Ph.D. On Campus

Computer Science

University of Waterloo

13540 CAD/year
5012 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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Established in 1957, the University of Waterloo has quickly positioned itself as a leader in transformational research, entrepreneurship and innovation.


Waterloo's academic advantage

As a graduate student, you'll benefit from Waterloo's:

  • Creator-owned intellectual property (IP) policy
  • Leadership in experiential learning and connections to industry
  • Innovative online graduate programs
  • Global reputation for academic excellence
  • Award-winning faculty members, research chairs and industry leaders
  • Graduate professional skills program, GRADventure

Programme Structure

Graduate research fields
  • Algorithms and Complexity
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computer Algebra and Symbolic Computation
  • Computer Graphics
  • Cryptography, Security and Privacy
  • Databases
  • Formal Methods
  • Health Informatics
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Information Retrieval
  • Machine Learning
  • Programming Languages
  • Quantum Computing
  • Scientific Computing
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems and Networking

Courses include: 

  • Software Engineering
  • Programming Languages
  • Algorithms and Complexity
  • Scientific and Symbolic Computing
  • Quantum Information and Computation

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Master's degree in Computer Science with a 78% average.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General test is required of all applicants to the School of Computer Science, who have not completed a 4 year undergraduate degree at a North American University where English is the primary language of instruction.
  • Student with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science may apply for admission directly to the PhD program. Successful applicants will have an outstanding academic record, breadth of knowledge in computer science, and strong letters of recommendation.

For more information check the programme`s website

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    13540 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6770 CAD per semester
  • National

    5012 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2506 CAD per semester


  • National - $1,253
  • International - $3,385

Living costs for Waterloo

810 - 1447 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


At the University of Waterloo, we believe that excellence in graduate studies is supported through the availability of funding to our graduate students so they can devote their time and energy to the successful completion of their studies and research.The University aims to establish funding resources to provide financial support to attract outstanding domestic and international graduate students, knowing that the availability of funding will help to alleviate the financial commitment.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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