University of Waterloo: Rankings

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The University of Waterloo ranked 6th in Canada and 117th in the World 2022 overall rankings, plus got TOP 100 in 71 academic topics. EduRank's ranking for the University of Waterloo is based on 3 factors: research performance (a proprietary algorithm evaluated 81,979 publications and 2,796,175 citations), non-academic reputation, and the impact of 125 notable alumni .

Rank Ranking
#117 of 14,131 In the World
#71 of 2,597 In North America
#6 of 101 In Canada
#2 of 24 In Ontario
#1 of 2 In Waterloo
#13 of 1,316 For Computer Networking
#14 of 1,306 For Blockchain and Cryptography
#14 of 1,016 For Telecommunications
#516 of 7,353 For Alumni Impact
#88 of 14,131 For Non-academic Prominence
Top100 For 68 other topics

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Engineering

The University of Waterloo ranked 2nd for Engineering in Canada and 62nd in the World with 23,253 publications made and 714,454 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Automation and Control engineering, Computer Networking, Optical Engineering, Electronic Engineering.

Rank Ranking
#2 of 62 In Canada
#30 of 818 In North America
#62 of 4,624 In the World

University of Waterloo
Engineering Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 213 205
1992 131 94
1993 191 172
1994 192 208
1995 169 119
1996 304 443
1997 262 394
1998 298 445
1999 247 494
2000 323 627
2001 284 599
2002 408 817
2003 466 952
2004 477 1096
2005 592 1553
2006 652 1569
2007 772 2237
2008 930 2511
2009 952 3072
2010 1054 3477
2011 1067 4078
2012 1099 4136
2013 1094 4465
2014 1164 4806
2015 1054 4644
2016 1160 5966
2017 1027 4912
2018 1032 5013
2019 1116 5035
2020 1184 4967
2021 1169 2533
Speciality Canada rank North America rank World rank
Computer Networking 1 11 13
Telecommunications 2 10 14
Reliability and Quality Engineering 2 12 20
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 1 13 25
Environmental Engineering 3 12 28
Operations Research 2 18 29
Automotive Engineering 1 10 30
Renewable Energy Engineering 1 10 31
Automation and Control engineering 2 16 33
Electronic Engineering 2 18 36
Petroleum Engineering 4 20 38
Systems Engineering 2 17 44
Electrical Engineering 2 18 44
Industrial Engineering 3 24 50
Transportation Engineering 3 26 52
Applied/Engineering Physics 1 27 56
Construction Management 3 22 57
Structural Engineering 2 18 62
Architecture 2 26 66
Geotechnical Engineering 6 22 68
Remote Sensing 3 39 69
Technical Drawing 4 33 76
Robotics 4 32 79
Computer Engineering 4 42 80
Biochemical Engineering 3 37 80
Product and Industrial Design 4 42 87
Aviation 4 46 91
Chemical Engineering 3 23 93
Metallurgical Engineering 5 22 100
Human-Computer Interaction 7 50 101
Nuclear Engineering 6 36 107
Mining Engineering 8 23 109
Materials Science 3 37 110
Biotechnology 8 48 112
Nanotechnology 2 46 115
Mechanical Engineering 3 32 115
Engineering Management 5 52 118
Acoustical Engineering 4 49 121
Optical Engineering 5 50 129
Civil Engineering 4 31 139
Landscape Architecture 8 44 161
Marine Engineering 10 49 194
Biomedical Engineering 11 93 206
Agricultural Engineering 10 56 246
Aerospace Engineering 11 139 296
Architectural Engineering 13 75 338
Firefighting and Fire Science 14 117 375

Physics

The University of Waterloo ranked 4th for Physics in Canada and 121st in the World with 15,469 publications made and 525,480 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Optical Engineering, Quantum and Particle physics, Theoretical Physics, Astrophysics and Astronomy.

