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 quick check list

  • All post-secondary transcripts
  • 3 academic references
  • Supplementary information form
  • English language proficiency*
  • Physics subject GRE*

* as applicable


  • January 9 - Fall admission
  • June 1 - Winter admission
  • October 1 - Spring admission