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Nanotechnology Degree Programs at University of Waterloo

By Earl Boysen, Nancy C. Muir, Desiree Dudley, Christine Peterson

With programs in nanoelectronics and nanoengineering, the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, runs the largest nanotechnology degree program in Canada, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral level degrees.

The school was the first in Canada to offer an undergraduate nanotechnology engineering program, as well as a Masters in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology. Their involvement as host to the Canadian Water Network, a water quality research program, and their status as the first school in Canada to hire environmental faculty sets them up to provide students with opportunities to explore the use of nanotechnology to solve environmental problems.

The nanotechnology degrees available at the University of Waterloo are Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Nanotechnology Engineering and MASc, MSc and PhD programs in Nanotechnology.

The school has two research labs that help support student research and study:

  • The Advanced Technology Laboratory is involved in research in areas such as nanofabrication, microscopy, and nanolithography. They offer research facilities to university and corporate researchers. Graduate students can both qualify to perform research and apply to get a WIN fellowship to help pay for their education.


  • The Nano-and Micro-systems Research Lab is involved in research in nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS), as well as micro assembly and the use of nanodevices for biomedical applications. The lab actively solicits undergraduate and graduate student researchers to work on a variety of projects.