Please Note: This fall, the University of Waterloo is transitioning to a new graduate online application system. The current system, Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), will be accepting applications until October 3, 2021, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

You can apply using the new graduate online application system beginning on or about October 6, 2021. It will not be possible to begin new applications or submit in-progress applications from October 3-6, 2021.

If you are planning to begin a new graduate studies application close to the October 3 deadline, we recommend that you wait until the new graduate online application system is available, as incomplete or in-progress applications in OUAC will not transfer over to the new system. All applications in OUAC must be submitted with the application fee paid before October 3, otherwise it will be necessary to begin the whole application process over again.

If you have already submitted your application and paid your application fee through OUAC before October 3, rest assured that we have received it and no action needs to be taken.

To be admitted to graduate studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, an applicant must have an excellent academic record from a recognized university and must possess maturity and self-motivation.

Furthermore, since close technical contact with a faculty member is an essential part of graduate education in engineering, no applicant for a thesis degree can be admitted unless a faculty supervisor who specializes in the applicant's desired area of research offers him or her a place in their research group. It is therefore important that applicants indicate clearly in their application the area of research in which they wish to be engaged. We suggest that you apply, upload all materials and then start the process of trying to make contact with faculty members in the research area(s) that you are interested in. You can contact a faculty member to be your prospective supervisor through our official form

Further information for international students is also available.

Note: Starting in the Winter 2022 admission cycle and onward, there will be only one round of application deadlines.