University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
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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. Then when you are ready, start the Application Process.
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. 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.
Application forms and supporting documents are due by the deadlines outlined in the table below.
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.
|Starting Term||Application Deadline**|
|Fall (September)||January 9th|
|Winter (January)||June 1st (previous year)|
|Spring (May)||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.
Note: that 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 program websites for details:
The Institute for Quantum Computing Collaborative Program in Quantum Information
Perimeter Scholars International intensive 10 month MSc
Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) Collaborative Program in Nanotechnology
An honours degree in physics or equivalent, from an approved institution, with first or upper second class standing (equivalent to minimum of 75% by Ontario standards) is normally required for entry into the MSc program; an MSc degree in Physics is normally required for entrance into the PhD program.
Note that 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. Applicants are also encouraged to contact potential supervisors after submitting their application. Supervisors looking for graduate students are able to view potential graduate student applications once they are approved by the Admissions Committee.
Note: Applications will NOT be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until ALL application documents have been uploaded and/or completed.
* as applicable