## Graduate Program

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Graduate Affairs Committee

Department of Mathematics

Middlesex College, 125

Western University

London, ON N6A 5B7

Canada

F: 519.661.3610

Adriana Dimova (Graduate Program Assistant)

# Degree Requirements

The Department of Mathematics offers programs leading to the degrees of M.Sc. and Ph.D.

In the following, a "half-course" means an ordinary one-semester course that meets for approximately three hours per week. A list of Graduate Courses.

### Master's Degree

Our MSc degree is a 3-term (1 year) course-work degree that is intended to provide a solid foundation in mathematics. A student completing this degree will be in an excellent position to dive into research in a PhD program.

The requirements below are **in addition** to the requirements available from the website of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

**M.Sc. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS**

- A candidate shall complete satisfactorily a minimum of eight half-courses in mathematics numbered 9000 or above. Of those eight half courses, at least five half-courses should be core courses, with at least one half-course in each of Algebra, Analysis, and Geometry/Topology. Core courses have regular graded homework assignments and exams. The core courses requirement can be waived in the exceptional cases when a candidate has already acquired substantial background in the area.
- A candidate may be permitted to substitute a thesis for at most four half-courses, in which case a student is required to pass three core half-courses in at least two of the three areas. (The thesis option is rarely used and requires approval of the program.)
- In combined undergraduate-graduate courses, graduate students must do more substantial work than is required of undergraduate students.
- Students are required to maintain an average grade of 70%, and to receive a passing grade (at least 60%) in every course.

Note: At the discretion of the student's advisory committee, a candidate for the M.Sc. degree may be permitted to substitute certain graduate courses in other departments for mathematics courses.

List of Core Courses (.pdf)

### Ph.D. Degree

Our PhD degree generally takes 4 years, although some students finish earlier or later than this. We provide 4 years of funding to all applicants, unless they have external funding.

The requirements below are **in addition** to the requirements available from the website of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Ph.D. students should in particular take note of the thesis regulations.

- A candidate holding an approved Master's degree shall satisfactorily complete a minimum of 6 half-courses in mathematics numbered 9000 or above, of which at least three must be numbered 9100 or above. A candidate without an approved Master's degree shall complete a minimum of 14 half-courses in mathematics numbered 9000 or above, of which at least three must be numbered 9100 or above. In combined undergraduate-graduate courses, graduate students must do more substantial work than is required of undergraduate students.
- A candidate will be required to pass a comprehensive examination. This examination is in two parts. The first part, a written exam, will cover certain undergraduate and MSc-level material. The second part will be a project and presentation related to the candidate's intended specialty. More information is available here.
- A candidate will be required to pass a departmental oral examination just before final submission of the thesis; this examination will be primarily concerned with the contents of his or her thesis, but may include questions of a general nature relating to his or her field of specialization. More information is available here (.pdf).
- Students are required to maintain an average grade of 70%, and to receive a passing grade (at least 60%) in every course.

Note: At the discretion of the student's advisory committee, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree may be permitted to substitute certain graduate courses in other departments for mathematics courses.