The program information below is valid for the fall 2019 term (September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019).

The Graduate Studies Academic Calendar is updated 3 times per year, at the start of each academic term (January 1, May 1, September 1). Graduate Studies Academic Calendars from previous terms can be found in the archives.

Graduate research fields

  • Algebra and Logic
  • Analysis
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Number Theory
  • Admit term(s) 
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Delivery mode 
    • On-campus
  • Program type 
    • Master's
    • Research
  • Registration option(s) 
    • Full-time
    • Part-time
  • Study option(s) 
  • Minimum requirements 
    • An Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Mathematics with at least a 78% standing.
  • Application materials 
    • Supplementary information form
    • Transcript(s)
  • References 
    • Number of references:  3
    • Type of references: 

      at least 2 academic

  • English language proficiency (ELP) (if applicable)

    Thesis option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • The Thesis option requires a minimum of 4 graduate course credits with an average of at least 70% (with unit weights equal to 0.50 each). At least 2 of the courses must be PMATH graduate courses numbered in the 800's and 900's; it is strongly recommended that at least 3 courses be such. The other 2 courses can include at most 1 PMATH course numbered in the 600s and at most 1 graduate course from outside the Pure Mathematics Department. The selection of courses normally requires the approval of the student’s graduate advisor. In order for a reading course to count as 1 of the 4 required courses, approval must be obtained from the Departmental Graduate Committee. A reading course consisting of work done by a student in the immediate preparation for writing a thesis would not normally be counted as 1 of the 4 required courses.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Master's Seminar
    • Regular participation in a departmental seminar is required.
  • Master’s Thesis
    • The thesis must be acceptable to a committee approved by the Departmental Graduate Committee. It will consist of the student's supervisor and two other readers who will normally be faculty members at Waterloo. At least one of the two other readers must be a member of the Pure Mathematics Department. The nature and length of a Master's thesis can vary greatly. However, a typical thesis is roughly 50-100 typed pages. The thesis should be a synthesis of some research papers or monographs, and may also contain some original work. The student will be expected to give a talk on their thesis.

    Master's Research Paper option:

  • Graduate Academic Integrity Module (Graduate AIM)
  • Courses 
    • The Master’s Research Paper option requires a minimum of 6 graduate course credits with an average of at least 70% (with unit weights equal to 0.50). At least 4 courses must be PMATH courses. At least 2 of the courses must be PMATH graduate courses numbered in the 800's and 900's; it is strongly recommended that at least 3 courses be such. At most 2 courses can be PMATH courses numbered in the 600s. In order for a reading course to count as 1 of the 6 required courses, approval must be obtained from the Departmental Graduate Committee. A reading course consisting of work done by a student in the immediate preparation for writing the research paper would not normally be counted as 1 of the 6 required courses. The selection of courses normally requires the approval of the student's graduate advisor.
  • Link(s) to courses
  • Master’s Research Paper
    • The Master's Research Paper will normally be completed in the Spring term (May - August) for students who entered the program in the previous Fall term. A typical research paper is roughly 25-30 typed pages.