How to apply

General application information can be found on the Academic Calendar; specific admissions requirements can be found under each program description within the Academic Calendar's Physics and Astronomy section.

For more information about graduate studies at Waterloo, please visit Discover Graduate Studies - Physics MSc and Discover Graduate Studies - Physics PhD

Application deadlines

  • Application forms and supporting documents are due by the deadlines outlined in the table below.
  • Students who meet these deadlines will be eligible for consideration for any major awards and scholarships (OGS, Tri-Agency Scholarships and internal UW awards) to which they have applied. 
Starting semester Application Deadline**
Fall (Sept – Dec) March 1st
Winter (Jan – Apr) June 1st (previous year)
Spring (May - Aug) October 1st (previous year)

** For Domestic students (Canadians and Permanent Residents) applications will be considered after these deadlines, although this may impact your eligibility for major awards and scholarships in your first year.

Please note: The department strongly recommends that international students apply at least nine months prior to the start of the term, to allow sufficient time to arrange for a study permit.