Graduate programs

We offer Master of Science (MSc), either thesis or course work based, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) opportunities over eight subdisciplines: Subatomic Physics; Astrophysics and Gravitation; Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Chemical Physics; Biophysics; Industrial and Applied Physics; Condensed Matter and Materials Physics; and Quantum Computing.

We also offer MSc and PhD collaborative programs in Nanotechnology, and Quantum Information.

Like most graduate programs at Waterloo, we require a 75% average over the past two years. We also require a transcript, references, and a supplementary information form. International applicants will also require TOEFL and Physics subject GRE.

Please refer to the table below to learn more about each program.  

Graduate Programs in Physics & Astronomy
Program Discover Graduate Studies Graduate Academic Calendar

Master of Science (MSc)

  • coursework option
  • thesis option
overview academic requirements

Master of Science (MSc)

Nanotechnology collaborative program

overview academic requirements

Master of Science (MSc)

Quantum Information collaborative program

overview academic requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

overview academic requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Nanotechnology collaborative program

overview academic requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Quantum Information collaborative program

overview academic requirements