Master of Mathematics (MMath) in Applied Mathematics - Water

The program information below is valid for the fall 2020 term (September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020).

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  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Program type 
    • Collaborative
    • Master's
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • An overall 78% average or its equivalent for undergraduate work.
    • A four-year Honours Bachelor degree with a specialization in Mathematics, or in Science or Engineering with a strong concentration in mathematics.
    • Students who have a strong academic record but who have some gaps in their Applied Mathematics background may be admitted subject to the requirement that they complete a selection of fourth year undergraduate courses as part of their graduate program. 
  • Application materials 
    • Résumé
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      normally from academic sources.

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • Students must complete 4 one-term (0.50 unit) graduate courses, satisfying a breadth requirement and Water core course requirement. Candidates for the MMath (thesis) degree must maintain a grade point average of at least 70% in their coursework. Besides the breadth and Water requirements, there are no other constraints on course selection.
    • Breadth requirement: students are required to take 1 Computation course and 1 Differential Equations or Techniques course, from the following list:
      • Computation:
        • AMATH 740 Numerical Analysis
        • AMATH 741 Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations
      • Differential Equations:
        • AMATH 751 Advanced Ordinary Differential Equations
        • AMATH 753 Advanced Partial Differential Equations
        • AMATH 777 Stochastic Processes in the Physical Sciences
      • Techniques:
        • AMATH 731 Applied Functional Analysis
        • AMATH 732 Asymptotic Analysis and Perturbation Theory
    • This degree is offered through the Collaborative Water Program. This program, jointly offered by a range of departments across several academic faculties, promotes the development of interdisciplinary perspectives on water. Collaborative Water Program students complete their specialist training in their respective home departments, while working with colleagues from a variety of other departments in core interdisciplinary courses (WATER 601 and WATER 602).
    • Water core course requirement: students are required to take the 2 Water core courses listed below:
      • WATER 601 Integrated Water Management
      • WATER 602 Integrated Water Management Project
    • Students may not count more than 1 graduate course that is cross-listed with an undergraduate course for credit towards their MMath (thesis) degree. This restriction applies to all 600-level AMATH courses and any cross-listed courses offered by other departments.
    • Courses are selected in consultation with the student's supervisor. Students are encouraged to select courses that will help them develop a broad knowledge of Mathematics and its applications: appropriate courses are often offered by other departments in the Faculties of Mathematics, Science and Engineering.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Collaborative Research Seminar I
    • Students are required to present a seminar on their thesis or major paper research proposal and, if appropriate, early stage results to current and past Water students and Water Institute faculty members. Seminars will normally occur following the completion of WATER 601 and WATER 602. Seminars will provide the opportunity for students to discuss how learnings from Water courses were applied in, or influenced, research proposals or research work in the student’s home department. Seminars will normally be poster presentations at Water Institute organized events. The seminar is not an oral examination of the thesis or paper; rather, its purpose is to develop the student's ability to communicate their research in an organized and informative manner.
  • Master’s Thesis
    • The program of study should have a substantial focus on water. The MMath thesis is a comprehensive study that contributes to the understanding of a research topic, either by relating various approaches in the literature or by developing new methods. An MMath thesis is not required to contain original results. However, it is not uncommon for students - particularly those who have had research experience as undergraduates - to obtain new results that lead to publication in the research literature. For University guidelines on co-authored material in Masters theses please visit the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website; additional departmental guidelines apply.
    • The Master's thesis is read by a committee that consists of the thesis supervisor and two other faculty members who are knowledgeable about the research area. The supervisor and at least one of the other two committee members must be affiliated with the Department of Applied Mathematics.
    • The student will present their results in a thesis defence, which consists of a 20 minute presentation by the candidate, followed by detailed questioning by the committee members. The thesis should be provided to the examining committee at least two weeks before the defence date.