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Admission and degree requirements

UNB offers programs at both the MSc and PhD level in mathematics and statistics. For information on possible research topics please refer to the main research areas of the department and individual faculty pages

  • Interested persons should also read the Graduate Calendar for detailed regulations and application instructions.

Master of Science (MSc)

Candidates for an MSc in Pure or Applied Mathematics should have:

  • a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or a related field from a recognized university
  • first or second class honours

The normal time required for completing the requirements of the MSc is at least one year.

Students with high standings in a majors program may be admitted to a two-year MSc program.

Candidates for an MSc in statistics should have:

  • a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or Statistics or equivalent from a recognized university
  • first or second class honours

A candidate with a sufficient background in both mathematics and statistics can complete the MSc in Statistics in one year.

Students who have difficulty with spoken English may have to defer MATH/STAT 6392. The program will then take a least 16 months.

Progress monitoring

A three-member committee will monitor your progress, including your supervisor and two other members of the Graduate Academic Unit.

Your choice of courses, seminar, report, thesis topics and comprehensive examination topic is subject to the committee’s approval.

Options

You may choose one of two options for the degree program: report or thesis. You may be required to take any undergraduate courses deemed necessary to make up for deficiencies in the candidate’s background.

Further requirements

Report option:

  1. Seven graduate courses in Mathematics or Statistics
  2. A written report on an assigned topic and a passing grade in an oral examination on the report

Thesis option:

  1. Five graduate courses in Mathematics or Statistics
  2. A written thesis which must contain original work embodying the results of your research on an approved topic. You must also obtain a passing grade in an oral examination on the thesis.

Rules for the selection of courses:

  • For an MSc in Mathematics, you must take two group A mathematics courses, including MATH 6392 and at least one more course from the mathematics listings.
  • For an MSc in Statistics, you must take STAT 6392 and 6211 and at least two more courses from the Statistics listings.
  • With committee approval, MSc candidates may replace at most two courses in Mathematics or Statistics by one-term graduate courses listed elsewhere in the calendar.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Candidates for a PhD should hold a Masters degree from a recognized university. Promising students may transfer from the MSc program to the PhD program.

PhD requirements:

  1. Any undergraduate or graduate courses required to make up deficiencies in the candidate’s background
  2. Four graduate courses in Mathematics or Statistics
  3. A passing grade on each of the three comprehensive examinations, to be completed within 18 months of starting the program
  4. A thesis and passing grade on an oral examination on the thesis

Rules for selection of courses are the same as for the MSc programs, with MATH/STAT 6392 replaced by MATH/STAT 6492. A candidate for PhD, holding an MSc from this Graduate Academic Unit, is not exempt from MATH/STAT 6492.

Each comprehensive examination is a three-hour written paper.

One examination must be in the candidate’s field of specialization.

The other two must be chosen from these fields:

  • algebra
  • analysis
  • combined algebra and analysis
  • applied mathematics
  • topology
  • differential geometry
  • combined topology and differential geometry
  • statistics

The combined algebra and analysis examination is intended for students specializing in applied mathematics or statistics.

Choice of examinations must be approved by your student’s committee. Reading lists for comprehensive examinations are updated periodically and are available to register upon request.

Program in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics 

Applicants who have a suitable background in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics may be admitted to an MSc program in these areas which is offered jointly by the GAU of Mathematics and Statistics and the GAU of Physics. 

In order to enter the program, prospective students will need the approval of both departments. Students will be attached to one of the departments, but their course of studies will require the approval of both departments. Completion of this program will be officially noted on the student’s transcript.

  1. A minimum of nine one-term graduate courses selected from appropriate courses offered by both GAUs. A maximum of four of these courses may be replaced by undergraduate 4000 level courses selected from the GAU other than the one in which the student is registered. A student may replace two of these 4000 level courses from a GAU other than Mathematics and Statistics or Physics. All course selections require the approval of both the GAU of Mathematics and Statistics and the GAU of Physics. 
  2. A report on an assigned topic
  3. Any undergraduate courses required to make up deficiencies in the candidate’s background (apart those mentioned in point one)

The examining committee for the report normally consists of at least three faculty members from the two GAUs, one of which is the supervisor and the majority are members of the candidate’s registered department.