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Master of Mathematics (Computer Science)

MMath Option Requirements  

For the MMath degree, students must choose one of three options and confirm their chosen option before the second term of study.

MMath Thesis Option

The basic requirements for the thesis option are 4 one-term graduate courses and a thesis. 

Courses

  • At least 3 courses must be above the 600 series, including a minimum of 1 course in the 800 series. A student is required to have no more than 2 courses in a single area (see Areas Table). Remedial courses cannot be counted towards the course requirement.
  • To maintain progress, a student must earn credit in a minimum of 2 courses each term until the course requirements are completed. A request to waive this requirement must be made in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies by the student's supervisor.

Supervision

  • A student must arrange supervision with a faculty member in the School by the end of the 1st term, and have agreed with the proposed supervisor on the general area of the proposed research. An Agreement to Supervise form must be submitted to the CS Graduate Office no later than the beginning of the second term.

Thesis

  • In consultation with the supervisor, the student must select a research topic for the thesis by the end of the 3rd term. Two readers for the thesis, in addition to the supervisor, must also be chosen. The mutual agreement of the student, supervisor, and readers must be confirmed in writing with the submission of the Agreement to Read the MMath Thesis form to the CS Graduate Office. The agreement must explicitly state the topic of the thesis, and the expected completion date of the thesis. The supervisor and readers are normally members of the School of Computer Science, and normally at least one must be a regular faculty member of the School of Computer Science. The majority of the thesis committee must be drawn from CS faculty. The readers must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • The thesis requirement requires directed research or scholarly work, and writing a thesis embodying the results. The thesis should be equivalent to four one-term courses in effort required.
  • A copy of the thesis must be submitted for display to the Mathematics Graduate Office (MGO) at the time the thesis is distributed to the readers. The thesis should be on display at least 3 weeks before the seminar.
  • The results of the thesis research must be presented at a publicly-announced seminar (in the same manner as a School seminar).
  • The thesis must be approved by the supervisor and two readers. Credit for the Master's Thesis is assigned when the supervisor returns the signed MMath Thesis Acceptance form and a copy of the seminar announcement to the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • When all degree requirements have been met, the student submits an electronic copy of the accepted thesis, in the format prescribed in the official University of Waterloo Thesis Regulations and Guide, to UWSPace for formatting review. When approved, this copy will be accepted as the official thesis deposit. The student should advise the CS Graduate Office if the supervisor requires a bound copy of the thesis and this will be arranged.

MMath Research Paper Option

Basic requirements are 7 one-term courses and a research paper. 

Courses

  • 7 one-term graduate courses plus a research paper are required, not including required remedial courses. At least 4 courses must be above the 600 series, including a minimum of 2 courses in the 800 series. A student may not have more than 3 of the required 7 courses (other than the research paper) used to meet the degree requirements in a single area (see Areas Table).
  • A student must earn credit in a minimum of 2 courses each term until the requirements are completed, including the research paper. A request to waive this requirement must be made in writing to the Director of Graduate Studies, by the student's supervisor. Students are encouraged to take 3 courses each term. If no remedial courses are required, the student should complete within 4 terms.

Research Paper

  • The student should be working on the Master's Research Paper by the 3rd or 4th term of registration, or earlier at the student's discretion. Work on the research paper should be equivalent to a one-term course. The research paper must be read and approved by the student's supervisor and one reader. The supervisor and reader are normally members of the School of Computer Science, and normally at least one of them is a regular faculty member in the School of Computer Science.
  • Students must present their research paper or a related study in an appropriate seminar or class. The presentation should be publicly announced (in the same manner as a School seminar).
  • When all requirements have been met, the student must present one unbound copy of the research paper to the School.

The Master's Research Paper requirement is met and credit assigned when the supervisor returns the MMath Essay Acceptance form and a copy of the presentation announcement to the Director of Graduate Studies.

**The Master's Research Paper is not an entry level option

MMath Coursework Option

The basic requirements for the coursework option are 8 one-term courses, in addition to any remedial work. The following details the requirements.
  • 8 one-term graduate courses are required. Remedial courses cannot be counted towards this number. At least 5 courses must be above the 600 series, including a minimum of 2 courses in the 800 series. A student may not have more than 4 of the eight courses used to meet the degree requirements in a single area (see Areas Table).
  • Students can enroll in the coursework option on either a full-time or part-time basis.  The full-time program is a one-year program.
  • Students enrolling in the coursework option are not guaranteed financial support. However, some TA assignments may be available on a term by term basis.
  • The part-time MMath coursework program is intended for completion in approximately 3 years and only one course may be taken per registered term.

FAQ for coursework students.

MMath Coursework Option - Data Science

  • The requirements for the Data Science specialization option are 8 one-term graduate courses, in addition to any remedial work. Remedial courses cannot be counted towards this number.
  • Students should take a minimum of 4 graduate courses in Computer Science. At least two of these courses should be at the 700 or 800 level, at least one of which must be at the 800 level.
  • A student may not have more than 4 courses from a single area to meet the degree requirements (see Areas Table)

In addition to the restrictions above, students must satisfy the following course requirements:

Foundation course:

  • STAT 845 Statistical Concepts for Data Science.
  • Students with a CS major degree are expected to take STAT 845 CS major students will be exempted from STAT 845 if they have sufficient background in Statistics; instead, they will be required to take another STAT course from the elective core list.

Required core courses:

  • CS 651 Data-Intensive Distributed Computing
  • STAT 847 Exploratory data analysis
  • CS major students will be exempted from taking CS 651 if they have taken an equivalent course; instead they will be required to take another CS course from the elective courses list

One of the following required breadth courses:

  • CS 648 Database Systems Implementation
  • CS 680 Introduction to Machine Learning
  • CS 685 Machine Learning Theory: Statistical and Computational Foundations

Substitutions of the required breadth courses are possible, subject to the approval of the Graduate Officer.

4 Elective courses from the elective courses list

MMath Co-op Option

  • can be applied to any of the thesis, research paper, or coursework options in the MMath program
  • requires an initial study period of at least 2 academic terms, 2 work terms, and a final academic period to complete outstanding courses, the thesis or research paper
  • students are admitted to the MMath regular programs and apply for the co-op option during the second or third term in their program
  • degree requirements are the same as for the regular MMath program with the addition of a 2-term co-op work placement with a suitable industrial organization and a co-op work term report submitted after completing the work placement
  • the work placement must be related to the student's research and is subject to the approval of the school's Director of Graduate Studies and the student's research supervisor