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UNIVERSITY of WATERLOO 

GENERAL

PROGRAMS

AID

ADMISSION

Instructions:

This is an applicant-managed application package.* This package contains one two-part Application for Admission to Graduate Studies form, three Reference Forms for Admission to Graduate Studies, and accompanying envelopes for application fee, and return envelope. It enables you to ensure that your file is as complete as possible when you submit your application.

 
*Note for those wishing to submit an application based on downloaded information from this website:
Detailed instructions for producing replicas of the envelopes described above have been included in the information which follows. Please follow those directions carefully.

You must assemble all relevant documentation and forward the complete package to the Graduate Studies Office, University of Waterloo.

Read the following instructions carefully before completing the application. Many departments/schools have specific application requirements. If you still have questions or require additional information, feel free to contact the Graduate Studies Office or the department to which you are applying.

APPLICATION FORM

Applicants wishing to submit a downloaded application from this website must submit two copies of the application form.
Complete all sections.
Sign the form using your full, legal name.
Photocopy the form and retain the photocopy for your records.
Separate the form:
place the application fee with the original (white copy) inside the envelope and seal;
place the supporting documents, the small envelope and the second copy of the form inside the larger return envelope.

APPLICATION FEE

A non-refundable application fee of Canadian $50.00 (US $35.00) (cheque or money order, payable to the University of Waterloo) must be submitted with each application. If you reside outside Canada and the United States, you must pay the fee by an international money order or bank draft, in Canadian funds, drawn on a Canadian bank, or in equivalent U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank. International coupons are not acceptable.
Note: Applications will not be processed without the application fee.

Some funds from the application fees are used for student conference travel or other special projects in support of graduate students.

 
Application and Fee envelope Instructions for applicants wishing to submit an application using downloaded information from this website. (Please use a small envelope (approximately 9" x 4"). You will be enclosing this envelope in a larger envelope containing all of your documentation.)
The following information should appear on the Front of the envelope:
In the upper left hand corner of the front of the envelope type:

Applicant's Return Address:____________________________________
____________________________________
____________________________________
Leave two spaces and type:

Department/School applying to:______________________________
Just below this line please type the following:
APPLICATION AND FEE

APPLYING TO MORE THAN ONE DEPARTMENT/SCHOOL

A separate application and fee, along with supporting documents, must be submitted for each department/ school you apply to.

DEADLINES

Check the Application Requirements chart in the application package for application deadlines for each program. Application deadlines listed in this document represent the most up-to-date information.

MINIMUM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

An overall 'B' standing (i.e., 75% at Waterloo), or equivalent, in an Honors Bachelor's degree or equivalent is the minimum requirement for admission to a Master's program. A 'B' standing (i.e., 75% at Waterloo) or equivalent, in the previous degree is the minimum requirement for admission to a PhD program. In addition, candidates must demonstrate the ability to do advanced research. It should be noted that many departments have standards higher than the minimum. Evidence of relevant experience, portfolios of work, reference forms, and results of tests are taken into account. 

The department will review your application and may recommend that you be admitted to the University. If your application is approved, the Graduate Studies Office will send you an official notice of acceptance in the form of a Permit to Register.

TRANSCRIPTS

An official academic transcript from each post-secondary institution that you have attended must be submitted with your application. For this purpose, a transcript is considered official only if it is received in a university envelope which is sealed and signed on the flap by the official person in the office issuing the transcript. These must be returned to you signed and sealed, for submission with the application package. If the transcript is not in English, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must also be included. (Institutions within Canada do not require a translation.)

Note:
All transcripts will be verified for authenticity.
All transcript information is confidential; envelopes MUST NOT be opened.
Transcripts must show all courses, all marks and the awarding of degree(s).
An official UW transcript is not required from previous/current UW students, but a photocopy should be supplied.
All documents and transcripts submitted to the University of Waterloo become the property of the University and will not be returned.

REFERENCE FORMS FOR ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDIES

Three Reference Forms for Admission to Graduate Studies are required. Submit each reference form to an academic instructor with whom you have studied. The reference form must be submitted in an official envelope (i.e., from the referee's university or company) which has been sealed and signed on the flap by the referee. These must be returned to you signed and sealed for submission with the application package. References are confidential and the envelopes MUST NOT be opened. All reference forms will be verified for authenticity.