Rank Ranking
#4 of 60 In Canada
#52 of 781 In North America
#121 of 4,082 In the World

University of Waterloo
Physics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 136 111
1992 85 84
1993 101 77
1994 102 123
1995 106 98
1996 202 270
1997 150 251
1998 190 207
1999 151 293
2000 194 329
2001 176 499
2002 248 461
2003 279 574
2004 277 796
2005 361 922
2006 392 1085
2007 460 1505
2008 521 1611
2009 608 2169
2010 645 2698
2011 660 3479
2012 731 3602
2013 717 3386
2014 831 3541
2015 786 3851
2016 728 4540
2017 723 4173
2018 745 3832
2019 795 5805
2020 838 4538
2021 842 2494
Speciality Canada rank North America rank World rank
Applied/Engineering Physics 1 27 56
Theoretical Physics 4 30 64
Quantum and Particle physics 4 40 97
Materials Science 3 37 110
Nanotechnology 2 46 115
Acoustical Engineering 4 49 121
Optical Engineering 5 50 129
Astrophysics and Astronomy 10 79 197
Condensed Matter Physics 6 69 197
Atomic and Molecular physics 9 78 216
Astrobiology 11 111 227
Medical Physics 16 127 284
Biophysics 15 127 293
Nuclear Physics 26 224 873

Computer Science

The University of Waterloo ranked 3rd for Computer Science in Canada and 57th in the World with 13,547 publications made and 513,843 citations received. Main research topics: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Computer Networking, Blockchain and Cryptography, Computer Vision, Machine Learning.

Rank Ranking
#3 of 69 In Canada
#41 of 927 In North America
#57 of 4,392 In the World

University of Waterloo
Computer Science Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 95 172
1992 54 79
1993 77 97
1994 88 86
1995 60 67
1996 117 980
1997 109 413
1998 118 333
1999 132 428
2000 178 554
2001 185 609
2002 203 956
2003 267 705
2004 310 748
2005 395 1668
2006 438 1301
2007 450 1401
2008 562 1601
2009 574 2236
2010 672 2582
2011 687 2554
2012 645 2623
2013 653 2775
2014 692 2631
2015 640 3695
2016 736 3336
2017 695 4234
2018 663 3056
2019 776 3257
2020 822 3529
2021 901 2256

Chemistry

The University of Waterloo ranked 5th for Chemistry in Canada and 132nd in the World with 13,534 publications made and 484,093 citations received. Main research topics: Materials Science, Chemical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry.

Rank Ranking
#5 of 61 In Canada
#55 of 778 In North America
#132 of 4,317 In the World

University of Waterloo
Chemistry Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 146 182
1992 91 99
1993 122 139
1994 111 180
1995 97 119
1996 199 414
1997 169 414
1998 205 595
1999 175 451
2000 209 481
2001 196 572
2002 237 646
2003 246 796
2004 262 695
2005 291 892
2006 329 1010
2007 362 1171
2008 403 1186
2009 429 1485
2010 482 1954
2011 523 2330
2012 602 2358
2013 597 2662
2014 635 2717
2015 619 3456
2016 625 4255
2017 613 3403
2018 592 2919
2019 689 3322
2020 729 3585
2021 784 1715
Speciality Canada rank North America rank World rank
Polymer science and Plastics engineering 1 13 25
Environmental Chemistry 3 17 34
Biochemical Engineering 3 37 80
Inorganic Chemistry 1 23 83
Chemical Engineering 3 23 93
Materials Science 3 37 110
Nanotechnology 2 46 115
Petrology and Geochemistry 15 72 180
Physical chemistry 9 66 188
Organic Chemistry 7 65 196
Computational Chemistry 10 89 231
Radiochemistry 8 47 273
Biochemistry 15 122 277
Pharmacy 12 85 301
Nutrition and Food Science 12 65 424

Medicine

The University of Waterloo ranked 15th for Medicine in Canada and 369th in the World with 8,224 publications made and 295,059 citations received. Main research topics: Public Health, Physical Therapy, Health Science, Sports Medicine, Healthcare Management (MHA).

