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Graduate Studies Calendar 2013-2014 Program Descriptions Mathematics and Statistics MTST
Mathematics and Statistics - MTST
Contact Information

Location: Math Sciences Building, Room 462
Faculty number: 403.220.6299
Fax: 403.282.5150
Email address: gradapps@math.ucalgary.ca
Web page URL: http://math.ucalgary.ca/gradstudies

1. Degrees and Specializations Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Master of Science (MSc), course-based and thesis-based

Master of Science (course-based) degree may be completed on a part-time basis. The normal course load for a full-time course-based Master of Science student is three half courses per term.

Specializations:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics
2. Admission Requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Science requirements, the Department requires:

Master of Science

a) Normally, Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, in the subject of the specialization to which the application is made, or a closely related area.

b) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (written test); or 93 (Internet-based test); or minimum IELTS score of 7; or minimum MELAB score of 84; or a minimum PTE score of 70.

c) Three Reference Forms with reference letters.

Doctor of Philosophy

a) A Master’s degree or equivalent in the subject of the specialization to which the application is made.

b) For applicants required to provide proof of proficiency in English, a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (written test); or 93 (Internet-based test); or minimum IELTS score of 7; or minimum MELAB score of 84; or a minimum PTE score of 70.

c) Three Reference Forms with reference letters.

d) Excellent students, admitted to the Master’s program, may be transferred to the PhD program after having demonstrated exceptional performance at the graduate level, subject to endorsement by the supervisor and approval by the Graduate Committee. Such transfer requests are to be initiated by the supervisor and are to include information about research ability.

3. Application Deadline

The deadline for submission of complete applications is January 15 for September admission. After this date, complete applications may be considered if space is available.

4. Advanced Credit

The applicant must make advanced credit requests as part of the admission process. Credit will not be given for course work taken as a requirement of another completed degree/diploma. The determination for advanced credit will be made prior to entry into the program.

5. Program/Course Requirements

In addition to Faculties of Graduate Studies and Science requirements, the Department normally requires that:

Master of Science (thesis-based)

All students in Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Statistics take course work to the equivalent of an Honours Bachelor's degree plus at least five half-course equivalents, or four half-course equivalents if completing program in one year (not counting the seminar course 621) at the graduate level. In addition:

a) Applied Mathematics students must include two of Applied Mathematics 605, 617, Pure Mathematics 607, 611 in their program.

b) Pure Mathematics students must include two of Applied Mathematics 605, 617, Pure Mathematics 607, 611 in their program.

c) Statistics students must include any three of Statistics 701, 703, 721, 723 in their program.

Master of Science (course-based)

a) Applied Mathematics students take eight half-course equivalents which must include two of Applied Mathematics 605, 617, Pure Mathematics 607, 611.

b) Pure Mathematics students take eight half-course equivalents which must include two of Applied Mathematics 605, 617, Pure Mathematics 607, 611.

c) Statistics students take eight half-course equivalents which must include any three of Statistics 701, 703, 721, 723.

All students complete a project resulting in a written report.

Doctor of Philosophy

Course requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy beyond those for a Master's degree are determined on an individual basis, but the following rules apply:

a) Applied Mathematics students must include eight half-course equivalents in their total graduate program (MSc and PhD) including the equivalent of two of Applied Mathematics 605, 617, Pure Mathematics 607, 611.

b) Pure Mathematics students must include eight half-course equivalents in their total graduate program (MSc and PhD); including the equivalent of two of Applied Mathematics 605, 617, Pure Mathematics 607, 611.

c) Statistics students must include eight half-course equivalents in their total graduate program (MSc and PhD); including the equivalent of any three of Statistics 701, 703, 721, and 723.

6. Additional Requirements

All MSc graduate students are required to register in one of the seminar courses Applied Mathematics 621, Pure Mathematics 621, or Statistics 621 in the first year of their program.

All PhD students are required to register in one of the seminar courses Applied Mathematics 621, Pure Mathematics 621, or Statistics 621 in the first or second year of their program.

The Seminar courses are not counted in the calculation of the number of required half courses in each program.

7. Credit for Undergraduate Courses

Credit may be given for courses taken below the 600-level. At least one half of a graduate student’s course work must be at the 600 level or higher and only where appropriate to a student’s program may credit be given for courses numbered 500–599.

8. Time Limit

Expected completion time for full-time Master’s students is two years. The maximum completion time allowed for a thesis-based Master’s program is four years, and for a course-based Master’s program is six years. The expected completion time for a doctoral student is four years, and the maximum completion time is six years.

9. Supervisory Assignments

The Graduate Program Director, Department of Mathematics and Statistics assigns supervisors based upon the graduate student’s proposed program.

10. Required Examinations

Doctoral students must pass written Preliminary Examinations during first year but no later than sixteen months from the beginning of their doctoral programs and before the oral candidacy examination.

Final thesis oral examinations are open.

Further details about the written and oral examinations may be obtained from the Department website: http://math.ucalgary.ca/gradstudies/programs.

11. Research Proposal Requirements

At least three months before a PhD Oral Candidacy Examination, a research proposal, prepared by the student and approved by the supervisor, will be submitted to the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Committee will inform the student of the material (topics, books, articles, etc.) to be mastered for the Oral Candidacy Examination. The material will be based upon the proposal, and will be agreed upon with the student.

12. Special Registration Information

None.

13. Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to qualified students. For information on awards, see the Awards and Financial Assistance section of this Calendar. Successful applicants may be offered departmental teaching assistantships and/or research stipends in their offer letter.

14. Other Information

None.

15. Faculty Members/Research Interests

Information about current faculty and their research interests is available from the Department website http://math.ucalgary.ca/gradstudies/research and from individual faculty members’ web pages.