Mathematics: Mathematics MSc

Master of Science​

Program Description

The MSc is a research-oriented program. Opportunities for graduate study and research are available in most of the main areas of pure and applied mathematics. There is a large selection of graduate courses and seminars, a diverse student body of domestic and international students, and yet classes are small and the ratio of graduate students to faculty is low.

Many recent graduates are engaged in university teaching, and a significant number hold administrative positions in universities or in the professional communities. Others are pursuing careers in industry (technological or financial) or in government.

The MSc program is offered:

  • for students with a complete undergraduate background in mathematics:

    • 12 months full-time

    • 24 months part-time

  • for students who do not have a complete undergraduate background in mathematics. This option is not available on a part-time basis:

    • 16 months full-time

    • 24 months full-time 

Provisional admission to the PhD program may be granted at the time of admission to the master's program.

 

MSc Program (12-Month Full-Time and 24-Month Part-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Mathematics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Evidence of an excellent academic background and mathematical ability.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete the program in one of two ways:

    • 3.0 approved full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a supervised research project (MAT 4000Y), or its equivalent, or

    • 2.0 approved FCEs and an acceptable thesis. Two approved half-year courses are considered the equivalent of a full-year course.

  • With approval, two prerequisite undergraduate half courses can be substituted for 0.5 graduate FCE.

  • Students may, with approval, take courses outside the department as part of a coherent program.

  • Students who undertake the MSc part-time must, at a minimum, satisfy the requirements of the 12-month program.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S);
6 sessions part-time

Time Limit

3 years full-time;
6 years part-time

 

MSc Program (16-Month Full-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Mathematics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Evidence of an excellent academic background and mathematical ability.

  • Students who do not have a complete undergraduate background in mathematics may be accepted into the 16-month program. This possibility may interest students who have some background in a subject in which mathematics is applied and/or who are interested in industrial applications of mathematics.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete the program full-time in one of two ways:

    • 3.0 approved full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a supervised research project (MAT 4000Y), or its equivalent, or

    • 2.0 approved FCEs and an acceptable thesis. Two approved half-year courses are considered the equivalent of a full-year course.

  • Students must also complete an approved selection of prerequisites and other courses: an additional 2.0 FCEs in Year 2, 3, or 4 undergraduate courses in any of the following subjects: algebra, analysis, partial differential equations, probability, and topology.

  • With approval, two prerequisite undergraduate half courses can be substituted for 0.5 graduate FCE. 

  • Students may, with approval, take courses outside the department as part of a coherent program.

Program Length

4 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

 

MSc Program (24-Month Full-Time)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Mathematics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Evidence of an excellent academic background and mathematical ability.

  • Students who do not have a complete undergraduate background in mathematics may be accepted into the 24-month program. This possibility may interest students who have some background in a subject in which mathematics is applied and/or who are interested in industrial applications of mathematics.

Program Requirements

  • Students must complete the program full-time in one of two ways:

    • 3.0 approved full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a supervised research project (MAT 4000Y), or its equivalent, or

    • 2.0 approved FCEs and an acceptable thesis. Two approved half-year courses are considered the equivalent of a full-year course.

  • Students must also complete an approved selection of prerequisites and other courses: an additional 3.0 FCEs in Year 2, 3, or 4 undergraduate courses in any of the following subjects: algebra, analysis, partial differential equations, probability, and topology.

  • With approval, two prerequisite undergraduate half courses can be substituted for 0.5 graduate FCE. 

  • Students may, with approval, take courses outside the department as part of a coherent program.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time