Rank Ranking
#15 of 70 In Canada
#134 of 1,110 In North America
#369 of 4,739 In the World

University of Waterloo
Medicine Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 53 164
1992 29 71
1993 36 97
1994 46 76
1995 41 152
1996 84 287
1997 74 321
1998 81 414
1999 86 408
2000 86 226
2001 87 468
2002 74 296
2003 135 592
2004 125 425
2005 126 496
2006 133 591
2007 225 799
2008 252 1176
2009 260 954
2010 324 1358
2011 306 1083
2012 359 1179
2013 381 1780
2014 407 1309
2015 472 1967
2016 427 2703
2017 508 1941
2018 515 1555
2019 571 2052
2020 632 1542
2021 815 1251
Speciality Canada rank North America rank World rank
Sports Medicine 5 16 23
Optometry 1 17 30
Sports / Exercise science 8 41 66
Ophthalmology 3 43 87
Physical Therapy 12 55 91
Occupational Therapy 14 74 123
Public Health 12 78 142
Gerontology 14 108 184
Audiology 13 91 185
Biomedical Engineering 11 93 206
Healthcare Management (MHA) 16 111 214
Anatomy and Physiology 16 111 242
Forensic Science 12 84 246
Orthodontics 11 87 248
Toxicology 13 89 254
Sonography and Ultrasound 13 104 257
Nursing 18 119 258
Medical Physics 16 127 284
Pharmacy 12 85 301
Family medicine 18 139 303
Health Science 15 138 306
Clinical Psychology 26 209 377
Epidemiology 16 128 378
Paramedicine and Emergency medicine 19 162 391
Critical Care Nursing 15 149 405
Social Work 27 233 437
Psychiatry 24 206 446
Cosmetology 14 134 448
Cardiology 16 144 472
Respiratory Therapy 18 155 508
Radiation Therapy 16 151 548
Pediatrics 18 151 552
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 26 240 585
Surgery 17 162 598
Anesthesiology 19 171 603
Oncology and Cancer research 16 173 656
Radiology and Nuclear medicine 17 168 665
Veterinary 16 130 690
Neurosurgery 16 167 736
Dermatology 16 190 790
Pathology 19 208 825
Urology 18 190 838
Pharmacology 19 204 862
Dentistry 15 182 872
Immunology 23 237 938
Virology 24 230 974

Environmental Science

The University of Waterloo ranked 7th for Environmental Science in Canada and 101st in the World with 7,280 publications made and 303,123 citations received. Main research topics: Geology, Environmental Management, Ecology, Geography and Cartography, Hydrology and Water resources management.

Rank Ranking
#7 of 68 In Canada
#52 of 818 In North America
#101 of 4,023 In the World

University of Waterloo
Environmental Science Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 73 113
1992 30 35
1993 44 102
1994 74 111
1995 44 67
1996 91 172
1997 110 249
1998 105 347
1999 99 294
2000 129 390
2001 100 321
2002 113 580
2003 139 790
2004 162 532
2005 146 650
2006 193 880
2007 186 1054
2008 279 1224
2009 236 836
2010 263 1175
2011 312 1339
2012 280 1511
2013 311 1268
2014 344 1624
2015 362 1459
2016 381 1699
2017 356 1602
2018 268 1001
2019 391 1410
2020 402 1118
2021 481 607

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

The University of Waterloo ranked 17th for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in Canada and 223rd in the World with 7,089 publications made and 193,636 citations received. Main research topics: Demography, Sociology, Political Science, Communications and Public Relations, Sports / Exercise science.

Rank Ranking
#17 of 79 In Canada
#113 of 1,341 In North America
#223 of 5,073 In the World

University of Waterloo
Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 56 103
1992 36 22
1993 41 62
1994 52 63
1995 25 71
1996 81 130
1997 71 225
1998 68 148
1999 81 402
2000 82 118
2001 97 415
2002 66 191
2003 120 578
2004 99 326
2005 107 349
2006 129 456
2007 161 524
2008 241 618
2009 261 634
2010 232 611
2011 245 787
2012 294 960
2013 323 1150
2014 326 966
2015 366 1066
2016 441 2152
2017 436 1212
2018 421 855
2019 462 1360
2020 482 1307
2021 577 754

Mathematics

The University of Waterloo ranked 3rd for Mathematics in Canada and 40th in the World with 5,813 publications made and 208,493 citations received. Main research topics: Blockchain and Cryptography, Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Operations Research.

