University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext 32215
Fax: (519) 746-8115
Our program currently shares applications with the University of Guelph, the Institute for Quantum Computing, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology.
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Your application will be made available to faculty, adjunct faculty and cross-appointed faculty listed on the University of Waterloo, Department of Physics and Astronomy site, as well as all faculty listed on the University of Guelph, Department of Physics site. You are welcome to and encouraged to name any faculty that you are interested in working with from either institutional site. This will help us direct your application to a potential supervisor.
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:
Application forms and supporting documents are due by the deadlines outlined in the table below. Please check the Discover Graduate Studies website in the case there are deadline extensions.
|Starting Term||Application Deadline|
|Fall (September)||January 9th|
|Winter (January)||June 1st (previous year)|
|Spring (May)||October 1st (previous year)|
Students who meet these deadlines and are eligible, will be considered for any major awards and scholarships (OGS, Tri-Agency Scholarships and internal UW awards) to which they have applied.
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.
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.
In general, students looking to apply to the Department of Physics and Astronomy will need to have the following:
An appropriate degree with a 75% overall standing
Master’s program: An Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Science with at least a 75% standing (or equivalent).
PhD program: Normally a Master's degree in Physics, with at least a 75% standing (or equivalent).
Applications will be submitted using the OUAC website. Be sure to declare ALL post-secondary institutions attended (past and current; this includes incomplete studies and transfer courses).There will be a place to indicate up to 3 areas of study, and a place to list potential supervisors. You are strongly encouraged to indicate potential supervisors even if you haven't contacted them yet.
Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
The SIF is used to learn about your preference of research area, scholarly contributions, scholarships and statement of interest. For tips on filling out the SIF, please visit the Discover Graduate Studies site.
|Once you have submitted your application on OUAC, you will be required to upload your academic transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended showing all courses and marks along with a transcript legend/key/grading scale. For more information on which transcripts you are required to send, what information must be included on the transcript, and what to do in the case of an international education, please visit the Discover Graduate Studies page on academic transcripts.|
Master’s program: 2 of the 3 references should be from academic sources
PhD program: All 3 references should be from academic sources.
For more tips on selecting a reference, please visit the Discover Graduate Studies page on references.
This is a competitive program with a limited number of openings each year; approved applicants are admitted to either of these research programs ONLY if a supervisor can be found.
Students DO NOT need to find a supervisor prior to applying. However, we strongly recommend that they indicate some potential supervisors on their OUAC or Supplementary Information form. You may indicate a supervisor without contacting them first.
Applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors after submitting their application. Be specific in your correspondence, let them know about your research experience, publications, presentations and the aspects of their research you are most interested in. Avoid sending generic messages.
Supervisors looking for graduate students can view potential graduate student applications once they are approved by the Admissions Committee.
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.
In addition to the above admission requirements, international students may need:
|Physics SUBJECT Graduate Record Exam (GRE)||If your previous/current degree(s) were NOT taken at a Canadian university, you must submit a physics subject GRE with a minimum score of 800.|
|English Language Proficiency (ELP) Certification||If English is not your first language, your BSc or MSc was completed in English more than two years ago or your previous education was not completed in English, you must submit proof of an English Language Proficiency (ELP). For more information on requirements and exemptions, please view the UW ELP requirements and the ELP exemptions.|
Applicants who have arranged to take a GRE and/or TOEFL at a future date may apply with these tests pending. As soon as the test results are received, the application package will be reviewed (providing all other documents have been received as well).