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All applications to graduate programs at the University of Waterloo are processed through the graduate online application system. Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) has prepared a guide to help you navigate the application process. This page is meant to supplement that guide.
Take a look at our programs page, which provides you an overview of all the programs offered by the Department of Physics.
Once you have decided which program(s) you are interested in, review the admission requirements for your program(s) and find out about University of Waterloo's admission process on the Future Students page.
Allow around two weeks of time between starting the application process and the deadline, to make sure you have ample time to upload documents, and for your referees to complete their reference form.
International Students should apply at least nine months prior to the start of the term, to allow sufficient time to arrange for a study permit.
In addition to applying and meeting the admission requirements, admission into a graduate program requires matching with a faculty member that is willing to serve as your supervisor.
We recommend that you review department websites to identify the research areas and faculty members who you believe would be the best candidates to act as your supervisor and with whom you think you would like to work with. Then contact the faculty member(s) and provide them with the information they would find valuable for determining if you would be a good fit for their research group.
Approaching a faculty member by email is a good first step. Be sure to tailor your email and message to each potential supervisor. Your goal is to stand out and make them notice you – a great first impression.
GSPA provides guidance on how to find your supervisor.
You may contact potential supervisors either before or after applying. However, when you do apply, we strongly recommend that you indicate potential supervisors on your OUAC or Supplementary Information Form.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy requires three references as a part of the application. Make sure to contact your references early, to provide them with ample time to complete your reference.
Students will require the following documentation for their application:
The application procedures and deadlines for collaborative and other programs may differ from those for the regular physics MSc and PhD programs listed on this page. Please refer to the appropriate program websites for details:
Prospective PhD Students intending to work at the Perimeter Institute with a Waterloo affiliated Perimeter Institute faculty should also apply to the Perimeter Residency Doctoral Award.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.