Application procedure and admissions

All applications must be completed through the University's online application system

Successful applicants for the September term can expect to receive an offer of admission as early as late February.

Application deadlines for Fall are as follows: 

  • PhD: December 1
  • MMath: January 1

All application information (including letters of reference and the Supplemental Information Form) must be received by the above deadlines in order to be eligible for full consideration.

Application deadlines for Winter are the same as for the previous Fall. Late applications will be accepted until April 1, however, there might not be space in the program depending on the acceptance rate of our first round Fall offers.

Frequently asked questions about applying to our Graduate Program can be found on our FAQ page.

Supplemental Information Form

Below you will find six questions pertaining to the supplemental information section of the online system. Once you submit your supplemental information, you will not be able to change or correct it.

Question 1

This question is required for those who are applying from a university outside Canada, and optional for those applying from a Canadian University.

List your senior undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses. Describe their contents or give the name of the textbook used.

a) Algebra and logic course(s)

b) Analysis courses(s):

c) Geometry, topology and number theory course(s)

d) Other math course(s):

Question 2

List any publications for which you are the author/co-author (research papers, theses, technical reports, etc.).

Question 3

If you are not currently enrolled in an educational institution, please describe your professional activities since leaving school.

Question 4

This question is required for PhD applicants and optional for MMath applicants. Indicate N/A if this does not apply.

Please write a one-page summary of a recently completed or in progress project from your current (or most recently completed) program of study, or outline a possible area that you might like to explore during your time at Waterloo. We encourage our applicants to apply for any major awards that they are eligible for (e.g. NSERC, OGS), and such applicants may simply repeat their statement from the award application.

Question 5

Please list (at least 1 and up to 3) supervisors with whom you would like to work.

Question 6

This question is optional. Indicate N/A if this does not apply.

Please let us know any other information that would be helpful for our Admissions Committee to know about you (maximum 500 words).