Graduate Affairs Committee
Department of Mathematics
Middlesex College, 125
Western University
London, ON N6A 5B7
Canada
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.
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 will typically have regular 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.
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)
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.
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.