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Degree completion

This webpage is frequently updated (last updated January 8th, 2021). Please refer back as needed.

Please note that in order to receive your MDSAI/MMath in DS degree you must complete all of your program's degree requirements. It is also a good idea to use the MDSAI Degree Completion Checklist OR MMath in DS Degree Completion Checklist (TBD) as a way to keep track of your progress.

Degree completion deadlines

Completion deadlines and holidays can be found on the academic deadlines and events page. 

In summary if degree completion requirements are completed in:

  • Fall (Sep - Dec) or Winter (Jan - Apr), then a student will attend Spring Convocation (June)
  • Spring (May - Aug), then a student will attend Fall Convocation (October)

Note: Students have until the 100% tuition refund deadline for the upcoming term, date as noted in the academic deadlines and events page each term, to finish in the previous term and not register for the upcoming term. If you finish by the upcoming terms 100% tuition refund deadline it means you do NOT have to register (pay fees) for the new term.

If a student finishes by the 50% tuition refund deadline they can elect to change their status to part-time for the upcoming term to reduce their fees and will also be eligible for a 50% fee refund if they meet this deadline. Please note that students may forfeit any applicable funding if they elect to switch to part-time status. 

MMath in DS thesis procedure

Students must complete a thesis containing original work under the supervision of a faculty member.  The thesis examining committee consists of the thesis supervisor and two additional readers.  The supervisor and first reader must be members of the Data Science program; the second reader may be any regular faculty member of the university. You must complete the Agreement to Read MMath Thesis Form and submit it to Data Science Administrator (ds.grad.admin@uwaterloo.ca) before you submit your thesis to the Faculty of Mathematics Graduate Office in order that the thesis examining committee is approved by the Program Director.

The student must make an oral presentation of no less than 20 minutes on the thesis before the examining committee members following the regulations for the MMath thesis procedures on the Faculty of Mathematics website. Since practices vary across the Faculty, the student should inquire with the supervisor and readers to determine the exact format and audience of the presention. Committee members should receive a copy of the thesis at least two weeks prior to presentation. Students preparing their thesis should read the MMath thesis procedures webpage for additional resources and information.

Steps to graduate

Please follow the steps and requirements to graduate using the expandable menu below for your program.

If you have any questions regarding the degree completion process, please contact the Data Science Program Administrator.