SUPPLEMENTARY ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Some departments may ask for supplementary information such as statement of interest, written work, resume, etc. The additional information is required to provide more background to assess an applicant's suitability for entrance into a graduate program (See Application Requirements). Test results such as GRE (Graduate Records Examination) must be sent to the Graduate Studies Office directly from the original source. (However, if available, photocopies of test results should be included with your package.)

FUNDING

Applicants should request information on available funding (i.e., teaching assistantships, research assistantships, scholarships, etc.) when applying to their intended department/school of admission.

ADMISSIONS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

STUDENT AUTHORIZATION/STUDENT VISA

If you intend to undertake full-time studies on entry to Canada, you should inform the Canadian Immigration officials in your home country. Applicants should not leave for Canada until they have in their possession a Permit to Register issued only by the Graduate Studies Office, University of Waterloo and a Student Authorization (IMM 1208) valid for study at the University of Waterloo, issued by Canada Immigration.

PERMANENT RESIDENT

If you are a Permanent Resident, please enclose evidence of your valid Permanent Residence status Record of Landing form (IMM 1000). (A photocopy will suffice.)

COMPETENCY IN ENGLISH

Unless you have completed three or more years of post-secondary work at a Canadian institution, or at an institution at which English was the language of instruction, or have been employed for a similar period of time in a position in which English was the language of business, you are required to demonstrate competency in English. The usual means of proving competency is by taking one of the following examinations:
Test Minimum Score
Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (Can TEST) 4.5
Carleton Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) 70
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 7.0
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 85
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
or, computer-based TOEFL
plus the Test of Written English (TWE)
550
213
4.0
Note:
Individual departments may require higher scores.
Test results must be sent directly to the Graduate Studies Office from the original source.
A photocopy of your test score should also be included with your application package, if possible.
Test scores are valid for two years from test date.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR RETURN OF MATERIALS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO:

Using the large addressed envelope provided, return all materials to the following address:
Graduate Studies Office
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue West
Needles Hall, Room 3021
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1
Envelope Instructions for applicants wishing to submit an application using downloaded information from this website. (Please use a large envelope (approximately 9" x 12").
  1. The following information should appear on the upper left hand corner of the front of the envelope:

     
    Applicant's Return Address:____________________________
    ____________________________

    Department/School applying to:____________________________

  2. Address the envelope as follows:
    Graduate Studies Office
    University of Waterloo
    200 University Avenue West
    Needles Hall, Room 3021
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1

If you have any questions, please contact the graduate secretary of the program you are applying to (see Contact Information) or contact the Graduate Studies Office at:

Telephone: (519) 888-4567, ext. 5411
Fax: (519) 746-3051
Email: gradoffice@nh2adm.uwaterloo.ca
WWW: http://www.grad.uwaterloo.ca

Please use the following checklist as a guide to ensure that your application is complete:

CHECKLIST:

Please use the following checklist as a guide to ensure that your application is complete:
Is the Application for Admission to Graduate Studies form completed and signed?
Have you placed the application fee and an original copy of the application form inside the small envelope and enclosed it in the larger envelope?
Are ALL transcripts enclosed (in separate sealed envelopes)?
Are THREE Reference Forms for Admission to Graduate Studies enclosed (in separate sealed envelopes)?
Have you enclosed additional required materials such as statement of interest, written work, resume (if required)?
If applicable, have you checked for additional requirements re English language competency?

Note:
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required documentation is submitted correctly and promptly. We have endeavoured to keep the information contained in this package up-to-date; however, it is subject to change without notice.

Contacts for Further Information

Thank you for your interest in the University of Waterloo!

Applicants are encouraged to communicate directly with the appropriate department(s) for specific program information and application status inquiries. Please see the following Graduate Degree Program Contact Information

OR...
Contact the
Graduate Studies Office
Telephone: (519) 888-4567 extension 5411
Fax: (519) 746-3051
E-mail: gradoffice@nh2adm.uwaterloo.ca

Graduate Studies Website: http://www.grad.uwaterloo.ca

Maintained by ppudifin@uwaterloo.ca

Penny Pudifin
Graduate Studies Office
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada
(519)888-4567 Ext. 2845

The academic regalia chosen for the University of Waterloo is patterned after that of the University of Oxford (except where noted).

