Biology, M.Sc.

Biology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #152 (QS) Online
The graduate program in the Department of Biology is administered by the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies (Associate Chair), the Departmental Administrative Coordinator, Graduate Studies (Graduate Coordinator) and Graduate Office Assistant. 


The Graduate Coordinator and the Associate Chair are responsible for ensuring that the regulations for M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are met and for the daily operation of the office. The Graduate Coordinator and the Graduate Office Assistant are often your first contact for most enquires as primary duties include processing graduate applications, recommendations for acceptance to the program, Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)  and Graduate Research Studentship (GRS) payroll, scholarship and award processes, paperwork for meetings and all issues related to Graduate courses and student records.

The Associate Chair reports to both the Chair of the Department and to the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies for Science. The Associate Dean chairs the Science Graduate Studies Committee, which is responsible for directing the graduate program of the Faculty of Science. The Science Graduate Studies Committee is responsible for approving such things as time extensions for in-course graduate students and new courses.

Graduate students are welcome to approach the Associate Chair or the Graduate Coordinator at any time for clarification of rules or advice. In the rare instance of a disagreement between a student and the supervisory committee, attempts at resolution should first be directed to the Associate Chair.


Officially accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ontario, University of Waterloo (UW) is a large (enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Waterloo (UW) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as undergraduate certificates/diplomas, bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

The department requirement for the M.Sc. degree consists of:

  • a minimum of three one-term courses accepted for graduate credit by the department
  • the Graduate Academic Integrity Module
  • the following milestones:
    • Academic Integrity Workshop
    • M.Sc. thesis proposal examination (refer to Appendix I)
    • M.Sc. graduate seminar
    • M.Sc. thesis defence

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • 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.

    For more information,check the programme`s website

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    23661 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23661 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    23661 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23661 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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