Waterloo rises in QS World University Rankings

Traditional strengths in STEM subject areas complemented by showings in hospitality and leisure studies and environmental sciences

By Jon Parsons University Relations

The University of Waterloo rose three spots in the rankings of the best schools for computer science to take 22nd globally.

In electrical and electronic engineering, Waterloo rose four spots to 29th. Rounding out Waterloo’s best showing in the rankings was a finish of 43rd globally in mathematics.

The rankings are the latest annual release of the QS World University Rankings by Subject , which rank universities globally in 54 academic disciplines.

Waterloo is strongest in subject areas in engineering and technology, with top 100 standings in electrical and electronic engineering, civil and structural engineering, mechanical, aeronautic and manufacturing engineering and chemical engineering.

The University also holds down impressive rankings in anatomy and physiology, hospitality and leisure management, sports-related subjects, statistics and operational research, materials science, physics and astronomy and environmental sciences.

Check out all of Waterloo’s top 100 global subject areas in the rankings. Note that QS indicates some of the rankings as a range.

  • Computer Science & Information Systems - 22
  • Engineering: Electrical & Electronic - 29
  • Mathematics - 43
  • Anatomy & Physiology - 51’100
  • Engineering: Civil & Structural - 51’100
  • Hospitality & Leisure Management - 51’100
  • Sports-related Subjects - 51’100
  • Statistics & Operational Research - 51’100
  • Engineering: Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing - 56
  • Materials Science - 82
  • Physics & Astronomy - 85
  • Engineering - Chemical - 89
  • Environmental Sciences - 98

Subject areas in which Waterloo ranks between 101 and 200 include:

  • Accounting & Finance: 101’150
  • Architecture / Built Environment: 101’150
  • Geography: 101’150
  • Chemistry: 142
  • Earth & Marine Sciences: 151’200
  • Geology: 151’200
  • Geophysics: 151’200
  • Psychology: 151’200

The methodology for the QS World University Rankings by Subject incorporates data including research quality as measured by citations per paper, as well as h-index, which measures scholarly output and impact. Check out the full methodology on the QS World University Rankings website.

Based on the number of overall top 100 showings by Canadian universities, Canada is home to the fifth strongest higher education system in the world.