Rank Ranking
#3 of 60 In Canada
#35 of 744 In North America
#40 of 3,376 In the World

University of Waterloo
Mathematics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 58 119
1992 32 112
1993 39 106
1994 47 46
1995 26 50
1996 67 882
1997 93 228
1998 84 224
1999 78 226
2000 84 197
2001 92 222
2002 93 149
2003 110 347
2004 132 335
2005 142 338
2006 161 351
2007 176 575
2008 212 486
2009 259 892
2010 282 796
2011 269 868
2012 265 894
2013 263 753
2014 290 941
2015 246 1759
2016 262 660
2017 248 617
2018 243 640
2019 299 805
2020 327 726
2021 316 856
Speciality Canada rank North America rank World rank
Blockchain and Cryptography 1 12 14
Operations Research 2 18 29
Applied Mathematics 2 24 32
Actuarial Science 4 42 58
Statistics 6 50 68
Econometrics and Mathematical Economics 3 48 74
Math Teachers 20 198 428

Biology

The University of Waterloo ranked 16th for Biology in Canada and 362nd in the World with 5,606 publications made and 290,921 citations received. Main research topics: Nanotechnology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Oncology and Cancer research, Neuroscience.

Rank Ranking
#16 of 65 In Canada
#136 of 932 In North America
#362 of 4,496 In the World

University of Waterloo
Biology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 67 122
1992 18 22
1993 45 78
1994 46 65
1995 32 69
1996 75 292
1997 63 207
1998 59 359
1999 60 291
2000 78 295
2001 101 447
2002 69 914
2003 115 694
2004 105 549
2005 113 629
2006 112 397
2007 151 730
2008 178 935
2009 150 1038
2010 187 907
2011 235 1584
2012 274 1640
2013 244 1510
2014 321 1851
2015 329 1406
2016 343 2123
2017 318 2360
2018 207 1136
2019 264 1377
2020 298 1467
2021 309 588
Speciality Canada rank North America rank World rank
Biotechnology 8 48 112
Nanotechnology 2 46 115
Wildlife and Fisheries Management & Conservation 14 62 140
Agricultural Science 9 64 218
Astrobiology 11 111 227
Botany 11 67 236
Toxicology 13 89 254
Animal Science 19 92 277
Biochemistry 15 122 277
Biophysics 15 127 293
Bioinformatics and Computational biology 15 126 295
Neuroscience 22 161 390
Microbiology 16 141 398
Horticulture 14 73 400
Forestry 20 109 408
Nutrition and Food Science 12 65 424
Paleontology 25 150 440
Genetics 20 171 463
Entomology 22 160 492
Zoology 25 169 504
Molecular Biology 19 188 577
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 26 240 585
Evolutionary Biology 26 229 631
Oncology and Cancer research 16 173 656
Pharmacology 19 204 862
Immunology 23 237 938
Virology 24 230 974

Psychology

The University of Waterloo ranked 16th for Psychology in Canada and 189th in the World with 4,527 publications made and 238,524 citations received. Main research topics: Social Psychology, Cognitive Science, Child Psychology, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Neuroscience.

Rank Ranking
#16 of 66 In Canada
#116 of 1,047 In North America
#189 of 3,654 In the World

University of Waterloo
Psychology Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 30 77
1992 17 72
1993 26 62
1994 28 80
1995 16 77
1996 46 167
1997 44 268
1998 52 288
1999 44 550
2000 51 331
2001 69 593
2002 46 303
2003 89 670
2004 81 568
2005 102 531
2006 91 459
2007 124 510
2008 147 737
2009 157 749
2010 194 738
2011 209 1084
2012 203 1158
2013 210 793
2014 261 1054
2015 295 1226
2016 255 995
2017 240 1146
2018 239 730
2019 217 755
2020 213 367
2021 312 332
Speciality Canada rank North America rank World rank
Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 4 27 41
Cognitive Science 6 55 75
Social Psychology 9 77 104
Occupational Therapy 14 74 123
Child Psychology 13 100 147
Special Education 14 116 205
Sexology 23 176 285
Organizational / Business / IO Psychology 22 181 345
Clinical Psychology 26 209 377
Neuroscience 22 161 390
Social Work 27 233 437
Psychiatry 24 206 446
Education Majors 35 299 652

Business

The University of Waterloo ranked 9th for Business in Canada and 124th in the World with 4,423 publications made and 155,828 citations received. Main research topics: Operations Research, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Hospitality and Hotel Management, Actuarial Science, Project Management.

