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MMath Thesis Procedures

The master’s thesis requirement consists of writing an expository or research thesis.

By the end of the first term, a student should have arranged for supervision with a faculty member in the unit, and arranged with the proposed supervisor the general area of the proposed research topic. The student must inform the Graduate Officer/Director of Graduate Studies, in writing, of the arrangements for supervision by the first week of the second term.

The topic of research for the thesis should be selected, in consultation with the supervisor, by the end of the third term.

Two readers knowledgeable in the research area, in addition to the supervisor, must also be chosen and once this committee has been mutually agreed upon it is to be reported in writing to the Graduate Officer/Director of Graduate Studies. The agreement must state the title of thesis and the expected completion date. The readers must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee (Graduate Officer/Director of Graduate Studies).

The master’s thesis is to be submitted electronically to the Mathematics Faculty Graduate Office with Agreement to Read MMath Thesis Form for a display period of two weeks. The thesis defence consists of a 20-minute presentation by the candidate, followed by detailed questioning by the committee members. A final version of the thesis is to be given to the examining committee at least two weeks before the scheduled defence date. (Some programs do not require a master's thesis defence; however, the theses must still be on display for at least two weeks.)

Credit for the master’s thesis is assigned when the supervisor and the two readers approve the thesis and the supervisor returns the signed “Thesis Acceptance Certification” form to the Graduate Officer/Director of Graduate Studies.

When all degree requirements have been met, the student submits an electronic copy of the accepted thesis, in the format prescribed in the official University of Waterloo thesis regulations and guide, to UWSpace for formatting review. When approved, this copy will be accepted as the official thesis deposit.

Blackout dates and holidays

There is a blackout period for defences in the Fall, Winter and Spring terms. There will be no MSc or PhD thesis defences during this period. UW Space final uploads are acceptable.

The blackout period is necessary and is supported by the Graduate Studies Office as a result of limited faculty member availability to attend and to chair examinations during this time period.

In exceptional cases where committee members and/or external examiners are available only during the blackout period and the examination is required to be completed by the end of the term, the supervisor must contact the Math Grad Office Coordinator. All requests to hold an examination during the blackout period must be approved by the Associate Dean of Mathematics Graduate Studies before they can be scheduled.

Blackout dates and holidays:

  • Winter 2017: Monday, April 24 – Friday, April 28
  • Spring 2017: Monday, August 21 - Friday, September 1
  • Fall 2017: Monday, December 18 - Friday, January 5/18
  • 2017 Holidays: January 2, February 20, April 14, May 22, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 9, December 25 - January 2