Find out the online graduate or masters programs offered by the prestigious University of Waterloo, Canada and how to apply.
In the heart of Waterloo Region, at the forefront of innovation, the University of Waterloo is home to world-changing research and inspired teaching. At the hub of a growing network of global partnerships, Waterloo will shape the future by building bridges with industry and between disciplines, institutions and communities.
The University of Waterloo, as part of our Sixth Decade Strategic Plan, has committed to growth in their online graduate programs.
- The Master of Environment and Business (MEB) is a program aimed at meeting the growing need for business sustainability professionals as a distinct group of knowledgeable, skilled, confident and motivated individuals with the information, tools and expertise to integrate environment with business in very practical ways. The MEB program offers you an executive, MBA-equivalent degree through online courses with minimal on-campus study, and with course materials distributed online. Students can complete the MEB in 12 months or take the 3 year part-time option designed for working professionals.
- The Master of Health Evaluation (MHE) is Canada’s first professional online couse-based graduate degree in the evaluation of health programs and services. The program, offered by our School of Public Health and Health Systems (SPHHS), will particularly appeal to those in public health, health promotion, community health, applied health care settings and health system planning and design
- The Master of Health Informatics (MHI) degree is an online program that is offered by the University of Waterloo’s School of Public Health and Health Systems. Health Informatics is a rapidly developing field where health sciences and information technologies converge to support and improve the health status of individuals and communities. By the end of the 16-month program (four months of which are spent in a placement) you will have gained the interdisciplinary knowledge, industry skills, and practical experience you need to start, or deepen, a rewarding career in health informatics. The MHI program is available full time or part time.
- The Master of Management Sciences (MSCI) degree, offered by Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering, through its Department of Management Sciences, is available on a part-time basis and delivered via an online classroom environment with live lectures and class interaction.
- Waterloo’s Master of Mathematics for Teachers (MMT) degree provides current math teachers with the opportunity to expand your knowledge base. In addition to providing a deeper understanding of mathematical foundations relating to core secondary school curricula, students will also be exposed to areas of applications of modern mathematics. The primary focus of the program is on mathematics and its applications, rather than on pedagogy, but it will also challenge you to look for new and innovative ways to bring your newfound knowledge into the classroom. The MMT program is offered on a part-time basis, over two to five years. It consists of eight half-credit online courses plus a project-based capstone course.
- The Master of Planning (MPLAN) is an advanced, professional master’s degree offered through the School of Planning in the Faculty of Environment. The MPLAN offers professionals with experience in planning the opportunity to expand their knowledge of planning, keep up-to-date with recent developments, and to obtain a graduate degree for career advancement. The emphasis is on upgrading planning knowledge and skills in new areas and refreshing core concepts. This program is a part-time, online, course-based program, which is open to both domestic and international applicants. The content is highly interactive including regular communication with instructors and other students. Courses are taught by faculty members who are actively engaged in planning practice and research in Canada and beyond.
- Waterloo is offering a course and practical-based Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, building on the successful MSc and PhD degrees in population health currently offered by the School of Public Health and Health Systems. The program is available for both full-time and part-time study. On-campus attendance is required on two occasions for two week block courses. The Foundations in Public Health is the first two week block course which takes place in August, at the start of the program. The Capstone course in Public Health is the second block course which takes place in the final two weeks of the program, during the month of May/June. All other required courses have no on-campus component. On occasion, new elective courses may be offered on-campus for one term and then offered online during subsequent years.
- The School of Social Work at Renison University College is pleased to offer Canada’s first health-focused online Master of Social Work (MSW) program. It is being offered in collaboration with the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. The Master of Social Work is a professional, graduate degree program, delivered primarily online. On-campus attendance is required on two occasions for one-week Summer Institutes. The first Summer Institute is in August at the start of the program and the second is also in August, in the final semester. All other required courses are online with no on-campus component. A practicum of 462 hours will be offered in the students’ own community or region, subject to the availability of suitable placement agencies/organizations, and field instructors. The MSW program will prepare students for advanced social work practice in settings related to health, including public health and health promotion programs, primary care and long-term care, hospitals, health-related governmental agencies, community-based health services, and health advocacy groups.
The following online graduate programs provide advanced state-of-the-art training, skills development, and education to power engineering professionals. The courses, available on a part-time basis, are offered online in a multi-media environment that encourages a learn-while-you-work philosophy.
- Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electric Power Engineering
Upon completing nine courses, students are eligible to receive the masters degree.
- Graduate Diploma in Electric Power Engineering
Upon completing six courses, students are eligible to receive the diploma. Certificate of Completion; Students admitted in the non-degree track will receive a certificate after completing a course.
- The first program of its kind in Canada, the Green Energy Graduate Diploma provides professional development for working engineers through live online learning. The courses will enhance a participant’s technical knowledge and training in green energy systems, such as fuel cells, pollution management, solar energy, wind energy, and sustainable buildings.
- The Graduate Diploma in Planning (GDip) is a post-graduate diploma offered through the School of Planning in the Faculty of Environment. The GDip offers professionals with prior experience in planning the opportunity to expand their knowledge of planning and to keep up-to-date with recent developments. The emphasis is on upgrading planning knowledge and skills in new areas and refreshing core concepts. The GDip is a part-time, online, course-based program that is open to both domestic and international applicants. The content is highly interactive including regular communication with instructors and other students. Courses are taught by faculty members who are actively engaged in planning practice and research in Canada and beyond.
The University of Waterloo, Senate Graduate and Research Council (SGRC) establishes the minimum admission requirements common to all students. Some departments may have set higher or additional requirements. Please refer to the specific program for more information.
Online Masters’ and Graduate Diploma Admission
Canada and United States educational background
- Have at least a 75% overall standing in the last two years of a four-year Honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
International educational background
- Have at least a 75% overall standing in a four-year Honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
Canada, United States and International educational background
- Have at least a 75% overall standing, or equivalent, in your previous degree.
- Demonstrate other superior qualifications, such as advanced research ability.
- NOTE: In certain instances, if you have successfully completed one PhD you may be admitted into a second PhD in a complementary area.
You may apply for non-degree admission if;
- You have already earned an Honours Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in the appropriate discipline.
- You want to take one or more graduate courses but are not interested in earning a degree.
The department/program admits non-degree students.
Before you apply;
- Confirm with the department/program that offers the course(s) you are interested in taking to ensure they admit non-degree students.
- Confirm with the department what application materials are required when applying as a non-degree student.
It is important to know;
- Not every department/program admits non-degree students.
- Courses taken as non-degree may not be used for credit toward a degree in a graduate program.
- If you decide to proceed to a degree you will pay fees according to your category at that time.
- You will not normally be granted full-time status as a non-degree student.
You may apply for readmission if;
- You were previously enrolled in a Waterloo graduate program but did not complete it.
Before you apply;
- Confirm with the department/program what additional application materials are required.
- References, Resume, and/or Supplementary Information form
Required Application Materials
- You must declare all previous education, including your incomplete Waterloo program.
- You must upload documents for all previous non-Waterloo education.
It is important to know;
- If you reapply to a program and are approved for readmission you will be required to register for a minimum of one full term, without tuition refund, to complete your program.
- The online application asks;
- Are you applying to return to a previous incomplete graduate program?
- Choose Yes for readmission
Waterloo’s graduate studies application process is entirely electronic. Please review the types of documents that may be required for your application before beginning the application process.
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