Degree Hoods

  1. For the Master's degree, hoods are black silk in the Oxford Master shape, lined with the appropriate degree color and turned over 1/2", trimmed with two rows of white soutache braid 1/2" from the colored edge. Degree colors or colors of a specific discipline are:

    Master of Accounting (MAcc) - lining and narrow border in green with gold soutache braid trim

    Master of Applied Environmental Studies (MAES) - orange (Local Economic Development)

    Master of Applied Science (MASc) - scarlet (Engineering, Applied Psychology)

    Master of Arts (MA) - green (Arts, Geography, Gerontology, Regional Planning and Resource Development, Recreation and Leisure Studies)

    Master of Environmental Studies (MES) - orange with green soutache braid trim (Environment and Resource Studies, Geography and Planning)

    Master of Fine Arts (MFA) - green with terra cotta soutache braid trim

    Master of Mathematics (MMath) - wine (Mathematics)

    Master of Science (MSc) - blue (Health Studies, Kinesiology, Science)

    Master of Taxation (MTax) - lining and narrow border in green with burgundy soutache braid trim

  2. For the Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) hood has a green shell with off-white taffeta lining patterned after the University of Cambridge hood The Doctoral hat is black velvet in the Oxford style with gold cord trim and tassel.
  3. Honorary Degrees

    Doctor of Divinity (DD) - purple silk with mauve lining
    Doctor of Engineering (DEng) - scarlet silk with pink lining
    Doctor of Environmental Studies (DES) - orange silk with ivory lining
    Doctor of Laws (LLD) - pink silk with magenta lining
    Doctor of Letters (DLitt) - green silk with green silk lining
    Doctor of Mathematics (DMath) - wine silk with buff silk lining
    Doctor of Science (DSc) - blue silk with blue silk lining

Gowns

Master's degree gowns are black with the Oxford cut and trim.
Doctor of Philosophy degree gowns are of the Oxford cut and trim and are red, with facings and lower third of sleeves green.
Honorary degree gowns are of the Oxford cut and trim, each with its own distinctive colour (following the configuration of the honorary degree colours above). The facings and lower third of the sleeves are black.
What is the level of English required to be accepted at the University of Waterloo?
At the University of Waterloo the language of instruction is English. Unless you have completed three or more years of post-secondary work at a Canadian institution, or at an institution at which English was the language of instruction, or have been employed for a similar period of time in a position in which English was the language of business, you are required to demonstrate competency in English by submitting an acceptable examination test score. Please see the Graduate Studies Calendar for acceptable tests of and required scores.
Do you offer a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program?
Although we do not offer a traditional MBA program, the University of Waterloo's business studies are technically oriented, involving specialized knowledge not normally found in traditional business administration programs. We offer postgraduate studies in accounting, actuarial science, economics, finance, (industrial) psychology, local economic development, management sciences, planning and taxation. If there is a particular business program that interests you, please e-mail the particular department(s) for specific application information. A list of available programs and contacts for further information is available at the following website: http://www.grad.uwaterloo.ca/GSO/contact.html.
Do you offer programs in medicine?
The University of Waterloo does not have a medical school. However, in the Faculty of Science, we offer graduate studies in Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics, and Optometry (Vision Science). In addition, our Faculty of Applied Health Sciences offers graduate programs in Health Studies and Gerontology, Kinesiology and Recreation and Leisure Studies. The Faculty of Mathematics offers a program in Statistics with a specialization in Biostatistics. The Faculty of Arts also offers some health related programs in Psychology, and researchers in the Faculty of Engineering, Department of Systems Design Engineering, are involved with biomedical engineering.

Waterloo attracts excellent graduate students from around the world who are successful in obtaining top academic or industrial positions upon completion of their degrees.

The University of Waterloo has achieved world-wide renown for its innovative approach to education, best exemplified by its co-operative education (work/study) programs, its strong commitment to research, and extensive collaboration with business and industry.

Graduate studies programs are listed in this information in the Application Requirements chart. Most graduate courses/programs are offered through full-time attendance, but some are available through part-time study. Students register in each of the following three academic terms: Fall- September to December; Winter - January to April; Spring - May to August. The language of instruction is English.
PROGRAM AND APPLICATION INFORMATION
Application Procedures

Application Requirements
(by discipline)

Contacts For Program Information

Application and Reference Forms

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