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General requirements

Students talkingTo be considered for admission to the MMath program, an applicant will normally require a bachelors in mathematics with at least a 78% average. (For Canadian applicants, normally an honours bachelor's degree is required.) Applicants having other backgrounds, if accepted, will be asked to take additional mathematics courses or a qualifying year. An applicant for the PhD program should normally have an MMath degree, or its equivalent, with a 89% average, and should be acquainted with the basic concepts of combinatorics or optimization.

We accept applications for graduate studies throughout the year.

The deadline for admission for the fall term (starting in September) is  March 1. We will, however, consider strong applications for the Fall term that are submitted after the March 1 deadline.

We would be pleased to arrange for a Skype or phone call with Professor Jochen Koenemann (C&O Chair), Professor Chaitanya Swamy (C&O Associate Chair for Graduate Studies), or with your prospective supervisor. Please let our graduate coordinator Melissa Cambridge (cograd@uwaterloo.ca) know your availability and the person(s) you wish to speak with, and she will arrange the Skype or phone call.

Applicants educated outside of Canada, including those from the United States, are recommended to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) subject test in mathematics.

Submitting your Application

Applications should be filed on-line.  We accept applications for graduate studies throughout the year.

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