Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo

Software engineering is a systematic and disciplined approach to developing software. It applies both computer science and engineering principles and practices to the creation, operation, and maintenance of software systems.

At the University of Waterloo, Software Engineering is an independent, interdisciplinary program supported by both the Faculty of Mathematics and the Faculty of Engineering. Graduates of this program will earn a Bachelor of Software Engineering (BSE) degree.


Future undergraduate

Our undergraduate program not only include a solid foundation in mathematics, science, engineering, and computer science, but will also cover fundamental concepts of the software development process, project management, and proper technical documentation.

Future graduate

Despite the lack of a graduate program, those interested in Software Engineering can pursue software-related graduate degrees offered by The David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science and the Faculty of Mathematics or the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Faculty of Engineering

Courses provided by the Faculty of Engineering show students how to design and how to solve problems in digital hardware and software.


Faculty of Math

Courses provided by the Faculty of Math give students the background they need to understand computing fundamentals and to model and reason about software behaviour. 

  1. Aug. 17, 2021Waterloo wins 2021 ICPC North America Division Championship, advances to 45th ICPC World Finals

    Waterloo won the 2021 ICPC North America Division Championship, and advances to 45th ICPC World Finals. ICPC is the International Collegiate Programming Contest. Waterloo's team includes 4A SE student Wesley Leung, and solved 12 problems in contest. No other competitor solved more than 9 problems. 

  2. May 5, 2021SE Capstone Team Hyperbeam (Tutturu) Wins $50K Palihapitiya Venture Creation Fund

    SE 2021 Capstone Team Hyperbeam (formerly Tutturu) won the $50K Palihapitiya Venture Creation Fund, to help fund their startup. The team consists of SE students Philip Scott, Amby Balaji, Declan Goncalves, and former SE student Keer Liu (now BCS). Hyperbeam is a shared web browser that allows friends to watch videos and surf the web together from different locations. They have over 1 million users, including over 170,000 who are active each month.

  3. Apr. 14, 2021SE alumnus founds VaccineHunters

    SE2016 alumnus Josh Kalpin is part of the volunteer "vaccine hunter" team that has created a Twitter account to inform people of available vaccine appointments. The City of Toronto has partnered with them to disseminate information to the public.

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  1. Nov. 17, 2021 to Jan. @13, 2022Undergraduate Admissions Webinar Series: Admissions tips & tricks

    Future undergraduate engineering students are invited to join us for an admissions-focused webinar that will focus on the admissions process and cover topics like how to apply, tips for your Admissions Information Form (AIF), and more!

    Our panellists will include our Director/Associate Director of Admissions as well as current students who successfully went through the process themselves.

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