Application deadlines and admit terms

Admission to the Master of Arts (MA), Master of Environmental Studies (MES), and PhD programs is normally in September; admission to the Master of Planning (MPlan) and Graduate Diploma in Planning (GDip) is in September, January, and May.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall admission – February 1
  • Winter admission – June 1
  • Spring admission – October 1

Admission Requirements

Follow the links below for admission information on your program of choice.

Research Areas and Keywords for Application Process

We emphasize interdisciplinary and integrative approaches to Planning research practices. A key strength of our graduate program is to match each successful applicant to a faculty supervisor with demonstrated expertise in the student’s area of interest. View our faculty member’s research interests to aid you in the graduate application process. In your application, choose keywords that are closest to your area of interest, and then describe your specific topic in more detail in the supplementary information form.  

Faculty members will be able to supervise a range of research topics not all of which are captured by the keywords. For specific information, please consult individual faculty members’ profile pages. 


Graduate students in the School of Planning are strongly encouraged to apply for external scholarships.

A comprehensive scholarship database is available to all graduate students at the University of Waterloo.

In all cases, the deadlines mentioned on the individual Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) web pages are the agency's deadlines.  For School of Planning deadlines, please check with Scholarship Coordinator (Environment 3, Room 3211, 519-888-4567 x33618). *


Each scholarship competition has a unique set of deadlines and of processes to follow with regard to ordering transcripts.  Information for each individual competition can be found at Transcripts for Scholarship Competitions

For more information on the scholarships, please contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Research in Planning

35 new PhD positions available.