Welcome to the Faculty of Science! We're so glad to have you join us!

Waterloo Grad Ready is a virtual program and space to support you as you begin your graduate program.

It will offer you opportunities to build connections with students, faculty, and staff; resources to help you transition to graduate life; and workshops to support your ongoing graduate experience.

Our graduate studies community has come together to support you in this new online environment and will add new information and programming throughout the coming months. Please check Waterloo Grad Ready for updates.

Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) has a guide for all new graduate students. This page is meant to supplement the information on that page.

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Get to know the Academic Calendar

The Graduate Academic Calendar is the main contractual document between the student and the University. It is important that new students familiarize themselves with the content of the academic calendar as the milestones and requirements to complete your degree are listed there.


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Apply for Awards and scholarships 

An important part of every graduate student’s life is applying for funding. To get started, visit our funding and awards page for more information.


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Register with Accessibility Services

AccessAbility Services provide academic support for University of Waterloo students who have both permanent and temporary disabilities. AccessAbility Services can support graduate students taking on-campus or online courses or those who are completing non-course degree requirements or milestones.


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Learn about the Health and Dental plans

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) provides Health Insurance and Dental Insurance plans for full-time or part-time "regular" graduate students. These plans can be combined with other plans, and students may also enroll their spouses and children for coverage. Students may also opt-out of these plans if they are coved by another extended plan.


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Payroll information

Students who are expecting funds from an award, Graduate Research Studentship (GRS) stipend, or scholarship, etc. must enter their Canadian banking information to QUEST. For more details on how to set this up, please visit the QUEST “How do I view or update my banking information?” page.

Students who are expecting to be paid from a teaching assistantship, will be invited to Workday, Waterloo’s Human Resources management system. For more information on what information graduate students need to provide, please visit the Human Resources webpage with information specifically for graduate students.


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Health and Safety 

Health and Safety training is mandatory for all MSc and PhD students. Log on to the UW Health and Safety website and complete the online WHMIS and Laboratory Safety courses.  Both courses must be completed prior to any lab or TA assignments. It is necessary you review the Health and Safety package provided to you upon your arrival. 


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Apply for a parking permit or get to know the transit system

If you are planning on driving to campus, you will need to apply for a parking permit provided by Parking Services. Graduate students can access the Grand River Transit (GRT) with a Universal bus pass (UPASS), provided by the Graduate Student Association (GSA).


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Get to know the Graduate Student Community

There are plenty of things to do on and off campus at Waterloo! Look at our student life page for more information.