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  1. Do I need a supervisor before applying?

    Applicants do not need to have a supervisor before applying. If an offer were to be made, a supervisor would be assigned at that time.

  2. My referee(s) did not receive an email or I need to change my referee.

    Please contact gradapp@uwaterloo.ca and they will be able to assist you. Please include your full name and your University of Waterloo ID number (eight-digit number beginning with 20).

  3. I am having difficulty with the Quest online application system.

    Please contact gradapp@uwaterloo.ca for assistance. Please include your full name and your Waterloo ID number (eight-digit number beginning with 20) if available.

  4. I have not received my Waterloo ID number.

    It normally takes three business days after applying to OUAC to receive your Waterloo ID number.

  5. I need to make a change to my application, how do I do this?

    Once your application has been submitted, it cannot be changed. Applicants will receive a warning regarding this before submitting. Please ensure your application materials are complete and correct before submitting.

  6. What are the TOEFL and GRE codes for ETS?

    The institution code for both is 0996. The department code for TOEFL is 78 and for GRE the department code is 402.

  7. When are the GRE and English language scores due?

    All required application materials should be submitted by the application due date posted on our website.

  8. Can I apply or submit application documents past the application deadline?

    There is a small window of flexibility if one or two items are uploaded a little past the deadline (i.e., not usually more than 2 weeks). However, if you have not taken your GRE or English language test before the application deadline and cannot submit a score close to the application deadline, you may wish to apply for a later term. Once the application deadline is reached, applications that are complete move forward for review and the decision process begins for a limited number of spaces.

  9. Can I update my GRE or TOEFL score after the application deadline?

    Please submit only the score(s) you wish to have considered with your online application.

  10. How can I check to see if all the application materials have been received?

    Applicants can check for any outstanding application materials in the Quest system. If unofficial GRE or English language scores have been uploaded, these requirements will show as complete in Quest. Unofficial scores issued by the institution are fine for the application reviewing process; however applicants should also arrange to have the official copies of these scores sent directly from the issuing institutions to the Graduate Studies Office in order to avoid any delay if an offer were to be made. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot check individual files to confirm that the official copies have been received at the point of application. If an official score is missing at the point of offer, the applicant will be notified at that time.

  11. If I apply to the master's thesis program and am unsuccessful, will I automatically be considered for the master's coursework program?

    Please apply to the program(s) you wish to be considered for. Applications that are not successful are not automatically considered for another program.

  12. When will I receive a decision on my application?

    The reviewing process can take two to three months. Once a decision has been made, you will be notified via the Quest online system.

  13. When is the deadline for my application documents?

    All application documents are due by the application deadline date for that term. It is advisable to apply to OUAC at least two weeks prior to the application deadline date, as it will take time to receive your Waterloo ID number (two to three business days) and for your referees to submit their forms. The application deadlines are posted on our website.

  14. How do I choose my referees and how many are required?

    Three letters of reference are required for both master's and doctoral applications to the School of Computer Science (completed electronically by your referees). References must be related to your academic abilities. References should be able to give us a sense of an applicant's research potential or how successful someone will be in graduate school. At least two of your letters should be from academic sources. All letters should be from former or current instructors or supervisors but not from colleagues. Please also see the reference requirements page for more information:

    • References from family members, friends, students, former classmates and/or teaching assistants are not accepted.
    • Valid institutional or organizational email addresses are preferred. Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc. are not encouraged.
    • The University of Waterloo may use your reference form when considering you for institutional, provincial and federal awards/scholarships.
    • All reference letters are verified for authenticity. If evidence of misrepresentation or fraudulent or falsified documentation is found, the penalty is severe. The University of Waterloo reserves the right to revoke any offer of admission and/or financial support. The University of Waterloo may also disclose evidence of any misrepresentation or fraudulent or falsified documentation to all Canadian universities, Citizenship and Immigration Canada and law enforcement personnel where appropriate.
  15. Do I need to submit official transcripts at the point of application?

    All post-secondary institutions attended must be declared on the application and transcripts submitted for each. Unofficial copies of actual transcripts may be submitted and uploaded at the point of application. They must clearly show your name, the institution and the degree.