Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students

Transfer to the PhD Program

A student enrolled in a MASc program at the University of Waterloo may apply for transfer to the PhD program without completing a Master's degree. Transfer from a MAsc program to a PhD program will normally be considered if an applicant:

  • has an excellent undergraduate record,
  • has obtained a course work grade average of at least 80% in courses that have been taken for graduate credit,
  • has developed a clearly defined research program that seems likely to satisfy the research proposal component of the PhD comprehensive examination and has demonstrated an aptitude for research,
  • presents objective evidence of adequate English language skills which should enable the candidate to write a thesis and to communicate orally, and
  • is not beyond the fourth academic term of a MASc program.

The supervisor shall prepare a memorandum which summarizes the candidate's qualifications under each of the above. Student has to do the comprehensive examination by the end of the forth term after s/he is transferred to PhD program.

PhD Comprehensive

*Must be completed by the end of the 4th term

Once a date and time has been set please email the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Graduate Administrator, PhD Program, Graduate Studies with your date, time and proposed thesis title.

Your supervisor will then need to send an email to the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Graduate Administrator, PhD Program, Graduate Studies with the Proposed Examiners names. The Examiners consist of three members of the University (plus supervisor(s)) with at least one examiner external to the department.

PhD oral defence

Approval of External Examiners

  • Please have your supervisor email the MME Graduate Administrator , Phd Program, Graduate Studies for the external examiner to be approved. Supervisor must attach the External Examiners CV to the email and then will be given a Nomination of PhD Thesis Examining Committee Form to complete and sign and the issue of at arms length must be addressed.
  • You will also need to email the date and time of the defence and thesis title at the time of approval of the external examiner and the MME Graduate Office will look after booking the room for your defence.

Your defence committee is the same as the Comprehensive Exam committee plus the external examiner. All committee members must be in attendance at your defence (If they can’t make it they must notify me and arrange for a delegate to attend on their behalf.)

PhD thesis submission

  • Must be submitted a minimum of 25 business days before the date of the Examination (5 weeks)
  • Once your external examiner is approved you will need to get the  Appointment of PhD Thesis Examining Committee Form (Form F) from the Engineering Graduate Office (DWE 3520) for committee members to acknowledge receipt of the thesis.
  • Each committee member needs to sign the  form when receiving their copy of the thesis
  • The MME Graduate Studies Office  will sign for the external examiner and send the thesis by courier
  • Once all signatures are received you will need to take the form back to Eng. GSO with the display copy of your thesis