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Admissions Requirements

Find out more about specific admission requirements for your program of interest:

How to Apply

The University of Waterloo's Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) has step-by-step application procedures.

To get started:

  1. Choose your program
  2. Confirm your eligibility: understand the general admission and English language proficiency requirements.
  3. Ensure that you meet all of your program-specific requirements.
  4. Contact your referees.

Ready to apply? 

You'll apply online through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). A link, plus a guide to applying is available on the GSPA's website.

Admission review process

The Faculty of Mathematics works with our Academic Units (Department, School, or program) and Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs to review all graduate applications. We are committed to a fair and thorough review process with the goal of providing students with an admission decision in timely manner. 

In most cases, completed applications will be reviewed within approximately 8-10 weeks of the program’s application deadline. 

If, upon review of your application, we discover that information is missing, unclear, or incomplete, the Graduate Coordinator will contact you.

Once an admission decision has been made, applicants will receive an email and an admission decision will appear in Quest. Admitted students can then view and print our electronic offer of admission letter.

Please visit your program page for application deadlines.

Learn more about the admission review process.


Some departments or school admit students year round. Check department information for specific deadlines. International students must apply at least 6-8 months prior to desired admission date.