Earth Sciences

University of Waterloo

18 months
14084 CAD/year
4508 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The University of Waterloo offers a Master's (MSc) and Doctoral (PhD) programs in Earth Sciences. For working professionals, Waterloo offers Master's programs with both thesis-based and research paper options.


The University of Waterloo also offers Earth Science graduate students professional degree designations and training.

  • Graduate degree designations in the Collaborative Water Program in Integrated Water Management (offered jointly with the internationally recognized Water Institute) and
  • TERRE CREATE training in sustainable mining, offering some of the best specialized courses and field opportunities in Earth Sciences across Canada

Funding and awards

With over 100 graduate students supervised and co-supervised by Earth Sciences faculty, we represent one of the more research intensive departments in the Faculty of Science. Most faculty members offer potential research opportunities with full funding for students. We encourage prospective students to read our funding and awards page

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Aqueous and Organic Hydrogeochemistry
  • Hydrogeology
  • Isotope Hydrology and Geochemistry
  • Solid Earth Sciences
  • Water Cycle Modelling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


45 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
90 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students should have a Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Earth Sciences, or equivalent (e.g. Geology, Geosciences), with no less than a 75% standing. Outstanding students in other fields will also be accepted, but will have to take extra courses to strengthen their background preparation.
  • Before applying to the program, students are strongly advised to establish contact with potential supervisors. 
  • Three references, at least two academic
  • Transcripts
  • References
  • Supplementary Information Form (SIF)
  • Resume, letter, writing sample
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Sponsorship
  • Portfolio

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14084 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7042 CAD per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • National

    4508 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2254 CAD per semester and a duration of 18 months.


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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