MMath Thesis Procedures

Your MMath program may include a thesis requirement. Check the academic calendar for the term you were admitted to the program to confirm your degree requirements. Please note, the thesis requirement is separate from the research paper requirement.

Thesis milestones

The MMath timeline and requirements are set by your department. The guide below is intended as a general outline of the steps to completion. Please contact your supervisor/graduate coordinator/department website for the specific details of your program.

By the end of your first term

  • Your supervisor should be determined. If you were not provided one when you entered the program contact your graduate coordinator for information on how to find one.
  • Your general area of proposed research should be determined

By the end of your second term

  • Your research topic for your thesis should be decided

Between your third and fifth term (depending on program)

  • You should be nearing completion of your degree
  • Ensure you have taken the required courses and completed any other degree requirements as outlined in the academic calendar. Your graduate coordinator can confirm any outstanding milestones.

Display period

It is a requirement of the University that your thesis be on display in the Math Grad Office (MGO) for your readers and other interested parties to review. Your display period starts the day that MGO receives the agreement to read form signed by your Graduate Chair/Director. If you are in Computer Science your display period is 15 business days. All other departments have a 10-business day display period.

IMPORTANT: your presentation (if required) cannot take place until after your display period ends. Please keep this in mind when scheduling your presentation.

Steps to completion

The suggested timeline outlined below works backwards from the thesis presentation date. If your program does not have a presentation requirement, work backwards from the date you intend to be degree complete. Please note the timing for step three, submitting your Agreement to read form is firm.

Tips and Resources:

  1. Pay attention to the important dates in the academic calendar when planning your timeline to completion. You may want to ensure that you finish prior to convocation/refund deadlines.
  2. The Writing and Communications Centre provides support to help you write your thesis. Consider enrolling in some of their programming such as Rock Your Thesis or Dissertation Boot Camp.  They also provide one-on-one support and online learning resources.
  3. The Library has additional information on UWSpace and copyright issues.
  4. IST has put together a comprehensive guide to the electronic thesis.