Current graduate students


students hanging out

Graduate courses 

Graduate students may choose from courses within the 500, 600, and 700 series. Consult your degree requirements when choosing courses.

Grad Student Events 

Complete the form to publicly announce upcoming seminars, PhD comprehensive exams, and PhD defenses.


Graduate Student Association (GSA-UW)

The GSA-UW is seeking a new councillor to represent graduate students in the Department of Systems Design Engineering. 


Convocation is the culmination of years of your hard work, passion and commitment. Get more information about the convocation process.

Department graduate office contacts

When contacting members of the SYDE Graduate Studies Office, please use your Waterloo e-mail address if you are a current student at the University of Waterloo.

We request that you include your name as shown on Quest and your 8-digit student identification number so we can access your records and promptly address your questions.  

SYDE Graduate Studies Office
Academic Services Coordinator - MASc and PhD
Contact for: MASc and PhD programs (including GRS and award payments)

Anna Cunningham
Academic Services Coordinator - MEng and Scheduling
Contact for: MEng program

Eihab Abdel-Rahman
Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies

General inquiries

Academic requirements and resources

The sections below contain links to helpful information and processes for current and new Systems Design Engineering graduate students to follow.

Questions regarding graduate program matters should be directed to the contact noted above for your program.