Applying to MDEI

Considering applying to one of the most innovative and unique programs, the University of Waterloo has to offer? Here's what you need to know:


  • Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, with a minimum overall standing of 78% in the last two years

  • 3 references (3 academic or 2 academic and 1 professional)

  • Resume

  • 300 to 500 word "Statement of Interest" (How do you see yourself contributing to and benefiting from the Master of Digital Experience Innovation program?)

  • The admissions committee may request an interview, in person or by phone, to further assess a candidate's suitability for the program. Students will be contacted directly should an interview be required. 

  • We may also consider applications from mature students who do not meet the regular academic admission requirements of a four-year Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent. To be considered, an applicant must have a least eight years of professional experience in a field related to the program, such as digital media, journalism, digital entertainment, digital gaming, software development, design, etc., and a minimum Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 550, or an equivalent score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (referencing Educational Testing Service's (ETS) GRE Comparison Table for Business Schools).

    • Please note applicants who meet the regular admission requirements are not required to submit a GMAT/GRE score as part of their application.

Internationally educated applicants:

  • Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, with a minimum overall standing of 78% in the entire degree.

  • To view admission requirements by country, please review the International Admission Guide.

  • Proof of English language proficiency is required. Refer to the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for specific details.

Application Deadline

  • February 1st (for admission in September)

*All documents pertaining to your application must be uploaded by February 15th. We do not accept late applications or late application document submissions.


  • Review the steps to preparing your application for complete details about applying to the Master of Digital Experience Innovation.

  • Apply online today, and you are on your way to joining the forward-thinking and groundbreaking staff, faculty and students in the Master of Digital Experience Innovation program.

  • Please note that the Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI) is a competitive, limited enrolment program. Therefore admission is not guaranteed by the attainment of the minimum requirements. Each candidate is assessed individually based on the entirety of their application. 


Please see the Master of Digital Experience Innovation FAQs or contact our Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator.

*If there is a discrepancy between this site and the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar, please refer to the latter for the most accurate information.