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Systems Design Engineering, B.A.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #151 (ARWU) Waterloo, Canada
Cross boundaries. Connect the dots. Look at the bigger picture. Systems Design Engineering offered by the University of Waterloo is designed for people who want the rigour of an engineering degree plus the flexibility to explore topics outside traditional engineering disciplines.
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Overview

At the Systems Design Engineering program offered by the University of Waterloo you’ll examine the people, materials, tools, software, and other factors involved in any engineering problem. You’ll learn to look at the system as a whole and assess how one change will affect another element, using a variety of modelling, analysis, and design methods.

Our project-based approach gives you lots of opportunity to apply your learning to real problems. Plus you’ll get two full years of work experience through our co-op program.

Once you graduate, your options are wide open: our grads go on to engineering consulting, project management, graduate school, medical school, startups, and more. 

Sample co-op job titles

  • Product design/development
  • Rapid prototype software developer
  • Product manager
  • User experience designer
  • Application developer
  • Control systems software designer co-op
  • Machine learning developer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Mechanics of Deformable Solids
  • Systems Models 
  • Optimization and Numerical Methods
  • Biomedical Measurement and Signal Processing
  • Fundamental Engineering Math

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    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.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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.

General Requirements

  • Complete the Admission Information Form once you've applied. (online)

Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including:

  • Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
  • English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54600 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54600 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    16120 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16120 CAD per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Waterloo

  • 810 - 1450 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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