Requirements listed here are the minimum requirements for consideration. It is in your best interest to submit the strongest application possible and complete it on time. This means full transcripts, resume details, well written and thought out Statement of Purpose and the required ELP results. If you're not sure if you should include something, it is usually is best to provide as much information as possible.
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