Rank Ranking
#9 of 66 In Canada
#73 of 900 In North America
#124 of 4,001 In the World

University of Waterloo
Business Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 33 63
1992 13 15
1993 22 27
1994 32 92
1995 11 45
1996 36 81
1997 53 205
1998 47 111
1999 55 136
2000 57 222
2001 60 291
2002 52 175
2003 90 367
2004 60 252
2005 100 272
2006 123 445
2007 140 500
2008 159 592
2009 223 855
2010 197 809
2011 198 673
2012 240 719
2013 232 573
2014 226 661
2015 278 1060
2016 287 975
2017 226 733
2018 180 727
2019 260 970
2020 249 882
2021 254 2349

Economics

The University of Waterloo ranked 8th for Economics in Canada and 115th in the World with 2,986 publications made and 85,749 citations received. Main research topics: Econometrics and Mathematical Economics, Investment Banking and Stock trading, Development Studies, Actuarial Science, Finance.

Rank Ranking
#8 of 63 In Canada
#64 of 717 In North America
#115 of 3,039 In the World

University of Waterloo
Economics Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 13 54
1992 20 25
1993 16 8
1994 14 22
1995 12 40
1996 36 108
1997 42 153
1998 39 103
1999 39 98
2000 42 71
2001 32 104
2002 26 37
2003 52 212
2004 53 183
2005 60 194
2006 72 148
2007 86 262
2008 123 325
2009 151 423
2010 114 274
2011 131 355
2012 149 309
2013 154 334
2014 171 379
2015 164 348
2016 165 603
2017 159 363
2018 148 280
2019 181 469
2020 153 608
2021 155 2174

Art & Design

The University of Waterloo ranked 8th for Art & Design in Canada and 107th in the World with 1,776 publications made and 35,642 citations received. Main research topics: Multimedia, UX/UI Desgin, Game Design and Development, Creative Writing, Architecture.

Please note that our approach to topical rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science profiles.

Rank Ranking
#8 of 65 In Canada
#66 of 750 In North America
#107 of 2,700 In the World

University of Waterloo
Art & Design Publications & Citations

Year Publications Citations
1991 18 12
1992 8 29
1993 7 5
1994 12 34
1995 10 10
1996 26 31
1997 25 53
1998 23 16
1999 22 42
2000 30 57
2001 22 27
2002 27 79
2003 22 10
2004 39 71
2005 45 95
2006 52 107
2007 51 83
2008 66 98
2009 53 90
2010 69 257
2011 82 161
2012 88 185
2013 83 161
2014 71 130
2015 89 215
2016 107 223
2017 108 398
2018 108 201
2019 95 287
2020 88 149
2021 112 118
Speciality Canada rank North America rank World rank
Game Design and Development 7 39 53
UX/UI Desgin 6 33 60
Architecture 2 26 66
Computer Graphics 4 43 73
Entertainment Industry Business 4 48 73
Multimedia 7 42 73
Graphic Design 6 52 79
Animation 8 57 126
Landscape Architecture 8 44 161
Music 15 104 221
Creative Writing 16 102 222
Aesthetics 16 98 236
Performing arts 17 112 250
Literature 14 113 256
Singing and Vocal Performance 20 126 286
Art History 23 147 299
Painting and Drawing 17 112 374
Sculpture 17 112 374
Fashion Design 22 161 396
Photography 19 142 407
Illustration and Concept Art 17 127 432
Cinematography 22 165 449
Interior Design 14 127 534